Innovation: Running Experiments and Learning

Leading Answers

In my last article on  Incubating Innovation , we explored the culture and mindset of accountable experimentation. However, innovation and learning take conscious effort, forward planning and accountability. It furthermore places emphasis on the experiments—the inputs for learning and innovation. In the article “ The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures ,” Gary Pisano describes how killing bad ideas is critical.

Embracing an Innovative Mindset

Tony Adams

A new paradigm for commercial success is emerging, grounded in speed to market, innovative thinking and the ability to reimagine the customer experience. Standard project delivery approaches (Waterfall, Agile, Critical Chain, Prince 2, Lean, Scrum and Extreme Project Management) remain de rigeur, each deconstructing project effort to smaller, more manageable components – without addressing the complexity of environment within which they are applied.

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Can the Words “Innovation” and “Project Management” Be Used In The Same Sentence?

The IIL Blog

Companies are recognizing that brand loyalty accompanied by a higher level of quality does not always equate to customer retention unless supported by some innovations. According to management guru Peter Drucker, there are only two sources for growth: marketing and innovation [Drucker, 2008]. Innovation is often viewed as the Holy Grail of business and the primary driver for growth. The question, of course, is “How do we manage innovation needs?”.

Project Management Q&A: Do I Need Scrum Master to Work on More Exciting Projects?

Arras People

I want to work on more exciting projects, something more innovative and digitally driven, do I need to become a Scrum Master to do that? Organisations are not getting rid of Project Managers and replacing them with Scrum Masters to deliver innovative projects which may require a more Agile approach. The post Project Management Q&A: Do I Need Scrum Master to Work on More Exciting Projects?

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Mike Cottmeyer at Innovate Virginia 2019

Leading Agile

Most companies are falling short when they try to scale Agile because they lack the proper buy-in from leadership, they lack the ecosystem in which Agile can be successful, and they don’t know how to orchestrate the type of change that’s required of organizations that are attempting to adopt Agile. Just because you have the roles, ceremonies, and artifacts of Scrum in place, doesn’t mean you’ll automatically begin reaping the benefits of Agile.

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Mike Cottmeyer at Innovate Virginia 2019

Leading Agile

Most companies are falling short when they try to scale Agile because they lack the proper buy-in from leadership, they lack the ecosystem in which Agile can be successful, and they don’t know how to orchestrate the type of change that’s required of organizations that are attempting to adopt Agile. Just because you have the roles, ceremonies, and artifacts of Scrum in place. So, what’s needed isn’t more Scrum, more XP, more SAFe.

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Guide to Building a Career as a Scrum Master

Scrum.org

Are you interested in becoming a Scrum Master, but you are yet to have any experience? In the last seven years, I have assisted several interested and enthusiastic professionals to become Scrum Masters. I gradually elevated to the role of a Scrum Master. . .

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions

Scrum.org

They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Scrum is not a methodology but a framework.

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32 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns. Learn how individual incentives and outdated organizational structures — fostering personal agendas and local optimization efforts — manifest themselves in Scrum stakeholder anti-patterns which easily can impede any agile transition.

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Grow a culture of innovation and learning with frequent Developer Huddles

Scrum.org

Without skilled developers, the Scrum Framework is no more than lipstick on a pig. And more importantly, where developers can learn, innovate and experiment to become better at his craft? Having to create?—?and and hopefully deploy?—?new

Agile Leadership Toolkit - new book

Scrum.org

Early September a new book will be added to the Professional Scrum Series : Agile Leadership Toolkit - by Peter Koning. Traditional management and leadership practices were developed to manage work, to build the process, and to provide the intelligence for work to be done. Agile leadership is the future. Scrum, Less, and other agile methodologies promise motived, collaborative, and highperforming teams. They are globally familiar with Scrum and other frameworks.

Mastering Scrum with Feminine Power

Scrum.org

Scrum and agility create frameworks for diversity. As a trainer for agile leadership I want to encourage even more women to expose themselves to this world. Scrum Teams, in their ideal form, offer support for balancing Yin and Yang.

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The Secret to Finding a Job as a New Scrum Master

Agile Advice

It appears to me there are more jobs available for Scrum Masters than ever before! And for those eager to work in Scrum teams, the answer is also predictable. Having taught Scrum to more than 2000 people, I have ongoing dialogue with many former students who are struggling to find opportunities to serve Agile teams and gain experience as a Scrum Master. I opened my inbox today to a question from a former student of my Scrum class. Scrum is one of those.)

