Agile for Large Scale Government Programs

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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.

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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Accountability on a Agile Software Development in the Presence of Governance

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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.

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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Let’s Be Agile Together!

Arras People

As a project manager of many years experience, working both pan sector and discipline, whilst using many different flavours of methodology I have to admit that I am still struggling to position the “Agile” movement in terms of delivering projects. Agile Project Management agile

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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 Methods for Corporate IT Projects

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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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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 Methodology Explained


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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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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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.

Illogical Agile Quotes

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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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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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What Is Management in the Context of Agile

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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

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GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide Applied to Agile

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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. .

Agile Release Train (ART)


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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The Broad Range of Domains of Agile

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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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Releases and Deadlines in Agile

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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

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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

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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How to Talk About Estimates

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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.

Value First, Requires Margin and Contingency

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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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What Software Development Models Aren't Iterative and Incremental?

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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

Incremental Commitment Spiral Model

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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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The art and science of backlog prioritization

Kiron Bondale

Unlike project portfolios where selection or prioritization decisions are often made by a governance committee, with a product backlog the responsibility for the business success or failure of the product rests on the Product Owner’s shoulders. Agile agile project management prioritization project decision makingA key responsibility of Product Owners is ensuring that the order of work items in a backlog best achieves the goals and vision for the product.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management

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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

From Mission Capabilities to Done

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These principles are independent of any development method, Traditional or Agile. No matter the project domain or the technical development method, project success is dependent on knowing what Done looks like in units of measure meaningful to the decision maker.

An Incremental Paradigm

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We were speaking a Homeland Security yesterday on Agile development in the Federal Government and there was a senior director who brought up a paradigm that resonated with me. Agile and Incremental and Iterative Development and Deployment.

Fallacy of the Week

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NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Economics Estimating Fallacy of the Week Governance Management Mathematics Planning Principles Requirements Risk StrategyFive Different Decision-Making Strategies That Don't Need Estimates. This is from a #Noestimates presentation. Remember, most projects operate in the presence of Uncertainty. . Do the most important strategic work first. How can you know what is most important without knowing the cost to produce that value?

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What they weren’t telling you when you took over that project…

Kiron Bondale

There is a dynamic decision making process : Project governance processes were not well defined or practiced and decisions are being frequently challenged and reversed. Tagged: agile project management , improving project management , project decision making , Staffing , Stakeholder analysis.

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The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

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Agile in name only. scrum, not agile. There's a recent paper " What Lessons Can the Agile Community Learn from A Maverick Fighter Pilot? " In our Software Intensive System of Systems domain, this is the definition of Agile we use from the now-Secretary of Defense Dr. Carter.

Why We Don't Need to Question Everything

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It's popular in some agile circles to question everything. This begs the question - is there any governance process in place ? If there is a Governance process in place, then that means there are decision rights in place as well. Questioning those governance processes and questioning the principles, processes, and procedure that implement the governance processes usually starts with the owners of the governance process. What is Governance?

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Capabilities Release or Cadence Release

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In the Agile world the phrase deliver early and deliver often is good advice. Agile developers like to toss that phrase around as an alternative to having a plan for the delivered value we'll replace planning and estimating with early and often delivery.

The Trouble with Charts

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This chart is from " The Impact of Agile Quantified.". 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. NoEstimates Agile Estimating Governance Management Mathematics Principles


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

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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.

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Two Parallel Processes of Project Success - Both Value and Delivery are Needed

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There's a popular phrase in some parts of the agile community that goes like this. NoEstimates Estimating Fallacy of the Week Governance Performance-Based Project Management® PrinciplesWe focus on value production, not delivery.

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Concept of Operations

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The notion that agile development is a free-for-all development of what ever the customer wants to produce next, with the customer identifying the next important thing to develop works just fine for de minimus projects. Developing a Stakeholder-Assisted Agile CONOPS Development Process," Ali Mostashari, Sara A. Prototype of a Graphical CONOPS (Concept of Operations) Development Environment for Agile Systems Engineering," Final Technical Report SERC-2013-TR-030-2 August 30, 2013.

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Self-organization is a progression not a transaction

Kiron Bondale

And enterprise governance policies lean towards favoring compliance with process over satisfaction of control objectives. Tagged: agile project management , improving project management , management failure , team building.

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Misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty

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NoEstimates Agile Capabilities CAS Decision Making Earned Value Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project Management Root Cause Analysis Scheduling Systems Theory Technical Performance Measures

Increasing the Probability of Program Success

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We're working on a White Paper for the Joint Space Cost Council which is an organization composed of government (NRO, NASA, USAF, and others) and industry representatives with an interest in space. Be it traditional or agile, or anything in between.