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Take Your Time to Go Faster

by Andy Jordan

Organizations who are now embarking on agile adoption are feeling pressure to “catch up” with their competitors. But when “late adopters” of agile try to make up for lost time, it can cause problems.

The Business Analyst and the Product Owner

by Mike Griffiths

In this article, we will review the contentious topic of how the BA role varies and overlaps with the product owner role. We cover the similarities and differences, including danger signs (such as the “BA as PO Go-Between”) and positive patterns (such as the “BA as PO Supporter”).

Deploy Faster by Getting Rid of End-of-Development Testing

by Paul Carvalho

Testing at the end of a development cycle is a common practice in traditional approaches. Unfortunately, it becomes an obstacle on your path to agility, slowing down your ability to deploy to production faster. Let’s take a look at what goes on in this testing phase, some potential causes and ideas for getting unstuck.

Deep Dive Models in Agile (Part 5): State Models

by Candase Hokanson

This series provides valuable information for the product owner community to use additional good practices in their projects. In each edition of this series, we take one of the most commonly used visual models in agile and explain how to create one—and how to use one to help build, groom or elaborate your agile backlog. This installment covers state models, which include both state diagrams and state tables.

The Agile Scene in a Small-Town Theater

by Roger Kent, PMP, PMI-ACP

Iterative and incremental methods can be used outside software development. Here’s a challenge that arose in one small-town Shakespeare festival--and the “agile” approach used to meet it.

Examining the Agile Experience Requirement

by Mike Griffiths

Have you been thinking about getting your PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® credential but are put off by the agile experience requirement? Fear not, you might have the experience you need even if you have not been working on a pure agile project. This article explores the prerequisites elements and explains what you need to qualify.

Building the Self-Organized Team Anywhere

by Mark Kilby

Agile self-organized teams come up with a wider variety of options and better solutions than you ever could alone. And there are a number of things you can do as an agile manager to help create the work environment for a self-organized team, be it co-located or distributed.

The What, Why and How of an Agile BA

by Mike Griffiths

Agile approaches promote development teams comprised of generalizing specialists and seem to ignore the BA role. This begs the question: Do BAs have a role on agile projects? And if so, how do their functions change? This article examines their new role, what changes and what stays the same.

Agility and Values-Based Leadership (Part 5): Respect

by Andrew Burns

Following installments on the other four stated Scrum values (courage, focus, openness and commitment), this concluding entry focuses on respect. It offers techniques to scrutinize agile project management frameworks based on values, principles and practices.

Adopting Agile: What Works and Doesn't Work?

by Gil Broza

If you adopt the agile approach, it will affect every aspect of your work. Learning it will be challenging for you, your team and your organization. The learning process will take months or even years; during this time, you still need to produce results. After 20 years of agile’s existence, do we know of a reliable, effective way of learning it?

Being a ScrumMaster and Project Manager in an Agile World

by Sally Wycislak Bommen

It took this practitioner a while to find her footing as both a project manager and ScrumMaster. Here, she shares lessons learned in a large, corporate environment in which agile is considered "new."

Rise Above the Competition: The Rhythm of Business Success Through Cultivated Project Management

by Todd Materazzi, PMP

To rise above the competition requires tenacity, veracity and intangibles that organizations need to respect, comprehend and practice. Business success is cultivated through sound project management practices, which include business rhythm, organizational intangibles, organizational development, project production, project delivery and a project management team. These key ingredients, when working together, guarantee project success.

Deep Dive Models in Agile (Part 4): Business Data Diagram

by Candase Hokanson

This series provides valuable information for the product owner community to use additional good practices in their projects. In each installment in this series, we take one of the most commonly used visual models in agile and explain how to create one and how to use one to help build, groom or elaborate your agile backlog. This installment looks at business data diagrams.

Waterfall or Tsunami?

by Denise Thompson

Is agile the tsunami of change? Not necessarily, but the wave of change is coming to our profession. This practitioner warns that it won’t hit us like a waterfall—it will hit us like a tsunami. Will you be ready?

Agile is Fragile—Handle it With Care

by Sal Zafar

The agile approach needs to be understood thoroughly before it is introduced to a company. This explanation will give leadership the information they need for deciding if agile project execution is right for their organization by discussing key points including core framework, high-level benefits, and risks in the project-based environment.

Waterfall Versus Agile

by Jesús Pérez Rosales, PMP

When should you use waterfall and when should you use agile? The usual answer to this question is vague: Apply each approach according to circumstances. This article discusses the main positive and negative aspects of the waterfall and agile approaches, deconstructing some of the myths behind them and suggesting where one could be used over the other according to different factors.

Deep Dive Models in Agile (Part 3): Business Objectives Models

by Candase Hokanson

This series provides valuable information for the product owner community to use additional good practices in their projects. In each installment in this series, we take one of the most commonly used visual models in agile and explain how to create one—and how to use one to help build, groom or elaborate your agile backlog. This edition looks at the business objectives model.

Agile Breaks Out of the IT World

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

For many, the concepts of agile are distinctly related to software development. But there has been a trend over the past 15 years of agile approaches taking root outside of software development and systems integration projects. Agile has not only appeared outside of its usual places, it has thrived in many of these new areas.

Scrum vs. PMP® in IT Projects: A Possible Compromise?

by Emanuele Boschi

Today, roles have changed. As a project manager, you must keep your projects (and developers) on the right track. It doesn’t matter how many languages or platforms you know. This seasoned practitioner explores two different approaches and applies them to a complex IT scenario, looking at the best of both worlds.

From Scrum Master to Manager: A Dangerous Metamorphosis

by Nima Bahrehdar

Many organizations are obsessed with getting things done quickly no matter what. Therefore, they create reward plans that motivate this behavior. ScrumMasters gradually deprioritize promoting Scrum values and metamorphose into agile project managers. How can we prevent this?

Improving Organizations with Agility

by Mike Griffiths

Most organizations struggle to engage their workforce to its potential. This is not through a lack of planning, technical skills or resources, but instead effective tools for dealing with typical project problems. Fortunately, agile practices hold many practical solutions for solving the classic five dysfunctions of a team.

Deep Dive Models in Agile (Part 2): Feature Trees

by Candase Hokanson

This series provides valuable information for the product owner community to use additional good practices in their projects. In each installment, we take one of the most commonly used visual models in agile and explain how to create one--and how to use one to help build, groom or elaborate your agile backlog. This entry looks at the feature tree.

3 Essential Practices for Scaling Agile from One Project to a Program

by Johanna Rothman

What does “scaling agile” mean to you? There are two ways to think about scaling: one is moving from one project to a program, the other is sharing agile across the business. Here we talk about moving from a one-team project to agile programs.

Agility and Values-Based Leadership (Part 4): Commitment

by Andrew Burns

This fourth installment of articles scrutinizing agile frameworks based on values, principles and practices focuses on commitment (following the entries on courage, focus and openness). A stated value of the Scrum framework, commitment is everything in agile.

The Standard Project Methodology: Is it Still Relevant?

by Andy Jordan

Today’s project delivery environment is more complex than ever—more projects, more complex projects and more varied projects than ever before. Does this environment still lend itself to a single methodology? And if not, what should an organization’s approach be?

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