1. Anshuman Singh says:

    January 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Avinash, interesting perspective.

    It would not only apply to Programme Management but also many other disciplines. By providing templates, you can’t make a Developer an Architect. You can’t make someone a Business Analyst by handing over a Use Case template. For that matter, even a (true) Project Manager would first rely on Heuristics to create a Project Plan and amend it (again based on Heuristics) as the project moves along. The catalogue of available heuristics increases as one gains more experience. Any strategy evolves as things progress – be it Business or even writing a small piece of code.

    In the end it’s about complexity of problems. Programmes are more complex because of their fuzzy definitions and boundaries.

    Problems that are complex (or for that matter new) would require Heuristics (trial and error) in solving them. What better place to see it than, seeing it in children as they acquire new (and often basic) skills. Heuristics is an intrinsic part of how we learn as humans. And when the problems and their solutions become predictable, it turns into algorithms. Just how my drive to my new-office may start as a Heuristic (trying alternate routes & modes) but eventually become an Algorithm.

    And probably that’s why Wise Men share Heuristics as words of wisdom, but never Templates.

    Keep writing,

  2. Production management says:

    April 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I might think when you started your work/projects you need to plan some management by doing that it’s easier to run your programs and to get better results.

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