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Agile 2014 - Final Thoughts

Zen Project Management

A number of themes surfaced during Agile2014. One of the big themes was scaling agile. There were a number of presentations on the SAFe model , Discipled Agile (DAD) and the new framework by Jeff Sutherland. There was also a lot of discussion on how Spotify scaled agile (be sure to download the paper). I appreciated the opportunity to hear about DAD from the creators, Scott Ambler and Mark Lines. Mark gave a presentation on how this framework was implemented at Panera Bread. The next day, Scott provided more details on their framework. There are no best practices. Experiment. Fail fast.

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2014 Agile 24

The Economics of Compassion in the New Economy

LeadingAnswers

This article is less about agile techniques and more about the people related challenges of today’s agile projects. As work switches from industrial work to knowledge work, companies face a perfect storm of employee engagement and retention issues. On the other hand the average time spent in a job is decreasing. Frequent job changes are now the norm and long term workers are a rarity.

2014 110

It is not the Process, Stupid

LeadingAnswers

Even though Mickey Mouse is the symbol of Disney theme parks he is not really what these locations are about. Agile methods are similarly known by their novel processes and team ceremonies but these are largely irrelevant distractions from the true focus. Just as Disney is all about manufacturing a positive visitor experience through detailed buildings, social engineering and extensive staff “character” training; agile methods are really about creating a social framework where effective work can be accomplished. To me agile is about process as much as Disney theme parks are about Mickey Mouse.

2014 86

Are Virtual Teams the Next Revolution of Work?

LeadingAnswers

Virtual teams may well be the next step-change in the evolution of work. So it is interesting to ask if today’s management principles and processes are optimized to support them? To help answer this question let’s take an illustrated tour of work through the ages and also review how management has progressed along the way. Work patterns have evolved through revolutionary and evolutionary waves.

2014 90

Agility as an Enabler for Local Intelligence

LeadingAnswers

Much has been written about agile processes, how they can better respond to changing requirements and be used to tune approaches over time through retrospectives and adaptation. While this is true, it masks the importance of human involvement. It is people that respond to change and teams who update and tune their processes. If you look at the processes both teams are following they look the same.

2014 89

Epic Project Management: Managing the World Cup and The Olympics: Episode 45

PM for the Masses

It’s July of 2014 and we just watched the largest party on Earth take place in my birth country of Brazil. It’s July of 2014 and we just watched the largest party on Earth take place in my birth country of Brazil. The post Epic Project Management: Managing the World Cup and The Olympics: Episode 45 appeared first on Project Management for the Masses.

2014 48
2014 48

The Dangers of Visual Project Management

LeadingAnswers

(Or how a picture can divert 1,000 eyes). This post was first written for ProjectManagement.com who were doing a series on Visual Project Management at the time. I was excited when I heard about the theme since I am a big fan of adding meaning through visual tools to all kinds of project elements, whether it is methodology scope , project progress , or risk lists.  As working days.

2014 60

Epic Project Management: The Panama Canal

PM for the Masses

On today's episode of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast we talk about the history and current expansion project of the Panama Canal. The post Epic Project Management: The Panama Canal appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. On today's episode of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast we talk about the history and current expansion project of the Panama Canal.

2014 57
2014 57

Reinvent Yourself as a Professional with Dorie Clark (@dorieclark): Episode 41

PM for the Masses

On today’s episode of the PM for the Masses Podcast I bring you the dynamic Dorie Clark to talk about reinventing ourselves. Whether you are changing industries, or trying to find a new job, or trying to stay relevant in the marketplace, Dorie will share with us why and how to constantly reinvent yourself as […].

2014 54
2014 54

Project Management and the Movies: Episode 49

PM for the Masses

Today we look at how a movie project is managed. You will be surprised at how much it is similar to a more traditional project. Check it out! The post Project Management and the Movies: Episode 49 appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Today we look at how a movie project is managed. You will be surprised at how much it is similar to a more traditional project. Check it out!

2014 47
2014 47

What The Heck Is Agile? An Introduction to Agile Project Management: Episode 40

PM for the Masses

Hello all and welcome to episode 40 of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast! What The Heck Is Agile? Today I bring you a great introduction to Agile and Scrum. I pretended to forget the little I know about it and ask Cornelius Fichtner to give us an introduction to Agile project management. Cornelius […]. The post What The Heck Is Agile? What The Heck Is Agile?

2014 49

Soft Skills and Getting People to Work Together: Episode 38 with Geoff Crane

PM for the Masses

Sometimes all you need is to get people to work together. My guest today will share with us how that ability can truly turn you into a fantastic project manager. He will also share with us: Techniques that he has used to get teams to work together The first thing a new project manager can do to […]. Sometimes all you need is to get people to work together.

2014 49
2014 49

Overcoming Self Doubt with Jared Easley: Episode 25

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the PM for the Masses Podcast. Today I bring you my good friend Jared Easley to talk about a topic we all have to deal with, project manager or not: overcoming self doubt. Jared is the host of the popular “Starve the Doubts” podcast where he interviews […].

