BA's on Agile Projects?
JANUARY 1, 2017
The role of the business Analyst (BA) in agile projects in some ways parallels the role of the project manager (PM). However, most organizations agree, good BAs are great assets for any team, be it plan-driven, agile or hybrid. This article examines what BAs really do, looking at what stays the same on an agile project and what changes. Agile Project Management Teams
Agile Risk Management
NOVEMBER 12, 2016
This article aims to dispel the myth that agile projects somehow magical manage risks for us, and outlines a couple of practical tools that can be used to start improving risk management approaches. Agile is Not a Risk Management Approach. It is a shame because in many ways agile methods provide an ideal framework for introducing effective risk management practices.
Agile Talent Management
OCTOBER 14, 2015
From an agile perspective much of what we do on agile projects helps with talent management. Identifying replacement candidates in the event of turnover or churn – Buddy systems, agile pairing practices, and collective knowledge sharing systems help address these same goals. Fortunately agile has many great tools for making invisible work visible. to a low of 4.4,
10 Agile Tools for agile project management
The Digital Project Manager
DECEMBER 5, 2016
Agile is everyone’s favorite project management and delivery buzzword, but what agile tools can you use to help successfully run an agile project? The post 10 Agile Tools for agile project management appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. In this. Featured General Tools
Agile DNA Webinar
DECEMBER 21, 2016
I am excited to announce a free webinar with RMC Learning Solutions entitled “Agile DNA: The People and Process Elements of Successful Agile Projects ” that will be taking place on January 11 th 2017 at 12:00pm Central Time. This is an introductory level presentation about agile approaches that qualifies participants for 1 PDU. Register now for this event here.
Let’s Be Agile Together!
APRIL 6, 2016
As a project manager of many years experience, working both pan sector and discipline, whilst using many different flavours of methodology I have to admit that I am still struggling to position the “Agile” movement in terms of delivering projects. The project managers were taught to be agile ; focussed on delivering the project, not the process. So, what’s my point?
Agile Coach Camp
MAY 18, 2016
We would like to invite Agile Practitioners to Agile Coach Camp Canada - West, an Open Space Conference to be held in Vancouver, BC on the weekend of June 17-19, 2016. Agile Coach Camp – An Unconference. The annual gathering at Agile Coach Camp creates opportunities for our Agile community to share our successes, our learning, our questions and our unresolved dilemmas – all in an energizing and supportive environment. For more information, or to register, visit the Agile Coach Camp Canada West website. Agile Project Management Events Travel
DECEMBER 23, 2013
Here is an article on agile horrors I wrote for ProjectManagement.com Halloween Edition that we should be on the lookout for on our projects in 2014. Agile practices are in a balanced network. Agile teams generally work very hard to deliver as many high quality features as they can. The product owner / business representative role is integral to agile processes. Summary.
Girl's Guide to PM
AUGUST 26, 2016
Learning to successfully manage agile projects requires you to first familiarise yourself with the concept of Agile. What is the agile methodology? The agile movement first began in the 1970s when it was introduced by a doctor named Winston Royce. Let’s start with three things that make agile projects different from what you might be used to. #1: 1: Teams. Thanks!
Big Agile, the Route Less Travelled
JANUARY 22, 2015
Scaling Collaboration not Process is the Key to Enterprise Agility. Agile methods have been found to be extremely effective when used correctly. So a tremendous amount of time, effort and resources have been expended over the last few years on scaling agile for the enterprise with all the new processes and models that can go along with that.
Agile Requirements Uncertainty
NOVEMBER 25, 2013
Agile approaches are often used on projects where the end goals are not fully known or may change during the life of the project. Let’s look at some of the differences between plan driven, traditional practices for requirements management and those used in agile methods: Learning and applying traditional methods of requirements management is easy, it is akin to a shopping list approach.
Comparing agile project management frameworks
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Now let's take a closer look at three popular agile frameworks and how they compare to make it easier to choose which to use for your next project. It's important to note that these agile frameworks can be combined to provide hybrid solutions such as the two below. In my article " How to choose the right project management methodology ," I covered the key considerations and some of the assessment criteria when choosing a methodology. SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products.
Risk management for agile projects
SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
What are the implications to project risk management when you choose to deliver a project using an agile approach? Even though the team might tackle high risk requirements earlier in the life of an agile project than they might a traditional one, this doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t keep an eye on threats and opportunities through late stage iterations.
