Sat, 04 Dec 2021 08:25:35 GMT Manifesting Business Agility https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/581099/manifesting-business-agility This blog concerns itself with organizations moving to business agility-the quick realization of value predictably and sustainably, and with high quality. It includes all aspects of this-from the business stakeholders through ops and support. Topics will be far-reaching but will mostly discuss FLEX, Flow, Lean-Thinking, Lean-Management, Theory of Constraints, Systems Thinking, Test-First and Agile. Why if you are a PMP who understands the value of Agile your next workshop should be the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/70667/why-if-you-are-a-pmp-who-understands-the-value-of-agile-your-next-workshop-should-be-the-disciplined-agile-value-stream-consultant Tue, 26 Oct 2021 22:03:53 GMT 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... My views (past posts) on cause and effect in complex systems https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/70255/my-views--past-posts--on-cause-and-effect-in-complex-systems Mon, 06 Sep 2021 18:38:09 GMT 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. The main guide I use in navigating complex systems in knowledge work is starting with the idea that al... Transcend the thinking that scope, time and cost are in opposition to each other with Lean-Thinking https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/70245/transcend-the-thinking-that-scope--time-and-cost-are-in-opposition-to-each-other-with-lean-thinking Sun, 05 Sep 2021 14:52:46 GMT 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 ... What I've found a team approach to Agile must include https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/70242/what-i-ve-found-a-team-approach-to-agile-must-include Fri, 03 Sep 2021 15:57:16 GMT This is a rough draft, but looking for what I left out.   Having done Agile at the team level for 22 years, I have come to the conclusion that the following are extremely helpful and should be included in any approach. An approach that misses any of these concepts leaves the team with more wo... A shift in my efforts https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/70227/a-shift-in-my-efforts Thu, 02 Sep 2021 14:57:38 GMT 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, serious... How the lack of critical thinking is killing Agile https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/70215/how-the-lack-of-critical-thinking-is-killing-agile Tue, 31 Aug 2021 21:43:19 GMT There are two common flaws I see in the logic in the Agile community. These are conflation and polarization. By conflation I mean taking two concepts and speaking about them as if they were the same. For example, the concepts of: 1. The ease of using something 2. The ease of configuring somet... Empiricism and values alone are not enough https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/70201/empiricism-and-values-alone-are-not-enough Mon, 30 Aug 2021 17:00:30 GMT There's an old marketing story about a cannery with pale salmon that was not doing well against superior, pink salmon. They created the slogan "guaranteed not to turn pink in the can." Great marketing - turning a weakness into a strength. It occurred to me that this is what Scrum su... How Disciplined Agile Avoids the Blind Men and the Elephant of Agile https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/70197/how-disciplined-agile-avoids-the-blind-men-and-the-elephant-of-agile Sun, 29 Aug 2021 20:54:17 GMT The parable of the blind men and the elephant describes how 5  blind men come across an elephant. Touching the tail, one says “it’s a rope.” Another, touching the leg says “it’s a pillar.” A third, touching the trunk, says “it’s a snake.” Th... How to tell if you're in a complex system https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/70184/how-to-tell-if-you-re-in-a-complex-system Fri, 27 Aug 2021 15:54:46 GMT There is a lot of talk about complexity now in the Agile community. I am not a big fan of sense-making frameworks that talk about simple, chaos, complicated and complex.  But I wrote this post on linkedin (including it here) to let us know when you are in a complex system. Go through the que... Using Disciplined Agile Insights to Create a Quick Start for Effective Team Agility https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/69354/using-disciplined-agile-insights-to-create-a-quick-start-for-effective-team-agility Sun, 30 May 2021 18:21:25 GMT Scrum as a Double-Edged Sword One of the attractions of Scrum is its simple definition and ability to start a team quickly. But this has proven to be a double edged sword. While one of Scrum’s creators, Ken Schwaber, implores “Scrum is simple, just use it as is” many teams find ...