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PMI Scheduling Conference 2017

29 March 2017, 9am - 5pm ET (Doors open at 8:30AM ET) | Online
PMI MEMBER-ONLY event

New technologies, hybrid projects, the launch of a PMO—when the environment is constantly changing, how do you craft a schedule (or multiple schedules) for project success? Discover timely answers here—and only here—at the PMI Scheduling Conference 2017, exclusively for PMI members.

PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2016

November 2, 2016, 8:30AM - 4:45PM EST | Online

Advance your BA skills. Earn PDUs and more—all for free. Don’t miss the most popular Business Analysis event of the year! Over 13,000 attend. Registration is FREE. We’re sharing career journeys and talking about the hottest BA and agile BA topics. Register now to attend the only event designed with your future in mind to help you get ahead.

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2016

September 14 2016 | Online

Is Your Agile Transformation Set up to Fail? Find out at the PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2016, FREE and Exclusive for PMI Members. We know there are barriers that slow your organization’s ability to be agile: failed agile transformations, complex organizational processes, team dynamics and the uncertain role of the PMO in an agile environment (just to name a few). Attend the PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2016 to get help breaking down these barriers. It’s free for PMI Members.

Upcoming Webinars

Agile Process Design

Feb 28, 2017 12:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

How are processes developed today and where does the customer fall within your processes? Is the customer simply a participant in your internal processes, or is her desired outcome your focus? Do you use automation to facilitate design and adherence? What about collaboration with the employees who know the processes the best; those performing the work? In this video lecture, we describe Agile Process Design and why this approach is important to both Project Managers (part of the deliverables) and Business Analysts (focus on needs). Explicit approaches will be highlighted in this webinar, including examples of how processes are designed in an agile way.

Mindset of a LeAgile Leader

Mar 7, 2017 12:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
PREMIUM webinar

This session will give you a unique perspective in the possibility of using lean and agile in unison, not only to all kinds of projects, but at overall organizational project management, as well as a top down view on your organization as a Lean-Agile (LeAgile) Organization. The session will endeavor to link the conceptualizations from top-down as well as bottom-up approaches to enable audience get a wholesome picture of a LeAgile Organization.

On-demand Webinars

Enterprise Stable Teams - Why is this So HARD?

by Sally Elatta
December 07, 2016 | 59:31 | Views: 2,553 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.74 / 7

The goal of this session is to dig deeper into practical ways to start shifting to Stable Teams while sharing years of experience from the real world in making this vision a reality.

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Blog Insights

Taking the Plunge

by Aaron Porter (MBA, PMP, CSM)

In case you actually read this description, the beginning of the blog is about preparing for the PMP exam. It then evolved into maintaining my credential. After taking a break for a few years, I'm back and will be blogging about project management, in general, and probably a bit of agile on a regular basis.

The Agility Series

by Lawrence Cooper

The Agility Series focuses on agile and agility across the organization not just in software and product development. Areas of agility that will be covered in blog posts will include: - Organizational Agility - Leadership Agility - Strategic Agility - Value Agility - Delivery Agility - Business Agility - Cultural Agility - Client Agility - Learning Agility

Agile in Practice

by Stephen Matola, Karl Best, Edivandro Conforto, Jesse Fewell, Mike Griffiths, Horia Slusanschi, Becky Hartman, Betsy Kauffman, Kristin Jones, Johanna Rothman

This blog is a conversation between the Agile Practice Guide Team and our PMI and Agile Alliance Communities to gain insight, support and collaboration around the creation of a usable and relevant body of work that supports transition to hybrid and agile in project work.

Save Time With Tools + Templates

Risk Management Grid

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by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

The Risk Management Grid is a technique to identify potential risk events that could impact one of more of the project’s Seven Win Conditions. Importantly, it also serves to decide how those events will be prevented or mitigated.

The Three-Sentence Project Skinny

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

The Three-Sentence Project Skinny is a concise summary of the purpose of the project. It addresses the what and the why.

Project Ins and Outs

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

You can't do everything, nor should you. This template helps you figure out what is in and what is out of your project.

Project Imperatives

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

These are the do-or-die, must-meet requirements in order for the project to be considered a success. As such, they are continuously focused on by the project manager and core team.

The Seven Win Conditions

PREMIUM deliverable
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

Win Conditions address how success will be measured. How do you stack up when it comes to stakeholder satisfaction, your schedule, scope, quality, budget, ROI and team satisfaction? This template helps you rank priorities, and provides areas for metrics and descriptions.

Learn From Others

Requirements in Agile

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by Joy Beatty Candase Hokanson

When companies move to an agile Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), they often remove the processes and analysis of their waterfall SDLC because, as the Agile Manifesto puts it, “They value individual and interactions over processes and tools.” Some of the rigor should be removed – waterfall processes can get bogged down with gates and sign-offs. However, caution must be exercised to not go too far against processes and analysis and rely just upon backlogs and user stories. Requirements and the analysis that leads to those requirements are just as essential in an agile project as they are in a waterfall project. The difference lies in how much requirements analysis is completed and the timing of it.

