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2021 Online & On-Site Events for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

2021 is going to be full of both online and offline events for project managers engaged in different areas of business: construction and engineering, IT, healthcare, and many others. Biggest Online Project Management Conferences in 2021.

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Overview and Key Themes of IIL’s 2021 Agile & Scrum Online Conference

International Institute for Learning

IIL’s 6th annual Agile and Scrum Online Conference: Co-Create for Greater Value opens on June 3, 2021. Agile and Scrum concepts are about everyone on a team coming together, and being empowered to work towards an end goal, with a customer-first mindset.

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Sustainable Agility at the Enterprise Level — Jorgen Hesselberg at the Agile Camp Berlin 2021

TL; DR: Sustainable Agility at the Enterprise Level w/ Jorgen Hesselberg — ACB21. Join Stefan in one of his upcoming Professional Scrum training classes ! ?? Join us on August 10, 2021 : Hands-on Agile #33: Adapt How You Lead for Agile Success—Johanna Rothman.

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How I ended up becoming a (Professional) Scrum trainer

Gunther Verheyen

In October 2003 my life of Scrum started, albeit not with Scrum. My life of Scrum actually started with eXtreme Programming which we then wrapped in Scrum. Attending the class was part of my journey towards becoming a Professional Scrum Trainer (“PST”) for

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Project Management Predictions for 2021

International Institute for Learning

Historically, most of the changes appeared in the methodology, processes, tools, and techniques. Techniques such as agile and Scrum appear to do a better job measuring and report value created through the project than other approaches. By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.

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 Executive’s Guide To Large-Scale Agile Transformation & Sustaining An Adaptive Enterprise w/ Mike Cottmeyer

Leading Agile

The three systems include a System of Delivery, a System of Transformation, and a System of Sustainability. – [Announcer] This is Mike Cottmeyer’s talk from Agile Arizona, The Executive’s Guide to Large-Scale Agile Transformation and Sustaining an Adaptive Enterprise.

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Scrum Master Interview Questions: Scrum Anti-Patterns

TL; DR: Scrum Master Interview Questions on Scrum Anti-Patterns. Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world , a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand. process.).

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Scaling Kanban Across Your Organization for Beginner Level PMs


Scaling is the process of widening Agile practices across multiple teams. Usually, organizations or companies see the benefits of implementing Kanban at a singular team level and want to go ahead and start the process of scaling Kanban to implement its practices across the whole organization.

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Scrum Success Principles and Indicators — 51 Scrum Master Interview Questions (5)

Scrum Master Interview: Demand Creates Supply and the Job Market for Agile Practitioners is No Exception. Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Which makes any Scrum Master interview a challenging task. The Scrum Guide.

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The Rhythmic Dance of Agile with Cadence


In iteration-based Agile, such as Extreme Programming (XP) or Scrum, an iteration length is prescribed. Considering Scrum framework, the cadence is timeboxed, usually from two to four weeks and is created by a Sprint. For that, a sustainable pace is needed.

Why Agile Transformation Fails | AgileIndy 2021

Leading Agile

This is Mike Cottmeyer's talk from AgileIndy 2021 on The Executive's Guide to Why Agile Transformation Fails. Announcer] This is Mike Cottmeyer’s talk from AgileIndy, 2021 on “Why Agile Transformation Fails.” I don’t mean Scrum.

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10 Success Factors To Resolve Zombie Scrum

In December 2020, Johannes Schartau , Christiaan Verwijs , and I published the Zombie Scrum Survival Guide. We wrote it to help readers understand why Scrum so often descends into Zombie Scrum and to offer practical and down-to-earth help. Make the Scrum events goal-oriented.

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Three Common Developer Blunders in 5:05 Minutes—Making Your Scrum Work #14

TL; DR: Common Developer Blunders — When Your Scrum Team Lacks Alignment. There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. Source : Scrum Guide 2020.

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions (2): Internal Stakeholders & Product Roadmaps

They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Join us on February 3, 2021: Hands-on Agile #29: Scrum Guide 2020 — Reloaded.

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Don't Use Scrum! (Too Many Darned Meetings) Try This Instead.

. When we introduce Scrum to some companies, sometimes the question arises - "Why are there so many meetings in Scrum? So here's my answer - don't use Scrum! On a scaled of 0 to 10, how effective was your team in maximizing sustainable, measurable value? Look back at all the print-outs of before and after weekly calendars, look at all the meetings you had, and draw out your team process on one single page. Scrum might not be for you.

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2022 Online and In-Person Events for Project/Resource Managers and Industry Professionals

Epicflow Blog

The first area will involve topics related to Agile, Lean, Scrum, Kanban, System Thinking, and other methods for improving the software development process.

