Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:12:15 GMT Agility and Project Leadership http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/ Bridging the gap between traditional and agile project management and leadership. The Agile Paradox: Necessary evil or evil necessity of having managers? http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7667/ Mon, 26 May 2014 15:59:52 GMT “Ninety-five per cent of changes made by management today make no improvement.” Dr. Edward Deming - “The New Economics” 1994 It is no secret that Deming often chided upper managers as being the cause of bottlenecks, revenue loss, and ill-conceived decisions based on s... Is a Holarchy more conducive to Agile, or is just a bunch of malarkey? http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7656/ Tue, 13 May 2014 20:46:51 GMT Last year Zappos made big news by announcing that they would get rid of job titles, managers, and the infamous functional hierarchies.  For as this article from Quartz outlines: During the 4-hour meeting, Hsieh talked about how Zappos’ traditional organizational structure is being rep... Like taking candy from a baby: Kanban's 90% problem http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7633/ Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:46:04 GMT I had written previously about Agile 90% problem, in that once you gain a wide adoption of Agile in your organization, it becomes harder and harder to squeeze more productivity gains from it.  Kanban which has its roots in manufacturing is now one of the pet processes in Agile, especially as it... The 90% problem of Agile http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7604/ Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:20:23 GMT This article in Bank Systems & Technology states that Capital One is now using Agile methods for 85% of software development projects.  The indications seem to be that it has been quite successful for them, as the article states:   When Capital One started to roll out agile dev... Be Fragile not Agile http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7596/ Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:38:56 GMT It is dawning on me that in the world of project management (and business management in general), that we are too obsessed with managing complexity and reducing chaos which are becoming more inevitable in our increasingly dynamic and hyper-connected world.  The concoction of tools, methods and ... The Commerce of Agile http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7583/ Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:52:11 GMT I have written extensively on this blog about the adoption of the Agile mindset to industries outside software development.  I find this trend interesting as it indicates that the profession we are involved with comes equipped with tools, techniques and most importantly, a conceptual model of p... HealthCare.gov and Agile revisited http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7558/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:39:46 GMT Last November I wrote a post on the initial botch up of HealthCare.gov’s use of Agile techniques on the front-end that didn’t help them deploy the site more efficiently, nor effectively.  So it was with interest that I ran into this Time article where it seems they brought in some h... The Dept of Defense is boxing in Agile http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7532/ Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:31:20 GMT I found this article on the Defense.gov website and it seems they made a decision to go Agile with how they procure and deploy IT: So, based on recommendations contained in the 2009 Defense Science Board Report, the department is working to speed up the route to acquiring new systems by increasi... Kanban is the new Scrum http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7502/ Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:06:03 GMT It seems lately that I'm finding quite a few articles on the web where people are moving away from Scrum to Kanban.  As this post from the blog "Journey of Continuous Improvement" indicates: Some people will argue that we weren’t doing Scrum right so no wonder we had pro... Continuous project refactoring http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7489/ Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:16:01 GMT As I’ve matured in my career as a project-based professional (I’m really not a project manager anymore), I sometimes like to go back to industries I was previously engaged in and one that I regularly like to stay abreast of is information technology and software development in particular...