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Incubating Innovation

Leading Answers

If success goes to those who can innovate the fastest, how do we nurture innovation? To innovate faster than our competitors, we need to maximize our learning potential. Developing new products or services is a maze-solving exercise. The process of learning starts with understanding the knowable and then adding to this through experiments and new learnings. These teams need support and coordination services throughout the process.

The Effective and Innovative Virtual Team Leader

International Institute for Learning

Use “verbal anchors” to ensure clarity and understanding – comparisons, analyses, processes and steps, examples, repeating information for emphasis. . Through June 30, 2020, we are offering free registration to our on-demand course on Virtual Agile Teams (regularly $850 USD).

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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. Depending on where people are in their careers, their agile adoption and their corporate culture, some people want a consultant, others a coach and sometimes they want a blend. Getting Started Personally, I was hesitant to get into agile consulting and coaching. Agile Project Management Leadership

Agile NXT Future Friday retrospect

Henny Portman

Friday May 10, 2019, I was one of the 40 participants of the first Agile NXT Future Day conference organized by Xebia. The first session – Why the Agile “Fixed-Team” Dogma is Wrong (Laïla Nouijeh & Laurens Bonnema) was somewhat controversial. This will speed up the process of teaming too and ultimately you will have more engaged teams. If you only imitate, you’ll never innovate. The next Agile NXT Future Friday will be held Friday September 13, 2019.

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Long-Term Agile Planning: 7 Steps to Create an Agile Product Roadmap That Works (With Free Checklist!)

Planio

Agile product development has a chicken and egg problem. Agile planning is a process for reconciling your long-term product vision with the inevitable near-term iterations that will influence its development. What is long-term Agile Planning (and why is it so hard to get right?).

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Why the agile process is here to stay (and why it should!)

Runrun.it

Granted that the agile process isn’t the only effective workflow management methodology out there today, but it certainly is worth understanding more; organizations should at least consider how it can affect the way they work and produce in this day and age. Agile 101.

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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.” It was always large scale agile stuff.

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Remote Agile Transitions — The Top-Ten Challenges

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Remote Agile Transitions. Since the pandemic has forced many of us to work remotely, this unique capability has been kicked into overdrive regarding remote agile transitions. Why Remote Agile Accelerates Change. Well, I think that Agile is a massive trend, not a mere fad.

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How to Make Agile Work in Fast-Growing Startups

Scrum.org

TL; DR: How to Make Agile Work in Fast-Growing Startups. For years, I worked in several Berlin-based, fast-growing startups in my capacity as Scrum Master, agile coach, and Product Owner. Also, let me introduce you to the anti-patterns agile startups shall avoid at all costs. ??

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5 Tips To Re-Energize Your Daily Standup Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

Regular readers will know that I’m not an expert in Agile, by any means. Because after a few weeks I realized that the energy levels weren’t what they should be for such a creative, innovative agency. If you are wondering how to start a standup meeting, try this exercise.

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Agile Laws & Distributed Teams: From Conway to Goodhart to Parkinson

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Agile Laws and Remote Agile. On many occasions in the recent past, working with distributed agile teams has amplified existing organizational, technical, and cultural challenges in many organizations. Agile Laws: Conway, Brooks, Hackman, Goodhart, Larman, and Parkinson.

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5 Tips To Re-Energise Your Daily Standup Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

Regular readers will know that I’m not an expert in Agile, by any means. Because after a few weeks I realised that the energy levels weren’t what they should be for such a creative, innovative agency. This was a quick exercise but it triggered us into thinking about ourselves and what we can improve in our approach to work. One of the team members said they would make sure a process is written down before tackling any job. Agile Better Collaboration Expert Views

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Dr. Harold Kerzner Q&A: How Changes in Project Management Are Supporting Agile and Scrum

The IIL Blog

This past November as part of IIL’s IPM Day online conference , Dr. Harold Kerzner delivered a keynote on “ How Changes in Project Management Are Supporting Agile and Scrum. This appears to be true for continuous improvements in Agile and Scrum activities. and we are excited to share highlights here, organized in the following categories: Agile and Scrum . AGILE AND SCRUM. Can the traditional PM role still exist in an Agile world?

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

Instead, we launch agile transformations, digital transformations and productization transformations. Can the average organization actually become a disruptive leader just by adopting the structures, tools and processes from the real disruptive leaders?   Agile Transformations. The goal:  Agile transformations move organizations from working with traditional project management approaches to using agile approaches.

