Sprint Planning 101: How to Plan Great Sprints

ProjectManager.com

Ask a dozen people what agile is and you’ll get a dozen different answers. Scrum is a way to manage a project within an agile framework and is made up of three roles: product owner, scrum master and team. But the sprint cannot start until there has been a sprint plan.

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The Agile Manifesto, Explained

ProjectManager.com

More along the lines of project management, though, is the Agile Manifesto. Agile is a bit of a controversial topic in the field. Either way, agile offers a fast and nimble way to work that first benefited software development before expanding its reach to almost every industry.

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The 4 Essential Agile Tools for Agile Teams

ProjectManager.com

Agile is a way of working that comes from software development. While the roots of incremental development methods of working stem back to the 1950s and into the 1970s, it wasn’t until 2001 that a group of software developers published the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

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Understanding Agile

Girl's Guide to PM

Learning to successfully manage agile projects requires you to first familiarise yourself with the concept of Agile. What is the agile methodology? The agile movement first began in the 1970s when it was introduced by a doctor named Winston Royce. Agile Expert Views

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Agile vs Waterfall: What’s the Difference?

ProjectManager.com

Newton’s third law is also true in the case of agile vs waterfall, where one sprang to life as a reaction to the other. Created a few decades before the agile methodology, each phase is reliant upon the deliverables of the previous phase. What is Agile? Agile Principles.

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Agile and Plan-Do-Check-Act

Musings on Project Management

This is not as stuffy as it sounds: Plan-Do Check-Act -- Plan-do-check-act (PDCA) envisions planning--just enough, and gasp! perhaps an estimate as well--for what is to be done, then doing it—that is the plan-do. agile planning QualityNext, measure results—measuring is the. check activity (did someone say: accountability?)—and and Then act on the measurement results. To act in the. PDCA sense means to reflect upon.

Continuous Planning Equals Business Agility

Planview

This blogs provides a simple analogy about leveraging continuous planning when planning a trip, how to evaluate planning practices within your organization, steps to consider when beginning your planning process, and the capabilities needed to advance your continuous planning process.

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Deciding the Level of Detail Needed for a Release Plan

ProjectManager.com

“How much detail do we need for our release plan?”. The answer to this question will determine the amount of initial effort that we put into documenting our plan, as well as how much effort we will need to maintain the documented plan over time. The Plan the Release process goal.

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Combining Waterfall and Agile in SAFe

Arras People

Agile and Waterfall processes are not generally considered something that should be mixed. They are mixed – and have to be – as many organizations make the transition from a Waterfall software development and project management methodology to an Agile methodology of the same.

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Agile advice from our ancestors

Kiron Bondale

Old sayings might not be the first thing which comes to mind when considering agility, there are many proverbs which are apropos. Cut your coat according to your cloth : Focus, like transparency is a pillar of Scrum and most other agile methods.

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What Is the Definition of Done for Agile Teams?

ProjectManager.com

These days, it seems like everybody is all about doing things agile. When it comes to project planning , this fluctuating environment can make things tricky: hard deadlines and a predetermined set of deliverables are nearly nonexistent. How Work is Done in Agile.

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Implementation Plan: How to Create and Execute One

ProjectManager.com

The same goes for an implementation plan. So what is an implementation plan, how do you make one, and how do you execute it successfully? What Is an Implementation Plan? What Are the Benefits of an Implementation Plan? How to Make an Implementation Plan.

What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?

Arras People

I have also been a software developer and used agile development methods and have never seen the two as being in conflict. The new PRINCE2 Agile guide has been created to provide guidance for blending the PRINCE2 project management approach with agile delivery methods.

5 levels of Agile planning. and the DoD

Musings on Project Management

Some years ago I picked up this nice summary image of agile planning over several time cycles. It came from a white paper at AgileConnection.com " entitled "Scaling Agile Processes: Five Levels of Planning Fortunately, to give some credibility to his thesis, the author says right up front that agile methods don't scale to enterprise level without some changes! agile

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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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Who said 'hybrid Agile'?

Musings on Project Management

It's agile coexisting in the same project with a traditional methodology, presumably for the swim lanes that are not software. Some call hybrid agile as: agile in the waterfall Are hybrids practical? After all, the traditional is top down planned, most requirements up front, much system testing at the end, etc. Agile is the not-traditional. agileWhat's the hybrid thing?

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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. No doubt, figuring out how to extend the PPM for strategic “adaptable” planning is where the rubber hits the road.

Risk management for agile projects

Kiron Bondale

What are the implications to project risk management when you choose to deliver a project using an agile approach? Planning ceremonies at the beginning of each iteration and retrospectives at the end provide the team with a regular opportunity to consider risk.

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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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Agile for Traditional Projects

The IIL Blog

By Susan Parente | Risk Management Guru – Agile Generalist – Instructor and Consultant, IIL. Can Agile practices be incorporated with traditional project management?” The daily stand-up is used in Scrum, one of the most popular frameworks for implementing Agile.