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Improving SAFe Through Professional Scrum

Scrum.org

SAFe includes Scrum - so how come many Scrum practitioners and thought leaders consider it unsafe? SAFe's perspective is that "Nothing beats an Agile Team" and it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel or even innovate too much when it comes to the Team level. It takes advantage of established frameworks and techniques that work well - Scrum being the first and foremost of those. SAFe's Scrum Master is more of an Agile Team Lead.

71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions (2): Internal Stakeholders & Product Roadmaps

Scrum.org

They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Join us on February 3, 2021: Hands-on Agile #29: Scrum Guide 2020 — Reloaded.

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Capture More Agility by Tailoring Practices

International Institute for Learning

[This post is a sneak preview of Jesse Fewell’s talk at IIL’s Agile & Scrum 2020 Online Conference , and is based on his upcoming book Untapped Agility ]. We’ve been told that to achieve more innovation, more collaboration, or more agility, we need to adopt modern practices.

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Recap: International Project Management Day 2018

The IIL Blog

KEYNOTE: Innovation Project Management. Dr. Harold Kerzner (Senior Executive Director, IIL) first introduces his audience to innovation. Be aware that cost reduction measures are a short-term solution, whereas innovation aims at future profits. The outputs of innovation are products and services, new business models. Peter Drucker stated that only marketing and innovation drive growth. Creativity and innovation. What kind of leadership is needed?

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The Value of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters

Scrum.org

In August 2018, Scrum.org launched the Professional Scrum Master II class. The intention of this class is to offer the Scrum community an advanced class designed to support Scrum Masters in their professional development. What is the value of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters?”. Although this might sound fluffy and vague, this article will provide five tangible examples of how they are tremendously valuable for Scrum Masters. Daily Scrum.

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Improving SAFe thru Professional Scrum

Scrum.org

SAFe includes Scrum - so how come many Scrum practitioners and thought leaders consider it unsafe? SAFe's perspective is that "Nothing beats an Agile Team" and it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel or even innovate too much when it comes to the Team level. It takes advantage of established frameworks and techniques that work well - Scrum being the first and foremost of those. SAFe's Scrum Master is more of an Agile Team Lead.

Epic Fail - Why Product Backlog Refinement is Essential for Scrum Teams?

Scrum.org

Part 1 intends to focus on the Scrum Team, Part 2 will be released shortly after our Webinar on April 29th and will focus on the “Epic” challenges agile leaders are facing. Product Backlog is not an event in Scrum, but has its place in the Scrum Guide and therefore the Scrum Framework. Because Scrum is a framework and not prescriptive, Scrum Teams will decide when and how they refine the content of the Product Backlog.

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions (2): Internal Stakeholder & Product Roadmaps

Scrum.org

They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Join us on February 3, 2021: Hands-on Agile #29: Scrum Guide 2020 — Reloaded.

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PSM II: Facilitating an Advanced Scrum Master Experience

Scrum.org

Last week I co-taught scrum.org's new Professional Scrum Master II course with fellow Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) Todd Miller. This 2-day advanced Scrum Master class is designed to be the next step that a Scrum Master takes on their journey towards Professional Scrum. Empiricism and the Scrum Values were used as guide posts along the way as the situations increased in complexity. The Advanced Scrum Master (PSM II) course is difficult to teach.

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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. and we are excited to share highlights here, organized in the following categories: Agile and Scrum . AGILE AND SCRUM. Agile and Scrum projects are an exception.

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33 Selected Blogs about Innovation, Project Management and 2.0: Vote for the Best!

Wrike

I’ve assembled a list of blogs that give me substantial food for thought when I write on innovations in project management. new management methodologies, leadership, motivation, as well as useful project management tips you can use in your day-to-day job. leadership and team-building you read. Better Projects : Craig Brown blogs about project management in real life, requirements management, leadership, etc. What project management blogs do you read?

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Getting a New Scrum Team Started (Part 1 of 2)

Scrum.org

The Scrum Guide provides no reference or guidance on how to get started with Scrum. That's because Scrum is a lightweight, minimal framework to encourage self-organization. I have heard it stated that Scrum is intentionally incomplete. Product Box , from Innovation Games.

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2021 Online & On-Site Events for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

January 31 — Beyond Agile Israel 2021 with this year’s topic “Agile Innovations” invites everyone who’s curious about Agile methodology to take part in the event. Join to be up-to-date with the latest trends in project management, communication, and leadership. .

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What’s The Future of Project Management? (2020)

Girl's Guide to PM

The role of the project manager has long been shifting away from someone who can tick off tasks as complete on a Gantt chart and towards a strategic leadership position for effecting change in an organization. What is the future of project management?

