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The Business Analyst and the Product Owner (Japanese Translation)

by Mike Griffiths

この記事では、BAの役割がどのように変化し、製品の所有者の役割と重複するかについて論争の的になるトピックを検討します。 危険な兆候(「PO Go Go-Between」など)とポジティブなパターン(「POサポーターとしてのBA」など)を含む類似点と相違点をカバーしています。

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

by Candase Hokanson

このシリーズは、プロダクトオーナーコミュニティがプロジェクトで追加の良いプラクティスを使用するための貴重な情報を提供します。 各記事では、最も一般的に使用されているビジュアルモデルのうちの1つをアジャイルで使用し、アジャイルバックログの作成、手直し、詳細な作成方法について説明します。 このエントリは、機能ツリーを調べます。

Adopting Agile? Don't Say It's Common Sense

by Gil Broza

If agile is indeed common sense, why has much of the world of work—at least the work of software development—operated differently in the last several decades? In fact, why hasn’t the new “sensible” approach displaced the previous approach completely?

Research Results: What IT Project Managers Think About Financial Investment Firms Pursuing Straight-Through Processing With Agile and Workflow Management Systems

by Dr. Geoffrey Webster, PMP

Changes in the financial services sector have made achieving straight-through processing—a dedicated commitment to settle a securities transaction within 24 hours and minimize risk—a monumental effort. Can agile software development and workflow management systems have a positive impact on addressing straight-through processing?

An Essential Paradigm Shift for Implementing Agile

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

True business agility is achieved by transcending the project mindset, changing the culture and rethinking the work of the organization. Here are some specific ways in which the project mindset will limit the ability to leverage agile, and what it would mean to embrace an agile mindset.

5 Tips to Keep Communication Alive in the Age of Agile

by Brandon Evans

As more organizations become agile, clear, real-time communication becomes increasingly important. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure your communication remains effective a new fast-paced environment.

Scrum or Kanban?

by Nima Bahrehdar

The easiest solution is not always the best. It is more effective if you choose the best methodology for each single project based on its nature. Scrum doesn’t fit all projects’ needs. Kanban is another agile methodology that, believe it or not, works more smoothly for at least one type of project. But what type?

Digital Transformation

by David Shaw, PMP

Cloud computing and services are central to digital transformation. The cloud improves an organization's agility to rapidly roll out new IT solutions to meet business needs. The cloud by its fundamental nature reflects an adaptive (agile or value-driven) approach to delivering products or services. How does that fit into the usual five-gate phases in IT project governance?

The Power of Planning

by Rajakumar Ramakrishnan

Do project managers really need to plan for project activities? Is it really worth the effort? What do we lose if we simply execute the project? When a PM practices agile and DevOps, do they still need to plan, or do these discourage it? Here, the author reinforces the power of planning.

Raise Your Fist in the Air

by Bart Gerardi

The Agile voting mechanism known as "Fist of Five" is a great way to drive your team towards consensus and commitment. It's a simple, powerful process that can strengthen alignment and increase transparency on your projects. Here’s a look at how — and why — it works.

Making the Agile Connection with the Internet of Things

by Priya Patra

The tsunami of devices from the Internet of Things (IoT) has come to our homes, workplaces and industries—and to the projects we manage and products we create. Let’s see why the combination of innovation and agility is essential to leverage the “power of the thing” to win in this highly competitive market.

Master the Complexity of Your Projects

by Naomi Caietti

We progress through our careers managing complexity in independent small and medium projects using approaches like waterfall and agile. We may be missing opportunities to manage these types of projects using other approaches like adaptive project management.

Agile Consulting

by Mike Griffiths

Are you thinking about becoming an agile consultant? How do you get started, what’s involved and what comes next? These are just some of the questions answered in this article, but it’s not all rainbows and unicorns.

