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Upcoming Webinars

Closing the Agile Loop of Continuous Delivery

Apr 9, 2015 11:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
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Do you often find that when something fails in production, the response of a development team member is, “It works on my machine or at our end, you must be having the wrong version“? Vice Versa on the other side of the table – do you find that the operations team always feels that the developers are not sensitive to the operational requirements and constraints? If so, does that mean we are just developing software not a working system ? Are we just working in Silos ? DevOps aims at breaking the Silos and bringing in a culture of everyone “getting along”. Presenter Priya Patra disucsses how and why DevOps is the force behind the evolution where the development team and operations works together with business sponsors and quality assurance (QA) to deliver software that can be released to production at any point of time.

On-demand Webinars

Going Full Agile in Government

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

This webinar features the GSA (US General Services administration) and its journey in going Full Agile!

Dynamics of Change in Agile and Open Operating Models

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This webinar will review the derivatives and dynamics of change in Organizations, defining how some companies that follow the Agile and Open operating models maintain high levels of performance while remaining very adaptable and progressive to new opportunity.

Special Agile CoP Leadership call

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

In this unrehearsed call, Joseph Flahiff will coach Liza Wood through the issue she decides to bring. Joseph has done no preparation, and does not know the problem that Liza is going to bring. This is just what it is like when team member comes to a coach for a 1:1 session.

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Save Time With Tools + Templates

Risk Management Grid

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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.

The Three-Sentence Project Skinny

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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

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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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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

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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.

Learn From Others

User Stories: Ready, Set, Go!

by Bob Galen

Have you ever entered a sprint taking on a user story that you later regretted? What can be done to prevent this frustration? Is there a technique that will prevent this from happening, or are these teams doomed to keep repeating their mistakes?

Knowledge Sharing on Agile Projects: Absent or Abundant?

by Mike Griffiths

Some people see agile projects as knowledge transfer deserts where information is hoarded by key individuals and no useful documentation produced. Others believe agile projects are all about knowledge transfer. So why the disagreement? How can smart, experienced people have such different views about the same topic?

Putting the Vision Back into Your Project’s Mission

by Ken Whitaker

How many of us start a project thinking that we understood the reason behind doing the project in the first place? There’s about half of us who never aligned the project’s mission with the overall department or company vision, resulting in poorly made decisions--and possibly a breakdown in team morale. Providing a project focus that supports a larger purpose is particularly important for fast-paced, adjusting agile projects.

Is Your Daily Standup Meeting Hurting Teamwork?

by Gil Broza

In its popular, standard form, the Daily Scrum (“the Standup”) hurts teamwork. Follow this PM to understand how and why the meeting causes that--and discover alternatives that work better.

Topic Teasers Vol. 52: Calculating Agile Capacity

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: After a recent conversion by my team regarding agile, we find that there is a mismatch between the number of hours we should have for working on stories and the amount of time we really have. So we are constantly over-committing to our Product Owner and not delivering. Where are we going wrong?
A. Traditional teams may have a 15-20% contingency cushion in time and cost on their project estimates. Routinely subtract a similar agile contingency from the number of backlog items you accept to make sure you finish all planned work within a single iteration.
B. Agile is expected to be flexible, and velocity can vary. Just complete what you can and adjust your velocity for the next sprint if you don’t finish all of the stories you committed to complete this time.
C. Be sure you are acknowledging hours that team members will spend in Scrum ceremonies, personal time commitments and non-team directed organizational work before calculating the capacity for this iteration.
D. Ask the ScrumMaster to speak to anyone on the team who did not finish his or her work during the previous iteration. This person is making the team look bad and should be disciplined if it happens again.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

From a Fixed to Agile Mindset: How to Make the Transition

by Johanna Rothman

In agile, we often think of having an experimental mindset where we try something, measure the results, retrospect and replan. We need to do that for our projects. And, as agile leaders, we need to do even more. We need to have the agile mindset.

Quality Project Management: A History Lesson

by Mike Griffiths

How do we define quality as a project manager? Is it managing a project really well, or managing a successful project? How about managing a successful project really well? That sounds pretty good. However, it poses the next question: What is a successful project? Let’s look at some examples of project success, failure and ambiguity.

Agile Adoption: Changing Behavior by Asking the Right Questions

by George Dinwiddie

Successful agile development requires that people collaborate in self-organizing their own work. Being told how to do that is counterproductive, yet waiting for them to discover agile practices that work can take a very long time, perhaps forever. What’s a manager to do?

Danger, Will Robinson! 5 Anti-Patterns of Agile Adoption

by Bob Galen

As an experienced agile coach, this writer often gets asked about agile tactics and practices--what works and what doesn’t. There are no singular answers, but there are some generative behaviors and rules for agile done well. In this article, he explores a set of common anti-patterns that he sees in an effort to share what not to do in your agile journey.


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