The Agile Manifesto from a Lean Perspective

Scrum.org

To what extent, for example, is the Manifesto a reflex of “lean thinking”? There’s a clear synergy between lean and agile practice, and attempts to tease them apart can often seem contrived and artificial. Interestingly, in the published history of the Agile Manifesto, the word “lean” does not appear even once. Could it be that the authors were influenced by a “lean” gestalt which they saw no reason to explicitly acknowledge?

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The Complete Guide to Project Risk Assessment (Free Template)

Workamajig

Project risk assessment is an essential part of any project management plan. This guide shares 6 key steps in assessing project risk. So much of project success depends on spotting and eliminating these risks. How exactly do you figure out which risks to look out for and which to ignore? And once you’ve spotted these risks, how do you create plans to counter them? I’ll answer all these questions and more in this guide to project risk assessment.

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Risk-aware Product Development (a.k.a. Scrum)

Scrum.org

This post is dedicated to you guys out there trying to make sense of the confusion surrounding predictability and Scrum/Agile (Or as I often refer to it these days Risk-aware Product Development), whether you consider yourself one of the people quoted above or one of the people working for them trying to bridge the desire to work in an agile nirvana-like flow and dealing with those pesky executives stakeholders and customers bent on interrupting that flow. The Risk Burndown Exercise.

Agile 2018 Conference – Unraveling Team Dependencies

Leading Answers

Through case studies and exercises, we explore the hidden impacts of well-intentioned small teams. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Risk Management Tailoring Approaches Teams Theory of Constraints Travel Warning SignsI am excited to be presenting on the Enterprise Agile track at the Agile 2018 conference in San Diego, August 7. I have worked with several organizations this year that had issues with work dependencies between teams.

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Agile 2018 Conference – Unraveling Team Dependencies

Leading Answers

Through case studies and exercises, we explore the hidden impacts of well-intentioned small teams. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Risk Management Tailoring Approaches Teams Theory of Constraints Travel Warning SignsI am excited to be presenting on the Enterprise Agile track at the Agile 2018 conference in San Diego, August 7. I have worked with several organizations this year that had issues with work dependencies between teams.

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New PM, New Choices

Leading Answers

Yet when projects use new (to us) technology and tackle problems our organizations have not solved before, then risk, uncertainty, and rates of change will be high. Traditional approaches have plenty of tools for handling risks, uncertainty, and change; but modern, adaptive approaches were purpose-built for these types of projects and have proven to be effective in these circumstances. Designing something is typically a consensus-gathering and problem-solving exercise.

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Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

Traditional project funding models are anchored to periodic (annual, semi-annual or quarterly) portfolio re-planning exercises which ingest updated forecasts for active investments and funding requests for new ones. It can result in higher risk, premature financial commitments. one sprint’s worth), but in most cases, project funding approval processes are not lean enough to encourage such behavior.

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10 Career-Limiting Mistakes To Avoid

Girl's Guide to PM

However, you should also make it clear that this is not your project anymore and they are responsible, otherwise they’ll lean on you for a long time. If you don’t talk about problems then you risk hitting your manager with bad news.

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How to Write a Business Case

ProjectManager.com

In fact, in some lean or agile organizations, over-reliance on documentation is seen as a clear impediment to innovation and collaboration. Don’t forget to include a risk management plan. Discern the risks and issues associated with each solution.

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Business Process Improvement: What it is and How to Implement it

nTask

Therefore, you can understand the Business Process Improvement as the exercise of identifying, analyzing, improving, and then reviewing existing business processes. Lean Manufacturing and Lean Thinking. With Lean Thinking your company aims to: Mend imbalanced production quantities. Lean Manufacturing tries to maximize all your business processes that add value. Therefore, it is always a smart idea to perform a risk analysis with risk management software.

Tips for Women Entrepreneurs

ProjectManager.com

She noted that the women who can benefit from her video are those who fit the following description: They’re ready, which means they’ve advanced to the point at which they are prepared to take on the risk inherent in any new venture. Know when to “lean in” or “lean back.” Sometimes you have to lean in and lean back at the same time, depending on the situation. Practice Self-Care: It’s a hard road, so take care of yourself: sleep, exercise and eat healthy.

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Capacity Planning for Dynamic Teams following Kanban Method

Sudipta Lahiri

Yet, a significant portion of the software development community does want to adopt some of the Agile/Lean principles that they believe they will benefit from. For example, they see value in making smaller and faster releases to their customers to get early feedback and de-risk their project. This Experience Report, based on the author’s experience in applying Agile/Lean principles to dynamic teams or fixed price projects, lays out an approach to answer these questions.

