Government Lessons in People Over Process

Leading Answers

My first opportunity to create and run a large agile team did not start well. Having had good successes with small to medium sized agile teams I was keen to unleash the benefits on a bigger scale. Agile Project Management Books Leadership Retrospectives Teams Warning Signs

Agile for Large Scale Government Programs

Herding Cats

It would seem counter intuitive to apply Agile (Scrum) to large Software Intensive System of Systems. Agile in the government from Glen Alleman. Agile Earned Value Governance Government IMP/IMS Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Requirements Root Cause AnalysisBut it's not. Here's how we do it with success. Related articles. The Microeconomics of a Project Driven Organization. GAO Reports on ACA Site.

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. Now you might say that agile delivery approaches can work when we fix cost and time and let scope or requirements be the variable.

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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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PRINCE2 Agile Training: Logical Model Online Training Review

Girl's Guide to PM

Product reviewed: PRINCE2® Agile Bundle (includes exam fee, self-paced online training, support and mock exam). Other products offered by this training company: PRINCE2®, PMP Exam Prep, other online PM courses including How to Estimate, Recovery of Troubled Projects, Project Governance.

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?

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Accountability on a Agile Software Development in the Presence of Governance

Herding Cats

One of the principles of agile development is self-organizing teams. So for projects that spend other people's money in the presence of uncertainty - Governance is a means to establish those shared principles. Governance is about Decision Rights.

Project Versus Product in Agile Development

Herding Cats

This quote is typically the basis of proposing agile software development over traditional software development. What Does This Mean for Agile? . Agile shouldn't care. Agile produces useful working software at the end of every Sprint.

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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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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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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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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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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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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained

Azendoo

T he ultimate purpose of agile project management is to quickly respond to customer needs and market changes. In Project Management, Agile is often referred to in software development, but it can also be applied to other fields. Understanding Agile. The Agile Process.

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Agile Project Management Methods

Herding Cats

There is a lot of unsubstantiated claims going around about how agile should or should not be applied. From the point of view of Software Intensive System of Systems, here's how we've learned to manage development using Agile.

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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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Agile Project Management Methods for Corporate IT Projects

Herding Cats

When Agile development moves beyond a single scrum team and into the Enterprise IT domain, several considerations must be addressed. For Scrum (or most other agile methods) focus on the team is paramount. Governance is about decision rights. Why We Need Governance.

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Focus on your soft skills when moving to agile!

Kiron Bondale

As companies begin the journey of transforming their delivery practices from traditional to agile approaches, role transitions can be challenging. Some might argue that project managers are no longer required once an organization has fully institutionalized agile.

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Should Agile Teams Have a Definition of Ready?

Leading Agile

” These concerns remind me of something that happened many years ago when I was working for a State government. One day, he wanted to attend a conference for blind government employees. The post Should Agile Teams Have a Definition of Ready?

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Agile Release Train (ART)

Digite

The concept of Agile Release Train is central to understanding the constructs of SAFe and to implement them. The Agile Release Train is the primary value delivery construct in SAFe. An Agile Release Train typically consist of 50-125 people. agile Agile ALM ALM

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What Is Management in the Context of Agile

Herding Cats

There's a meme going around in some parts of agile that management is inhumane. Managing in the presence of Agile is not the same as managing in traditional domains. One view of management in Agile can be informed by Governance of the work efforts. Agile Governance

Illogical Agile Quotes

Herding Cats

There are lots of quotes flying around the agile community. So in the agile development world, there is no right or wrong? No right software to comply with external regulations, interfaces, security requirements, governance requirements? NoEstimates Agile Illogical Agile Quotes QuotesSome are logical, some are obvious, some are takeoffs from other quotes, a few are downright nonsense. I won't embarrass the author by using his or her name.

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GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide Applied to Agile

Herding Cats

There are not specific to Agile Software Development. Agile. Agile teams, for the most part, are a fixed set of resources, so the spending plan is essentially Flat. Agile is a participant in Risk Management, but Agile is NOT Risk Management. .