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Agile Metrics for Scrum Masters (Part 3): Scrum Team's Effectiveness

This is the third and last video on agile metrics for Scrum Masters. In my previous blog post, I talked about measuring the quality of Scrum implementation on your team and organization. In this post, we’ll talk about the effectiveness of a Scrum Team. . The Scrum Team is high-performing and is continuously improving. The latest version of the Scrum Guide is very specific about this one: "The Scrum Master is accountable for the Scrum Team’s effectiveness.

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SAFe Simply Explained (Part 1): Core Competencies and Principles


High flexibility, adaptability and increased communication are just a few of the benefits that have led to significant improvements through the introduction of agile work processes in organizations. In most cases, however, previous experience is based only on the small-scale use of Scrum or other agile methods in individual departments. SAFe is continuously improved and evolved, with the latest version 5 released in February 2021.

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The Complete Glossary of 614 Project Management Terms


Acceptance Test: A process through which a project's end users run through the project to identify any potential issues before it can be formally accepted. Allocation describes the process for assigning resources for different project activities in the most efficient way possible.

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Scrum Guide 2020: True leadership is an attitude

The readers going through this piece more or less know the definition of a Scrum Master. Currently, major tension managed by the Scrum Masters can be said to be the tension between a specific purpose, and associated safety. The path towards true leadership.

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The Complete History of Agile Software Development


The manifesto served four values: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. Agile processes promote sustainable development.

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Review 12.5 years AGILE in the Netherlands

Henny Portman

The first interview and 5-minute video is with Jeff Sutherland talking about the future of agile organizations, the importance of leadership and the use and impact of Scrum and Scrum at Scale (“ It’s all common sense with an uncommon level of discipline ” – Jeff Sutherland).

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions (2): Internal Stakeholder & Product Roadmaps

They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Join us on February 3, 2021: Hands-on Agile #29: Scrum Guide 2020 — Reloaded.

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Project Requirements Management – Part 1: Introduction to Requirements Management Transcription


In part two, I will be delving deeper into this topic by discussing the process of collecting and writing requirements. And then we’re going to define the importance of stakeholders in the requirements management process.

Motivational debt — it will fix itself, right?

Without resolution and effort, this debt accrues and affects the stability of your Scrum Team instead of the stability of your Product. They focus on the result, not the process.” -Ronda Rousey. Technical debt is to quality what motivational debt is to process.

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Webinar Recap: SIPOC Workshop Facilitation – Part 1: Overview of SIPOC and Systems


Jeff is currently the lead course developer for Edward’s Performance Solution and oversees the production and maintenance of courses on project management, systems engineering, software development, business process improvement, and cybersecurity. And then here’s the process.

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Hiring a Professional Product Owner

While I had seen many things around the Scrum Master for my post on Hiring a Professional Scrum Master , this was a little bit more of a discovery session, which is why I asked some of my trusted colleagues at to help out. Topic(s): Discovery & Ideation , People & Process.

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The Ultimate Guide to Agile Project Management.


This transition has affected our production processes in many ways, making many of them obsolete – too inefficient. It focuses on continuously releasing new iterations throughout its development process. Waterfall vs. Agile development process. Scrum board.

7 Tips on how to create a culture of continual experimentation and learning and how to overcome resistance for change

The purpose of an experiment is to increase our knowledge about a subject, to uncover “unknown unknowns” and to add more confidence to our decision-making process. First create some commitment about accelerating your improvement process.

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How to effectively eliminate dependencies with sociotechnical learning

Organizations need to move fast and receive ongoing feedback from customers to drive sustainable innovation through continuous discovery and value delivery. Scrum teams use refinement to do this. Sociotechnical learning is the sustainable elimination of knowledge gaps. .

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Building Trust via Trustworthiness

Leading Agile

For an Agile team, being trustworthy is about having a stable and predictable capacity; for a Scrum team, that’s a stable velocity, for a Kanban team, that’s stable throughput. . The Business grows tired of the process and simply sets a date and freezes the scope.

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How We Reduced Cycle Time from 164 Days to 8 Days in 6 Months

In December 2020, my friend Adrian Galarza and I delivered a Scrum Pulse Webinar - A Cycle Time Journey: 164 to 8 Days in 6 Months that summarized the journey of Adrian’s Scrum Team. Does Scrum allow testers? What was sustainable cadence after improvements?

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How to complain less and do more

Agile Manifesto, Scrum Framework) to change this mindset and put individuals over processes from the outset. We will try to evaluate these sources in a Scrum Team context. Example: As a Scrum Master, you are asked to monitor and report the velocity of the team to the management.

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Five Types Of Value

The Scrum framework exists to deliver value to stakeholders sooner. For something that seems so central to Scrum, there is little guidance on what “value” means. Maximizing Value In Scrum. How can you state with certainty that value was delivered by your Scrum Team?

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Webinar Recap: PMI PMBOK Guide 7th Edition Standard – What’s New?


So for the first time the PMBOK guide is shifting from a process based standard to a principle based standard. Such as, framework, methods, approaches, processes, knowledge areas, process groups, inputs, tools, techniques, outputs. But, when you take processes.

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