Trouble in Scrum City

Leading Agile

Disclaimer: This is not a critique of Scrum. Sometimes, they learn a little bit about Scrum, even if not much about Agile. In just about every case I’ve seen, the facilitators of the Scrum City game predefine what a city is before game play even begins.

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What is Agile and Scrum?

The IIL Blog

The Nuts and Bolts of Agile and Scrum. Agile and Scrum: What’s the difference? It seems like almost every company, regardless of their industry, is practicing Agile and Scrum in some way and at some level of proficiency. One of those is Scrum. What is Scrum?

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Enough of Scrum Already

DigitalPM

The conversation goes on in the Scrum and Agile circles about how far a team can stray from the hard and fast “ Rules of Scrum” before becoming a “Scrum Outcast” and … earning the derision and scorn of the “True Believers.” The Rules Of Scrum.

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Agile for Large Scale Government Programs

Herding Cats

It would seem counter intuitive to apply Agile (Scrum) to large Software Intensive System of Systems. Agile in the government from Glen Alleman. Agile Earned Value Governance Government IMP/IMS Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Requirements Root Cause AnalysisBut it's not. Here's how we do it with success. Related articles. The Microeconomics of a Project Driven Organization. GAO Reports on ACA Site.

Scrum Project Management

ActiveCollab

Scrum is a project management framework that helps small, close-knit teams develop complex products incrementally. Scrum focuses on how people work instead of what they do. Scrum relies agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology out there. What is Scrum.

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INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

Herding Cats

NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Requirements Strategy Systems Theory Technical Performance MeasuresThe term INVEST is an acronym for good User Stories. I ndependent (of all others).

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Dr. Harold Kerzner Q&A: How Changes in Project Management Are Supporting Agile and Scrum

The IIL Blog

This past November as part of IIL’s IPM Day online conference , Dr. Harold Kerzner delivered a keynote on “ How Changes in Project Management Are Supporting Agile and Scrum. This appears to be true for continuous improvements in Agile and Scrum activities. AGILE AND SCRUM.

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Scrum Project Management

ActiveCollab

Scrum is a project management framework that helps small, close-knit teams develop complex products incrementally. Scrum focuses on how people work instead of what they do. Scrum relies on agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology out there. What is Scrum.

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Accountability on a Agile Software Development in the Presence of Governance

Herding Cats

In Scrum, this is the Product Owner, who is a member of the team. So for projects that spend other people's money in the presence of uncertainty - Governance is a means to establish those shared principles. Governance is about Decision Rights.

The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

Herding Cats

Scrum is) more defined rather than empirical process. scrum, not agile. not as it was prior to scrum. Scrum is prescriptive and defined rather than empirical. No need to explain why OODA is the basis of Scrum, here's a much better post - OODA: The Mindset of Scrum. .

Agile Certification: Your Guide to the Large Array of Agile Qualifications

Online PM Courses

Scrum Alliance. Scrum Alliance was the first (2001) major organization to promote scrum, and to offer its certifications. Its Certified Scrum Master (CSM) qualification is still the most widely known agile certification. Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM).

Agile Project Management Methods for Corporate IT Projects

Herding Cats

When Agile development moves beyond a single scrum team and into the Enterprise IT domain, several considerations must be addressed. For Scrum (or most other agile methods) focus on the team is paramount. Governance is about decision rights. Why We Need Governance.

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

Online PM Courses

It is an important part of project governance that looks both backwards and forwards. Let’s set aside the very important governance imperative. But what if governance were unimportant to you… or your organization?

Interactions within Agile Teams- The SCARF Model

Stepping Into Project Management

From this a theme emerges from social neuroscience- Firstly, that much of our motivation driving social behavior is governed by an overarching organizing principle of minimizing threat and maximizing reward. agile communication growth mindset leadership scrum

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How to Talk About Estimates

Herding Cats

If I'm risking two weeks of work for the Scrum team of 5 people it's a much different need from the risk of a $10B manned spaceflight program being supported to congress for budget authorization. . What is an estimate?

Does your PMO hinder or help your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

But many successful PMOs have evolved beyond governance and control to helping their company reach higher levels of organizational project management maturity, and increasing agility should be complementary and not contradictory to this pursuit.

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Fika Stories 2 – The Policy-Debt Trap

Digite

Designing a kanban system, you put together a set of policies and rules governing what work you want to visualize, in which way, and how you want to manage it. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Scrum Toyota Kata Visualization

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Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

The development of the software and sometimes the development of the hardware is done in an agile manner, using one of several Agile development methods - SAFe, Scrum for example. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Principles

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The Flaw of Average (Mean) and Its Cousin Mode and Median

Herding Cats

Finally, before moving to the need for Median and Mode, Stories, Story Points, and Velocity are NOT Units of Performance outside a single Scrum Team, which has calibrated Story Points to their own usage and need.

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Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

The development of the software and sometimes the development of the hardware is done in an agile manner, using one of several Agile development methods - SAFe, Scrum for example. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Principles

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Inspiring Women in Project Management: Amy Hamilton

Girl's Guide to PM

I currently perform IT Project Management for the US Government in Stuttgart, Germany. In my career I have served as an Army Officer on Active Duty, as a contractor in the IT field for the US Government and for the past ten years as a Government Civilian.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were on of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." .

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The #NoEstimates Paradigm and Response

Herding Cats

I attended our Agile Meetup last night, where the speaker walked through the three current Agile at Scale development methods, all based on Scrum - SAFe, LeSS, and Nexus. It is likely those paying us have some sort of governance process in place for managing the spend of that money.