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10 Top Process Improvement Tools You Need to Create a More Sustainable Business

nTask

This includes identifying process risks or sustainability measures to monitor the process. Stage 2, make the changes: During the change phase, fresh practices and ideas are exercised. Process Improvement Tool #7: Lean Six Sigma (DMAIC).

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What Is A Project Task? And How to Get Things Done In an Agile Environment

nTask

Having a roadmap can help alleviate the risks and make it easier to reach the goal. Lean: Lean aims to create a well-organized, efficient, clean, and effective workplace. Lean sorts out the necessities and eliminates the unnecessary.

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Incubating Innovation

Leading Answers

Developing new products or services is a maze-solving exercise. It sounds a difficult balancing act, but approaches such as design thinking, lean startup and agile provide stewardship models for development with inbuilt experimentation, observation and learning. These 30-minute exercises don’t even require expensive equipment or management consultants. Exercise  – increases blood flow to the brain and helps eliminate toxins  [6].

A Project Manager’s Guide to Writing Well: 21 Writing Tips to Keep Communication and Collaboration Moving

Planio

A good exercise is to ruthlessly condense your idea. Or ‘Exercise improves everything?’. Good writing leans heavily on verbs rather than adjectives or adverbs. Out of all the project management skills we attribute to great teams–planning, leadership, decision-making, etc.–writing

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5 Project Management Tips for Manufacturing Teams

LiquidPlanner

Be as detailed and thorough as you can during this exercise, as it will help you manage the project later on. You can create your own methodology, or adopt existing frameworks—from Agile and Waterfall to Critical Path and Lean. For example, organizations well versed in Lean manufacturing tend to adopt a lean approach to project management. Implement a Risk Management Process. In manufacturing, risk management is absolutely imperative.

What Do Companies like Apple, Amazon and Google Look for in Project Managers?

Epicflow Blog

Your main objectives are to develop and maintain project plans, identify resource needs, manage project schedules, figure out trade-offs and provide a risk assessment to management. You’ll learn how to identify and estimate risks and manage them.

What is a Stakeholder in Project Management?

Planio

No matter how agile and lean you try to run your projects there are inevitably going to be a lot of people involved in getting you from project proposal to launch day. Here’s a 3-step process to help mitigate the risks of dealing with stakeholders and make sure as many of them as possible are happy with the project: Stakeholder Identification. As you go through these exercises, don’t forget that stakeholders are ultimately people. But ignoring them is a risk you can’t afford.

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The 23 Best Project Management Books For Upgrading Your Career in 2020

Planio

Risk Up Front: Managing Projects in a Complex World. However, instead of leaning heavily on theory, it uses real-world examples to illustrate how these scenarios play out. Risk Up Front: Managing Projects in a Complex World.

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Best 2020 Online Courses, Events, and Resources for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

You can choose one of the following seminars: Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master: For Professionals New to Agile, Aligning the Organization Through Portfolio Management , Team Member Engagement: Alignment Up, Down, and Across the Organization, Program Management Master Class with Michel Thiry.

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions

Scrum.org

This is achieved by testing hypotheses as fast and as inexpensive as possible, thus mitigating risk and maximizing the development team’s work. Suppose a person or a group of individuals, for example, a product council, exercises control over the Product Backlog.

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. While some people find the “let’s try something” approach counter-intuitive to rigorous upfront planning and design, most understand the risk reduction and true requirements validation benefits. Handoffs are very wasteful—they contribute to the eight lean DOWNTIME wastes…. Transformations are flavor of the month.

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When The Scrum Master As A Teacher Becomes A Preacher

Scrum.org

As we describe in our paper “ Scrum: A Framework To Reduce Risk And Deliver Value Sooner ”, it’s up to the Scrum Master to include the perspective of empirical process control and the quality by which transparency, inspection, and adaptation are taking shape in and around the Scrum Team.

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How to work maternity leave into your long-term projects

Resource Guru

An employee who is leaving for parental leave is exercising rights that are protected by your company and the law, both of which have policies in place that can help you understand what to expect in the days and weeks ahead. The effect of losing a team member for any length of time can easily affect a project regardless of scope, and as most organizations run pretty lean, every person is often an essential team member with critical deliverables.

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Retrospectives and Intraspectives for Agile Practitioners

MPUG

Retrospectives are also applicable in flow based Lean-Agile frameworks, e.g., Kanban , where you can have retrospectives on-demand. In this exercise, each retrospective participant anonymously writes sown his or her position and puts it on a slip of paper or index card. This exercise informs about the participants’ attitudes in particular. This exercise gets the “feeling facts” out on the table. Two woodcutters were assigned to chop wood in a forest.

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. While some people find the “let’s try something” approach counter-intuitive to rigorous upfront planning and design, most understand the risk reduction and true requirements validation benefits. Handoffs are very wasteful—they contribute to the eight lean DOWNTIME wastes…. Transformations are flavor of the month.

