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WTO Bidding Process Considered Harmful

I've long believed that the WTO bidding process for IT projects is an expensive, wasteful process. By its very nature, it forces a waterfall process, which the CHAOS and other studies (despite their shortcomings) have shown produce a consistent 60 to 70% failure rate.

Of course it is mandated by law, so everyone has no choice but to play along. But at what cost? Finally, this issue is getting some attention. Today, ComputerWorld.ch documented the many shortcomings of the WTO Process (here is a translation from Google):
The losers invest at least as much effort in bidding for the project as the project is worth. WTO projects are a net loss for the economy.Companies involved in preparing the RFP are not allowed to bid - all the context information is lost, so quality is lowered and the costs increase. Government agencies can and do write the RFP so that only one supplier actually has a real chance of winning the project.The process is vulnerable to price-dumping which a low price dom…

Free Scrum Resources in Switzerland

If you want to find out about Scrum, but a course or coaching is not the right solution for you, what can you do?
Come to a Scrum Breakfast in Zürich, Bern or Basel. You can hear interesting talks and meet and share experiences with other people doing Lean, Agile & Scrum. I usually announce the Zürich breakfasts on this blog and on my newsletter. All breakfasts are posted on the SwissICT event page. The event is free. (Help keep it free by joining the SwissICT!)Join the Lean, Agile, Scrum community on our ning platform LeanAgileScrum.ning.com -- and ask a question! The on-line community is still in the starting blocks, just needs some dialogue to get things going!If all else fails:
Post a question in German at DeutscheScrum: The German Scrum User Group.Post a question in English on ScrumDevelopment: Ken Schwaber's Scrum Users ForumAnd if you speak French: Agile-Swiss.org
"The Doctor is In" - Free Scrum Advice

At the next Scrum Breakfast in Zürich, I want to try out so…

Standish Chaos reports miss the point

The Standish Chaos report of 1995 is probably the most cited work on project success and failure. The latest incarnation is quoted as saying:
32% of all projects succeed
44% of all projects were challenged 24% of all projects failedwhere succeeded means 'delivered planned scope on time and on budget'. Scope, Time and Budget are the classic legs of the 'Iron Triangle' ('What about Quality?' 'We don't talk about quality, that's a given.' 'Right.') which every project leader is taught is the holy grail of a successful project. But is that really success?

I teach my Scrum students about 5 perspectives on success, depending on who you are:
As a developer: success is fun and learning. A good working climate and personal development.As a PL: satisfy the constraints of the Iron TriangleAs the line manager: business units are happy - line management gets to deal with escalations. (Or for a programming shop: the salesperson who is happy when the custo…