PMBOK v5 – Raise a Little Hell

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Change Something If you don't like
What you got
Why don't you change it?
If your world is all screwed up
Rearrange it

The PMI is calling for volunteers to help write and shape PMBOK v5 Guide Link. Here is your chance to inject more recognition and support for agile methods. I was involved in The PMBOK v3 Guide rewrite and got two small changes accepted in 2004 when agile methods and the PMBOK were hardly being talk about and I was a bit of a lone voice at the party.
If you don't like what you see
Why don't you fight it
If you know there's something wrong
Why don't you right it

Since then the tides have changed and now the PMI Agile Community of Practice is the largest and fastest growing PMI community. In the last PMI Network Magazine sent to members there were two full articles on Agile project management. Of the PMI’s 340,000 members an estimated 65% are in IT and the demand for agile guidance that has proliferated in other disciplines of IT (development, analysis, QA) is very apparent to the PMI, who need to serve their members.

In the end it comes down to your thinking
And there's really nobody to blame
When it feels like your ship is sinking
And you're too tired to play the game

With this wider acknowledgement of agile methods and a much larger group of project managers advocating it, now is a great time to have a real influence. Of course the PMBOK Guide is industry agnostic, used for construction, engineering and medical projects as well as IT. So we cannot expect wholesale adoption of IT focussed practices like Test Driven Development, but we can elevate the concepts of iterative planning, participative decision making, frequent retrospectives, small batches, pull based systems, etc.

Nobody's going to help you
You've just got to stand up alone
And dig in your heels
And see how it feels
To raise a little Hell of your own

Many people have previously expressed frustration with the traditional, waterfall inspired view of project management they believe the PMI propagates. If you want to help change that, and have passion, ability, and time to volunteer to this cause then I recommend you sign up, and as a group let’s see what we can do!
If you don't like
What you got
Why don't you change it
If your world is all screwed up
Rearrange it

Raise a little Hell, Raise a little Hell, Raise a little Hell

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