Planning your project right from the start is a big factor for future success. It’s definitely not everything, but doing the planning right goes a long way. And most planning is done in meetings. And that again means that you really want to make sure that those meetings deliver. That is where the book How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings - A Practical Guide to Ensuring Project Success can help.
European and U.S. leaders of the Agile education movement met at the Scrum Gathering last month to create a learning manifesto — the Agile Education Compass — to serve as an adaptable guide for applying agile principles and values in schools and classrooms of all kinds. [17 min.]
David Bland, founder and CEO of innovation management consultancy Precoil, shares what he’s seeing in the Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Agile spaces, and how he’s helping teams and organizations bridge the gaps between the methodologies to deliver better results. [44 min.]
Mob Programming pioneer Woody Zuill discusses the principles and benefits of this fast-emerging software development approach in which the entire team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer. He says all you need to get started is a “spirit of discovery.” [56 min.]
“Personal Kanban guy” Jim Benson discusses distributed teams, including communication systems that help us pay attention, interact and build trust — even if “distribution” is just people working on separate floors. He also shares examples of limiting work-in-progress in healthy, actionable ways [46 min.]
Agile coach Johanna Rothman discusses the skills that go into becoming an influential agile leader, including indirect problem-solving, relationship-building, feedback, working with senior managers, being in the moment, and the art of saying “no.” But you have to actually practice these things to get better at them. [45 min.]
Dean Leffingwell believes in business results over method debates, be it Agile, Lean, Scrum or Kanban. Here, he talks about the latest update to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe 4.0), which features extensive refinements and new guidance to help enterprises organize around value delivery. [38 min.]
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When you’re managing a digital project, you need a framework that's so nimble, even Agile might not provide sufficient flexibility. As technology advances at an unrelenting clip, project managers working in the realm of digital products - websites, apps, etc. - are facing a new range of challenges. In this episode of PM Point of View, host Kendall Lott sits down with four Digital PMs to discuss which PM principles and tools work, and which don't; what to watch out for, and tools for coping in this rapidly evolving arena.
What’s the difference between preparation mindset and performance mindset? Did you ever consider that accountability should run horizontally as well as vertically? What’s the point of constantly drilling on the basics? (Once you know them can’t you simply move on?) What does it mean to hire for enhancement, and can one plus one actually equal three?
Projects are vehicles for change. The whole point is to add value to your organization and/or your stakeholders. With this in mind, PMs are increasingly charged with keeping an eye on the greater strategic goals of the organization. In this episode, three experts/authors discuss the teachings of their books, and how PMs can (and should) exert their influence to enhance the effectiveness and competitive stance of their organization. Featuring Gregg Brown, author of Ready...Set...Change Again; April K. Mills, author of Everyone is a Change Agent; and Dana Brownlee, author of The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up.
A former US Marine/Special Ops commander, the co-founders of Leadership Techniques International, and the director/coach of the offshore sailing team at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis talk about what it takes to lead highly effective, high-performing teams.
Know thyself. Then know your teammates. A key component of effective project management is teamwork, but that’s not always easy when you bring together people representing a range of ages, backgrounds, and values. There are steps PMs can take to engender a harmonious and, consequently, a productive work environment.
This is the third in our series from the 2018 Project Management symposium at the University of Maryland's Project Management Center for Excellence. For this episode, presenters and speakers talk about project management in the construction space. Learn about the latest and greatest technologies which have greatly improved the efficiency and ease of stakeholder management, scope, communication, risk mitigation, budgeting and scheduling.