Interactions within Agile Teams- The SCARF Model

Stepping Into Project Management

David Rock We talk about creating self-organizing team and encouraging team dynamics in Agile but what we forget to mention is how it should be done. agile communication growth mindset leadership scrum

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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. AGILE AND SCRUM.

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Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing

Digite

We’re honored to republish this blog post ‘Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing’ by Andrea Fryrear which was originally published in the Agile Sherpas blog! Instead of using timeboxes to govern their work, as a Scrum team does, a Kanban team uses WIP limits.

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The Broad Range of Domains of Agile

Herding Cats

I work on Agile software development programs. Most everyone in Boulder Colorado works on Agile development programs. We meet once a month or so for coffee and talk about Agile. Here's some background on the domain I work and the application of Agile in that domain. Agil

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Insights from Gartner 2011 PPM and IT Governance Summit – A Conversation with Donna Fitzgerald

Guerrilla Project Management

Donna Fitzgerald, Research VP with Gartner, shares insights from the Gartner 2011 PPM and IT Governance Summit. Donna Fitzgerald, Research VP with Gartner, shares insights from the Gartner 2011 PPM and IT Governance Summit. Leadership Mindset Podcasts Research Tools & Techniques Agile in Integration Projects Change ManagementI had the great pleasure to talk to one the thought leaders that I count on for advice on Program and Portfolio Management.

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Releases and Deadlines in Agile

Herding Cats

But Agile at Scale has a different paradigm than Agile at the Table. The Release Plan is built during the Release Management process which plans, manages, and governs release of products resulting from the development effort. Scaling Agility - building an agile foundation.

Software Development for the 21st Century

Herding Cats

Pay attention the hoax of #Noestimates and most major misunderstandings of the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Principle. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Principles Project Management Root Cause Analysis

Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

The development of the software and sometimes the development of the hardware is done in an agile manner, using one of several Agile development methods - SAFe, Scrum for example. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Principles

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How to Talk About Estimates

Herding Cats

To learn more about estimating on Agile programs read Chapter 5 of the bibliography below. What is an estimate? An estimate as a noun is an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something.

Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

The development of the software and sometimes the development of the hardware is done in an agile manner, using one of several Agile development methods - SAFe, Scrum for example. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Principles

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What Software Development Models Aren't Iterative and Incremental?

Herding Cats

Use of the dreaded Waterfall model is a stalking horse for agilest and #Noestimates advocates for the evils of software development guided by any Governance processes intending to be the steward of other people's money. NoEstimates Agile Governance

Value First, Requires Margin and Contingency

Herding Cats

There's a popular notion in Agile that says Focus on Value. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Planning Principles Scheduling Technical Performance Measures

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Why the Stage Gate Process will Make You a Better Project Manager

Online PM Courses

It is an important part of project governance that looks both backwards and forwards. We’ll examine the case for applying the stage gate principle to Agile projects towards the end of this article. Let’s set aside the very important governance imperative.

We don't do manifestos

Musings on Project Management

I wrote this a couple of years ago; not much has changed: You gotta love the first bullet from this conclusion by Stephen Welby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, speaking at the AFEI Agile for Government Summit, November 21, 2013 When he says in the 4th bullet point "upcoming revisions to 5000.2", he is referring to the DoD instruction for operation of the. agile dod

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Incremental Commitment Spiral Model

Herding Cats

It's a popular misconception of the agile community that Waterfall is used in any domain outside their own personal experience, and Big Design Up Front (BDUF) and Big Bang Development (BBD) are the only alternatives to Agile. . NoEstimates Agile Governance Logical Fallacies

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Black Swans

Herding Cats

NoEstimates Agile Books Decision Making Governance Management Product Management Project ManagementOne of the books used by a vocal No Estimates advocate is Black Swans by Nassim Taleb.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management

Herding Cats

Mike Cohn, one of my favorite blogger and author, made a post awhile back about Agile and the Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management. You don’t need agile to avoid the seven deadly sins of pm from Glen Alleman. NoEstimates Agile Business Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project Management Requirements Root Cause Analysis Scheduling