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Top Project Management Conferences of 2020

ProjectManager.com

One of the largest series of conferences for project managers in North America, the Project Summit has industry innovators who help professionals be more productive, and learn best practices, skills and strategies to succeed. Agile & Beyond .

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

Instead, we launch agile transformations, digital transformations and productization transformations. Can the average organization actually become a disruptive leader just by adopting the structures, tools and processes from the real disruptive leaders?   Agile Transformations. The goal:  Agile transformations move organizations from working with traditional project management approaches to using agile approaches.

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Making Better Business Decisions with Continuous Planning

Arras People

Here’s Carina: Improve Agility Through Continuous Planning. Let annual planning be a top down budgeting exercise it should be and shift your organization to a continuous planning model that will reduce bureaucracy, improve your plan’s accuracy, drive agility, and improve portfolio management. Are they going to result in a more balanced portfolio that allows us to focus on increasing innovation, or improving business capabilities?

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Managing Virtual Teams Successfully

The IIL Blog

Building High-Performance Teams necessitates that we utilize innovative tools and techniques to engage the audience. Tuckman model of forming-storming-norming-performing), they can benefit from a Simple Interactive Meaningful Practical Learning Exercise (SMILE). Evolution of Learning Exercises for Collaboration. No one author or source can take credit for the evolution of learning exercises for virtual teams. Types of Interactive Exercises. By Dr. Willis H.

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How to Write a Business Case

ProjectManager.com

In fact, in some lean or agile organizations, over-reliance on documentation is seen as a clear impediment to innovation and collaboration. Again, you’ll want to have this process also documented in your business case.

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What are the Best Project Management Books?

Online PM Courses

Simple but authoritative – the author’s project process must be straightforward, but be rooted in strong best practice. Innovative Techniques for Project Management. If you want to self-coach, to become a better PM, and are prepared to put in the work of doing her exercises, Susanne offers a great book. The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile: Principles and Practices for an Adaptive Approach. Agile Project Management for Dummies.

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Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master

Scrum.org

Instead, they will reorganize themselves around autonomous teams to deal with the complexity and pace of innovation of the 21st century. In such an agile world, recruiting will become a team decision, and the “human resources” department’s role will change into a supportive one.

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

Scrum.org

You can sign up here for our weekly ‘Food of Agile Thought newsletter’ and join 29k other subscribers. ?? Join us on February 3, 2021: Hands-on Agile #29: Scrum Guide 2020 — Reloaded. Generally, it is a process that will take time, and there are no shortcuts available.

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions

Scrum.org

The free 71 Product Owner Interview Questions PDF is not merely listing the questions, but also contains background information on: Why the questions are useful in the process, and…. Finding this answer is a process and not a destination. process.

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The Scrum Master Job (1): 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients

Scrum.org

Read on and learn how to employ search-engines, LinkedIn’s people search, reaching out to peers in the agile community, and analyzing the event markets in the quest for your next Scrum Master job. ?? The decade-long window of opportunity in outsourcing disruptive innovation is closing.

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The 23 Best Project Management Books For Upgrading Your Career in 2020

Planio

Project management is as much about people as it is about processes. Why you should read this: Once you master the materials inside the PMBOK you’ll have a process for initiating and successfully running any project. It’s a deceptively simple process.

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Three Wide-Spread Stakeholder Failures in 6:05 Minutes—Making Your Scrum Work #8

Scrum.org

You can sign up here for the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and join 31,000-plus other subscribers. ?? Join more than 210 peers from May 27-29, 2021 , for the Virtual Agile Camp Berlin 2021, a live virtual Barcamp using open space technology principles and practices.

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Better Brainstorming Techniques: How the S.U.C.K. Method Unlocks Your Team’s Full Creativity

Planio

Structure: Make your brainstorming sessions mirror the creative process. The truth is that the most creative and innovative thinkers thrive on structure. Let’s look into each one and then show how you can use them in your team brainstorming process. Yes, creativity is a process.

