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No Win Scenario - what happens when you lie to the manager about project statusRecently a client asked (as regards Agile and Scrum see /agile-scrum-execute-projects/)

How do you get past the fear of, “this could be a career limiting move”, involved in standing up in a Scrum and saying what you didn’t do yesterday?

It’s a big issue.

Is this a cultural issue?  Is it OK to give someone the answer they want or better, to tell the truth?

Of course, if the Project Manager want’s to nail staff to the wall every time they don’t hear what they want and are OK with shelling out false information then lies are going to be their stock and trade. On the other hand, if the Project Manager wants to have awesome projects, with great results and happy customers then they’re going to want to hear the truth and will NOT nail staff to the wall for sharing what DIDN’T happen.

manage projects like a proAgile Project Management is based on four core values; one of them being, ” individuals and interactions are valued over processes and tools.” There’s integrity that needs to go along with being on an Agile team. If you do not have integrity in an Agile environment, you will be sniffed out quickly and perhaps deployed in another environment, (AKA: fired). Agile is not about being perfect; it’s about being honest so that customers, teammates and the organization you work for are all working with the truth.

The Project Manager working with incorrect data will provide inaccurate communications to the client, the sponsors, and the staff. So, as with any work that we do, integrity has to be at the core of our values. Alongside integrity needs to be the value of community; where all people have the right to be and can say what they need to say with impunity. I encourage you to review the Agile Manifesto and the principles behind it. Understanding and abiding by the manifesto will aid you to understand the thinking behind Agile. Of course, there is always the potential for a rogue Project Manager, who runs roughshod over values for the sake of their own goals. When this happens, there’s little to do except wait out the storm, and hold onto your integrity.

John McDonald is a veteran in ERP Deployment projects with over 20 years experience in ERP and Project Management. on Twitter.

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