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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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Certified Agile Leadership Training with Olaf

Don Kim - I Think, Therefore I Plan

Agile Coach to Agile Gamer - Peter Saddington

Scrum in School - A Case Study of Grandview Prep's Transformation

Forecasting Tools Based on Team Performance with Troy Magennis

Catching up... Podcastapalooza

I'm ludicrously behind in keeping the blog up to date... working on that... here is a list of all the podcasts I've done for Projects At Work since The last posting about Mitch Lacey. There is a lot of great Agile stuff here...

Howard Sublett from BigVisible
Part 1 of 1

Martin Rosenqvist on Agile Transformation
Part 1 of 2
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Tom Kealey on Getting Agile transformation to Stick
Part 1 of 2
Part 2 of 2

Kenny Rubin on his new book Essential Scrum
Part 1 of 2
Part 2 of 2

Dan Greening on Enterprise Scrum
Part 1 of 3
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Posted on: October 28, 2012 12:17 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Distributed Agile Teams White Paper Review

 

ProjectsatWork has published a study called Distributed Agile Teams: Achieving the Benefits. The report was put together by Elizabeth Harrin  (@PM4Girls), who is the author of the website A Girls Guide to Project Management. The results of the research cover a lot of ground with respect to what makes distributed Agile projects work and what can contribute to their failure.  The report is very insightful and definitely worth the time it takes to read. While some of the findings may seem like common sense, knowledge workers in the IT space (myself definitely included) seem to possess a remarkable capacity for periodic loss of grip to that tether.

 

My favorite part comes at the very end during the summary of recommendations. Number One on the list is:

Don’t act like your project is co-located – pay the tax for distribution.

 

This is one of the most simple things that so many of us forget when we are working at a distance. I believe this applies whether you are working down the hall from someone, or across the globe… there is a price that has to be paid when you are not sitting in the same room. With the transparency that Agile offers, this tax becomes far more obvious. There is no doubt that distributed teams provide a number of benefits, but those benefits come at a cost. The reason (IMHO) so many people struggle so much with distributed is that they keep thinking that the ride is free ... which it theoretically could be… unless you actually want it to work.

Posted on: April 24, 2012 11:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Clearing the Backlog...

 

Recent(ish) updates

 

Coaches Corner Interview with Xavier Quesada
http://www.projectsatwork.com/content/articles/271649.cfm

 

Interview with Roman Pilcher (Podcast)
Part 1- http://www.projectsatwork.com/content/PodCasts/270538.cfm

Part 2 - http://www.projectsatwork.com/content/podCasts/270712.cfm

 

How Much Do We Actually, Really, Totally Need To Do? (Blog Post)
 http://www.projectsatwork.com/blog/Dave-Prior/5063/

 

Coaches Corner Interview with Ray Lewallen

http://www.projectsatwork.com/content/articles/270058.cfm

Posted on: April 24, 2012 10:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

An Interview with Brian Rabon from BrainTrust Consulting (Audio Only)

An interview (audio only) with Brian Rabon from BrainTrust Consulting. Brian discusses his approach to Project Management, his work in Agile and his experiences in working towards becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer.

Posted on: October 05, 2010 02:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
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