It's all about delivering the product.
That concept is one of the subtexts & supertexts (is that a word?) of this whole Rogue Project Leader / FIST idea. But perhaps it hasn't been as front-and-center as it should be. I am coming to think that I haven't made this as explicitly prominent in my words as it is in my head. I'm gonna fix that.
See, we do projects in order to deliver operational systems - not just to make a cool design, an interesting briefing or to exhibit process compliance. This is one of the reasons I hate the process-centric mentality. It takes the focus off the product. And the product is the whole point of the work. We get so wrapped up in improving the process, it's easy to forget we're supposed to be improving the outcome. And then we take comfort in compliance, rather than in what actually gets delivered.
Thus, in the FIST Manifesto (which I'll post here on Monday), there's a key line which states "Delivering useful capabilities is the only measure of success." In the booklet form of the Manifesto, that line has its very own page, in large font.
I'm going to try to make sure I say this more frequently on this blog, so before I wrap up for now, let me say it one more time: Delivering useful capabilities is the only measure of success.