Thursday morning, three weeks ago. “We are pulling the plug! This can’t go on like this. We are burning through money in those much-lauded agile sprints, but aren’t making any progress,” snorts the CEO, when I asked how the project was coming along. I will spare the reader the rest of what he said, though suffice it to say these words certainly reflected the mental state of this founder-director. After some more questions, I came to fully understand the emotions at play. My advice was to freeze everything temporarily, but not to pull the plug. We first need to understand what's going on.
That same day, four hours later. “No, we haven’t started yet. Though I want to, but right now we can’t free anyone up to leave the project and I do not want a big investment if we are not sure that we have the right person in charge of the project.” Another CEO, another case, another reason, but the same cause. Interesting day.