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Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.

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Jim Johnson suggests awareness provides the attachment to the project success and goals. 

Community Values

Jim Johnson suggests you establish values and benefits for the organization as motivation to create and maintain a PM community.


Jim Johnson suggests that all executives should be in the same boat.


Jim Johnson suggests gaining consensus through conversation.

Continuous Delivery

Jim Johnson suggests you stop doing releases.


Jim Johnson suggests conversation is the first step in any agile process.

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast! Culture also eats tools for lunch and processes for dinner.

DevOps Handbook

Jim Johnson gives DevOps Handbook 4 out of 5 butterflies. 


Jim Johnson suggests that all projects need an evangelist

Explorers Wanted

In our workshops we do not have speakers and attendees. We have guides and explorers.

Finding a Project Sponsor Mentor (Part 1)

Standish defines a mentor as an experienced and trusted adviser that helps train a colleague.

Finding a Project Sponsor Mentor (Part 2)

Finding a good project sponsor can be hard.  This is because the project sponsor is not a permanent full-time job or even title.

Finding a Project Sponsor Mentor (Part 3)

The project sponsor role can be confusing.  That is because project sponsor role is much different than a…

Finding a Project Sponsor Mentor (Part 4)

In an earlier PM2GO Blog, Theo van Leest suggests that no sponsorship means a serious challenge to make your project a success. 

Fix it and Forget It

Jim Johnson suggests fix it and forget It is the big advantage of no releases.


Jim Johnson suggests fraudulence is an action intended to deceive.

Good Manners

Jim Johnson suggests good manners is the starting point of respect.

How We Decide

Jim Johnson Snow rates “How We Decide” written by Jonah Lehrer 3 out of 5 butterflies.


Jim Johnson suggests ignorance is the condition of being unaware. 

Information Selection

Jim Johnson suggests the main barrier to awareness is information overload.


Jim Johnson suggests you start your project research with interviews.

Loonshots Reviewed

LoonshotsHow to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall.

Make Your SHIFT: Part 1

Jim Johnson suggests you listen to CHAOS Tuesday Make Your SHIFT: Part 1: http://www.chaostuesday.com/index.php?r=podcast/view&id=106

Make Your SHIFT: Part 2

Jim Johnson suggests you listen to “Make Your SHIFT: Part 2” http://www.chaostuesday.com/index.php?r=podcast/view&id=107

Make Your SHIFT: Part 3

Jim Johnson suggests you listen to “Make Your SHIFT: Part 3” http://www.chaostuesday.com/index.php?r=podcast/view&id=108

Quickly Get the Facts

Jim Johnson suggests you quickly get the facts. 

Release Baseline

Jim Johnson suggests you consider how WebEx develops and releases software.

Require Participation

Jim Johnson suggests you require participation. 

Retrospective Actionable

Jim Johnson suggestions that ideas and recommendations that come out of a retrospective must be able to be implemented by the team.

Selling Evangelists

Jim Johnson suggests you select an evangelist and then engage him or her as an evangelist and/or primary user representative.

Test Your Objectivity

Jim Johnson suggests use feedback to tests your objectivity.

The Good Leader

Jim Johnson suggests the project manager needs to be a good leader.

The Little Pie Chart that Could

I presented a little pie chart on the percentage of features and functions that were actually used. http://blog.standishgroup.com/post/62

Time Boxing

Jim Johnson suggests you consider the use of time boxing,


Jim Johnson suggests that stakeholders need to give feedback on a timely basis. 

Tuned In with Empathy

Jim Johnson suggests you tune in with empathy.

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