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Remote Agile (Part 7): Sprint Review with Distributed Teams

Scrum.org

Therefore, to mitigate the risk of running a remote Sprint Review, for many Scrum teams applying Liberating Structures is sound business advice. Min Specs : Min Specs is an excellent exercise to focus the whole team on the essential work to accomplish the next Sprint Goal.

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Remote Agile (Part 6): Sprint Planning with Distributed Teams

Scrum.org

Repeat the exercise if no suggestion finds unanimous support. Min Specs : Min Specs is an excellent exercise to focus the whole team on the essential work to accomplish the next Sprint Goal. Lean Coffee is an excellent example of a workaround for virtual Liberating Structures.

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Webinar Recap: Project Performance Measurement – Part 1: Overview Of Project Performance Measurements

MPUG

Are we doing good change and risk management? All projects have risks. Fletcher Hearns: All projects have risks. There isn’t a project on the planet that doesn’t have risks. So, how do you measure risks? How do you look at what the risks are?

Webinar Recap: SIPOC Workshop Facilitation – Part 2: SIPOC Workshop Strategies

MPUG

The idea though with systems and project management theory were drawn… Our attention is drawn to the fact that hey you know what, if there are risks, if there are issues that need escalation, there has to be a certain level of governance. Jeff Bongiovani: Per the risk register.

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The Urge to Strangle(The Strangler Pattern)

Leading Agile

Business agility means having the capability to “turn on a dime” at low cost and with low risk, to drive innovation, respond to market changes, and overcome the competition. As they were working through the hands-on exercises, their lead Business Analyst asked, “Can Cucumber read Excel files?” Unofficial IT’s risks and costs. But there are risks: additional cost due to redundant or overlapping functionality in disparate point solutions.

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A Digital Service Canvas for Government and Enterprise

Scrum.org

He recognized that something like a business model canvas would offer great potential in an entrepreneurial, Lean Startup context. Nevertheless, it can be an interesting exercise (hint: time is money and there are various types of waste an organization could reasonably hope to avoid). Whether you pitch a Business Model Canvas or a Lean Canvas, the outcome is usually the same in a large enterprise. They can be quite different to those of a lean start-up or studio.

70 Scrum Master Theses

Scrum.org

Product discovery using the Design Thinking , Lean Startup , or Lean UX frameworks help, but in any case a good Scrum Master will want the Scrum Team to be a part of this process (whether by participating in user interviews or running experiments). TL; DR: 70 Scrum Master Theses.

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Scrum Master Interview Questions (1): Scrum Master Role

Scrum.org

Product discovery using the Design Thinking, Lean Startup, or Lean UX frameworks help, but in any case, a good Scrum Master will want the Scrum Team to be a part of this process (whether by participating in user interviews or running experiments).

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System of Delivery: An Intro to Our Governance Model

Leading Agile

The first one is the one around risk, around scope rather. So the team design, interacting with a governance model, focused on the flow of value, and managing those five categories of risk, are what our governance model and our team design do. And then I’m going to break down a little bit more detail where each of these five categories of risk are handled. The five types of risk: Are we solving the right problem?

What Businesses Can Learn About Cybersecurity Threats From the US DoD’s Latest Initiative

Runrun.it

Cybersecurity threats become even more dangerous when we factor in that defense departments are now leaning towards increased digitization and automation. But, such moves bring with them an increased risk of cybersecurity threats. Constantly looking out for emerging threats, educating stakeholders and exercising realistic suspicion can help organizations keep their assets secured while driving up productivity.

Can One Be Too Respectful?

Pawel Brodzinski

Some time ago, during our weekly Lean Coffee at Lunar Logic , which is the only all hands meeting at the company, I made a disrespectful comment. Now, if being respectful is our guiding principle we may choose not to speak up, rather than risk hurting someone. It is more inconsiderate to prevent people from exercising their rights because you are offended by them than it is for them to do whatever it is what offends you.

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Agile Movers & Shakers (3): Ben Linders

Scrum.org

I’m making my books, games, exercises, workshops and remote training, and other agile coaching tools that I use myself in my workshops and advice work available to the world as digital downloads at benlinders.com/shop. TL; DR: The Agile Movers & Shakers Interview with Ben Linders.

What’s Worse Than Not Automating Your Software Delivery Pipeline?

Leading Agile

Preparing test data to exercise applications prior to deployment. But there’s a risk that people will get excited about automation and get ahead of themselves. Including appropriate tooling in the automated CI process covers most of the remaining risks in this area. Such data must be designed to exercise the application appropriately, and not merely reflect patterns of data that happen to be present in production this month. It seemed a high-risk situation to me.

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