Tough Projects and the Kubler Ross Grief Cycle

(Lightning talk, 10 min)

Author(s): Mark Needham (ThoughtWorks)
Session: Learning and Improvement
Session chair: Tore Dybå (SINTEF)
Date: Thursday, 3 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 13:30-15:00
As Agile practitioners there will always be projects where key decisions have been made before we arrive and while we may disagree with them we still have to deliver. The way people react in this situation seems to be quite similar to the type of reaction we have when confronted by grief. We will examine a particular client case study where key decisions on both architecture and team composition were made before the team arrived and compare the reaction of team members with the Kubler Ross grief cycle. We will also look at some ways that we can handle this type of situation more effectively.

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