Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. ” I’ve spent the last half-year in the beginning of my journey understanding how agile product management at scale can work.

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The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

When an executive, too far removed from what makes creating products hard thinks of “agile” as a silver bullet it becomes difficult to manage expectations. It is precisely that potential which inspires not-yet-informed executives to learn about how agile could help them.

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Agile Portfolio Management

Arras People

When I first heard about the Agile Business Consortium working on a new pocketbook about Agile Portfolio Management early in 2017 I was intrigued. Is there a place for Agile at portfolio level? The post Agile Portfolio Management appeared first on arraspeople.

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Agency Agile: 10 Agile Methods For Agencies

The Digital Project Manager

Every digital agency I’ve come across seems to claim they’re they’re doing agency agile in some shape or form. The post Agency Agile: 10 Agile Methods For Agencies appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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The Third Wave of Agile

The third wave of Agile is here

The Manifesto’s missing link: Valuing agility over agendas

Kiron Bondale

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development gave us four values supported by a dozen guiding principles. But there is one more value which might have helped to avoid some of the failures attributed to agile transformations – agility over agendas.

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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? The digital transformation and speeding up of processes have supported the growth of the Agile methodology. Agile is a way of approaching project management.

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Risk management for agile projects

Kiron Bondale

What are the implications to project risk management when you choose to deliver a project using an agile approach? Tagged: agile project management , Risk management , Stakeholder analysis. Agile Project Management agile project management Risk management Stakeholder analysis

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Shouldn’t we ALL be agile project managers?

Kiron Bondale

I always get a kick out of online discussions referencing agile project managers as if those are some special subset of the project management population! So why wouldn’t you want to be an agile project manager?

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Agile Adoption: Decreasing Time to Market

This Refcard is focused on helping you evaluate and choose the practices for your team or organization when getting to market faster is of prime importance

Are your agile transformation blockers like agents in The Matrix?

Kiron Bondale

Agile transformations are susceptible to a variety of impediments but sometimes these hurdles are not as high as we believe them to be. Product Owners, Agile Leads) to a single value stream. But Morpheus, like agile coaches, can only show the way. Once teams successfully adopt the right mindset, they can respect the impact of organizational blockers but continue to discover ways of being agile.

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Agile Cadabra

Tyner Blain

Agile is not magical. Changing from a waterfall process to an agile process changes how your team works, and helps eliminate inefficiencies. Adopting an agile process does not let you magically have a more successful product. What makes agile powerful is also makes it dangerous.

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So how’s your agile transformation going?

Kiron Bondale

If your organization is in the midst of an agile transformation, ideally this change was justified through a business case which articulated expected benefits and the means by which those benefits would be measured.

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Five expectations for agile tools…

Kiron Bondale

Agile delivery does not mandate the use of software tools, but when scaling agile within large organizations with greater numbers of stakeholders, geographic distribution of pods, compliance requirements and similar enterprise challenges, tooling can improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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Lessons in agility from wine tasting…

Kiron Bondale

After enjoying a glass of their 2010 Reserve Meritage I came to the conclusion that wine tasting and agile have more in common than you might think. Similarly a coach can help steer a team past anti-patterns so that they have a chance to appreciate what agility truly is.

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A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

Importance of agility and iterative processes. We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics.

Maintain a sense of change urgency through agility

Kiron Bondale

This is why regardless of the nature of a transformation we need to inject agility into its delivery. Agile Facilitating Organization Change agile project management Change management Stakeholder analysis transformational projects

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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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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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Never neglect the human side of agile!

Kiron Bondale

This is why the following principle from the Agile Manifesto needs to be careful considered whenever an agile transformation is underway: Build projects around motivated individuals. Tagged: agile project management , improving project management , transformational projects.

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How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. Agile approaches provide us other options now. Join Johanna as she discusses: How agile approaches change what we measure.

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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Agile Management

Binfire

You have probably used or heard about Agile Project Management , but chances are not about company-wide Agile management practice. To be successful today, businesses need to be agile not just in managing their projects but in everything they do in their businesses.

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How do we encourage organizational adoption of an agile mindset?

Kiron Bondale

Changing mindset is all the rage in the agile community. We aren’t trying to change what they do as that results in superficial agility, we want to change how they think about what they do. Agile Facilitating Organization Change agile project management Change management

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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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Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead?

All form and no (agile) substance?

Kiron Bondale

“ Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose ” Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr’s warning reminds us that it is very easy to ignore the Manifesto for Agile Software Development’s value statements. Tagged: agile project management , Process compliance stupidity.

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Is Agile Really Cheaper?

Tyner Blain

There are several ways to answer the question “is agile cheaper than waterfall?” Agile done well is cheaper, as long as you measure correctly.” The right question is: is agile better?” ” How Agile Is NOT Cheaper. Agile Done Well IS Cheaper.

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. Let’s apply this lens to agile as applied within a company, and see if it helps people decide to do things differently. When You Say Agile, What Do You Mean?

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Stage Gates and Agile

Musings on Project Management

One of my Agile Project Management students asked me about stage gates and agile. My first response was this: Agile is not a gated methodology, primarily because scope is viewed as emergent, and thus the idea of pre-determined gate criteria is inconsistent with progressive elaboration and emergence. Agile does embrace structured releases; you could put a criteria around a release and use. agile

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PPM and Agile transformations are two birds of a feather…

Kiron Bondale

At first glance you might think that there couldn’t be two organization transformations with greater difference than the adoption of project portfolio management (PPM) and the transition to agile delivery.

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Improving portfolio management must be part of an agile transformation

Kiron Bondale

When we think of an agile transformation, improving portfolio management might not be high on the organization’s list of priorities. Agile delivery is not a silver bullet. Tagged: agile project management , Project Portfolio Management , resource availability.

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Applying Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions to agile teams

Kiron Bondale

Patrick Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team can help agile leads guide their team building efforts. If the agile lead takes too direct an approach to address this, the team’s journey towards self-discipline and self-management will slow down.

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The Benefits of Agile Approach to Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

The Swedish police investigation support project, PUST (Polisens Utredningsstöd) ran along Agile lines and involved daily stand up meetings. Another technique used often by Agile teams is to remove the chairs in the room – Agile meetings are called stand ups for a reason.

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Which compromises are making your agile transformation fragile?

Kiron Bondale

Agile transformation is a long journey for large companies. During this formative time, teams will have to cope with constraints which hamper how far down the agile delivery continuum they can operate. Constraints and compromises are common when undertaking an agile transformation.

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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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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

Everybody’s talking about agile software development these days: project managers, software developers, IT directors, small startups and big corporations. What is Agile Software Development? Agile teams prioritize collaboration, adaptability and working software.

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Why Agile is important?

Binfire

I am sure by now you have heard about agile, companies big and small like Amazon and Google are using agile to manage work. You may be forgiven if you wonder why agile is used more and more for managing work and projects. Why Agile? You ask why Agile?

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How should I handle an agile-waterfall hybrid project?

Kiron Bondale

For example, technology deliverables might be completed in an agile manner whereas change management deliverables such as training collateral get produced in a traditional manner. This can be a challenge when an agile work stream has dependencies on a waterfall work stream.

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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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