Transformation is More Than Just Having an Agile Checklist

Leading Agile

By now, virtually everyone has at least heard of agile and read the manifesto. Agile has finally been vetted by the early adopters and is now becoming mainstream. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard “It’s not `agile` if you aren’t doing <insert practice here>”.

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Comparing Agile Methods: Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban

Girl's Guide to PM

Regular readers will know that I’m not at all experienced in formal Agile project management, but I know it is something that I need to know more about. Today I’m partnering with Eylean to give you an overview of three agile methodologies: Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban.

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Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management

LiquidPlanner

If you’re fresh out of Certified Scrum Master training, you are likely invigorated to start applying the Agile and SCRUM based techniques to your next project. Then you get back to work and the real world hits you—implementing Agile isn’t going to be as easy as you thought.

Helping functional managers through an agile transformation

Kiron Bondale

A lot has been written about the challenges caused by functional managers when their company undergoes an agile transformation. To support a change you need to understand the change. Agile Facilitating Organization Change Change management personal development

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The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

This means a move away from the predominate way of organizing, managing, and funding work. For small companies, Agile Transformation can be straightforward—since getting alignment can be accomplished by getting everyone in a room and creating shared understanding.

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Is increasing agility a recurring resolution?

Kiron Bondale

I resolve to run a marathon this year), most relate to changing our behavior (e.g. Increasing organizational agility is a journey and not a one time goal. Change one behavior at a time. To succeed with any significant organizational change we need to over-communicate.

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What are the tipping points for your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

I’ve frequently said that agile transformations are marathons and not sprints. Team social pressure encourages appropriate agile behaviors without the need for sustained external coaching. Delivery frequency matches stakeholders’ change appetite.

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Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

In one of my previous articles I’d written about the need for change across multiple areas of an organization when undertaking an agile transformation. It can also encourage sloppy product management.

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Change Management in Project Management- An Ultimate Guide

ProProfs Project Management

Unexpected changes in project activities.’. This factor cannot be taken lightly because unplanned changes not only shift your priorities but also cause delays. That’s why change management in project management is deemed as a crucial element. Project Management

The 12 Agile Principles. Part One.

Growing Agile

Much is said and written about the Agile Manifesto that if I were to write about it, I’m sure it wouldn’t be anything that hasn’t been said before. Over the next few blog posts I’m going to break down the agile principles in batches of 3 at a time.

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Gantt charts still have a place in the agile-verse!

Kiron Bondale

A good example of this is the use of Gantt charts by teams who are following an adaptive or agile delivery life cycle. Activities performed by supporting roles working outside of the agile teams.

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What Is the Definition of Done for Agile Teams?

ProjectManager.com

These days, it seems like everybody is all about doing things agile. So if a foundation of agile is working fast and changing rapidly and often, while continuing to iterate on the project, what’s the definition of done in agile? How Work is Done in 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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Maintain a sense of change urgency through agility

Kiron Bondale

According to John Kotter’s model for leading change, the first step to overcoming inertia requires us to instill a sense of true urgency in those we need to support, implement and sustain the change.

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Lean Change Management – 4 Years Later

Agile Coach

A friend of mine asked me on twitter what my 3 main things I’ve learned teaching my Lean Change Agent workshops and what the main takeaways from attendees were. Context : it’s important to understand what triggered me to move away from agile, and into org change.

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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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How do we encourage organizational adoption of an agile mindset?

Kiron Bondale

Changing mindset is all the rage in the agile community. But how do we change people’s minds? 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.

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Comparing Agile Methods: Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban

Girl's Guide to PM

Regular readers will know that I’m not at all experienced in formal Agile project management, but I know it is something that I need to know more about. Today I’m partnering with Eylean to give you an overview of three agile methodologies: Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban.

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Why You Need to Become Business Agile

The Lazy Project Manager

In the first of this 3-part webinar series, we will explore ways to not only significantly reduce change failures but also how to dramatically raise the capability, speed, and success rates of delivering strategic change in any organization through the adoption of a ‘business agilechange structure. Join our webinar to learn: Evolution and Stasis of Project Management: Challenges and Failures. Best Practices and Pitfalls of Change Management.

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Change Management & Scrum: Gamification Perspective

Stepping Into Project Management

Introduction to Gamification I have been studying about Gamification for a while and after having been part of several change initiatives, I started appreciating how the game design concepts can be used for change initiation and management. Figure out who will lead the change?

