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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.

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Kristin Jones
Becky Hartman
Johanna Rothman
Mike Griffiths
Betsy Kauffman
Jesse Fewell
Edivandro Conforto
Horia Slusanschi
Karl Best
Stephen Matola
Stephen Townsend

Recent Posts

Agile Practice Guide Goes Global

Unveiling the Community Bridge – the Agile Practice Guide

Introducing the PMI Agile Practice Guide

Agile Practice Guide Launching Pad

Alignment of the Agile Practice Guide and the PMI Standards

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Agile Practice Guide Goes Global

Practice Guide Translations Available

Thanks to the efforts of 40 volunteers who supported the translation validation process, the Agile Practice Guide is now available in 11 languages in addition to English:  Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.  PMI members can download the translated Practice Guide, which is bundled with the corresponding PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition translation, at no charge as part of their PMI membership benefits.  To access the electronic file, visit and log in using your PMI membership credentials (if you need help, contact PMI’s Customer Care Center for support).  Once you have logged in, click on the PMBOK® Guide & Standards tab at the top of the page.  On the right hand side, click on the link next to the PMBOK® Guide cover, and the next page should provide a link for downloading the file for each available language.

The Agile Alliance will be posting the Agile Practice Guide files for access by its members shortly. 

Updated PMI-ACP® Certification Examination

On 26 March, PMI transitioned to an updated version of the Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)® certification examination.  While exam questions must be answered in English, exam candidates can now opt to use translation aids available in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.  The Japanese translation aid will be available beginning 11 June 2018.  Additionally, the Agile Practice Guide is now one of the study resources for the examination and the certification exam has been updated to match the terminology in the practice guide.

So both the Agile Practice Guide and the PMI-ACP certification are more accessible to the global project management community!

Business Analysis & Agile

In December, we published The PMI Guide to Business Analysis. This standard and guide provides a foundation for growing business analysis practices.  It is adaptable for any organization in any industry, and across the continuum of project delivery methods, including agile.  PMI members can download electronic copies of The PMI Guide to Business Analysis and the Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide at no charge from (see Agile Practice Guide section above for instructions).

Still Seeking Feedback!

I continue to encourage you to share feedback and thoughts on the practice guide with us.  Please post your comments on this blog where we are capturing inputs for future updates and enhancements.

Posted by Stephen Townsend on: April 23, 2018 11:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (47)

Unveiling the Community Bridge – the Agile Practice Guide

Drum roll, please!!

For the past year, we have shared with you that the Agile Practice Guide being jointly developed by volunteers from Agile Alliance® and Project Management Institute (PMI) was coming.  Both organizations have officially announced that the Practice Guide is available for no-charge download for their members from their respective web sites.  In fact, PMI has bundled the Agile Practice Guide with the release of the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.  The bundled publications provide practitioners with good practices for managing projects across the full spectrum of project life cycles.

Some stakeholders have shared early feedback on the Practice Guide.  One reviewer conceded the Practice Guide was a step in the right direction, and followed with specific critiques and suggestions to improve it.  Another user shared that his organization used the Agile Suitability Filter Tool in the Practice Guide to have a frank conversation with a client about the best approach for managing the contracted project.  As you know, customer feedback is critical for enhanced development and value delivery, so please don’t be shy – tell us what you think!

You can post your stories, reactions or questions here at this blog.  If you do not want to share information publicly, please feel free to write to me at [email protected].  My colleague Karl Best and I are collecting feedback, stories and additional information to share with a future Practice Guide update team.

And don’t forget that Practice Guide team members will be at several upcoming events where you can network with them in person, including:

  • Mike Griffiths and Jesse Fewell at the PMI Global Conference, 28-31 October, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Jesse Fewell at PMI SeminarsWorld™, 31 October -1 November, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Mike Griffiths at the PMI PMO Symposium, 5-8 November, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Mike Griffiths at the Dubai International Project Forum, 18-21 November, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Posted by Stephen Townsend on: October 20, 2017 03:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (27)

Agile Practice Guide Launching Pad

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Agile Alliance and Project Management Institute (PMI) are about to initiate a major launch later this year – the Agile Practice Guide.  Our joint development team has spent seven of the anticipated nine months writing so far.  These are exciting times with a little bit of anxiety creeping in from time to time.

Doing something as bold as bridging a divide between two communities carries elements of risk.  What if neither community likes what we have produced?  What if we do not meet expectations of what people envision an Agile Practice Guide should be or contain?  What if this “Big Thing” we have done falls completely flat?

 There are many “what if” scenarios like this that we could play out in our minds.  It is sometimes very challenging for us to stay focused on our mission because these “what ifs” interrupt our thinking as we try to complete our work.

But eventually our “what if” questions have given way to “how cool” thinking.  How cool will it be when the Agile Practice Guide helps a team spread its agile mindset across an organization?  How cool will it be when organizations use content in the Agile Practice Guide to accelerate value delivery to customers?  How cool will it be when folks from the Agile Alliance, PMI and other communities start sharing their learning and experiences with each other because they were inspired by our collaboration on this project?

So as we prepare for the launch of the Agile Practice Guide later this year, how cool will it be when you come talk with our team about our experiences in developing the guide and what you thought about it?

Over the coming months, our team members are planning to be at the following events where you can connect with us:

  • Jesse Fewell: Agile2017 (August, Orlando, Florida, USA); PMI Global Congress North America (October, Chicago, Illinois, USA); PMI SeminarsWorld  (July in Indianapolis, Indiana; August in New Orleans, Louisiana; and September in Nashville, Tennessee, all USA)
  • Mike Griffiths:  PMI EMEA Global Congress (May, Rome, Italy); PMI Northern Alberta Chapter Conference (June, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada); Agile2017; PMI Global Congress North America
  • Becky Hartman: Agile Alliance Technical Conference (April, Boston, Massachusetts, USA); Agile2017
  • Betsy Kauffman: Agile2017; Southern Fried Agile (October, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA); Red Hat Agile Day (October, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
  • Steve Matola: Agile2017
  • Johanna Rothman: Influential Agile Leader (May, Toronto, Ontario, Canada); Agile2017; Agile Prague (September, Prague, Czech Republic)
  •  Horia Slu?anschi: blog

 We hope that you will come chat with team members about the project and the journey that you, your team and your organization are on.  Let’s use these opportunities as a launching pad to demonstrate the power of individual passion and engagement; the acceleration of value delivery through teamwork; and a vision and mindset that can take people and their organizations to completely new heights.

 How cool!


Posted by Stephen Townsend on: April 08, 2017 03:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (16)

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