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Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: Zero Tolerance for “Brilliant Jerks”

The IIL Blog

Catch Christa Kirby’s presentation “Cultivating an Agile Mindset: Creativity, Trust, and a Plastic Toothbrush Case” at this year’s Agile & Scrum Conference! . By Christa Kirby, MA, LCAT, PMP, CSM, CSPO | Vice President, Global Learning Innovation and Global Practice Director, Leadership – International Institute for Learning (IIL) . Leadership EI emotional intelligence leadership

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The Scrum Values from the Development Team’s perspective

Scrum.org

The Scrum Values are like a compass guiding us on our journey of using Scrum, while exploring Scrum is a journey in itself. A few weeks back we started the journey of exploring the value of Scrum Values from different perspectives.

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Stephen Denning on Business Agility

International Institute for Learning

As a keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , he gave a fascinating take on how to adopt an Agile Mindset through what he calls the “Three Laws of Business Agility.” Author of ‘Age of Agile’ Stephen Denning, shares his thoughts about the power of leadership. Don’t miss his presentation at our Leadership and Innovation Online Conference! Leadership storytelling is an important change tool.

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Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

In the agile consulting domain, many consultants use lean terminology when discussing concepts with executives, terms friendly to  A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ®  Guide)  like progressive elaboration and rolling-wave planning when working with PMOs, and XP and Scrum terminology when working with team members. People are always developing innovative ways of describing agile techniques, and we can share the best with our clients.

The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management

ProjectManager.com

Thought leaders in project management have strong social media followings, are published authors, and are working as leaders for innovative companies and enterprises in the project management industry. Susanne Madsen is the author of several books on project management and leadership, including The Project Management Coaching Workbook and The Power of Project Leadership. Project management is an increasingly diverse field.

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What are the Best Project Management Books?

Online PM Courses

Innovative Techniques for Project Management. The first looks at the four essentials of team leadership in a project context, and offers a wealth of tools and tips for each. Chuck knows his stuff and has a highly pragmatic approach to Agile, which allows you to adopt it at any level from the local to the enterprise, and in any degree of rigor, from pure Scrum through to an adaptive blend of methodologies.

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Why Executives Don’t Go to Agile Conferences

Agile Coach

My first reaction was, “ great, reinforce the problem… ” and then the more I moved away from working with teams, and into the management, leadership and organizational layers, I realized these folks had more important things to worry about. It astonishes me to see so much information about bad leadership, and how executives don’t care because they can’t spare a day at an Agile conference to explore how to run more effective retrospectives.

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

Inloox

Innovator: acts as product owner and developer. Versatile Manager: has experience with various approaches—waterfall, Scrum, agile, lean, design thinking etc. Innovations in learning will continue to make it possible for the new worker to learn anything, anytime, and anywhere. They also need to have a blend of technical skills, leadership skills, and strategic and business management skills. New technologies bring rapid and continuous change to our workplace.

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Top Project Management Conferences in 2020

Epicflow Blog

March 16-17, Vienna — The Digital Leadership Forum will bring together experts from top companies including Stiegl, Suntory, A.P. Join and learn the latest trends in project management, communication, and leadership. Willing to attend a project management conference in 2020?

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How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Leadership – ethical, authentic leadership is what helps get work done and set you apart from your peers. Successful project managers will be those that embrace the mantle of leadership. Throughout the project, leadership is simple – you serve your team. Project leadership is about how far you can advance those on your team to be the best version of themselves. XP, scrum, lean, etc.) Project managers, and scrum masters for that matter, that wish to stay.

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PO Interview Questions — The Product Backlog and Refinement

Scrum.org

They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP and Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master and interviewing dozens of Product Owner candidates on behalf of my clients. Scrum is not a methodology but a framework.

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Road Trippin’ Organization Change: The Journey

Project Management Essentials

But we were only able to hire three Scrum Masters. Our go-forward options include: Assign the three Scrum Masters to support 10 teams, spreading them very thin, Start the teams that have assigned Scrum Masters and revise our plan, or. Create an environment that encourages innovation and learning from our mistakes. Agile Leadership Project Management Change Management OrganizationOrganizational change and transformation efforts are often challenging.

#PMOT – Who are the Project Managers on Twitter to Follow?

Online PM Courses

Project leadership coach, trainer and consultant. Author of ‘The Project Management Coaching Workbook’ ( US | UK ) and ‘The Power of Project Leadership’ ( US | UK ): susannemadsen.com. Leadership #PMO #StrategicPlanning Join us: project-management.pm. Scrum Alliance : @ScrumAlliance. SCRUM ALLIANCE® is the largest professional membership organization in the #Agile community: scrumalliance.org. Lead & Innovate: @ PMOObserver.

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