Understanding Agile

Girl's Guide to PM

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. Agile Expert Views

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The Basics of Agile and Project Management

Arras People

Still not sure what’s driving the Agile conversation? Or should that be agility? According to a 2016 study by Accenture Technology Vision, 86% of executives expect an acceleration of tech developments in their sector within the next three years.

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What I’m Reading: July 2016

Girl's Guide to PM

PRINCE2 Agile also gets a fleeting mention, What I’m Reading [April 2016] Find out what I've been reading and why I've been inspired to be my Personal Best. What I’m Reading: January 2016 Find out what I've been reading over the last month or so.

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The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016

Arras People

The report polled over 2,100 permanent and contract Programme and Project Management professionals during December 2015 and January 2016. It is difficult to say if this is a ‘skills shortage’ as practitioner churn remains low as they still lack confidence in the UK economy moving into 2016.

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Five Things a Product Manager Should Be Thankful For – 2016 Edition

The Clever PM

Product Management Agile Culture Leadership PM Top 5It’s become an annual exercise here at The Clever PM to create a list every year of the five things that Product Managers should be thankful for — it started the first year, continued into the second year, and is now rolling into the third year as your go-to source for tips, tricks, and hacks […].

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5 levels of Agile planning. and the DoD

Musings on Project Management

Some years ago I picked up this nice summary image of agile planning over several time cycles. It came from a white paper at AgileConnection.com " entitled "Scaling Agile Processes: Five Levels of Planning Fortunately, to give some credibility to his thesis, the author says right up front that agile methods don't scale to enterprise level without some changes! agile

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Getting Moving with Agile Projects

Arras People

In the year 2016 it also includes understanding Agile – as I found out at a recent project management event being run by Hemsley Fraser in London. This is an outcome to the retrospectives that happen in Agile developments. Agile Gets Things Moving.

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Kano analysis and Agile

Musings on Project Management

agile best value Kano AnalysisKano analysis is a new product feature/function evaluation tool that gives visualization to feature/function relative merit over time as trends change. The usual presentation is a four-sector grid with trend lines that connect the sectors. The grids are defined by the horizontal and vertical scales that are easily set up on a white boad in the war room (don't take the word 'scale' too.

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Let’s Be Agile Together!

Arras People

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. Agile Project Management agile

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What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

Arras People

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.

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The Agile Canon

Musings on Project Management

I thought this posting on the "Agile Canon" was worthy of passing along in its entirety. agileSo, there's the link for a pretty good read on the most important elements of a canon that all should be interested in adopting: Measure Economic Progress: Outcomes, means to measure, means to forecast Proactively Experiment to Improve: Assess options, embrace diversity and variability, execute.

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True agility requires ruthless prioritization

Kiron Bondale

Primary roles on agile delivery teams are expected to be fully dedicated to the one project or product that they are supporting. For some period of time, potentially very long, there will be teams delivering in a traditional manner and others delivering in an agile manner.

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Mixing Agile with traditional business

Musings on Project Management

This quote comes from a nicely argued case -- from the agile blog 'leading answers' -- for mixing agile methods in rather traditional businesses, like the oil and gas exploration/production business If ever there was a business that. agileThere comes a point where more planning can not remove the remaining uncertainty, instead execution must be used to provide data and remove uncertainty.

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Agile and the sailing analogy

Musings on Project Management

In one presentation to a PMI chapter on Agile project management I used a sailing race analogy. to learn that agile projects have plans, and even more shocking that earned value concepts (that is: earning some value for the investment made) is agileI've used this analogy before, but this time there was some 'Q&A' that was worth passing along. The first thing is that audience was shocked (shocked!)

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Agile Phases

Musings on Project Management

In the beginning, there was pre-history Agile, almost prehistoric era: Before 2000 and the meeting in Utah that birthed modern Agile Rogue developers trying various "light weight" and "rapid" prototyping and coding practices. In the SEI world, a ghastly level 1 operation of different strokes for different folks Everyone else slaving to command and control -- SEI maturity model uber alles

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12 Project Management Related Tools to Consider for 2016?

Brad Egeland

In this presentation, I'd like to share 12 such products that are definitely worth checking out for your 2016 project management needs. ​ Wrike Wrike is an agile work management platform with a broad range of tools for managing and collaborating on projects.

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What Does an Agile Culture Look Like?

The Clever PM

A common question posed to Product Managers in organizations interested in or transitioning into Agile is, “How do we know that we’re Agile?” ” Because agility is a cultural value, there’s no pre-determined checklist of things that one can step through and certify your company as 100% Organic Agile. Product Management Agile Culture Influence Lean Organization PM Roles Scrum Strategy Uncertainty

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Agile in the critical systems space

Musings on Project Management

I read a recent posting about agile from a very odd corner of the PM space for an agile conversation to be: CriticalUncertainties, a (conservative) blog about critical safety and failure (or fail safe) requirements in complex systems. But, nonetheless, we get this input from critical systems safety expert Mathew Squair: When you don’t know what to do, don’t sit down and plan what you don’t agile

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Avoid gold-plating through agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

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.

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The five failures of agile tools

Kiron Bondale

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.

