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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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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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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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 Besides having inaccurate or outdated files there is also the trouble of email inboxes overflowing with Excel sheets, expense reports and any other number of project documentation.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tips For Estimating the Return on Your Project Management Software

Function Point

There are many aspects to consider when choosing a new project management software for your agency, design studio or internal marketing department. Some of the important factors to consider are: product features. support and training. ease of use. security and integration with other tools. Additionally, determining the return on investment (ROI) on implementing the tool is often the biggest question we get asked about.

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Tips For Estimating the Return on Your Project Management Software

Function Point

There are many aspects to consider when choosing a new project management software for your agency, design studio or internal marketing department. Some of the important factors to consider are: product features. support and training. ease of use. security and integration with other tools. Additionally, determining the return on investment (ROI) on implementing the tool is often the biggest question we get asked about.

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20 Online Training Resources for Project Managers

Wrike

What makes a great project manager? Experience? Communication skills? Planning prowess? Or is it the desire to constantly improve and develop new abilities?

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Plan Your Agency’s Success With Project Management Software

Function Point

The New Year is fast approaching, and there is no better time than now to start thinking of ways to improve your creative agency. Transitioning your team to more efficient and profitable workflow processes is easier with an all-in-one project management software. The software can provide your team with the breakthrough you’ve been hoping for to grow your agency’s profits. Here are some steps to help your agency breakthrough to the next level of success in 2015: Business Health.

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Plan Your Agency’s Success With Project Management Software

Function Point

The New Year is fast approaching, and there is no better time than now to start thinking of ways to improve your creative agency. Transitioning your team to more efficient and profitable workflow processes is easier with an all-in-one project management software. The software can provide your team with the breakthrough you’ve been hoping for to grow your agency’s profits. Here are some steps to help your agency breakthrough to the next level of success in 2015: Business Health.

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Enjoy the Turkey: A Project Manager’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Day

Wrike

Many people see project management as a complicated tangle of work breakdown structures, spreadsheets, critical path timelines, risk assessments… There’s a reason they give out certifications for this stuff!

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How do you celebrate birthdays? (celebrating team milestones)

Fear No Project PM

OK- so I’ll admit that it’s my birthday. And acknowledging it made me think about milestones in general, and more specifically, for a project team. Birthdays are a great milestone that can—and should-be celebrated. Do you celebrate milestones for your team members? I wish I could say we do a great job; we at least […]. Leadership management Project Management Best Practice career planning motivation project management project manager

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Project Management Software Case Study: Chute Gerdeman

Function Point

Chute Gerdeman is an award-winning strategic brand and design firm. Founded in 1989, the company is an innovator in beneficial customer brand experiences in the retail, restaurant, consumer goods and service provider industries. Summary Of Challenges Prior To Function Point. The company used custom-built, time-tracking software that was ready to update it. Chute Gerdeman used lots of offline documents to track project details. Summary Of The Benefits Of Function Point.

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Project Management Software Case Study: Chute Gerdeman

Function Point

Chute Gerdeman is an award-winning strategic brand and design firm. Founded in 1989, the company is an innovator in beneficial customer brand experiences in the retail, restaurant, consumer goods and service provider industries. Summary Of Challenges Prior To Function Point. The company used custom-built, time-tracking software that was ready to update it. Chute Gerdeman used lots of offline documents to track project details. Summary Of The Benefits Of Function Point.

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8 Project Management Infographics You Have to See

Wrike

You just became a project manager, or you’ve been in the field for a while but you’re ready to learn more. These great project management infographics from sources all over the net provide interesting education for PMs and PM-wannabes.

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Lessons Learned from Project Failure at Denver International Airport: Why Checking Bags is Still a Pain

Wrike

We regularly review major projects to extract valuable lessons and pass on the knowledge so that everyone can benefit. One failed project we recently took an interest in is Denver International Airport’s luggage handling system.

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The Project Manager Shortage is Coming: 3 Ways to Prepare

Wrike

PMI’s Pulse of the Profession 2014 report shows that organizations with effective knowledge sharing in place have a 70% success rate for strategic initiatives, compared to a 45% success rate for organizations without it. Have you told your project manager how much you appreciate them lately?

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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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The Ultimate Guide to Project Management

Wrike

If you’re learning about project management for the first time and you’ve come across our Wrike blog, you’ll realize we’ve written quite a lot of articles on project management, methodologies, and leadership strategies over the years.

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What Is a Gantt Chart for Project Management? (Infographic)

Wrike

. Today, Gantt charts are a staple tool in project management software. They show up in project binders, on boardroom walls, in project management plans — all because they are able to visually convey what would take paragraphs of boring text. But who invented them?

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Why You Should Use Neuroscience to Master Change Management

Wrike

Managing a project for the first time can be overwhelming. First, there’s the technical side to learn: project management methods and tools, organizational techniques, etc. Then, there’s the really important part: the people side of things.

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