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Are you an Agile project manager or an Agile project leader? And why does that question matter?

Dec 10, 2015 2:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
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As Agile and agile thinking has continued to gain traction in organizations beyond the software development teams, project managers are left wondering what it all means to them. Some Agile practitioners promote the idea the PMs are no longer needed once you make the transition to using a practice such as Scrum. Does this mean that the PM role will become obsolete in Agile organizations? Or does it mean that the role of traditional project manager needs to transform to being a agile project leader? If you are a PM in an organization making the transition to Agile, come find out what it means to you and what you need to do start the transformation to becoming an Agile Project Leader.

Optimizing Organizational Agility via Accelerated Change Analytics

Jan 20, 2016 2:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
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Business success today is all about speed. Speed = Adaptive business models that optimize market opportunities more rapidly. Along with that speed comes Accelerated Change. What is Accelerated Change? How is it measured? Are you as a Project Manager ready to deal with Accelerated Change? Is your organization ready to adapt to the challenge of Speed and Accelerated Change?

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Sneak Peek into PMI® Global Congress 2015 –North America Organizational Agility Sessions

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by Colleen Braun, Diane Alsing, Suhail Iqbal, Kirsten Iora, Yves Cavarec, Donna Richey Winkelman

An Inside Look at Global Congress 2015-North America Organizational Agility Sessions Join us for a panel discussion on Organizational Agility and get a glimpse into some of the key themes to be presented in this content area at PMI Global Congress 2015 – North America.

Need for Speed: Efficiently and Consistently Delivering Value

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by Shane Hastie, Johanna Rothman, Dawn Thiem, Horia Slusanschi

An Agile BA goes far beyond simply eliciting requirements. They are constantly on the hunt for new and better ways of delivering business value. They apply systems thinking to the big picture, rather than trying to document aspects of a single approach. They are, in fact, drivers of innovation.

Scaling Agile Metrics and Measuring what Matters

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by Sally Elatta

Through this webinar we'll take a deeper dive into the hard metrics (quantitative) that should be tracked at the Team, Program and Portfolio levels.

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Save Time With Tools + Templates

The Three-Sentence Project Skinny

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

The Three-Sentence Project Skinny is a concise summary of the purpose of the project. It addresses the what and the why.

Project Ins and Outs

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

You can't do everything, nor should you. This template helps you figure out what is in and what is out of your project.

Project Imperatives

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by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

These are the do-or-die, must-meet requirements in order for the project to be considered a success. As such, they are continuously focused on by the project manager and core team.

The Seven Win Conditions

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

Win Conditions address how success will be measured. How do you stack up when it comes to stakeholder satisfaction, your schedule, scope, quality, budget, ROI and team satisfaction? This template helps you rank priorities, and provides areas for metrics and descriptions.

Risk Management Grid

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

The Risk Management Grid is a technique to identify potential risk events that could impact one of more of the project’s Seven Win Conditions. Importantly, it also serves to decide how those events will be prevented or mitigated.

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Requirements in Agile

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by Joy Beatty, Candase Hokanson

When companies move to an agile Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), they often remove the processes and analysis of their waterfall SDLC because, as the Agile Manifesto puts it, “They value individual and interactions over processes and tools.” Some of the rigor should be removed – waterfall processes can get bogged down with gates and sign-offs. However, caution must be exercised to not go too far against processes and analysis and rely just upon backlogs and user stories. Requirements and the analysis that leads to those requirements are just as essential in an agile project as they are in a waterfall project. The difference lies in how much requirements analysis is completed and the timing of it.

Effective Functional and Cross-Functional Requirements in Agile Projects

by Dina Laresch, PMP

To produce effective functional and cross-functional requirements, project teams must focus on solving real user issues. The author’s team initially ran into problems with delivering software that did not completely resolve market and user needs. To improve their practice, they increased their cross-functional team collaboration and enhanced the requirements management process in their agile projects.

Agile Knowledge Management at the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service

by Sam Falcone, MSW, MBA, PMP, CSM, Lisa Binckes, M.A., Co-Sponsor

The General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Public Buildings Service (PBS) needed better knowledge management (KM) approaches for supporting their building maintenance, leasing, construction, and renovation projects delivered annually across the United States. A national KM team, utilizing a rapid piloting approach, customized preexisting/prepaid software tools to quickly meet their information needs. Read the case study for details about lessons learned and critical success factors.

An Introduction to the Cost of Change and Technical Debt

by Mike Griffiths

Application development speed and costs are not linear. Some small design and process decisions have big impacts on project outcomes. This article explores the cost-of-change curve and how agile tackles changes early, and also explains technical debt.

Say Bye to Testing Metrics in Agile Teams

by Paul Carvalho

Stop counting test cases and bug reports in development! They aren’t as helpful as you might think, and there is no direct correlation between these counts and delivered value or quality.

How to Improve Application Delivery With Agile

by Bruce Harpham

Many technology project managers focus on building or improving applications. Businesses rely on reliable and high-quality applications to serve customers and maintain operations. If you are in the business of application delivery, read on to see how agile can help.

Read My Lips: Agile Isn’t a Speed Play

by Bob Galen

This coach is getting truly tired of talking to managers and leaders whose sole motivation in adopting agile methods is "increased capacity to go faster!" But if agile isn’t a “speed play,” what sort of play is it?

Agile Benefits Management

by Mike Griffiths

Benefits are why we undertake projects in the first place and agile maximizes business value, which is a benefit. So agile is all about benefits management, right? Partly yes, but it's not that simple...

Getting a Grip on Chaos, Part 2: 9 Core Practices for Leading an Extreme Project

by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

In today’s increasingly dynamic project world, more and more project managers are finding themselves riding an extreme project--a venture characterized by high speed, high change, high complexity and high stress. What does it take to succeed? Let's look at nine vital leadership practices.

Agile Iterations: Why Bother?

by Gil Broza

Teams run into trouble when they adopt agile practices without really knowing why they are doing them. This can happen when people who’ve been told to use iterations (sprints) still don’t understand why. And when they act on these statements, they unknowingly undermine their efforts to use agile. What can we do?

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