Project Management

Beginning the Agile Journey

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A blog about my experiences with agile project management as I continue on my Shu Ha Ri journey. I will share experiences from clients (anonymously of course) along with my reflections as I inspect and adapt.

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I was with a client this week that was just starting their agile journey. They had been through the training and knew the basics, but watching one of their stand-ups made me think about how green I was when I first started doing agile.

At the beginning of the journey, it’s important to learn the basics. The team I watched still wasn’t getting the stand-up right. It didn’t start on time and just kind of rambled, rather than addressing the 3 questions.

My kids played in the jazz band in high school. Learning agile is like learning jazz. First you have to learn the rules, then you practice them. Finally, you evolve to know when to break the rules.

The team I saw was still learning their scales. They had a way to go. What’s important on this stage is that they get good feedback and direction, a coach that can play the role of band director and move them in the right direction.

Posted on: October 16, 2014 08:29 PM | Permalink

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Hi bob, where, here in pm.com, we could find more information on the Agile journey and concepts?

We are in the process of building out the Agile content and migrating content from the PMI Agile virtual community. You'll see there's an Agile link in the header. Keep checking in there for more/new content.

Hi Bob,
What trends are you seeing in the time required to become effective at using agile? Are you seeing agile adoption outside of IT / technology contexts?

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