Agile and Strategic Alignment
AUGUST 3, 2015
This can seem at odds for agile teams who organically grow solutions towards evolving requirements. While the common kernel of agile practices make little mention of strategy or architecture, many of the supporting guides and scaling approaches handle the topic well. So, when faced with a criticism of no place for IT strategy or struggling to link an existing strategy to an autonomous team we can turn to these agile “wrappers” for inspiration and guidance. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a knowledge base for implementing agile practices at enterprise scale.
What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
I have also been a software developer and used agile development methods and have never seen the two as being in conflict. The new PRINCE2 Agile guide has been created to provide guidance for blending the PRINCE2 project management approach with agile delivery methods. PRINCE2 Agile is not a replacement for PRINCE2. Agile Project Management PRINCE2 Agile
9 Ways PMOs Can Help Agile Projects
AUGUST 28, 2013
It may not always be apparent but the goals of the Project Management Office (PMO) and agile teams are well aligned. An agile project team might want to build some proof-of-concept models to test feasibility and get confirmation of understanding. This is one reason agile teams don’t always see the Project Management Office (PMO) as a source of assistance. C omplex.
What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?
OCTOBER 6, 2016
What does Agile mean? I have been asked this question three times over the last week which has prompted me to try to clarify the term “Agile”. I understand the frustration because the term “Agile” is pretty generic and can mean different things from one organisation to the other. Agile is now used in many different organisations and not just for software development.
Knowledge Sharing on Agile Projects: Absent or Abundant?
MAY 8, 2015
Knowledge transfer and sharing on agile teams differs from traditional approaches in both form and the internal vs external focus. Agile teams produce few of the traditional knowledge transfer documents yet their daily practices focus on knowledge transfer. These differences lead to some polarizing views of knowledge sharing and transfer on agile projects. The Medium.
Don’t forget n*(n-1)/2 when scaling agile!
SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
But on agile projects we expect that core team members will collaborate closely on a daily basis. Iteration planning and retrospectives will start looking like dreaded meetings more than agile ceremonies, and you can forget about sizing a large number of user stories quickly! Organizations using agile approaches to deliver their projects would do well to remember n*(n-1)/2!
Agility as an Enabler for Local Intelligence
FEBRUARY 10, 2014
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. Agile methods give more freedom and autonomy for teams to do the right thing, but it is the team members that act intelligently to improve things. Many of the agile processes balance each other.
Agile project management: A beginner's guide
JANUARY 12, 2017
If you're new to project management and the agile methodology, the answers to these 10 questions will arm you with the information you need to get started. And if you're a project management veteran, these frequently asked agile questions are a good refresher. What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. How long as agile been around? These are the 12 key principles that still guide agile project management today.
Agile Coach Camp
MAY 13, 2015
Leading Answers is a proud sponsor of Agile Coach Camp - West 2015, an Open Space Conference to be held in Calgary, Alberta on the weekend of June 12-14, 2015. I would like to invite my fellow agile practitioners to attend! Agile Coach Camp – An Unconference. Let’s have a conversation about what it means to be an agile coach, why it matters, and where we are headed. For more information, or to register, visit the Agile Coach Camp Canada West website. Share your stories, observations, and enquiries. Bring your questions. Test your ideas.
The five failures of agile tools
AUGUST 21, 2016
For organizations transforming their technology delivery from traditional to agile approaches, there’s a need to evolve team practices, tools, leadership behavior and stakeholder change appetites in parallel to avoid realizing the risks of being agile while standing in a waterfall. But before you sign that vendor contract, consider the following five failures of agile tools.
Estimating on Agile Projects
MAY 26, 2016
Here's a straightforward approach to estimating on agile projects. This is an example of the estimating profession found on many domains. . NoEstimates Estimating
JUNE 12, 2014
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. One tenet of agile is to make decisions at the last responsible moment. Game Theory.
The Basics of Agile and Project Management
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
Still not sure what’s driving the Agile conversation? Or should that be agility? In this guest article from Germain Paris, a consultant at Genius Project , we get back to basics to see perhaps where the drive is coming from, what that means, and how the practical aspects of Agile, things like SCRUM artifacts are managed. Agile is a way of approaching project management.
Avoid gold-plating through agile delivery
JULY 24, 2016
But on an agile project, if a work item is elaborated beyond the Definition of Ready or the Definition of Done, this will become apparent a lot sooner. A good agile project team exhibits self-discipline and self-organization. Using agile approaches to deliver a project provides no guarantee that gold-plating won’t occur. What’s the worst that could happen you ask?