The Tester-to-Developer Ratio is a Dead End in Agile

by Paul Carvalho

What is the ideal tester-to-developer ratio for the development team? On the surface, this might sound like a perfectly reasonable question—one that should be easy for an experienced practitioner to answer. However, when you look deeper into the question, you will see that it has layers of underlying assumptions—including ones about corporate culture, politics and the likely skills of their own staff.

10 Tips for Effective Agile Retrospectives

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

Agile practitioners generally agree that regular retrospectives throughout the project are a good practice; however, many are not seeing the full benefits from the practice. This article shares a number of tips on how to perform retrospectives effectively—getting the maximum value from this important agile process.

Strategic Agile: It Doesn't Have to Be a Complex Model

by Andy Jordan

If agile is still considered a “hot” trend, then strategic-level agile has to be the hottest part. But what does that really mean? Are strategic agile approaches a bad idea, are they a good idea badly implemented...or is something else happening?

Operating Agile with an ERP Implementation

by Jason Coe

This real-world example looks at how agile principles were applied to an international company’s global ERP project. It discusses how agile was used to provide continuous feedback into how the project operates. It discusses many of the company’s lessons learned and how it solved challenges in a typical waterfall environment using agile principles.

Agile: Adapt or Acquiesce?

by Naresh Saharya

How should a team calculate realistic velocity? How fast should a team go? The assumption of higher velocity points is a reality in agile projects, and the ability to adjust to the "right" velocity is a challenge posed to every agile team. Quickly adjusting the team velocity with respect to the sprint backlog is critical in accomplishing the delivery of the scope of the planned release.

Topic Teasers Vol. 94: Clearing Confusing Priorities

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

Question: Whether I’m working on an agile or a waterfall project, we always get an overload of features or activities to complete. In theory, it sounds easy to prioritize them; but in practice, that’s where most of our projects bog down. Defining the order becomes a politely disguised free-for-all. At the end, while we may be able to set up the project, I’m still not convinced that we have made the best long-term choices for the company in our selection of which items we have elected to implement. Is there a fresh way to handle these decisions?
A. The manager or product owner who pays for the project always has the final vote. Even if you know he or she is missing important viewpoints, you should accept those decisions and work your hardest to make them deliverable. If it goes astray, it’s not your problem.
B. A business analysis tool, the Purpose Alignment Model, may be a fresh insight for your management and your team into which items on a Scrum Backlog or a project management plan should be prioritized and which should be done with a minimal amount of cost and effort. Try this fresh approach for a new view of your project work.
C. Rapid application development (RAD), which uses fourth-generation languages and frameworks such as low-code development web applications, is a technique one can use across all industries and on all types of projects. Get a clearer look about the value of each product feature by switching to RAD.
D. Some purposeful activities in modern corporations are not appropriate for project management techniques. Only governmental and not-for-profit entities can gain value by their use, since the need to get a profit or any return on investment is limited in these types of organizational structures.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Did Agility Slip Away?

by Tina Szarenski

What happens when you are not part of an agile development team? If you aren’t exercising your planning rituals and weekly sprints, will you lose muscle memory? Or is there an opportunity to apply what you know to better all aspects of what you do?

Servant Leadership: The Agile Way

by Johanna Rothman

Agile project managers exercise servant leadership, which includes guiding and steering. Here are three ways an agile PM can exercise servant leadership to guide projects to a great conclusion.

Implementing CRM Using Agile Approaches

by Mike Griffiths

Implementing a new customer relationship management system is typically a large undertaking for an organization. See how some agile approaches can help reduce risks, maximize value and establish early warnings for issues or impediments.

Tips for Maintaining Sustainable Pace on a Distributed Team

by Mark Kilby

Distributed teams need to keep an eye on sustainable pace even more so than other teams. What you need to find is the capacity the team can maintain indefinitely. How can you find it? There are several ways…

Agile Resources: Consistency, Flexibility or...?

by Andy Jordan

There has been a lot written about the importance of resource flexibility in project environments. How does that align with the need for consistency in agile teams to improve the chances of success?

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