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.


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 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.


Route to Enterprise Scale Agility


Competitiveness in the age of digital disruption requires businesses to achieve agility at scale – not in select projects and portfolios alone, but across functions, across the business. The approaches to achieving enterprise-wide agility are keenly debated.

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Your Introduction to the Agile Roadmap


One of the biggest misconceptions new Agile teams have is that they’re supposed to entirely abandon the concept of a roadmap for the sake of constant adaptability. Agile teams still have roadmaps, long-term plans, and commitments. Building your agile roadmap.

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.

Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos


It’s a method for accomplishing work where teams use principles from the Agile Manifesto made famous by pioneering software development teams back in 2001. ” Tactus develops innovative touch screens with unique physical buttons that can appear or disappear onscreen as needed.


Whole Product Game

Tyner Blain

Gamestorming has an article describing the Whole Product game and a link to Innovation Games’ online version. We stayed pretty close to the script for following the “rules” of the game as described on the Innovation Games and Gamestorming sites.

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Operational Excellence: Your Company’s Future Depends On It


They’re borrowing from agile methodologies and figuring out how to scale these processes across their large teams and across their companies. All of this innovation gives consumers an incredible array of options to choose from. Agile Isn’t Enough. Good Is No Longer Good Enough.

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. Use a Tool That Can Do Both Waterfall or Agile.

Top 10 Things About Scrum That Will Change Your World


Looking for a fantastic explanation about Scrum and Agile, but don’t want to wade through a bunch of whitepapers, convoluted diagrams and confusing explanations with words you’ve never used before? Here, you’ll find the answers to questions like, “what is Agile project management ?” Agility introduces the idea of iterative development, and Scrum is implementing it with the concept of short iterations of time (2 to 4 weeks) called a sprint.


The Myth That Research Can't Be Managed

Herding Cats

So don't fall for the claim that I can't know when I'll be done, how much it will cost, or what Done looks like because we're working on innovation or PURE research. Those who work on research projects and work on innovative design projects have a goal - a hypothesis. NoEstimates AgileThere is a popular myth that. some software development projects are research and aren't subject to normal business management processes. I'm here to tell you this ain't true.

Overcoming Annual Planning with Adaptability

Arras People

At its heart, this issue involves innovating to overcome cumbersome project lifecycles so annual planning will no longer have a death grip on the business. Empowering the PMO to Be the Change-Maker. Is your PMO cultivating a blame-free culture?

How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s a lot to read, so here are some spoilers drawn from common themes I heard time and time again in the interviews: Agile – if you don’t know enough about it, you need to start learning. John is the co-author of Agile Project Management for Mobile Application Development.

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Never work weekends again: The keys to a sustainable work pace

Guerrilla Project Management

A conversation with Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations, on how agile methods enable his team to build a sustainable and humane work pace while still meeting the needs of his business. A conversation with Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations, on how agile methods enable his team to build a sustainable and humane work pace while still meeting the needs of his business. Agile in Integration Projects Case Studies Leadership Mindset Podcasts Self Mastery

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Rethinking Resource Management

Arras People

Eight forces are creating this complexity today, constraining the progress of organisations and teams as they try to innovate and deliver on their strategic objectives. Lean, agile, phase-gate, and many more methods are all being used in our organisations.

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Making Better Business Decisions with Continuous Planning

Arras People

Here’s Carina: Improve Agility Through Continuous Planning. Are they going to result in a more balanced portfolio that allows us to focus on increasing innovation, or improving business capabilities?

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Natalie Warnert

Girl's Guide to PM

Today is the turn of Natalie Warnert, who set out to promote and support women in Agile. Natalie, what does Women in Agile do? WomenInAgile has created a place and community for women to network, share experiences, and spread diversity through the Agile community.


4 Key Drivers For Team Engagement

Girl's Guide to PM

Creativity is the cornerstone of innovation. 5 Team structures for Agile teams Catherine Powell, principal at Abakas, a Boston based firm, spoke about agile team structures at Øredev, the software development conference in Sweden at the end.

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2017 Project Management Trends To Watch

Girl's Guide to PM

Are you waterfall or Agile? I’ll be watching the Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform to see what impact that has on project success (lots, I hope).

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Process is King Part 2

Herding Cats

Since many in the agile community like to quote Deming, let's look at what he says about process. Some in the agile community like to quote system thinking without actually knowing what that means and more likely not practicing systems thinking and systems engineering.

Is Software Development Art or Engineering

Herding Cats

These systems were designed and built incrementally and iteratively decades before Agile was even a thought for the authors of the Agile Manifesto. And engineering is defined as the application of mathematics and scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, innovate, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, tools, systems, components, materials, processes, solutions, and organizations. .

