Leçons de gestion de projet par la NASA

October 14, 2008 | In: Liens

En lisant l’excellente revue de presse de Xebia, je suis tombé sur un article intéressant qui présente une sélection de leçons de management tirées par un retraité de la NASA.

Sans rentrer dans des comparaisons détaillées, on trouve plusieurs similitudes entre ces leçons et les méthodologies agiles (pratiques “agiles”, ou pratiques “naturelles” selon le point de vue). En tout cas, je trouve plusieurs points assez amusants :

2. Never ask management to make a decision that you can make. Assume you have the authority to make decisions unless you know there is a document that states unequivocally that you cannot.

3. Never make excuses; instead, present plans of actions to be taken.

6. Remember the boss has the right to make decisions, even if you think they are wrong. Tell the boss what you think but, if he still wants it done his way, do your best to make sure the outcome is successful.

8. Whoever you deal with, deal fairly. You may be surprised how often you have to work with the same people. Better they respect you than carry a grudge.

9. Mistakes are all right, but failure is not. Failure is just a mistake you can’t recover from; therefore, try to create contingency plans and alternate approaches for the items or plans that have high risk.

15. Never assume someone knows something or has done something unless you have asked them. Even the obvious is overlooked or ignored on occasion — especially in a high-stress activity.

19. Projects require teamwork to succeed. Remember most teams have a coach and not a boss, but the coach still has to call some of the plays.

22. Meetings, meetings — A Projects Manager’s staff meeting should last 5 minutes minimum — 1 hour max — less than 5 minutes and you probably didn’t need the meeting — longer than 1 hour, it becomes a bull session.

24. The project manager who is the smartest man on his project has done a lousy job of recruitment.

Je les trouve amusants parce que j’aime leur formulation et qu’il s’agit de points qui me rappellent plus d’une discussion entre collègues devant la machine à café…

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