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What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?

Arras People

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.

Don’t forget n*(n-1)/2 when scaling agile!

Kiron Bondale

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!

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Examining the Twelve Principles of Agile

The Clever PM

A lot of attention is paid (here, as well as elsewhere) on the “Agile Manifesto“, and while it’s an important component of the Agile way of thinking, it’s not the be-all, end-all statement that came out of the Snowbird conference around the turn of the century. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Good PM Leadership PM

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Human Resources needs to be part of your company’s agile transformation!

Kiron Bondale

When we think about the journey from traditional delivery approaches to agile, the focus is normally on delivery teams or on those areas of the organization which will need to transition from being project-focused to becoming product, capability or value-stream centric.

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The argument for agile gets even more appealing…

Kiron Bondale

However things get more intriguing when we compare the results for agile and waterfall. Out of a sample of over 10,000 software projects, 39% of those which were managed using agile approaches succeeded as compared with only 11% of those using a traditional approach.

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Focus on your soft skills when moving to agile!

Kiron Bondale

As companies begin the journey of transforming their delivery practices from traditional to agile approaches, role transitions can be challenging. Some might argue that project managers are no longer required once an organization has fully institutionalized agile.

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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained

Azendoo

T he ultimate purpose of agile project management is to quickly respond to customer needs and market changes. In Project Management, Agile is often referred to in software development, but it can also be applied to other fields. Understanding Agile. The Agile Process.

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I get the business rationale for agile, but what’s in it for ME?

Kiron Bondale

When we read about the rationale for an agile approach to project delivery, the focus is often on the benefits realized by the company or by their customers. While we can’t marginalize the benefits of early and frequent realization of business value there is a compelling case to be made about higher levels of job satisfaction and engagement for the team members working on successful agile projects when compared with their counterparts on equally successful traditional projects.

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Why Isn’t Agile Working For Me – Part 4 – What to Do When Agile Isn’t Working

The Clever PM

installment of my series of posts discussing why Agile may not be working for you or your organization. Product Management Agile Culture Good PM Influence Leadership PM Scrum UncertaintyThis is the fourth (and possibly final!) Part One focused on the role of culture and training; Part Two focused on the importance of continual improvement and evangelism; and Part Three focused on lack of knowledge, lack of commitment, […].

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Why Isn’t Agile Working for Me? – Part 3

The Clever PM

This is the third in a series of posts discussing the various reasons why Agile transitions tend to run into roadblocks or fail completely. In the first post, we looked at some fundamental considerations that often wind up causing problems for teams wanting to make the change to Agile practices. Product Management Agile Culture Leadership Organization PM Scrum

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Agile: Should I Be Taking Training? – Project Management Advice

Arras People

“ 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. Agile Project Management agile

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PMP Exam Change 2016: New Topics and Study Guidance (Part 2)

Deep Fried Brain

PMP Exam Change 2016 (Part 2): In part 1, we learned about PMI's Role Delineation Study (RDS), PMP Exam Content Outline, PMBOK Guide, and PMP Handbook, and how these influence the PMP Exam. Agile PMP PMP Exam Change 2016 PMP Exam Content Outline PMP Handbook Role Delineation Study (RDS

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The Agile Cannon

Herding Cats

The paper Agile Base Patterns in the Agile Canon , Daniel R Greening, 2016 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences is an important contribution to the discussion of agile at scale in organizations beyond 5 developers at the table with their customer.

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Top 3 Books for 2016

Stepping Into Project Management

If you have been with me reading the blog or checking tweets and watching the occasional pop ups in Instagram, you will know that I read for work and pleasure. This year has seen me get back to it more than the last two years.

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The not so minimum Minimum Viable Product

Kiron Bondale

Tagged: agile project management , project decision making , Valuable projects. Agile Project Management agile project management project decision making Valuable projects

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Inspiring Women in Project Management: Natalie Warnert

Girl's Guide to PM

Today is the turn of Natalie Warnert, who set out to promote and support women in Agile. Natalie, what does Women in Agile do? WomenInAgile has created a place and community for women to network, share experiences, and spread diversity through the Agile community.

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5 Tips To Re-Energise Your Daily Standup Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

Regular readers will know that I’m not an expert in Agile, by any means. Constant reviews like this are an essential tool of agile development. As support administrator at White October she manages agile projects as well as supervising the ongoing support flow.

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SwiftKanban Feature Update- Dec 2016

Digite

The post SwiftKanban Feature Update- Dec 2016 appeared first on Digité Blog. Kanban Kanban board Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized Account Reporting agile Card Color Reporting SwiftKanban Update Visual Project Management

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The Extinction of Agile Coaching

Agile Coach

I didn’t renew my contract many months later because I couldn’t see any evidence that this organization was interested in being Agile. Well, I was the Agile Consultant. I was a full-on, Agile stick beating, CSM credential holding fraud with the best of intentions.

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How To Be An Estimating Superhero

Girl's Guide to PM

VersionOne, maker of agile project management software, incorporated Monte Carlo simulation into their software two years ago. Software review: Simplestimate [2016] Find out more about how to make estimating simple with this software review of Simplestimate.