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?”.

5 Strategies for Product Backlog refinement

Scrum Teams do it all the time. It happens in Sprint Review, after Daily Scrum, in Sprint Planning, and as part of development. ordering the work in the Product Backlog so that the goals of the Scrum Team and the organization are best achieved.


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Scrum Guide for Leaders - Supporting the Scrum accountabilities/roles

We started the Scrum Guide for Leaders series with a discussion of what Scrum means for you as a Leader. Next, we discussed the conditions where Scrum's Empiricism, Self-Management, and Continuous Improvement can thrive. Next, We are turning to the Scrum accountabilities/roles.

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Quo Vadis, Scrum Master: The Results of Our Virtual Strategy Session

TL; DR: Results of a Virtual Strategy Session for Scrum Masters Regarding Remote Work. Last week, 30-plus participants in the 23rd Hands-on Agile meetup had a virtual strategy session where they explored Liberating Structures’ Critical Uncertainties microstructure.

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What is difference between Agile and Scrum Methodologies?


The best strategy is to create robust processes from day one to avoid mistakes. Foster feedback loops so that everyone is engaged in decision-making at every level of your organization: The Foster feedback loop is a management strategy that can engage employees in the decision-making process.

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Organizing around Outcomes with OKRs and Scrum

Aligning Scrum Team Topology to Strategy with OKRs and Product Goals. But seriously, I wanted to share some insights around how to align your Scrum Teams to your strategy leveraging OKRs and Product Goals. . Achieving OKRs using Empiricism and Scrum.

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Overview and Key Themes of IIL’s 2021 Agile & Scrum Online Conference

International Institute for Learning

IIL’s 6th annual Agile and Scrum Online Conference: Co-Create for Greater Value opens on June 3, 2021. Agile and Scrum concepts are about everyone on a team coming together, and being empowered to work towards an end goal, with a customer-first mindset.

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7 Best practices for stand-up meetings


Stand up meetings have been an integral part of the agile Scrum and Extreme Programming methods. Featured Resources: The Best Scrum Tools of 2021 for Agile Project Management. Daily scrums are not supposed to be those long boring meetings. Make use of the Scrum Board.

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Grow a culture of innovation and learning with frequent Developer Huddles

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? There are many simple and low-tech strategies you can use.

32 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

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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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions

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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Guide to Building a Career as a Scrum Master

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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The Disciplined Agile Mindset

International Institute for Learning

This post is a supplement to Scott’s upcoming keynote at IIL’s Agile & Scrum 2020 Online Conference ]. To do this we need to be pragmatic and adopt agile, lean, or even traditional strategies when they make the most sense for our context.

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Sprint to Success with Scrum for Dummies (Book Review)


Traditional management methods are tossed out the window for practices that allow for both execution and innovation. Scrum is an offshoot of this strategy, and it’s summed up quite nicely by Mark C. Layton in Scrum for Dummies. Read this book review to get a quick look into one of the top project management books tackling Scrum and Agile. Summary and Book Review of Scrum for Dummies. Key Takeaways from Scrum for Dummies.

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The Problem with Scrum Experts

Although the paper is focused on training in general, my mind made the connection in how Scrum consultants, trainers, and coaches try to have organizations learn Scrum. How organizations expect to succeed with Scrum by hiring consultants, trainers, and coaches. Scrum is built on the observation that within a complex environment and/or doing complex work, an empirical process offers the best chance of success. The Professional Scrum Master II class. “We

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Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master

Instead, they will reorganize themselves around autonomous teams to deal with the complexity and pace of innovation of the 21st century. The following guide to peer recruiting is based on my experience in participating in recruiting Scrum Team members over the last ten years.

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Liberating Structures — an Antidote to Zombie Scrum

In collaboration with InfoQ, we wrote the article “ Liberating Structures — an Antidote to Zombie Scrum ”. It describes what Zombie Scrum is about and offers tangible examples of how to recognize, treat, and prevent Zombie Scrum by using Liberating Structures. The State of Scrum.

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

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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Create A Build Indicator With Your Development Team: A Simple Strategy To Foster Developer Cultures

Without skilled developers, the Scrum Framework is no more than lipstick on a pig. And that requires a culture of innovation and creativity among developers. . In this series of posts, I’m sharing some simple strategies that have helped me and others in the past.

The pandemic - Is this the right time to fire the Scrum Master?

Many folks on LinkedIn these days, seems to have a renewed interest in firing the Scrum Master. I have been asked quiet a few times personally as to what will the scrum master do now that we are heading to a ‘New Normal’. Responsibilities of a Scrum Master –.

