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2016 Information Systems: Building Agile Teams for Accelerated Project Cycles

by Neil Gomes
June 30, 2016 | 61:19 | Views: 580 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.30 / 7

In this interactive and engaging talk you will learn about some of the principles that have led the Technology Innovation and Consumer Experience team at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System to analyze, design, develop, release, evaluate, and support innovative enterprise applications with small teams in less than 30-days.

PMXPO 2015: Do or Die Agile Leadership Practices for Today's eXtreme Projects

by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group
April 30, 2015 | 62:38 | Views: 5,527 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 6.06 / 7

Extreme projects feature high speed, high change, high complexity and high stress. As more projects continue to fall into the extreme zone, successful project and program managers will shift from inhibiting change to proactively creating change and responding to change.

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Waterfall vs. Agile

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by Jonathan Donado

This introductory PDF presentation covers the two basic and most popular methodologies in project management: waterfall (which might be more properly called the "traditional" approach), and agile, a specific type based on a combination of an iterative and incremental process with a focus on customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of a working product.

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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.

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.
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