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PC or Mac, Waterfall or Agile?

The Mac versus PC debate has been going on for some time with strongly held opinions on both sides of the monitor. More recently, the project management community has been debating agile versus so-called traditional techniques. And there are certainly similarities in how both discussions can be framed and, perhaps, resolved.


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Television commercials comparing the PC to the Mac have been running for a few years now and have circulated around the globe. The Mac is portrayed as being creative, fun and popular, while the PC is “good at spreadsheets.” It seems there is a similar, if less official, campaign making the rounds in project management.
 
Traditional, waterfall project management is more like the PC. After all, the most popular project management software, Microsoft Project, runs on PCs. Traditional projects are more structured, with a focus on following the process, and traditional project management is often associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the …


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