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Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

April’s theme at ProjectManagement.com where I write a monthly column was “Consulting,” and in this article, I examine the world of Agile Consulting and coaching. Getting Started Personally, I was hesitant to get into agile consulting and coaching. Agile Project Management Leadership

5 Must Know Facts Before Implementing Agile in 2020

Proggio

Agile is all the rage, and for good reason. Yes, agile methodology can bring such good results that we’ll repeat ourselves three times.) This is prevalent enough that people can say the term agile is meaningless ! It is quite easy for an organization to appear agile.

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Why I Stopped Going to Agile Events

Agile Coach

This year at Agile and Beyond was the first Agile event I attended since I presented with Declan Whelan at Agile 2015. Then this year at Agile and Beyond, I had a conversation with someone who self-admittedly is new to the Agile world, more or less.

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5 Cool PivotalTracker Alternatives for Efficient Agile Project Management

nTask

PivotalTracker is an important component of any agile project management environment. I know this from experience because I work as an agile manager. At its core, PivotalTracker is a cloud-based agile project management software. It is teeming with a bunch of nifty features that make task management, communication and collaboration a huge convenience. We were also not using Agile Velocity and estimate reports.

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Managing the change to Agile

Musings on Project Management

I once asked my Agile class what they would do vis a vis change management to prepare the organization to take on Agile methods, if only a pilot to start. I thought it was pretty decent list, so I present it unabridged: "In order to gain acceptance I would use the following change management techniques: - Vision–Clearly articulate the vision and needs. -. agile change

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How should I handle an agile-waterfall hybrid project?

Kiron Bondale

” I could plead the project management equivalent of the Fifth Amendment by answering “ It depends! 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.

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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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Retrospectives and Intraspectives for Agile Practitioners

MPUG

Let’s apply this by thinking of a team of Agile practitioners working on a software product. Retrospectives and intraspectives in Agile development do exactly that. The importance of taking the time for retrospection comes from one of the 12 core principles of the Agile Manifesto. “At

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5 Cool Pivotal Tracker Alternatives for Efficient Agile Project Management

nTask

Pivotal Tracker is an important component of any agile project management environment. I know this from experience because I work as an agile manager. At its core, Pivotal Tracker is a cloud-based agile project management software. It is teeming with a bunch of nifty features that make task management, communication and collaboration a huge convenience. We were also not using Agile Velocity and estimate reports.

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Agile Coach

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Should we hire full-time or contract agile coaches?

Kiron Bondale

In 2013 I wrote an article about the advantages and disadvantages of contract project managers. Competent agile coaches have been in high demand for many years due to the large number of companies across multiple industries who are going through agile transformations.

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5 Ways to Become Agile: A Summary

Planview

As we finalize our six-part blog series on how to become agile, let’s take a look back at the previous five blogs and provide you with a brief summary of their key points. Part 1: Driving Agile at Scale: The Agile PMO. This must change. Lean and Agile PMO

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Q&A Responses to Driving Organizational Agility

Keyedin

In a recent webinar with PMO Strategies Founder, Laura Barnard, the audience had some great questions about organizational agility and how that relates to the PMO. Here are her answers to the Q&A portion of the webinar on Driving Organizational Agility.

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Becoming a Business Agile Coach

Arras People

I have been in practice with Agile, particularly Scrum, Kanban and XP, and I am looking to become an Agile Coach. I would like to build my expertise in how to coach project managers, CEOs, etc, on how to begin practicing Agile principles when going to clients, collaborating with customers to produce contracts for business more aligned with Agile if possible, and so on. Q&A Project Management Careers agile coach

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When it Comes to Delivering Business Value, Confidence isn?t Enough

Leading Agile

In our Transformation practice, we are helping organizations change how they plan and execute work to be done. Adopting Agile Agile Agile Adoption Agile Management Agile Transformation Business Agility Change Management Coaching Transformation Value

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Agile Portfolio Management in an Adaptive World – Q&A with the Experts

Keyedin

Agile Portfolio Management is a hot topic for many PMO leaders today trying to forge forward in a world where things are requiring a high degree of adaptability. Can you share any insight on changes or uptake of Agile due to virtual working?

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Foundational Elements for Agile PPM: A Phased Approach – Part 1

Keyedin

One of the common concerns about implementing Agile in project and portfolio management (PPM) is the impression that it requires broad, sweeping and instantaneous change in order to be successful. Agile relies heavily on data in order to make swift changes on the fly.

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The ‘Ready for Change’ 2017 Roadshow for Project Practitioners

Arras People

SPOCE, the project management training organisation and partners AXELOS and APMG are running three events soon called the ‘Ready for Change’ 2017 Roadshows. Change! It is what underpins all objectives in Project Management approaches. Change Management.

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