The Hidden Costs of Deadlines

by Gil Broza

Remember that agile is all about delighting the customer? We’ve seen how accustomed we are to dates and deadlines. Should we think of them differently if we work in an agile way?

The Epiphany: Agile + Business Analysis

by Melicia Grant

This article was birthed from the realization that business analysis can effectively contribute to the success of projects using agile approaches. The main focus of this article will be on the expected outcomes of an agile business analysis initiative.

How Cloud Solutions Can Help PMs

by Paul Visser

In this article, we will explore how IT projects can benefit from cloud technologies, both in traditional and agile projects. Online project tools are widely available for usage (team spaces, office software, etc.), but IT projects can take this a step further and save time and costs—and reduce risks when the infrastructure goes cloud.

The Relevant PMO

by John Reiling

PMOs are popular and have a lot of potential, but too often fail within organizations. PMOs have unique challenges as an organizational unit—which require them to become more agile. Keeping things simple and adding value in new and different ways are key success factors.

Boosting PMOs with Lean Thinking

by Mike Griffiths

Lean thinking involves focusing on delivering the most value from a customer perspective, while reducing waste and fully utilizing the skills and knowledge of those doing the work. These are all relevant goals for today’s PMO, and the reason that organizations are increasingly using lean thinking to boost value and reduce waste in the PMO.

Topic Teasers Vol. 90: Is Agile Japanese?

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

Question: Our management team is extremely agile resistant, saying that there is no research or history to this practice—or no link to better productivity, despite recent statistics that disagree. What can I tell them to show that this is actually a way to engage millennials, the largest section of the current workforce? And to show that it also has a proven track record of maximizing high productivity, even if it wasn’t called by the same name?
A. Since agile was conceived in 2001 in Snowbird, Utah, it is 100% American in origin. The rest of the world had never tried these practices until the results of this famous meeting were released through a series of speeches, articles and conversations.
B. Agile principles rest on the behaviors Douglas McGregor believed to be basic to most workers, called Theory X. Because it suggests that people dislike work and try to avoid it, the more lax workplace of an agile team tricks them into thinking they are in management.
C. Dr. W. Edwards Deming developed the earliest agile-like philosophy, which he called the Hierarchy of Needs. If a manager can meet all of the needs for the employee, productivity will soar. If even one is left unfulfilled, project outcomes will be subpar.
D. Agile actually is an outgrown of the Japanese motivational theories of Dr. William Ouchi’s “Japanese Management” style from the 1980s. By now, the concepts have been well tested and proven to be effective in the modern-day workplace, first in Japan and then in other locations around the globe.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Continuous Agile Program Planning: Think Big, Plan Small

by Johanna Rothman

It seems as if the larger the agile program, the bigger the planning--but that kind of planning only works for some programs. What can you do? Instead of big discontinuous planning, consider small continuous planning.

Is Agile Cheaper?

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

If you ask a group of individuals what benefits they expect to achieve by adopting agile methods, you’ll usually hear “faster delivery,” “higher quality,” “cheaper” and “lower risk.” Out of these, “faster” is the most common. Faster delivery can be elusive; the benefit of “cheaper,” however, may be illusory.

Earned Value Management in Agile Projects

by Marcos Saboya

The use of traditional empirical project management tools can be used in a simple way to manage and control project deadlines and costs without losing the flexibility of agility. In this article, we are going to mix a traditional technique with agile management using a simple practical example.

What Exactly is Agile Project Management?

by Jim Hannon

The words “agile project management” are being used in the industry to describe a new approach to how project management is conducted. The industry and company leaders need to fully understand how project managers can be brought into the agile world to ensure cohesion between these two disciplines.

The Moment of Truth: There Is No Hybrid Agile

by Nima Bahrehdar

"Hybrid agile" sounds like a great middle ground between our established ways of doing things and trendy agile methodologies. We keep our current employees happy since they won’t need to abandon their old skills and habits. The only problem? It doesn't exist.

Is the Hybrid Methodology the Future of Project Management?

by David Robins

A more nuanced approach to agile and waterfall has started gaining traction. Once referred to as “structured agile,” more practitioners are combining both methodologies. This article provides a framework for how ScrumMasters and project managers can work together using hybrid principles.

Scope Changes Within the Agile/Scrum Framework

by Karen Z. Sullivan, PMP, PSM 1

The approach to scope changes used within the agile/Scrum framework provides a stable environment so the development team can focus on getting work “done.” Frequent feedback about the product allows for less upfront planning and means the Scrum team can quickly adapt to changes. Delivering business value early and often results in increased customer satisfaction.


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