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The Spiritual Life of Projects
have received more mail on this topic than all others put together.
From college professors to college students, from CIOs to programmers,
from Canada to Iran.
It seems to have hit a nerve.
The concept is simple: there are four dimensions to human behavior:
Physical: such as running a marathon race
Intellectual: such as balancing your check book
Emotional: experiencing anger or frustration
Everything Else: everything that isn't physical, intellectual, or emotional
chose to call "everything else" the Spiritual aspects of
people. That is, the aspects of the spirit of people. I believe that this
both the source of our true creativity, is what makes our profession truly meaningful, and is the real determining factor in productivity.
I have seen projects that were not comprised of the very best intellects be highly successful, and teams staffed with superstars that
crashed and burned.
We spend enormous amounts
of effort and attention on the intellectual and the physical. We spend some
small effort on the emotional.
I believe we spend very little time and effort on the dimension that really counts: the spiritual
Since project teams are built of people we have to optimize the spiritual aspects of our teams.
really not all that surprising. In any system development, we must optimize
the system to the processor. In this case the
"processor" is a collection of humans and the spiritual dimension of humans is arguably our most important characteristic.