Why if you are a PMP who understands the value of Agile your next workshop should be the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant
Although I'm no longer in the PMI, I still have great respect for its products and membership. I joined the PMI a couple of years ago for several reasons. One of the biggest was the clear desire of most PMI members to want to learn. I know many PMIers wondering about what their next steps should be. Agile is decidedly more than a fad, so that makes it more attractive. But it also seems to be anti-management and a bit free-wheeling as well - which goes against many of the principles and philosophies we've seen useful.
In thinking about this, I believe the choice forward for many PMPs and other PMI members is a combination of the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshops as well as some of the new work I am doing with Success Engineering. I'll talk about why the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshop in this post. In the next few days I'll follow up with my new efforts with Success Engineering. These products won't be available until early next year.
What makes the DAVSC appealing to PMPs.
While I have been a believer in Agile from before it began, I have always been troubled by a few things. These are mostly its:
I created the DAVSC as a way to teach consultants how to:
In a nutshell, it teaches participants how to guide transformations in a manner I found was effective for both me and other top consultants. I created on the basis of what successful consultants needed to know by observing them (and not so success consultants) for almost 2 decades.
The DAVSC is more focused on teaching you how to think to solve you and your clients' problems than how to adopt someone else's solutions.
I'm co-teaching 3 Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshops over the next 6 weeks in different times zones. You can see them here.
Each session will be followed by a 45 minute session for additional Q&A that will also include why and how the workshop was created. Although you currently need a DASSM certification to be certified in the workshop, you are more than welcome to attend if you believe that the general concept of Agile is a good one.
Feel free to contact me for more information
Complexity has become a big topic in the Agile space. I don't agree with much of the conversations about it and thought I'd post a collection of the posts I've made on linkedin here.
Many people tend to look at scope, time and cost as 3 factors for completing a project and that all 3 can't be set. This is the trouble with fixed scope, time & cost projects. Waterfall projects often fix all 3 with at one of these factors being missed. That is, scope is dropped, project is late, and/or we have cost overruns.
This is a rough draft, but looking for what I left out.
I have often mentioned the failings of Scrum. I have been doing this for almost 2 decades when after initial success with it, I found other approaches more useful. My intentions have been to create some clarity on what would be an effective team approach. Scrum is ubiquitous and, in my mind, seriously flawed in design.
Note that I may post some previously published Linkedin articles here which may refer to Scrum more now than my current efforts.