If you've read any of my stuff for any length of time, you probably know I'm not a big fan of the current craze of process-centric management (and frankly, industry seemed to lose interest in it right around the time the DoD decided to drink the koolaid). Which makes my current job title quite ironic (it's something about chief of process improvement, I think).
A few posts back I pointed to the phenomenon of throwing out the process as soon as we have a high-priority project. In these situations, we tend to rely on talented people instead of process. The opposite never happens - a top priority project where we kick out all the talented people and instead institute a rigorous process. Oh, wait, that's basically what we do on the 90% of projects that aren't "top priotity."
Still, if we must have process (and for the forseeable future, it seems we must), it should be created, owned and modified by the people who actually have to use it, not imperiously imposed by those who don't actually do the work.
And frankly, I much prefer freestyling, done by Master Rogue Project Leaders.