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The Value of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters

In August 2018, 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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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions (2): Internal Stakeholder & Product Roadmaps

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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Contextless Scrum: a principles or rules driven framework?

have been doing Scrum trainings for a long time. During the last years, I have stressed even more the importance of understanding the nature and purpose of the Scrum Framework just at the begginning of the classes. Most of us know that Scrum is oftenly understood in the IT industry as a process-oriented framework and that is one of the original sins that spoils the goal of obtaining what it was designed for, helping people to address complex problems.

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How to Prove the Value of Scrum Masters to the Organization?

Last week, Simon Flossmann , one of our Patrons , took the opportunity to raise the following challenge: “How can a Scrum Master prove its value to the organization such that (s)he isn’t considered to be the first asked to leave in a crisis?”. What is their expectation of a Scrum Master?

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The Scrum Master Job (1): 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients

TL; DR: Scrum Master Job — 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients. Are you considering a new Scrum Master job? Don’t worry; there are four steps of proactive research to identify suitable employers or clients for Scrum Masters and avoid disappointment later. Scrum.

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Strategy Knotworking: turning ideas and ambitions into reality

Organizations use Scrum because they hope it can help them become more Agile. Think of delivering value to customers sooner by releasing early & often, decreasing cycle time and lead time, improving team morale, lowering the number of defects, optimizing return on investment and increasing innovation rate. Working effectively with Scrum requires strategy. As a Scrum Master, you develop and help others develop strategies to become more successful with Scrum.


Top 10 Project Management Methodologies – An Overview

Scrum Methodology. What It Is: Scrum is a short “sprint” approach to managing projects. The scrum methodology is It’s ideal for teams of no more than 10 people, and often is wedded to two-week cycles with short daily meetings, known as daily scrum meetings.

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


I’ve assembled a list of blogs that give me substantial food for thought when I write on innovations in project management. a site where you can find the answers to all your questions about agile management, agile software development, agile planning and agile-related methodologies, such as Scrum, eXtreme Programming and Lean. strategy. tools empower innovation and collaboration in the business environment. What project management blogs do you read?

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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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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.” Don’t miss his presentation at our Leadership and Innovation Online Conference! Because of the popularity of Stephen’s keynote, it will also be featured at our upcoming Agile & Scrum Online Conference. Leadership agile agility strategy

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Which SAFe® Certification Course is the Best Pick for You?


Scrum Master. To gain understanding of the role of Scrum Master in SAFe ecosystem. SAFe Scrum Master. – Role of Scrum Master. You have gained experience as an Agile developer, Scrum Master, Product Owner or an Agile Leader. Scrum Master.

The Agile Transformation Coach: Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities

Leading Agile

When most people think about Agile Coaches, they tend to think about a person who comes in and assists the teams with things like: Learning Scrum, SAFe, LeSS. The fact is that Transformation requires more than Agile Coaches teaching people the ceremonies of Scrum or how to do SAFe and LeSS.

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Adopting Business Agility at Moonpig: A Case Study

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Like many, we used the Scrum framework to start optimising the software development process and we increased the emphasis on quality, adopting software craftsmanship and XP practices. As deployment frequency increased we migrated from Scrum to Kanban and emphasis shifted from tracking velocity to optimising cycle time. Agile Strategy ExecutionA well-known start-up in the UK, Moonpig is all about making someone’s day brilliant.

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2022 Online and In-Person Events for Project/Resource Managers and Industry Professionals

Epicflow Blog

April 6 — The Hottest Innovations in Talent Management aims to provide those engaged in talent management with recent innovations on the following topics: compensation and incentives, technologies and compliance, managing performance of an organization, department or employees, and more. .

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SAFe 5 as a Framework for Leveraging and Exploiting the Product Life Cycle


Bringing new innovative products to life is fraught with uncertainties, for it is an attempt to either meet an existing need or create demand. . The focus is on developing prototypes, a minimum viable product to test product effectiveness, and product launch strategies.

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Top Project Management Conferences of 2020

One of the largest series of conferences for project managers in North America, the Project Summit has industry innovators who help professionals be more productive, and learn best practices, skills and strategies to succeed. Global Scrum Gathering.

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The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management

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. Mike Cohn is a well-recognized author and expert on agile and Scrum project management topics, and the owner of a large and engaged Twitter account with over 42,000 followers. Project management is an increasingly diverse field.

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58 Product Owner Theses

TL;DR: The Scrum Product Owner in 58 Theses. The Product Owner theses also address the Product Owner’s part in Scrum events from Sprint Planning to Sprint Review to Sprint Retrospective, and the Daily Scrum. The Product Owner is also the most vulnerable Scrum role.

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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. Dwell upon other experts’ ideas and shape your own strategy of going agile. .

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Hiring a Professional Product Owner

While I had seen many things around the Scrum Master for my post on Hiring a Professional Scrum Master , this was a little bit more of a discovery session, which is why I asked some of my trusted colleagues at to help out. Professional Scrum Product Owner Stances.

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