2014 51
2014 51

Project Managers: Start Writing! Episode 36 with Jeff Goins

PM for the Masses

Hello all and welcome to this exciting episode of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast! This is a new chapter on my journey into becoming a writer. As some of you may know, I have been toying around with the idea of writing a book for a while now. As it turns out, I […]. The post Project Managers: Start Writing! This is a new chapter on my journey into becoming a writer.

2014 49
2014 49

Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Your product roadmap is a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future. Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future? When you view the spinning cat animation (1) above, you will either see it as rotating clockwise or counter-clockwise. Intentionality.

2014 42

Trying New Things

Zen Project Management

Over the past weekend I went ice climbing with my son. He is a pretty serious climber and I've picked it up because of him, but neither of us have ever ice climbed before. We went to a place near Cedar Falls Iowa that ices down a grain silo. It's really different from the sport climbing we've done, but it was fun and by the end of the climbing day, I was able to make it to the top of the silo.

2014 48

Further Thoughts on the #Agile Australia 2014 Embracing #Disruption

quantmleap

T he four weeks or so that have now passes since the Agile 2014 Conference in Melbourne have given me the opportunity to reflect on the conference and consider some of the presentations and messages I have been exposed to. It is widely accepted that Agile is a vehicle for disruption. We now need new ideas as what used to be disruptive yesterday is today’s norm. Think about it. Agile

2014 11

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

We hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.” ” How do we know what “good enough” means for our customers? No one really tells us. Different Perspectives of Good Enough. ” Determining good enough informs the decision to ship or not. Otherwise this is all academic. “How much can we have right now?”

2014 40

Project Managers: Up Your Impact with Chuck Frey: Episode 27

PM for the Masses

On the PM for the Masses Podcast I often talk about the benefits of having a mentor or coach. While it is a wonderful thing, sometimes it is hard to find one. What I have learned is that the next best thing is to read books. On this episode of the PM for the Masses […]. The post Project Managers: Up Your Impact with Chuck Frey: Episode 27 appeared first on Project Management for the Masses.

2014 48
2014 48

Epic Project Management: The Øresund Bridge: Episode 26

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 26 of the PM for the Masses Podcast! Today we talk about the absolutely stunning Øresund Bridge, which connects Sweden and Denmark. This project is specially unique because it involves a bridge, an island, and a tunnel. For this episode of the PM for the Masses podcast, I speak […].

2014 48
2014 48

What Are Employers Looking For In A Project Manager? Episode 39

PM for the Masses

Today I bring you two conversations I had recently about the job market and the job seeker. First, I will share with you my conversation with Dr. Noel Radley, a project management researcher with Software Advice. They analyzed 300 project management job listings and came up with some very interesting results. To listen to today’s episode, […].

2014 45

Managing email with David Sparks

PM for the Masses

Imagine all the things us project managers could do with the time we spend in our email inboxes every day. Why so much email? Why do we spend so much time dealing with email? My guest this week, David Sparks, literally wrote the book on email. We will talk about his book, try to figure […]. The post Managing email with David Sparks appeared first on Project Management for the Masses.

2014 44
2014 44

Agile2014 - Soft Skill Presentations

Zen Project Management

Three of my favorite presentations at Agile2014 were on soft skills; Diana Larsen’s Best Job Ever , Lyssa Adkin’s Facilitating Intense Conversations , and Jean Tabaka/Em Campbell-Pretty’s Creating Agile Tribes Diana Larsen was the keynote presenter on Wednesday. After a bit of dancing, she got to the presentation. Hard work can be rewarding, but there has to be a purpose behind it.

2014 39

A Blueprint for Publishing Your Own Book: Episode 37

PM for the Masses

Last week we talked about writing. It was a great chat with Mr. Jeff Goins and we talked about the human touch, the philosophy of writing, creating the habit of writing, and how writing is still powerful in this age of new media. Today we talk business. My guests and I always talk about […]. Last week we talked about writing. Today we talk business.

2014 41
2014 41

5 Great Open Source Project Management Platforms

Guerrilla Project Management

Open-source has been gaining momentum for some time now. It seems that every year, more companies have been adopting open-source solutions to meet their business objectives. In fact, the results of the 2013 Future of Open Source Survey revealed that 62 percent of respondents believe that more than 50 percent of purchased software will be. Tools & Techniques

2014 41

Using The Web To Build Your Reputation: Episode 35

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 35 of the PM for the Masses Podcast! Today I bring you some of the message I shared last Friday at the PMI Southwestern Ontario Chapter symposium, on using the internet to help build your image, reputation, and career. I also bring you some of my thoughts after this […]. Hello everyone and welcome to episode 35 of the PM for the Masses Podcast!

2014 40
2014 PMI 40

Your Job Search is a Project. Here’s how to Manage it: Episode 24

PM for the Masses

I hope you enjoyed your holiday break and are ready to take 2014 by the horns and make it the best year yet. I hope you enjoyed your holiday break and are ready to take 2014 by the horns and make it the best year yet. Happy new year! I really mean it! I am PUMPED about what this year has in store for all of us who will be practicing intentional, planned, and value-adding relevance. Remember, life […]. The post Your Job Search is a Project. Here’s how to Manage it: Episode 24 appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Happy new year! I really mean it!