Same Same but Different †

Herding Cats

Much of the conversation in social media around agile techniques seems to be based on the differences between the variety of choices of a method, a process, or a practice and definitions of terms for those choices. In this domain innovative is also the basis of success. The notion that innovation and engineering - software engineering - are somehow in conflict is common. . Both agile advocates and engineered systems advocates practice innovation and creativity.

4 Strategies to Prepare for Industry 4.0


the term being used to describe these innovations in manufacturing, IT, and materials, will lead to sweeping changes. manufacturers must be flexible and agile in the face of change.

Unravelling PI Planning


There is a quote introducing PI Planning content on the Scaled Agile Framework website. A Program Increment is a fixed timebox of 8 to 12 weeks (default being 10 weeks as recommended by Scaled Agile Inc.). SAFe Uncategorized agile PI Planning Program Increment Release Train Engineer

Plotting a Course for Work and Resource Management Success

Arras People

The rapid innovation—from cloud computing to AI to IoT—is making waves that require a new management mindset and a broader toolset. To gain significant agility and value, they will need to: Leverage technology effectively to connect with customers.

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Steve Wake: Reflections on EVA, Silence and To Do Lists

Girl's Guide to PM

I don’t disapprove of Agile at all but it must be managed with perspective and insight). Observation #3: Fast (Agile) response to email is often poorly thought through, ill-advised and sometimes unnecessary.

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Next Generation Project Management Software

Girl's Guide to PM

Project management practitioners are looking for new lean and agile project management tools to support their day-to-day work and often seek them outside the tools that their organisations offer them. Digitalization and Collaboration.

Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

Here are some resources that will provide guidance to produce credible software development estimates, in both traditional and agile domains. While some have publication dates that may seem old, the principles in these books are immutable, even for agile projects. Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn, Prentice Hall, 2006. Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products , Jim Highsmith, Addison Wesley, 2004.

80+ Awesome Online Resources for Project Managers


Where can you go to talk Gantt charts, work breakdown structures, and Agile workflows to your heart’s content with other project management aficionados? Choose from exam prep in several areas of project management, including Agile and Scrum certification.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

This is the motivation for short work intervals found in agile development. . Using the Agile Methodology to Mitigate the Risks of Highly Adaptive Projects,” Dana Roberson and Mary Anne Herndon, 10 th Annual CMMI Technology Conference And User Group , November 5 – 8, 2012, Denver, CO.

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

Review on Traditional and Agile Cost Estimation Success Factor in Software Development Project,” Zulkefli Mansor, Saadiah Yahya, Noor Habibah Hj Arshad, International Journal on New Computer Architectures and Their Applications (IJNCAA) 1(3): 942–952. Story Point Estimating,” Richard Carlson, ALEA, Agile and Lean Associates, 2013. The Business of Software Estimation Is Not Evil: Reconciling agile approaches and project estimates,” Phillip G.

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Top 12 Most Relevant Project Management Books You Need to Read


Introduction to Agile Methods by Kristin Runyan & Sondra Ashmore. The book covers most important agile methodologies in project management. If you’re new to agile, it’s a good introduction. Once you’re familiar with agile methodologies, you should learn more about Kanban.

Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Agile Software Development - goes over fundamental agile concepts to enhance your software development skills. Customer-Centric Innovation teaches how to take on competition by creating successful and innovative business ideas through a thorough understanding of customer needs. Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is one of the biggest MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms available and offers many project management (PM) courses.

Extreme Project Management XPM


Brian Vernham, the author of Agile Project Management for Government, suggests that there are five steps every extreme project management team needs to follow to carry out the project successfully: Envision - define your vision clearly before embarking on extreme project management.

10 Simple Ways to Revitalize Your Project Meetings

Project Risk Coach

Rather than using meetings to report status, use the time to plan, to solve problems, and to innovate. Many agile teams perform daily stand-up meetings, fifteen minutes in length, to discuss: What did you do yesterday?

Insider Perspectives on Recruiting With Ronald Yoon

Project Management Hacks

Candidates who are knowledgeable in DevOps, agile (both developers and project managers) and big data are in demand. how much are you supported), attitudes to innovation (i.e. is innovation a priority for company) and communication style. How does recruiting work?

A Look Inside Project Management at StarFish Medical


We are innovating a lot, and the path forward is uncertain. A lot of our projects lend themselves to Agile methods.

CEO Liz Pearce Shares Insights on SIAA TechChats [Video]


The series offers a look into some of the most successful executives in the industry and what they’re doing to grow and innovate within their companies. LiquidPlanner CEO Liz Pearce was recently featured on TechChats, a web series by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

2018 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want To Miss

Girl's Guide to PM

This year’s RICS project management conference has the theme ‘Remaining Lean and Agile in a Changing Work Environment’ I’m not sure if they are partnering with the APM as in previous years but the agenda is already up on the site and looks interesting.

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