Learning with TimeCamp: Agile Software Development
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Today you will learn what is Agile Software Development. We tried to gather some important information on Agile and share them with our readers. Project Management agile agile project management agile software development project management methodologies TimeCampWe hope they will be educational and useful =] Enjoy! […].
Agile For Oil and Gas - mixing lifecycle models
JUNE 28, 2013
This post is about Implementing agile at the organizational level across multiple technical domains. I was in Bogotá, Colombia recently working with an oil and gas company to introduce agile to their organization. Agile Processes. Agile project management however, pays equal attention to communicating and problem solving as it does to planning and execution.
Is Agile Really Cheaper?
JULY 9, 2013
There are several ways to answer the question “is agile cheaper than waterfall?” Agile done well is cheaper, as long as you measure correctly.” The right question is: is agile better?” ” How Agile Is NOT Cheaper. Agile delivers to-be-determined stuff incrementally and waterfall delivers predetermined stuff all at once. ”].
Design, Agile, and Gall's Law
Zen Project Management
DECEMBER 15, 2015
I see a lot of overlap with Agile principles. This is very similar to the Agile principle of simplicity. agile Gall's Law Lean Startup MVPThe topic of design has been crossing my path lately. One of the principles I came across is called Gall’s law. It states that "all complex systems that work evolved from simpler systems that worked.” It was introduced by John Gall in his book Systematics in 1975. It can be seen in the practice of Test Driven Development. You write your test case and only code until it passes the test and then you stop. No gold-plating here.
Releases and Deadlines in Agile
MARCH 7, 2016
But Agile at Scale has a different paradigm than Agile at the Table. The use of the term Done Done Contrastive focus reduplication and is very useful in the Agile world, where there the notion of Definition of Done that is NOT based on a formal technical specification, but on customer approval that the results will deliver the needed Capabilities. This was one of those.
Agile: Should I Be Taking Training? – Project Management Advice
AUGUST 11, 2016
“ I’m hearing a lot about Agile and project management. ” Agile and more specifically Agile Project Management has certainly been in the spotlight over the last few years and this is a question I’ve been asked a lot. and business projects for a number of years, will often say that they know enough about Agile to manage the Agile element within a bigger project but not enough to fully manage an Agile team. Will they miss out because they don’t have formal Agile training or development on their resume? Agile Project Management agile
The Naive Notion that Agile Mitigates Risk
MARCH 22, 2016
The post Top 5 Ways Agile Mitigates Risk is one of those posts that's not wrong in what it says at the detail level - more or less, but is not right in principle. Agile Mitigates Risk - is not correct. Agile provides rapid identification of risk. There are two types of uncertainty that create risks to an Agile Project. This concept is not in standard Agile. .
Comparing Agile Methods: Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban
Girl's Guide to PM
JUNE 1, 2016
Regular readers will know that I’m not at all experienced in formal Agile project management, but I know it is something that I need to know more about. Today I’m partnering with Eylean to give you an overview of three agile methodologies: Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban. Agile Methods: The Basics. Agile is agile is agile? Who Makes Up The Agile Team.
Agile Project Management Methods for Corporate IT Projects
OCTOBER 26, 2016
When Agile development moves beyond a single scrum team and into the Enterprise IT domain, several considerations must be addressed. For Scrum (or most other agile methods) focus on the team is paramount. When Agile encounters governance here's some thoughts from a book chapter on how to assure the benefits of both paradigms are delivered. NoEstimates Agile Books Governance
Agile for Large Scale Government Programs
AUGUST 2, 2016
It would seem counter intuitive to apply Agile (Scrum) to large Software Intensive System of Systems. Agile in the government from Glen Alleman. Agile Earned Value Governance Government IMP/IMS Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Requirements Root Cause AnalysisBut it's not. Here's how we do it with success. Related articles. The Microeconomics of a Project Driven Organization. GAO Reports on ACA Site. All Project Work is Probabilistic Work.
What Is Management in the Context of Agile
APRIL 17, 2016
There's a meme going around in some parts of agile that management is inhumane. Managing in the presence of Agile is not the same as managing in traditional domains. One view of management in Agile can be informed by Governance of the work efforts. Here's a version of Governance, from " Agile Governance Theory: conceptual development ,” Alexandre J. Agile Governance