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.

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.

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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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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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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? "

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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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10 Questions: Tricia Cervenan

The Clever PM

One of the things that I love about the Product Management community here in Seattle is how close-knit we are, so when I reached out to Tricia Cervenan, a fellow Product Manager and General Assembly instructor, for her thoughts on the industry, the role, and what it means to her, I was not disappointed. Product Management 10 Questions Agile Good PM Influence Interactions Leadership Organization PM Problem Solving Roles UCD

Three Popular Ways to Run a Productive Retrospective


Continuous improvement is one of the biggest benefits of working in an Agile work environment , and in the Scrum framework, the driver of improvement is the Retrospective. The Agile Retrospectives. Esther Derby and Diana Larsen created a more in-depth approach in their book Agile Retrospectives. Close the Retrospective. Finally, it’s time to close the Retrospective on a high note. Backlog Agile methodology Retrospective Scrum

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What Are the Advantages of Waterfall Project Management?


The Basics of Agile Process Management. Agile management is all about providing a framework for building systems that allows plenty of room for interaction, customization, and frequent updates. Developers work in close collaboration with other stakeholders.

Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

You’ve also heard that teams are going Agile and that Scrum Master might be a good option. Close the project. Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What About an Agile team? But what about all those project management activities if the team is Agile?


From Mission Capabilities to Done

Herding Cats

These measures are: Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) – are the operational measures of success that are closely related to the achievements of the mission or operational objectives evaluated in the operational environment, under a specific set of conditions.

The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban


It has been abundantly clear that in the last 3-4 years, the world of Agile has gradually come to be occupied by Kanban. Ramesh has been the whiz behind much of our analytics – and has worked closely with David Anderson in the development of our SwiftESP capability.

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Definition of Done

Herding Cats

The common definition of the Definition of Done in agile software development is (mostly from the Scrum Alliance and other official Scrum sites): A simple list of activities (coding, comments, unit testing, integration, release notes, design documents, etc.) Close Loop Thinking.


How to Train a High Performing Team Using Scrum


On the other hand, a closely-knit performing team will already have established rules and patterns all members are accustomed to, which is why, in this case, introducing Scrum may be a bit difficult. Shuhari model of “Agile Corner Consulting”. project-management agile agile-advantages


Musings About Coaching


Am I just too damn closed minded? Agile Project ManagementI come across many people that call themselves ‘coaches’ I come across ‘coaches’ that certainly ‘talk the talk’ but have no real experience to back that up. And here’s my dilemma: Should I take such coaches seriously? Can one become a coach by knowing the domain (as opposed to ‘doing’ in the domain)? Think about it!

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Scrum Project Management


Scrum is a project management framework that helps small, close-knit teams develop complex products incrementally. Scrum relies agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology out there. Read more about advantages and disadvantages of Agile.


Whole Product Game

Tyner Blain

We stayed pretty close to the script for following the “rules” of the game as described on the Innovation Games and Gamestorming sites. How can Theodore Levitt’s classic Whole Product approach help with defining a product roadmap?

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Scrum Project Management


Scrum is a project management framework that helps small, close-knit teams develop complex products incrementally. Scrum relies on agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology out there. Read more about advantages and disadvantages of Agile.


Allocating WIP Limits for a Kanban System


It is analogous to a ticket being open or closed. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Kanban board kanban cards Lean Visualization WIP WIP limitI have seen people focus a lot on what the WIP limit should be for a Value Stream stage of a Kanban system.

Misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Closed Loop Stochastic Adaptive control in the presence of Evolving Uncertainty. Management of this reduction work and measurement of the progress is a Close Loop Control System paradigm. Closed Loop Control, has a goal, an action, a measurement, and a corrective action.

The Trouble with Charts

Herding Cats

This chart is from " The Impact of Agile Quantified.". They look pretty close. The final problem, just like the Standish Reports, is that the samples may or may not represent the total population of projects in the agile space. Today the Rally chart reappeared.


Extreme Programming (XP)


Extreme Programming (XP) is an agile project management framework used in software development. Extreme Programming is an agile framework, which means it advocates frequent releases, iterative development, and high level of customer involvement. project-management agile


Portfolio Kanban for Enterprise Visibility


There is a way forward and we have been investing in it, working closely with some of the largest enterprises in the world. Solving the Insulation Challenge of Managed Transformation.

Revisiting the Double Pendulum Problem

Herding Cats

Sensitive dependence to initial conditions means that nearby trajectories separate exponentially fast, i.e. two identical systems set up together in the same way such that the initial conditions are arbitrarily close together will have their trajectories rapidly diverge. Close Loop Thinking.

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Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles


1 – Agile. Projects that require extreme flexibility and speed are best suited to the agile project management method. Commonly used for in-house teams, agile project management was created for projects where there is no need for extensive control over the deliverables.

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