2014 31

Holistic Productivity with Tim Stringer (@timstringer): Episode 48

PM for the Masses

On today's episode I speak with Tim Stringer of Technically Simple. How can we be productive and stay sane? The post Holistic Productivity with Tim Stringer (@timstringer): Episode 48 appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. On today's episode I speak with Tim Stringer of Technically Simple. How can we be productive and stay sane? Interviews Podcast Productivity Products

2014 36
2014 36

How to buy Project Management Consulting Services: Service as a Product (SaaP)

Guerrilla Project Management

When you need to hire a project management consulting firm, knowing in advance exactly what services you are getting and how much they will cost you gives control and peace of mind. Innovative firms are thinking differently about how they charge for their consulting services and they are offering creative ways to package Project Management. Vendor Management

2014 33

How To Be A Servant Leader with Mark Phillipy: Episode 31

PM for the Masses

Leadership. This was the topic of my last episode with Susanne Madsen, and I will be covering this topic frequently here on the PM for the Masses Podcast. This week I speak with the ubiquitous Mark Phillipy, the Sensible Project Manager. We talk about his professional journey and his very personal take on leadership and […]. Leadership.

2014 35

Project Managers: Get out of that funk! Episode 33

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone! On today’s episode I share with you my experience as I returned from a great vacation to find myself paralyzed by the amount of work waiting for me. Have you ever felt like you Had no energy? Were overwhelmed? Had too many priorities? Were frozen, or paralyzed? I felt all of the above. […]. The post Project Managers: Get out of that funk! Hello everyone!

2014 33

Classifying Market Problems

Tyner Blain

Theodore Levitt may have developed the whole product model to help companies compete more effectively with their products. We wrote about the whole product game based on Mr. Levitt’s work. Recently, I’ve been using a variant of this model as a way to view a product and upcoming roadmap items. Whole Product Model. Minor Term Revision. Think “ blue ocean strategy ” here.

2014 30

Agile as an Excuse for Diminishing Commitment

quantmleap

T he Agile story, at some levels is a rosy one. A Manifesto that stipulates a set of values, a collection of principles that underpins these values and teams of people of different skills working together in collaboration and harmony to deliver value in the most efficient and lean way. Take for example the following principle: We welcome changing requirements, even late in the development. Agile

2014 29

Managing Large Projects in Latin America: Episode 46

PM for the Masses

Hello all! Last week I spoke with Ky Nichol, project manager of the Olympic Games and the World Cup. It was a great conversation, and it got me thinking: Brazil and the rest of Latin America has seen a lot of major projects taking place in the last few years. So I decided to tackle […]. Hello all! Last week I spoke with Ky Nichol, project manager of the Olympic Games and the World Cup.

2014 29
2014 29

Agile Cadabra

Tyner Blain

Agile is not magical. Changing from a waterfall process to an agile process changes how your team works, and helps eliminate inefficiencies. Adopting an agile process does not let you magically have a more successful product. What makes agile powerful is also makes it dangerous. Triage and Urgency. One tenet of agile is to make decisions at the last responsible moment. Game Theory. Thanks, Rich!

2014 27

IPMA 2014 – Innovation through Dialog

Fear No Project PM

While I have a lot of readers who are in Europe – thank you for reading! – I know that many of my readers are here in the USA and always looking for a good reason to get out of the country. I also know that some of you are members of the International Project Management […]. Best Practice Conference Professional Development learning pm project management training

Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

“Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. A good 2×2 matrix acts as a lens, helping to convert information into insight. Let’s apply this lens to agile as applied within a company, and see if it helps people decide to do things differently. When You Say Agile, What Do You Mean? A 2×2 Matrix of Agile. Living in Boxes.

2014 25

Sensible Project Management with Mark Phillipy (@SensiblePM)

PM for the Masses

Mark Phillipy shares with me his thoughts on Project Management, and how it can apply to large corporate initiatives but also smaller, home projects. The post Sensible Project Management with Mark Phillipy (@SensiblePM) appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Mark Phillipy shares with me his thoughts on Project Management, and how it can apply to large corporate initiatives but also smaller, home projects. Interviews PM For You PM For You Podcast PM Resources Podcast

2014 25

Eliminate Death Marches

Zen Project Management

This is part 2 of a 12 part series on the Principles of Agile Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage. Another challenge for people new to agile is this idea about welcoming change late in the project. It's not that they don't expect changes, it's the approach taken to deal with it. Usually there is a Byzantine approach that involves change review boards, change request forms and impact assessments. But there's more than this. It comes down to education on backlog management and time boxing.

2014 24

The Human Side of Business and Ways We Make Stuff Up: Episode 43

PM for the Masses

This episode marks one year of the PM for the Masses Podcast. I can’t believe how far we have come with the show. Just a year ago I did not know many of my guests and most of you who listen to the show and visit the website. I think it’s fair to say I […]. This episode marks one year of the PM for the Masses Podcast. I can’t believe how far we have come with the show.

2014 23
2014 23