Project Closure: Your Complete Guide to How to Close-down Your Project

Online PM Courses

And it’s only fair to acknowledge that some of the things I have been saying in training sessions fo the last 20+ years track back to Paul’s advice closing a project well. The formal standard for the ‘Closing Process Group’ is very thin. Agile.

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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How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change

The Digital Project Manager

Agile How-to Guides How-to Managing And Controling How-to Project Closing Leadership & Team Management PM Skills & Best Practices TopicsWhether you’re new to the software development game or been a player for years, chances.

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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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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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

Now let's take a closer look at three popular agile frameworks and how they compare to make it easier to choose which to use for your next project. Teams align based on common goals and work closely together. It's important to note that these agile frameworks can be combined to provide hybrid solutions such as the two below.

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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. Agile Featured


The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

Herding Cats

Agile in name only. scrum, not agile. This took me back since Scrum is derived from an empirical closed loop control system developed in the USAF by Col. There's a recent paper " What Lessons Can the Agile Community Learn from A Maverick Fighter Pilot? "

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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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. Neo’s fears and doubts are more crippling than the lack of a dumpster below his office building which he could jump into or a fire escape ladder close at hand to get to the roof. But Morpheus, like agile coaches, can only show the way.

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Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

If you're new to project management and the agile methodology, the answers to these 10 questions will arm you with the information you need to get started. And if you're a project management veteran, these frequently asked agile questions are a good refresher. What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. Why is agile necessary?

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7 Ways to Sell Agile to Project Stakeholders


Whether you’re making the move to Agile project management in your development group or creating an Agile process for your in-house project management methodology, chances are you’re going to have to sell this change to executives in your organization. Choose a pilot Agile project.

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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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Agile at the Hospital

Leading Agile

The bad news is a close family member had to get surgery recently. The post Agile at the Hospital appeared first on LeadingAgile. Agile Agile Transformation Business Agility Coaching Software Software Craftsmanship Software Developer Software Development Software Testing

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Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

Herding Cats

For any closed loop control system ‒ let’s assume we want to manage our project with such a system ‒ has a signal representing the current state of the system. To control this process using feedback and corrective actions ‒ in the same way, your closed loop controller for your air conditioner or heater does - a sampling rate is determined based on the rate of change of the underlying processes. Managing software development projects is a Closed Loop control system.

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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What is Agile and Scrum?

The IIL Blog

The Nuts and Bolts of Agile and Scrum. Agile and Scrum: What’s the difference? It seems like almost every company, regardless of their industry, is practicing Agile and Scrum in some way and at some level of proficiency. What is Agile? Looking for Agile training?


Why Agile is important?


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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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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Agile vs Waterfall Methodology: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

Agile is a popular term these days, and you likely hear it a lot. But what is it and what’s the difference between agile vs waterfall methodology? By the end, you’ll have a high-level understanding of each and how work is done in agile vs waterfall. AGILE.

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Agile project management- A tutorial


The Agile project management methodology has been used by software engineers and IT professionals for the past sixteen years. But the tide is turning and Agile project management is gaining wide acceptance as a valid process for most projects. History of Agile project management.

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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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Agile project management- A tutorial


The Agile project management methodology has been used in the software development and IT industry for the past sixteen years, but recently it has gained wide acceptance by many number of industries and organizations. History of Agile project management. This is very close to my heart.

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Teaming – could this be the future of agile?

Growing Agile

There is much that we as agile coaches can do here. We could also argue the point that if the word resources is used, is that company truly agile? This allowed them to partner with developers with the right skills for that problem and to also have someone working closely with them. The post Teaming – could this be the future of agile? appeared first on Growing Agile. Agile Coaching agile scrum team teamingWe all know the benefits of teams.

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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. Not even close. Today’s Agile Coaches share a similar stance with most OD people I know.

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Illogical Agile Quotes

Herding Cats

There are lots of quotes flying around the agile community. Correct, but this quote is missing the other ½ of the core idea of all Closed Loop Control systems. This is the basis of all Closed Loop Control systems, from the speed control of the car, to the flight controls for an aircraft, to the temperature controls for your home, and of course the business controls for software development. So in the agile development world, there is no right or wrong?

