Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. ” I’ve spent the last half-year in the beginning of my journey understanding how agile product management at scale can work.

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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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The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

When an executive, too far removed from what makes creating products hard thinks of “agile” as a silver bullet it becomes difficult to manage expectations. It is precisely that potential which inspires not-yet-informed executives to learn about how agile could help them.

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Don’t over-process your project management communications!

Kiron Bondale

Let’s do a deeper dive into the waste of over-processing. Over-processing occurs whenever someone continues to work on an activity past the point where it would be deemed acceptable from a customer’s perspective or past the point where meaningful value is being added.

Agile transformations should lead with changing mindset and behavior rather than practices

Kiron Bondale

Agile works much the same way. While they might appreciate the benefits of agile delivery, if they haven’t reflected on the mindset changes required, stakeholders will act like chickens when we’d need them to be pigs.

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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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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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Process is King Part 2

Herding Cats

I wrote a post about Process is King a few years ago. Came across a few posts about how people trump process. fail to put those people in a process that can guide their success. . People without process is an undirected effort and where I work, that's called waste.

Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. Let’s apply this lens to agile as applied within a company, and see if it helps people decide to do things differently. When You Say Agile, What Do You Mean?

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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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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

Now let's take a closer look at three popular agile frameworks and how they compare to make it easier to choose which to use for your next project. Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products. Originally applied within the manufacturing supply chain process, but now applied within many other industries. Focuses on the tasks and improving the processes. More precise processes.

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What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

Arras People

What does Agile mean? I have been asked this question three times over the last week which has prompted me to try to clarify the term “Agile”. I understand the frustration because the term “Agile” is pretty generic and can mean different things from one organisation to the other.

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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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Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

Practices and Process are Fads. A Process is a series of steps and decisions involved in the way work is completed. Here's my version in the form of questions that when answered form the foundation for the Practices and Processes. Principles are timeless.

3 Easy Agile Practices Your Team Can Start Today

Project Bliss

You’ve heard your friends sing the praises of Agile. Good news – there are Agile practices you can use even in your waterfall world. And you’ll get a chance to introduce some Agile practices to your team. CAUTION: What to do before you adopt these Agile Practices.

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Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

If you're new to project management and the agile methodology, the answers to these 10 questions will arm you with the information you need to get started. And if you're a project management veteran, these frequently asked agile questions are a good refresher. What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. Why is agile necessary?

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Lessons in agility from wine tasting…

Kiron Bondale

After enjoying a glass of their 2010 Reserve Meritage I came to the conclusion that wine tasting and agile have more in common than you might think. Similarly a coach can help steer a team past anti-patterns so that they have a chance to appreciate what agility truly is.

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Agile project management- A tutorial

Binfire

The Agile project management methodology has been used in the software development and IT industry for the past sixteen years, but recently it has gained wide acceptance by many number of industries and organizations. History of Agile project management. Agile Roadmap to value.

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Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

Herding Cats

A popular toss off aphrase in some agile circles is process reduces agility. In this domain today, Agile processes are the basis of engineering those systems. IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW ACQUISITION PROCESS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS.

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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Wilo's Law and Mature Communications Processes

Herding Cats

A popular quote in the agile community is Wilo's Law. To make some conjecture that some process will fix the problem - Estimates are the smell of dysfunction and NOT Estimating will fix that dysfunction - is naive at best and willfully ignorant of Root Cause Analysis at worse. Avoid Verbal Orders is a critical process in any critical situation. It's one that states hey it's not my fault no one understands me, Wilo's Law says.

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.

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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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The Naive Notion that Agile Mitigates Risk

Herding Cats

The post Top 5 Ways Agile Mitigates Risk is one of those posts that's not wrong in what it says at the detail level - more or less, but is not right in principle. Agile Mitigates Risk - is not correct. Agile provides rapid identification of risk.

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Agile project management- A tutorial

Binfire

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.

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Agile Project Management

ActiveCollab

Agile is an approach to project management that favors responding to change over careful planning. Agile is not a methodology but a set of principles (as defined in Agile Manifesto in 2001) that suggests how we should approach project management. How to know whether you’re agile?

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Route to Enterprise Scale Agility

Digite

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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Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

As the corporate world is rapidly changing in the form of support issues, customer demands, project requirements, many companies are not able to work on traditional business processes as they are not fast enough to deal with the ever-changing requirements. There has been a rise in the transition of project management, product management and software development teams from traditional Waterfall methodologies to Agile ones. The scrum master is a facilitator of an agile team.

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Never neglect the human side of agile!

Kiron Bondale

People and not policies, processes, practices or platforms are required to achieve successful projects. This is why the following principle from the Agile Manifesto needs to be careful considered whenever an agile transformation is underway: Build projects around motivated individuals.

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5 Ways Project Management and Lean Manufacturing Speed Up Processes

LiquidPlanner

The challenge with lean is that, despite its attraction to many executives who want to cut costs and increase productivity , a lean process doesn’t happen overnight. Here are four examples of how lean manufacturing principles and project management approaches intersect, and make your process faster and better: 1. Be more Agile. Agile is at the intersection of lean and project management.

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

Online PM Courses

The Stage Gate Process gets too little love from Project Managers. In a Stage Gate process, you break your project into stages, or phases. In this article, we look at why a stage gate process will enhance your project management, and how to make it work. Phase Gates in Agile?

Agile vs Waterfall Methodology: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

Agile is a popular term these days, and you likely hear it a lot. But what is it and what’s the difference between agile vs waterfall methodology? By the end, you’ll have a high-level understanding of each and how work is done in agile vs waterfall. AGILE.

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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? Now, you may not know how you may not be able to afford to make those decisions, the underlying probabilistic and statistical process may be too chaotic, or many other reasons. . NoEstimates Agile Illogical Agile Quotes QuotesSome are logical, some are obvious, some are takeoffs from other quotes, a few are downright nonsense.

Agile as an Excuse for Diminishing Commitment

quantmleap

T he Agile story, at some levels is a rosy one. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. Being able to change direction and support the business in a changing landscape is one of the areas where Agile and Lean provide better value for money.

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Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management

LiquidPlanner

If you’re fresh out of Certified Scrum Master training, you are likely invigorated to start applying the Agile and SCRUM based techniques to your next project. Then you get back to work and the real world hits you—implementing Agile isn’t going to be as easy as you thought.

Agile Team Transitions Are Not Always Textbook

LiquidPlanner

Project teams transitioning to Agile can often struggle with project roles and the overall team structure. Transitioning to an Agile team is a change in mindset, team organization, and the team’s culture. How does Agile “really work” in an enterprise organization with global teams?

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The Classic Misunderstanding between Principles, Practices, and Process

Herding Cats

I've since lost my handbook issued at TRW for the Software Development Lifecycle processes used on the programs we worked, but the loop approach of plan, do, study, act was at the basis of that method. Is this early work the same in form as Scrum, XP, or other Agile development methods?

Some Dark Sides to Agile

Herding Cats

I work agile programs that are subject to FAR 34.2 These programs integrate Earned Value Management with Agile software development to great advantage. But there are some Dark Sides to agile in this domain and context. Here are some Dark Sides to the integration of Agile and EVM.

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Run relevant retrospectives!

Kiron Bondale

I wrote a few weeks back that while retrospectives are commonly associated with agile projects they can also be equally useful on traditional ones. Running regular retrospectives is not an indicator of agility but how they get conducted and the benefits realized through them is.

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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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