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When the enterprise is compelled to be adaptive, who is supposed to orchestrate an agile way of working? Enter the Agile Portfolio Manager.
Microsoft’s Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution has often been characterized as a tool suitable only for waterfall projects. Anything iterative or Agile cannot be done using PPM. Please join Bob Tyler as he proves these claims false!
Our ability to cross this divide will define how successful the project will be. Will we deliver solutions as specified by users or will we solve business problems as expressed by stakeholders?
Agile teams are all about high bandwidth, cross-functional communication. But, we can get really jumpy about conflict. Creative conflict is where the good stuff is in product development and innovation. Come learn about how effective conflict engagement deepens consciousness and what we mean when we talk about consciousness and software development. Jean’s style is dialogic, so expect to interact!
Podcasts and blog posts to help you manage the challenge of transitioning from traditional project management to Agile. Dave Prior celebrates success, embraces the learning that comes from failure, and digs deep on topics you need to be up to speed on.
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 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
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 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.
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This template can be used to estimate costs for a project based on Scrum iterations/sprints. This tool assumes basic knowledge of agile/Scrum. The template is divided into three spreadsheets: Overview (detailed explanation of the template and usage), Estimator (calculations required for obtaining project cost estimates) and Data (look up data used in the estimator worksheet).
This project tracking template is for PMs in organizations that do not have a standing project management system in place. This template allows you to track customer and internal prioritization in parallel and generate sprint-like plans for issues to complete in the next two weeks, applying agile principles absent related tools.
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).
Where will Agile transformation drive the most value in your organization? Probably in the areas where business conditions are changing rapidly and customers or stakeholders expect continual improvement in your service or product. Here is a helpful exercise to better identify those areas that could most benefit from an agile approach.
Flexible work approaches allow teams to use the methodologies that best suit their needs. Agile and Waterfall methods can be used within the same program or portfolio of projects, but like any successful marriage, it takes compromise and adjustment. Here are six guidelines to make it work and make your organization more Agile.
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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.
By encouraging agile thinking within portfolio management, organizations can improve benefits delivery and collaboration among teams and functions. Here are some examples of where and how agile principles and techniques can be applied to portfolio management efforts.
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?
Organizations are creating Centers of Excellence to facilitate agile adoption without hiring armies of consultants and risking teams losing touch with each other. The goal is to speed transformation and scaling efforts, while keeping agile principles in mind. Here’s a look at how they do it, from coaching and supporting to learning and observing.
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.
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.
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.
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