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Quo Vadis, Scrum Master: The Results of Our Virtual Strategy Session

Scrum.org

Last week, 30-plus participants in the 23rd Hands-on Agile meetup had a virtual strategy session where they explored Liberating Structures’ Critical Uncertainties microstructure. The whole exercise with a short debriefing/retrospective took about 2.5

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Talent Management of The Future

Leading Answers

First, what works well for agile teams. When we read through this list anyone familiar with the agile mindset will likely see connections to agile and lean values. The recognition that people bring value and the need to respect, attract and engage people is central to the process. However, like agile adoption, just because organizations have known what they should be doing since the early 2000’s it does not mean they always behave that way. Agile Teams.

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How to Build Products While Working Remotely: The Ultimate Remote Work Guide for Project Managers, Entrepreneurs, and Startups

Planio

Communication is key: Set up systems and processes to understand when your remote team needs help. Update your old processes and communication style to work in a remote world. Some people experience a lack of innovation and creativity without the “intangible magic” of in-person meetups.

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

Scrum.org

You can sign up here for our weekly ‘Food of Agile Thought newsletter’ and join 29k other subscribers. ?? Join us on February 3, 2021: Hands-on Agile #29: Scrum Guide 2020 — Reloaded. Generally, it is a process that will take time, and there are no shortcuts available.

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Shifting & Sharing the Teaching Responsibility

Scrum.org

Innovators showcase their ideas or products and gather meaningful feedback in short cycles. This blog post will describe how we’ve experimented with a twist in this exercise during a recent Scrum.org PSM II class. As a facilitator and/or Scrum Master, you can use this exercise during your Scrum events as well: use your creativity and imagination! In the first part of the exercise the participants generate a list of all must-do and must-not-do activities.

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Risk-aware Product Development (a.k.a. Scrum)

Scrum.org

"There's no predictability/commitment in Agile/Scrum". Product Management keeps telling me in this Agile way of doing things there is no committed scope, no plan, only 'Responding to change'. When you talk to people here, I want you to be very clear on the fact that agile will not take away the predictability they have so that they will not oppose the agile initiative we are trying to kick off". Let's talk about the contexts where agile approaches are required.

32 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

Scrum.org

Learn how individual incentives and outdated organizational structures — fostering personal agendas and local optimization efforts — manifest themselves in Scrum stakeholder anti-patterns which easily can impede any agile transition. process.). TL; DR: Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns.

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5 Questions with the Cheetah Learning CEO Who Guarantees Your PMP Success

Brad Egeland

Michelle LaBrosse, the CEO, founder and main evangelist of Cheetah Learning, is kind enough to answer a few questions about their offerings, their process and the guarantee that set them apart as a leader in an area where most of us are afraid to experience failure and therefore are looking for our best chance for success. Q: First off Michelle, I've worked with you long enough to gain an understanding of how passionate you are with Cheetah's process.

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Talent Management of The Future

Leading Answers

First, what works well for agile teams. When we read through this list anyone familiar with the agile mindset will likely see connections to agile and lean values. The recognition that people bring value and the need to respect, attract and engage people is central to the process. However, like agile adoption, just because organizations have known what they should be doing since the early 2000’s it does not mean they always behave that way. Agile Teams.

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How to Prove the Value of Scrum Masters to the Organization?

Scrum.org

This is a survey to help (Agile) teams improve by gathering objective data about key team factors such as team morale and interpret the results with the help of benchmarks. Useful metrics focus on agility and on value delivered. For example, with the “ Management in Scrum ” exercise.

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100+ Tech Conferences and Events to Attend in Europe 2020

Teamweek

In their words: Founded in 2005 as an intimate gathering of friends DLD (Digital – Life – Design) has developed into Europe’s leading innovation conference for visionaries from around the globe. It’s an opportunity to celebrate innovators, change-makers, and—together—inspire the future.

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20 Team Building Activities That Your Team Won’t Sigh At

Paymo App

If you happen to hold these assumptions as well, remember that: Team building activities are not a one-time silly event, but part of an ongoing process. A leaner and faster onboarding – We’re talking about the process of helping new hires adapt to the company culture. The exercise is great because it gives everyone a visual snapshot of each player while triggering conversations on the go. The exercise is great for spotting hidden opportunities or threats.

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Project Manager or Project Leader? What’s the Difference?

Online PM Courses

Focus on processes, systems and procedures. Prepared to innovate and make courageous decisions. And no effective Project Leader can lead a team without being able to manage the people and processes involved. Creating a project plan is an exercise in continual problem-solving. But there is nothing like this exercise to bring a team together. The leadership part of this stage lies in: Understanding the relationship between innovation and risk.

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