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The role of Scrum and Kanban in Project Management

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

This webinar will clarify what they are through a brief but solid introduction to them; will show you their differences and the different nature of their application in Management. This is not a battle of the fittest discussion but rather a where and when to apply each one discussion

Scrum in the Waterfall

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

Just because you are working in a waterfall organization doesn't mean you can't be Agile. Join Dave Prior as he walks you through a case study on implementing Scrum in a waterfall environment. He offers some key practices and data points that will enable you to be successful in both keeping the team productive and providing the information needed to build trust and confidence with the Project Sponsors and Senior Executives you need to support your Agile implementation.

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Agile Project Management: Keeping it Simple

by Ken Whitaker

Agile project management, and particularly Scrum, can become overwhelmingly consumed by methodology, jargon and rules. This is just the opposite of what was originally intended for agile-lead projects, and it is the communications part of our role that is so important.

ScrumMaster: The Anti-PM?

by Andy Jordan

Do the skills required by each function make it almost impossible to be a successful PM and ScrumMaster? Our writer had one theory as he started his musings...and ended up somewhere else entirely.

Debugging Your Geographically Distributed Agile Team

by Johanna Rothman

Troubleshooting geographically distributed agile teams is difficult--made even more difficult because you can’t see the people you need to talk to. Don’t assume it’s the first problem you consider.

Unintended Victims of The Agile Process: What You Can Do

by Gil Broza

Ever encounter people who consider themselves “victims” of the agile process? They are competent contributors, managers and project managers who never asked for agile, have had no say in its implementation and hate going through its motions. What can you do to cheer them up?

Is Agile Undermining the Project Manager Role?

by Sachin Dhaygude

While self-organized teams are valuable and shared responsibility is the way to manage any project, it seems like a project manager is needed to steer things in the right direction--just make sure you allow them to adapt.

Topic Teasers Vol. 18: The Agile BA

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

Question: Today a person appeared at my desk saying he was the new Business Analyst for the team and he set up a meeting with me for next Tuesday. I didn’t want to appear stupid, so I just said okay. We’re an agile team, so is he replacing me as ScrumMaster, or what? Should I be worried about my job?

A. The Business Analyst (BA) certification is the replacement credential for the old Project Management Professional (PMP), but with an agile flavor. Check online to see how quickly you might get this new certification if you hope to continue on with your organization.
B. Rather than replacing a project manager or ScrumMaster, the BA is the representative of the Customer or Product Owner who is funding or authorizing your project. He will benefit the team, as he may have more availability than the actual Product Owner.
C. The BA is a junior version of a Quality Assurance team member, and can help you finish your projects more quickly since he does not have the test backlog of a seasoned QA person.
D. The ScrumMaster reports to the Functional Manager whose department will benefit most by the completed project deliverable. Perhaps the BA made an error in contacting you.

Understanding the PM's Role During and After a Transition to Scrum (Part 2)

by Chris Merryman

We've covered certain challenges a project manager is likely to face when a Scrum transition is first being evaluated, and a comparison between Waterfall and Scrum methodologies. Part 2 of this article covers the ScrumMaster and Product Owner roles in the Scrum environment--and also addresses the project manager’s role during and after an organization's transition to Scrum.

Understanding the PM's Role During and After a Transition to Scrum (Part 1)

by Chris Merryman

In a pure Scrum environment, the project manager's responsibilities are reallocated to the newly introduced roles of Development Team, ScrumMaster and Product Owner. In a hybrid Scrum environment, the project manager role may still exist--but likely in a significantly altered form. PMs need to take the impact of this change on their role and responsibilities into consideration…and plan accordingly.

Topic Teasers Vol. 13: The ScrumMaster Role

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

Question: I’ve just been chosen as ScrumMaster for my agile team. I know I “remove obstacles”, but I’m concerned about what I can do on a daily basis and what is overstepping my role and moving back to traditional project management. How can I make this a better team?

A. The ScrumMaster role is non-technical, which is a reward for outstanding technical performance in the past. In essence, you retire at full salary.
B. The ScrumMaster has a key role in improving team performance, so find your own way to structure the team processes and to facilitate team development.
C. Since the team is self-directed, wait until team members present obstacles at daily scrum meetings and then tell a manager to remove them.
D. Find an experienced ScrumMaster in the organization and ask if you can shadow them for two days a week. Then, follow their directions so that all the agile teams are working alike.

Do We Need Brand Name Methods?

by Andy Jordan

Life gets really interesting when we start to extrapolate the brand identity concept into our project methodologies. What drives the decisions about what different organizations use? And is there any tangible benefit to choosing a “brand label” project execution approach?


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