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Scrum vs Kanban vs Agile vs Waterfall – A side-by-side comparison

nTask Blog

In this article, we attempt to clarify the basic concepts behind Scrum, Kanban, Agile and Waterfall. Comparing Scrum vs Agile is equivalent to comparing apple to fruit. Scrum is one of the Agile frameworks that have taken multiple industries by storm in the last few years. Agile.


Teaming – could this be the future of agile?

Growing Agile

There is much that we as agile coaches can do here. We could also argue the point that if the word resources is used, is that company truly agile? This allowed them to partner with developers with the right skills for that problem and to also have someone working closely with them. The post Teaming – could this be the future of agile? appeared first on Growing Agile. Agile Coaching agile scrum team teamingWe all know the benefits of teams.

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What is the Difference Between Agile vs Waterfall?

TrustRadius Project Management

The two main development methodologies are the waterfall methodology and the agile methodology. The Agile method is newer than the Waterfall method, but it’s not exactly brand new. What are the differences between Waterfall vs. Agile? The Agile Approach to Development.

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Agile Project Management With Scrum or Kanban (2018 Guide)

PM Basics

Agile Project Management is common for Software Development and Telecommunication industries. There is no standardized agile project management approach. However, I would like to share my framework that described a possible application of Agile Project Management.

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Does Agile mean NO Managers?

Stepping Into Project Management

In trying to move in the right direction Agile-wise too soon, there are organizations who will consider removing managers or team leads completely from the equation. The managers can happily co-exist with the agile teams and they can be great blocker resolvers. agile Management

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Within sight, in front of mind!

Kiron Bondale

But we should never forget that old saying: “Out of sight, out of mind” Agile Project Management agile project management communications team building

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Lean Thinking and the Parable of the Underbrush

Leading Agile

Products may have to be pushed to production or placed in the market with known flaws, lest a business opportunity window close. Agile Community Agile Training Agile Transformation Lean Thinking Metaphor Organizational Alignment Path to Agility

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Agile Team Transitions Are Not Always Textbook


Project teams transitioning to Agile can often struggle with project roles and the overall team structure. Transitioning to an Agile team is a change in mindset, team organization, and the team’s culture. How does Agile “really work” in an enterprise organization with global teams?


12 Principles of Agile with and without Estimates

Herding Cats

It's popular to speak about the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Principles of Agile. When we hear that the next big thing in agile is Not Estimating, let's look to see how those 12 Principles can be applied without those estimates? . 12 Principles of Agile. What variance to this planned performance are appearing and what effort, cost or changes are need to get back on plan is Closed Loop Control. Technical excellence and good design improves agility.

Handling Unplanned Work

Leading Agile

” If you’ve chosen an “agile” approach for the work, it’s because “agile” is a fit for the situation.

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Need help team building? Try to escape an escape room!

Kiron Bondale

I’ve enjoyed almost a dozen escape rooms and the mental and physical work involved in solving most challenges requires close collaboration. Agile Project Management Communication multitasking dangers Peer-level support team building

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Velocity Anti-Patterns

Leading Agile

Velocity is the most widely used-and-abused metric associated with Agile software development. We’re doing Agile! We’re doing Agile! We’re using Agile metrics, of course. We’re doing Agile! I told you we’re doing Agile, didn’t I?

Reinforcement for running retrospectives

Kiron Bondale

Retrospectives are a common, regularly practiced ceremony on projects managed using an agile delivery method. Increased agility and sustained learning comes from being able to identify and apply lessons in close to real time.

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Assume a Spherical Cow

Leading Agile

” I was reminded of the old joke by a recent article by John Regehr, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah, entitled “Closing the Loop: The Importance of External Engagement in Computer Science Research.”

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Product Owner Survival Camp

Tyner Blain

What we need is a survival guide – a set of principles, tools, and techniques; learned and applied in a two-day “camp” with industry-leading experts in agile product management and product ownership. You will learn ways to close the gaps between strategy and tactics.

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The “ScrumAnd” Stance (requiring thought and discipline)

Gunther Verheyen

If the door is closed, the frame is probably not where the solution is. . Since Scrum’s inception in 1995 and the definition of ‘Agile’ as a set of values and principles in 2001, Scrum gradually became the most preferred way for people, teams and organizations worldwide to become more Agile.

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A Minimal Development Environment: Part One

Leading Agile

What I mean by “instability” in this context is closely related to configuration complexity. The socket connection to the server might be closed for some reason, and you receive no notification.

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