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IT Infrastructure: Top-Down Approach

by Lawrence Putnam Jr, Joseph Madden

Like their software counterparts, IT infrastructure projects are more efficient, secure and reliable when accompanied by robust processes such as parametric estimation, which offers advantages of cost and agility over traditional bottom-up approaches.

Agile What? Learn as You Go

by Ron Fulmer, PMP

This article shares a real-time learning experience in agile software development methodology during project execution. The author offers insights into project challenges, lessons learned and success realized, referencing the Manifesto for Agile Software Development and agile principles.

Dude, Where's My Control?! Transitioning from a Project Manager to a Scrum Master (Japanese Translation)

by Emily Luijbregts

現在、多くの組織がアジャイルの考え方を導入し始めている。プロジェクト・マネジャー自身が、考え方や働き方をアジャイルの方法にする必要があるが、得てして受けているサポートや教育が限られている。本ウェビナーでは、その課題がどのようなものか、自分自身をどう見せるか、プロジェクト・マネジャーがプロジェクトでよりアジャイルな方法を受け入れ学びながら、プロジェクト・マネジャーとして何ができるかについて解説する。

Government Lessons in People over Process

by Mike Griffiths

Hear how a greenfield opportunity quickly became tricky. Then learn the people-first considerations for more effective change management in government and private organizations.

Velocity vs. Quality: Tradeoff, Balance or Win-Win?

by Ramkumar Arumugam

Though there is lot of bias toward increasing velocity every iteration to release more features faster, if there is no attention to quality, the system will soon become fragile—and will not be able to house scope changes in the future. How do we balance these forces?

Finding Agile Testers: Dos and Don’ts

by Paul Carvalho

One common failure pattern in creating agile development teams is taking a regular software tester, assigning them to the new team and expecting them to perform in new ways that elevate the team to high performance. What does a good agile tester look like? What should we expect of them? And how do we find them?

Government PM: Challenges and Opportunities for Agile Adoption

by Bruce Harpham

Project management skills will play a decisive role in the evolution of government. Part of the equation lies in political will to provide the funds necessary to replace decaying infrastructure and improve access to services. As project managers, what can we do to deliver better projects for the public? Using agile is part of the answer.

Productivity: A Misguided Measurement in Software Systems?

by Ramkumar Arumugam

Standards change often, paving the way for new thinking in developing software systems. It’s also largely driven by constantly changing customer tastes and expectations, industry trends and consumer behavior. Let’s look at some of the key aspects of measuring productivity in the new age of knowledge work projects…

Certified in Scrum? Now What?

by Mike Griffiths

Perhaps—like 500,000-plus other people—you have some form of Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) credential and are looking to distinguish yourself and continue your learning journey. For credential seekers, this article explores some common paths.

Agile: Overused and Misunderstood

by Muslim Rizvi

Is finding an agile implementation expert like chasing a unicorn? If you are looking for someone who understands the mechanics of agile, you can easily find them. However, if you are looking for someone who understands the true essence of agile, the pool gets smaller.

The 5 Vital Relationships Every Leader Needs

by Anthony Mersino, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, PSPO

Leaders need to build strong relationships in five key domains. These five relationship domains are not just important to working smarter, they are vital to your success and that of your project, product or initiative. Let's walk through each of these relationships and explore how they relate to leadership effectiveness…

Risk Management in Agile Projects

by Ramkumar Arumugam

Agile projects have dynamic and uncertain environments. It becomes an arduous task for the agile PM to identify and manage risks. How can risks be effectively identified and mitigated?

Using Agile on Infrastructure Projects

by Kevin Aguanno, CSPM (IPMA-B), Cert.APM, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, FPMAC, FAPM

People know that agile works on software development projects but struggle to understand how it can be used in other environments. Agile can be used on infrastructure projects...one just needs to understand how.

Topic Teasers Vol. 101: Expanding Agile to the Enterprise

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

Question: It’s so frustrating when we just get a close, well-functioning agile team going and then someone gets moved out and someone new comes in! It feels like we’re starting from scratch and losing a lot of the value of having dedicated agile teams in the first place. Any tips for how we can make this transition without so much disruption to the team and to the project?

Agile Infusion (Japanese Translation)

by PM Network Staff

アジャイルへの移行を促進するには何が必要か、プロジェクトマネジメント・コミュニティに問いかけました 。

Agile Ideas That Address Problems When They're Still Small

by Gil Broza

You’ve probably been involved in projects that had big problems despite good people, careful planning and close supervision. How can you do better? The agile approach helps us notice and address small problems before they become big.

The Adaptive Strategy Framework (Japanese Translation)

by Lawrence Cooper

適応戦略フレームワークは、価値創造における戦略的優位性を可能にします。組織のビジョンと戦略の反復的かつ段階的な実現を容易にします。緊急時の思考を包含し、継続的な洗練を通じて適応性を実証します。フレームワークは、ロール、イベント、成果物、およびルールで構成されます。

PMI Launches 2 New Pulse In-Depth Reports

by PMI

Did you know that successful organizations advance their business and achieve maximum value through a shift in thinking...that they manage unexpected roadblocks, risks and market changes more easily when "being agile" becomes part of their philosophy? These concepts are explored in PMI's 2017 thought leadership, starting with the release of two Pulse in-depth reports.

The Agile Budget Conundrum

by Joe Ballard

Companies have embraced agile over waterfall for managing projects. But for all the hoopla around Scrum and sprints, one area of the business has resisted agile because it means it must change the way it operates.

Selecting a Project Management Methodology for Your Organization

by Gary Hamilton

A decision to implement any form of change should always be based on known data. Determining if an organization may benefit from implementing agile practices and tools—or completely transforming into an agile organization—is no different.

Topic Teasers Vol. 100: PMs Supervising Code

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

Question: Help! I’m a project manager on assignment from a consulting company working with an agile lead and team who are also from my home firm. We are here to rewrite and get working a code project that was written by the client a year ago but never released. It is poorly documented and the coders have since left the customer company. The agile lead says our new code is done, but our team still needs about three months before we can do our final release. If I’m honest, I’m lost. If the programmers have written it, why can’t we just complete this contract now?

Coaching Agile Leaders: Applying Management Consulting Practices

by Dave Cornelius, DMa

Coaching agile leaders is a formidable task, intended to guide individuals and teams toward a culture shift, inclusive of everyone contributing to a value-driven outcome. Agile coaches leveraging the cycle of continual learning will have a measurable approach to help customers compete in a global economy.

Show and Tell

by Andy Jordan

Project management could go a long way toward being better understood—and better appreciated—if it just shared more information in a way people could interpret.

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