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Proactive dependency management with agile approaches

Kiron Bondale

When we are managing projects using a predictive delivery approach, dependency identification and tracking is done as part of the BPUF (Big Planning Up Front) exercise using the activities from a work breakdown structure and the collective wisdom of our team members and key stakeholders.

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How To Run A Sprint Planning Meeting Like A Boss (+ Meeting Agenda)

The Digital Project Manager

Are you actually doing what you want to accomplish with your sprint planning meetings? Here’s an overview of sprint planning meetings, why and how to do them, and a free sprint planning meeting agenda template. The post How To Run A Sprint Planning Meeting Like A Boss (+ Meeting Agenda) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Agile How-to Guides How-to Managing And Controling How-to Project Planning Topics

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. Reluctance to plan and document!

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Planning Poker – build accurate estimates for sprints on agile projects

The Digital Project Manager

Planning Poker is a great freemium agile estimation digital card game that enables a collaborative approach for consensus-driven estimating to guide sprint planning. The post Planning Poker – build accurate estimates for sprints on agile projects appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Play around. General Tools

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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Business Agility: What Is It & Why Is It Important?

ProjectManager.com

Yes, they do enjoy profits, but those come when markets are consistent, where managers can plan accurately for a future that is clearly laid out before them. To do so requires business agility. What Is Business Agility? The plan must be plastic to survive such disruptions.

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How effective are your agile ceremonies?

Kiron Bondale

We hope that by conducting effective ceremonies we will achieve the agile trinity of improved value delivery, better quality and more fun. Sprint planning should answer the “what” and “how” of delivery for an upcoming sprint. Agile ceremonies should add value.

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What is Planning Poker? | Video

Online PM Courses

One great tool is Planning Poker. It comes from the world of Agile Project management, and Scrum, but is far more widely applicable. So, what is Planning Poker? What is Planning Poker? You may also like… What is Agile Project Management?

Is increasing agility a recurring resolution?

Kiron Bondale

Increasing organizational agility is a journey and not a one time goal. Similar to New Year’s resolutions, some delivery teams initiate plans to become agile only to revert to long ingrained habits when things get tough. No agile transformation is going to go smoothly.

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DPM Podcast: How To Plan An Agile Sprint (With Alexa Huston)

The Digital Project Manager

Are your Sprint planning meetings as productive as they could be? Identify the common pitfalls and challenges of Spring planning meetings with PM Alexa Huston as she gives simple solutions for planning Sprints successfully. The post DPM Podcast: How To Plan An Agile Sprint (With Alexa Huston) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Summary of Capabilities Based Planning

Herding Cats

There have been some recent posts about managing scope, defining needed Features, determining how to release software to stakeholders - in both traditional and agile processes. Here's a collection of posts on the topic of Capabilities Based Planning. Capabilities Planning

5 Must Know Facts Before Implementing Agile in 2020

Proggio

Agile is all the rage, and for good reason. Yes, agile methodology can bring such good results that we’ll repeat ourselves three times.) This is prevalent enough that people can say the term agile is meaningless ! It is quite easy for an organization to appear agile.

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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

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Getting Moving with Agile Projects

Arras People

The fundamentals of project management normally focuses on areas like planning, resource management, risk management and stakeholder management. This is an outcome to the retrospectives that happen in Agile developments. Agile Gets Things Moving. Do we have the space to be Agile?

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5 Agile Metrics to Improve Performance and Quality

Project Bliss

Agile has been a buzzword for many organizations in the last few years. And while many organizations are “adopting” an agile methodology, many are not fully embracing it. Effective implementation of agile requires a cultural shift. What Is Agile?

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The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

For small companies, Agile Transformation can be straightforward—since getting alignment can be accomplished by getting everyone in a room and creating shared understanding. “Agile Transformation is the work of refactoring the organzation so that it can actually do Agile.”

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Hybrid Agile. what's that?

Musings on Project Management

It's agile coexisting in the same project with a traditional methodology, presumably for the swim lanes that are not software. Some call hybrid agile as: agile in the waterfall Are hybrids practical? After all, the traditional is top down planned, most requirements up front, much system testing at the end, etc. Agile is the not-traditional. agileWhat's the hybrid thing?

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Agile, Agility and Business Agility

Lynne Cazaly

Agile, it’s 'a vast global movement transforming the world of work. So said Steve Denning in Forbes, 'Explaining Agile' article. After years working with a number of agile teams, I wrote 'Agile-ish: How to create a culture of agility' in 2017.

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Effectively Using Product Roadmaps for Agile

The IIL Blog

By Betsy Kauffman, Organizational Coach, Agile Pi. What is an Agile Product Roadmap? A product roadmap is essentially an action plan for how a product will evolve to completion. Multiple agile teams can utilize a shared product roadmap.

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Making Better Business Decisions with Continuous Planning

Arras People

The PMO community have often discussed the problems in portfolio management surrounding planning. If only if was so simple to effectively plan a portfolio of programmes and projects which fit neatly into an organisation’s financial year – life would be so much simpler but alas no.