See below why PMWay believes this
incredible game is
CM Level 2+ in action!
Also see why being "Agile" at CM L1 is actually nowhere.
TEAM: Together (following the right processes) We Achieve More!
Note Capability Maturity (CM) is based on the latest model from the Carnegie Mellon University called Capability Maturity Model integrated.
American Football is an amazing sport and excellent vehicle or
'metaphor' to show us the correct way to work together
(as a group of professionals who share the same goals) towards CMMi
Level 2 and upwards.
Showing us the correct way to work together towards improved performance "STATS".
American Football is CMMi Level 2+ in action!
You may say that this sport is like any other, however I would like
to point out that I believe American Football has taken an amazing
contact game (with its tactics, inherent challenges and conflict etc.)
and purified it to a much higher level of maturity than most other
sports. Think again of the maxim from Lord Kelvin. "If you
can't measure it, you can't improve it!"
In American Football performance is measured at the level of feet and often the difference between success and failure is often measured in inches, as a team pushes forward, challenged every inch of the way, towards their opponents end zone!
I would like you to try and compare the description of American
Football below with the goals of CMMi.
American Football is constructive conflict and team effort towards the achievement of a particular type of goal - in this case its called a "touchdown!" or annually the "Super Bowl!"
And ultimately "to become an honorary member of the National Football League's (NFL) Hall of Fame!"
Use the image below to see if you can get the metaphor, seeing the vision and connection between Project Management Process, TEAMS, American Football, CMMi and the ruler now!
THE PROJECT MANAGER (QUARTERBACK) AND TEAM MUST DRIVE (DOWN BY DOWN) TO THE END ZONE TO FINISH THE PROJECT!
This is where project teams play!
This is where we focus our game and "up our stats!"
Now, taking all of the
lets move to the logical conclusion.
I love American Football. WHY? Because this game is played on a field that look exactly like a ruler!
Try playing American Football without a field!
I suggest (without the framework derived from the agreed playing field) it cannot be done!
Try running a project plan (per the IRON TRIANGLE)
without a schedule MANAGED AT TASK LEVEL
and without a baselined project schedule or slip line indicators!
A PMBOK project plan (transposed into a project schedule) tells you where you need to be (I.e. who must do what by when).
Without a baselined schedule how do you know where you are in relation to your goals, or if you are not drifting off target and should adjust behaviour to get back on track and into the game.