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.

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PMI Australia Conference 2014

quantmleap

I n case you’re in Melbourne early September and happen to attend the Australian PMI Conference don’t forget to look me up.

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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Tom Peters and Soft Skills

Zen Project Management

I recently had the opportunity to hear Tom Peters speak and I have to say that even at the age of 71, he still has a lot of energy and passion. He began the talk with his experience coming out of college with an engineering degree. He found the math and science classes did little to prepare him for the real world, the people part of the equation, or the “all important last 99%” of being successful.

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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.

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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.

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Better Decision Making

Zen Project Management

I started reading the book Decisive by Chip & Dan Heath. They have a couple other books I've read, including Switch and Made to Stick , so I thought I'd give this a try. I'm only about a quarter through the book, but so far, I am enjoying it. It's easy to read and has some good examples to support the ideas. The book is about how to make better decisions.

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Agile2014 - Day 1

Zen Project Management

Yesterday was the first full day of Agile2014. In general it was a pretty good day. The original keynote speaker, Aneesh Chopra, apparently had to cancel. His replacement, Sam Guckenheimer, provided an overview of Microsoft's journey to agile. It was an ok case study with some interesting information, but it wasn't a motivational keynote to get us all charged up. Talking to some of the organizers later, I found out they made a conscious decision not to pay for a headliner keynote speaker.

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Agile Principles - Working Together

Zen Project Management

Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. One of the challenges I often face when I start working with a new client that has not been following agile is the amount of time expected from their business people. Their approach has always been that the business people meet with business analyst (BA), tell them what they want, and come back 9 months later to see what got built.

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Principles of Agile, Part 1

Zen Project Management

This is part 1 of a 12 part series on the Principles of agile I've been working on a big project and as the project has grown, I've been thinking about how Agile is supposed to work and how my project is following (or in some cases not following) the principles that are part of agile. For this first article, I'm going to talk about Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.

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Balance

Zen Project Management

I haven't had much of a chance to write any posts lately. I've been on a project that has left me little time for other things, but on this Sunday I decided to take a step back. There was a learning in Daniel Pink's The Adventures of Johnny Bunko ; "persistence triumphs talent." I had a boss that taught me this early in my consulting career, that putting in your 40 hours of billable time wasn't enough.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […].

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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.

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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 […].

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […].

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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.

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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.

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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 […].

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Musings About #Agile #Retrospectives

quantmleap

L ike many things in life, Retrospective – as a concept – can have many layers of abstraction. At the superficial level it can be used to identify symptoms and find ways dealing with them.

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Project Management for You with Geoff Crane (@papercutpm)

PM for the Masses

Listen to my chat with my friend and fantastic project management expert Geoff Crane, as we get his take on what project management is all about. The post Project Management for You with Geoff Crane (@papercutpm) appeared first on Project Management for the Masses.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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The Problem with Meetings: Episode 29

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 29 of the PM for the Masses Podcast! Did you know that every month, employees attend 62 meetings for an average of 31 hours? Every month!

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COTS – Commercial off the Shelf Lifecycle Model

Jez Lister

This article is one of a series covering COTS – Commercials off the Shelf Lifecycle model methodology, also know as package software. I first started working on COTS software products and their integration with other systems back in the 90’s when working for a large systems integrator.

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What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Jez Lister

Introduction. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process that results in a website appearing higher up the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) on sites such as Google, Yahoo etc.

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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.

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Project Management for You with Margaret Meloni (@MargaretMeloni)

PM for the Masses

Margaret Meloni, project management expert, author, and speaker, shares with me her take on the basics of Project Management. The post Project Management for You with Margaret Meloni (@MargaretMeloni) appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Margaret Meloni, project management expert, author, and speaker, shares with me her take on the basics of Project Management. Interviews PM For You PM For You Podcast Podcast Soft Skills

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