I’ve just finished refreshing the slides for a Project Management course I’ll be doing next week (no vacation for me!) and in the section on making a proposal I suddenly remembered « NOBEL »…and added it to the slide.
This acronym was invented by a team of 5 ITMP students in 2003 during the MAPCO they were doing for Ian Stokes. (A MAPCO is a commissioned MAXI project the students do at the end of the course) It was a great MAPCO. Ian rented a house near Grasse in March and all six of them drove down in a van to prepare the workshop on Controversies and Agile Project Management which the ITMP team was running at the Business IT Allignment conference in Sophia Antipolis.
Henry Roux de Bézieux and I drove down to join them. It was a great workshop too!
A month later in Helsinki, the ITMP team met the Information Systems director of the Finnish multinational Outokoumpu and presented their agile method, which they’d called ESPRESSO (brilliant choice!). He was quite impressed and almost went for it…
So what has this got to do with NOBEL?
NOBEL was the acronym the team invented for making sure that project managers and project teams were aware of the users’ priorities. What was the hierarchy of needs the project was supposed to fulfil? And in French, this came up as…ce qui est :
Writing this instead of finishing the slides was no doubt a « luxe » but I couldn’t resist interrupting the « obligatoire » to pay hommage to your invention – Christian, Jean Marc, Jérôme, Malika and Stéphanie. I’m glad you did ITMP!