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The Trouble with Charts

Herding Cats

The Performance Index of #Noestimates in the chart above shows differences from Scrum and Lightweight Scrum. The chart (top chart) shows a number for predictability for No Estimates and a similar number for predictability for Light Weight Scrum.

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Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

Herding Cats

This is true for planting tomatoes, writing software with Scrum, flying to Mars. No matter the size of the project. No matter the project domain. No matter the engineering processes used to produce the outcomes from the project. There are Five Immutable Principles of project success.

Is Project Security that Important?

Axosoft

Especially in the wake of the recent breaches in digital security across just about every government agency. Are you working on government or private sector projects? Business Agile and Scrum project management risk planning securityThis question begs to be answered. So, how important is security on the projects that we manage? Well, that depends on several variables: Who’s projects are you managing? What type of data are you handling?

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Is Project Security that Important?

Axosoft

Especially in the wake of the recent breaches in digital security across just about every government agency. Are you working on government or private sector projects? Business Agile and Scrum project management risk planning securityThis question begs to be answered. So, how important is security on the projects that we manage? Well, that depends on several variables: Who’s projects are you managing? What type of data are you handling?

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4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

Herding Cats

The Product Manager is not always the same as the Scrum Product Owner. This notion shows that governance is not considered a requirement for the business. There's a recent post titled Four Fallacious Reasons to Estimate.

Top 5 Project Management Certifications To Become A Great Project Manager!

The Lazy Project Manager

was first introduced for the government offices of UK. A CSM certification offers a big jump to project managers starting out as Scrum professionals. Scrum Alliance is the parent organization that accredits the CSM certification. Are you working as a project manager?

Fallacy of the Week

Herding Cats

And the role of a Scrum Product Owner if it's an internal customer. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Economics Estimating Fallacy of the Week Governance Management Mathematics Planning Principles Requirements Risk StrategyFive Different Decision-Making Strategies That Don't Need Estimates. This is from a #Noestimates presentation. Remember, most projects operate in the presence of Uncertainty. . Do the most important strategic work first.

Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Project Risk Management Model Based on PRINCE2 and Scrum Frameworks,” Martin Tomanek, Jan Juricek, The International Journal of Software Engineering & Applications (IJSEA) , January 2015, Volume 6, Number 1, ISSN: 0975-9018. Federal Government, in support of OMB Circular A-123.”.

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Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

Herding Cats

Herding Cats: The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control. NoEstimates Estimating Governance Mathematics Planning PrinciplesFor any closed loop control system ‒ let’s assume we want to manage our project with such a system ‒ has a signal representing the current state of the system.

What is the Difference Between PRINCE2 Agile and APMG Agile Project Management?

Arras People

Once upon a time APMG (which is APM-Group where APM doesn’t really stand for anything now because it was the commercial offshoot of the Association for Project Management but is not now related to APM) administered PRINCE2 and the family of related UK Government owned methods.

How to Pick a Project Management Methodology for Success

Clarizen

here are numerous project management methods out there, most often with single-noun names (think Scrum and Lean) that don’t really give away much about what they actually mean for a project manager. Scrum.

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7 Ways to Sell Agile to Project Stakeholders

LiquidPlanner

For example, the United States federal government adopting Agile has meant a rise in job openings requiring Agile project management expertise. Give your stakeholders transparency into the process by inviting them to sit in on scrums or letting them monitor work progress.

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All form and no (agile) substance?

Kiron Bondale

How about your daily standups or scrums? “ Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose ” Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr’s warning reminds us that it is very easy to ignore the Manifesto for Agile Software Development’s value statements.

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Focus on your soft skills when moving to agile!

Kiron Bondale

Such transitions include shifts from functional specialization to “Jack of all Trades, Master of One” for delivery team members as well as the need for increased involvement of product owners and control/governance partners.

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Choosing a Project Management Methodology

Brightwork

In this article, I will briefly outline seven popular approaches – PRINCE2, Critical Path Management, Waterfall, Agile, Scrum, Hybrid, and Kanban – before concluding with some tips to determine which methodology to use. Developed in 1989 and used extensively by the UK government, PRINCE2 breaks a project into stages and treats each stage as its own entity. A project is about change and transformation.

2017 Project Management Trends To Watch

Girl's Guide to PM

A positive benefit to this could be employers putting existing professionals through the Higher Project Management Apprenticeship scheme, upskilling them at virtually no cost (or at least, through funds already paid to the government in the form of the levy).

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What is a Stakeholder in Project Management?

Planio

This could mean partners, users, competitors, or even government groups who will be impacted by what you’re doing. These are the people who will make or break your project—like the sponsor, funding groups, or government agencies.

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Pulse of the Profession 2018: The Project Manager of the Future

Inloox

Increased government regulations. Versatile Manager: has experience with various approaches—waterfall, Scrum, agile, lean, design thinking etc. New technologies bring rapid and continuous change to our workplace. In order to not only react to those but use them to make projects more effective and profitable, project managers need to adapt and keep on learning.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

XP, scrum, lean, etc.) I think when we think about how we are delivering our projects, we need to focus on Business Value, Customer Satisfaction, Governance and less about coming in on time and budget.

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The Idea Hackathon

Growing Agile

We had some diversity: testers, developers, agile coaches, scrum masters, business owners, entrepreneurs, managers, consultants, a receptionist and a university lecturer – not too bad for our first attempt. A week ago we held a 1 day event – The Idea Hackathon.

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