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PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017

14 June 2017, 9am - 5pm ET (Doors open at 8:30am ET) | Online
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Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind. Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career. • Gain insight into the tech-driven trends disrupting our industry, without leaving your desk • Network with the PMI global community while developing the skills organizations are looking for today—and tomorrow • Earn 6 PDUs • Get actionable intelligence you will not find anywhere else, tailored specifically for project and program managers Register today— Here are more details on sessions and speakers.

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.

Upcoming Webinars

Culture as the Ultimate Impediment to Deploying Agile

May 23, 2017 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

One of the key topics discussed when talking about agile concerns the inhibitors in its deployment. Practitioners feel they are doing something wrong, but often they are not to blame. The culprit is culture, either within an organization, but very often tied to multinational teams whose members think and act differently. This is quite normal because we carry with us the values and norms from where we come. Can these obstacles be overcome? YES! The outcome of crafting multinational crossfunctional teams creates a basis of trust and understanding that allows for organizations to fully utilize the power of diversity, all within an agile way of working.

On-demand Webinars

Mindset of a LeAgile Leader

by Suhail Iqbal
March 07, 2017 | 56:57 | Views: 2,392 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.36 / 7

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.

Agile Process Design

by Michael Boyle 
February 28, 2017 | 51:54 | Views: 1,942 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.44 / 7

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.

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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, Stephen Townsend, 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.

Drunken PM

by Dave Prior

Drunken Boxing for Project Managers “The main feature of the drunkard boxing is to hide combative hits in drunkard-like, unsteady movements and actions so as to confuse the opponent. The secret of this style of boxing is maintaining a clear mind while giving a drunken appearance.” Yeah... just like that… but with network diagrams and burndown charts… and a wee bit less vodka.

Save Time With Tools + Templates

Simplified Electronic Value Stream Map

PREMIUM deliverable
by James Hammond

This deliverable makes facilitating a lean module much more effective. Once all the steps are entered, it reduces inefficiencies by providing instantaneous updates to successive entries. This tool can handle up to a 20-step process (with up to 14 sub-steps/tasks for each step).

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

Is the Center of Excellence PMO Dead?

by Andy Jordan

With more focus on strategy, more tool-driven automation and more diversity in project approaches, is there still a place for a PMO-driven center of excellence for project management?

Resolving Conflict on Distributed Teams

by Mark Kilby

Interpersonal conflict on distributed teams can be devastating. If you are in conflict with someone else on a distributed team, there are a number of things you can do to help resolve it.

The Hybrid Solution

by Ali Forouzesh

Implementing a hybrid methodology can be more effective and useful to your project needs, because traditional approaches can sometimes be too heavy and complex for incremental projects. Here, a practitioner shares his experiences consulting on a project.

Agile: Where the Magic Happens

by Paolo Birsa

Is agile outside of your team's comfort zone? Read how one practitioner successfully applied agile principles in the organization he's managing.

Topic Teasers Vol. 92: Managing By Group

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

Question: I’m one of two middle managers in a small, 20-person state government office. Each of us has five to six direct reports who do individual, short-term projects. Our director also manages an equal number of staff. The issue is that she wants all of us to be in on every decision, saying it’s an agile approach. It means that with every decision, we always have unhappy people who did not get their way. Is this actually the way to run an agile office?
A. While agile practices can be productively used by non-IT teams and in situations where the entire Scrum core ceremonies are not adopted, asking everyone’s opinion on every office decision whether they have a stake in the project or not is decidedly not agile. Include only those who need to be there, and make non-project-related decisions among the three managers.
B. Millennials want to feel involved and important. It’s a good practice to hold office-wide meetings for every decision and take a vote to see what the majority favors. What is decided is less important than having everyone feel a part of the process.
C. Unless there is an area where the director does not understand the specifics involved in the decision, all choices should be made at the highest level with her. In this way, people are not pulled off focus on their day-to-day work.
D. In an environment this small, it is not necessary to have any formal processes or reporting structures. Each decision that arises should be made by an individual staff member in cooperation with their direct manager. These decisions do not need to be shared with others unless they are directly involved.
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