Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:20:47 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. Is Walmart going Agile? Not really... http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/11035/ Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:48:48 GMT In this Wall Street Journal article, it points out the latest initiative of the retail behemoth Walmart in their attempt at being more “Agile”.  Agile that is in the traditional sense of applying this to their giant IT division for software development that is spread over 130 &ldquo... Are PMI-ACP credentialed project managers really the highest paid? http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/10960/ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:25:15 GMT According to a study by Edureka and Global Knowledge, PMs with the PMI-ACP are making on average $123,000 USD which is about 15% higher than those with a PMP and 28% higher than those without any PM certifications.       Of course, the sample size is pretty sm... It's more about having agility rather than being Agile http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/10748/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:34:23 GMT I can't help but to notice that the more popular and commonplace Agile has become, that the more rigid it is becoming.  The whole point of this movement and their popular progeny such as Scrum, XP, etc. was to overcome the rigidity of traditional project management and software development ... Agile is not enough! Be Anti-FrAgile http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/10721/ Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:20:49 GMT Some time back I wrote about the idea of being FrAgile rather than Agile, in which one seeks out complexity and chaos rather than the traditional route of avoiding them at all costs.  Back then I wrote that: This is very new and I’m still thinking it through, but rather than the reduc... Typical withdrawal symptoms of Agile coaches http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7830/ Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:20:14 GMT It seems some Agile coaches are getting withdrawal symptoms from having to manage self-organizing teams who, how shall we say… don’t exactly self-organize.  So what’s the solution?  According to this article on InfoQ, just what the good doctor ordered: Some prescription ... 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 ...