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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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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Wrapping up 2014

Stepping Into Project Management

It’s been a wonderful year for me personally. Like all others it had its ups and downs, life became more complex, sometimes fun, sometimes tiring and most of all just another day I had to go through. There have been some major changes though in addition of having my son.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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What do the Olympics have in common with a Project?

Fear No Project PM

If you are like me (and millions of others) you have been watching the SOCHI Winter Olympics. It is exhilarating to watch women and men, who have trained for years, put their skills to the test in order to win a medal. It makes me think about our staff and how they work every day […]. General Project Management Leadership management staff project management resource management

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5 Tips to Managing Organizational Change More Effectively

Fear No Project PM

I have been in many organizations throughout my career and one thing I know – change is constant! In fact this week I had to adjust to a new change myself. I was talking with Dr. Karen McGraw, noted Organizational change and Leadership coach, and she offered to write a post on the subject for […]. Change Management General Project Management management Best Practice change management pm

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Communication: The Essential Ingredient for Good Project Management

Fear No Project PM

You might expect that, as a Technology guy, I would say that tools are the essential ingredient (And I have certainly written plenty about tools!). Or as a certified PMP, you might have guessed that I would say that processes and procedures are the essentials for managing projects and people. And those of you that […]. Communication management Project Management communication project management

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Document management – enterprise work collaboration software

Clarizen

Keeping documents organized and up-to-date is a challenge when many individuals are participating in a project together and all touching the same documents. Failure to save an updated file, accidental deletion and simple misplacement are regular occurrences in the life of a project. Besides having inaccurate or outdated files there is also the trouble of email inboxes overflowing with Excel sheets, expense reports and any other number of project documentation.

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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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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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52 Tips to Break into Project Management

quantmleap

C ouple of months ago I was approached by Geoff Crane, a blogger and a Professor of project management at Durham College, to assist with the following request: I teach project management at Durham College in Ontario.

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Cynefin Related #NoEstimates Thoughts

quantmleap

T he Cynefin framework identifies five domains within which systems and environments can co-exist.

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7 Tips to Manage your Email (and not let it manage you)!

Fear No Project PM

If you are reading this post, then like me, you would love to have a good guide on how to effectively use EMAIL. Unfortunately I am not aware of a single guide for this!! However, I thought I would share some best practices on how to use and not be used by email. The key […]. Best Practice Communication General Project Management management pm Project Management Tools communication project manager

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Top 3 Reasons Key Performers are Essential

Fear No Project PM

Our team has been in staffing mode for the last 2 weeks (Or as our HR staff says “Talent Acquisition mode”). Every time I am involved in starting up a new large program I start thinking about the people we are staffing into key project roles. I am constantly reminded by advisors that not everyone […]. General Project Management Leadership management Resource Management staff Best Practice HR resource management

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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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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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Project Management For You: Taking Action and Using Agile with Cornelius Fichtner (@corneliusficht)

PM for the Masses

Cornelius Fichtner shares with me his thoughts on what Project Management is and how to start using it to turn ideas into reality. The post Project Management For You: Taking Action and Using Agile with Cornelius Fichtner (@corneliusficht) appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Cornelius Fichtner shares with me his thoughts on what Project Management is and how to start using it to turn ideas into reality. Interviews PM Concepts PM For You PM For You Podcast Podcast

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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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Changing Technology, Process or organizations – Mistakes to Avoid in Change Management

Fear No Project PM

I recently had the pleasure of participating in an article on Process Change. Kathleen Irwin had been tasked with putting together the article to uncover tips on Costly mistakes that organizations should avoid when attempting to change technology, process(workflow) or team structure. You can read the entire article over at Software Advice’s site – Process […]. Best Practice Change Management Project Management change management

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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 Break into Project Management-Part 2

Guerrilla Project Management

In this second installment in this series on how to break into project management, Bruce Harpham, the author of Project Management Hacks, shows us how to tun a process into a project. Getting your start in project management doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need a clear strategy to get started.

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Programming your mind for success

Stepping Into Project Management

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Achieve Creative Freedom With Project Management Software

Function Point

Working with many agencies, we have found the #1 thing they wish they could achieve is freedom — freedom from chaos, disorganization, overtime and stress. A project management system can help you achieve the freedom you desire.

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Achieve Creative Freedom With Project Management Software

Function Point

Working with many agencies, we have found the #1 thing they wish they could achieve is freedom — freedom from chaos, disorganization, overtime and stress. A project management system can help you achieve the freedom you desire.

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Prep Your fp. Project Management Software For 2015

Function Point

It’s almost 2015 and it seems like every year goes by faster. It’s easy to let the holidays sneak up on you. November 1st comes around and I catch myself saying, “I can’t believe stores have Christmas decorations up already!” ” Really Marc? You can’t believe it?

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Prep Your fp. Project Management Software For 2015

Function Point

It’s almost 2015 and it seems like every year goes by faster. It’s easy to let the holidays sneak up on you. November 1st comes around and I catch myself saying, “I can’t believe stores have Christmas decorations up already!” ” Really Marc? You can’t believe it?

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My PMI Australia Conference Presentation re Transforming to Agile

quantmleap

I had the pleasure of presenting at the Australia PMI Conference in Melbourne yesterday. The topic was “Transform yourself from Traditional to Agile Project Manager” 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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ERP Projects: The Complete Survival Manual-Part 1

Guerrilla Project Management

Managing your first ERP project is the ultimate challenge you will face in your career as a project manager.

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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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