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? Here are a few similarities: Risk needs to be managed through the project’s lifetime, not just at the very beginning.

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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.

Risk Management for Agile Software Development Projects

Herding Cats

It is popular to state that Agile IS Risk Management - but that is not correct. Agile software development is a software development process. Risk Management is a process as well. The two - agile and risk management - are well suited for each other. But Agile alone is not Risk Management. First some principles: All risk comes from uncertainty. Here's how Agile and Risk Management are joined. IT Risk Management.

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Shuffle up and deal with qualitative risk analysis!

Kiron Bondale

While it is frequently used by agile teams to size work items (e.g. user stories), planning poker can also be used to facilitate other types of decision making so why not use it for qualitative risk analysis? This is important because risk impacts and probability do not scale linearly.

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Risk Management for Project Managers

Arras People

“Increasingly,” says Walaa Bakry, who runs Westminster Business School’s project management courses, “successful project management is becoming a synonym for successful risk management. Management of Risk was the next obvious area for us to expand into.”. programme risk.

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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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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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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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Small Batch Sizes are NOT Risk Management

Herding Cats

There is a popular fallacy in the Agile community that small batch sizes are Risk Management. What small batches do is provide information that informs risk management at a fast rate. Specific actions must be taken to manage the risk. IT Risk Management.

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The Risk Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Most of your project problems can be avoided or greatly reduced through risk management. The simple act of identifying and discussing risks goes a long way towards reducing problems in your project. Let’s look at how to start the risk management process. The highest risks?

Don’t forget n*(n-1)/2 when scaling agile!

Kiron Bondale

But on agile projects we expect that core team members will collaborate closely on a daily basis. Iteration planning and retrospectives will start looking like dreaded meetings more than agile ceremonies, and you can forget about sizing a large number of user stories quickly!

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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 argument for agile gets even more appealing…

Kiron Bondale

However things get more intriguing when we compare the results for agile and waterfall. Out of a sample of over 10,000 software projects, 39% of those which were managed using agile approaches succeeded as compared with only 11% of those using a traditional approach.

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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. There is a greater likelihood of having too many active projects which increases the risk of resource shortages.

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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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Applying Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions to agile teams

Kiron Bondale

Patrick Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team can help agile leads guide their team building efforts. If the agile lead takes too direct an approach to address this, the team’s journey towards self-discipline and self-management will slow down.

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Which compromises are making your agile transformation fragile?

Kiron Bondale

Agile transformation is a long journey for large companies. During this formative time, teams will have to cope with constraints which hamper how far down the agile delivery continuum they can operate. Constraints and compromises are common when undertaking an agile transformation.

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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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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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The Agile Cannon

Herding Cats

The paper Agile Base Patterns in the Agile Canon , Daniel R Greening, 2016 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences is an important contribution to the discussion of agile at scale in organizations beyond 5 developers at the table with their customer. Agile

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How are you resolving your agile transformation blockers?

Kiron Bondale

How about being agile with your transformation! As with all preliminary estimates in agile don’t aim for precision but rather for consistency. You might also want to incorporate relative uncertainty into the ranking process by tackling higher risk and impact hurdles first.

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Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects

Herding Cats

Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister. Here's how we manage risk on our software intensive system of systems using Agile. . Risk management requires making estimating of the reducible and irreducible uncertanties that create risk. IT Risk Management. Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects. Estimating is Risk Management. NoEstimates Risk

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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? IT Risk Management. 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. Here are some of those, I'll add to this post from the top when new quotes pop up almost daily. The Original Quote.

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Aleatory Uncertainty Creates Irreducible Risk

Herding Cats

Yesterday's Post Epistemic Uncertainty Creates Reducible Risk and What Is Risk? Risk is not there to be mitigated, it's there to be eliminated. Risk is the result of uncertainty, which comes in two kinds for all projects, for everything actually. Epistemic uncertainty and the risk it creates can be reduced with handling processes. The objective of identifying and managing aleatory uncertainty to be preparing to handle the impacts when risk is realized.

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What is Risk Management?

Herding Cats

Risk management is about making informed decisions by consciously assessing what can go wrong, as well as the likelihood and severity of the impact when that possibility comes true. The heart of Risk Management is making informed decisions in the presence of the uncertainties that create risk.

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Estimating the Risk

Herding Cats

Risk is everywhere on projects. This risk comes from two types of uncertainty. The idea of risk and its management and handling is a critical success factor for all software development. One of the most rigorous theorems of economics [1] proves that the existing means of production yields greater economic performance only through greater uncertainty that is, through greater risk. Without these estimates, there is no risk management. NoEstimates Risk

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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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. The last four are of course replicas of agile guidance. NoEstimates Agile Estimating Risk

Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

Herding Cats

By the way, the pure conjecture that agile enables late changing requirements to not have a significant impact on the cost and schedule of the development project is completely lacking any testable evidence outside of personal anecdotes of agile advocates. Now To Risk Management.

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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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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. Uncertainty creates risk. Risk Management is how Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister.

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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EVM and Agile – Can they work together?

Green Project Management

Context This post was modified from one I developed several years ago for the Mercure AACE 2013 program I took, called W15_PM_EVM-Agile-Considerations. The post EVM and Agile – Can they work together?

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Spend £90 Become PRINCE2 Agile Foundation Qualified

Arras People

PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation has just been launched and April is the month where the certification is piloted with the project management marketplace. You can take the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation course online now, pay no examination fee and receive your certification, all for a price of £90.

12 Questions for Gaining Control of Your Risks

Project Risk Coach

Are you a project manager who focuses on gaining control of your project risks? Some project managers start their projects with a strong focus on risk management. When problems occur, they turn to their risk response plan. Remember the definition for controlling risks?

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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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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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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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. IT Risk Management.

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Agile Project Management in Enterprises

ActiveCollab

When big corporations decide to be more agile, they need methods that work at a large scale. The best approach that enables corporations to be more agile is the DevOps movement, which usually consists of: Work visualisation with Kanban boards. Big companies often combine Agile and Waterfall, where they use practices from agile methodologies (like sprints and roles) and the efficancies of waterfall, thus creating an Agile-Waterfall Hybrid.

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