Disrupting Project Management Software Development with Shane Anastasi


Shane Anastasi

Anastasi helps project managers approach the software development journey from a whole new perspective. He believes the hyper-focus on deadlines and budgets has led to fewer positive results, and he sets out to change the way project managers interact with their clients.

Large IT and software development projects are estimated to consistently run 45% over their planned budget and 7% over their planned duration. Simultaneously, these projects generate 56% less value than expected. ¹ Behind the scenes, project managers struggle to meet expectations, which revolve almost entirely around meeting deadlines and budgets. The result is that an entire body of professionals is continually underperforming. Enter Shane Anastasi, who explains to Karla Jo Helms, host of the Disruption Interruption podcast, that the traditional way of measuring project management success must be abandoned.

With over 40 years of project management experience, Anastasi has now founded PS Principles, an organization focused on disrupting the way implementation project results are achieved. Anastasi helps project managers approach the software development journey from a whole new perspective. He believes the hyper-focus on deadlines and budgets has led to fewer positive results, and he sets out to change the way project managers interact with their clients.

Anastasi explains:

  • The intention to disturb must remain pure. Those who wish to disrupt must not be distracted by the act of disruption itself. Instead, it’s important to dig deep to understand the pure game-changing intent.
  • Project management strategies used in software development directly reflect the construction industry. While these principles make logical sense when mapping the construction of a building, they work poorly in the world of software development, where there are too many variables to create tight budgets and timelines from the start.
  • With such a focus on meeting budgets and deadlines, project managers often deliver poor quality results. Rather than struggling with pressure from a client to meet deadlines and budget, project managers are essentially trained from day one to keep pushing a project forward to meet those expectations.
  • Software development projects are actually a journey of discovery. It’s rare for a project manager to understand where a project will go from the start. On the contrary, the initial projection is a weak idea built from loose requirements provided by a client who does not understand the depth of project execution.
  • Going forward, project managers need to set a new tone that shows a client that software development is a journey. Decisions about budget and timelines will need to be made throughout the process as an iterative journey.
  • Focusing on the pure intent of delivering value to a client, a new approach to project management is to undo the shackles of budget and time. This allows project managers to present potential results to clients and relieves teams of the pressure to do the impossible.

Disruption Interruption is the podcast where you’ll hear from the biggest disruptors in the industry today. Find out what motivated them to make changes and how they overcame opposition to adoption.

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About Interrupt Interrupt:

Disruptions are happening on an unprecedented scale, affecting all sorts of industries – MedTech, Finance, IT, eCommerce, shipping and logistics, and more – and COVID has shifted their timelines by a full decade or more. But WHO are these troublemakers, and when did they say, “THIS IS IT! I GOT IT!”? It’s Time to Disrupt and Interrupt with host Karla Jo “KJ” Helms, veteran communications disruptor. KJ interviews tough guys who are disrupting their industries and changing economic networks that have become antiquated with an establishment resistant to progress. It delves into uncovering the secrets of industry rebels and silent revolutionaries who discover common – and not-so-common – traits that are changing our economic markets…and our lives. Visit the leading pioneers of the world who persist in succeeding despite the arrows in the back at http://www.disruptioninterruption.com.

About Karla Jo Helms:

Karla Jo Helms is the Chief Evangelist and Anti-PR(TM) Strategist for JOTO PR Disruptors(TM).

Karla Jo has learned firsthand how ruthless business can be when millions of dollars are at stake, and how the scrutiny of public opinion often determines whether one company is happily chosen or another is abruptly rejected. As an alumnus of crisis management, Karla Jo has worked with litigators, private investigators and the media to help restore goodwill companies back into the good graces of public opinion – Karla Jo operates on the ethic of doing it right the first time, not counting on a second chance and doing what it takes to excel. Helms speaks globally about PR, how the PR industry itself has gone astray, and how, in the right hands, companies can harness the power of anti-PR to boost markets and influence market perception.

About Shane Anastasi:

Shane Anastasi is a professional services author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Having worked globally for giants such as IBM, SingTel and Salesforce, as well as playing significant leadership roles in successful startups such as Vignette, BigMachines, Simplus and CirrusOne, Shane is a creative thinker with a strong drive to get positive results. Shane is currently CEO and Founder of PS Principles, an organization dedicated to helping service providers and their customers achieve better results from implementation projects. His company helps the world’s largest companies change the way they think about project delivery in order to get a better return on investment in their projects.

Shane is also a board member of Neocol, one of Salesforce’s fastest growing implementation partners. Shane works with Neocol leaders on strategic plans and initiatives that help the organization continue to grow and thrive within the Salesforce ecosystem.


1) Bloch, Michael; Blumberg, Sven; and Laartz, Jürgen. “Deliver large-scale IT projects on time, on budget and on value.” October 2012; McKinsey Digital; https://www.mckinsey.com/capabilities/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/delivering-large-scale-it-projects-on-time-on-budget-and-on-value

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