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The Agile Education Compass

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by Dave Prior

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.]

Blend Lean Startup, Design-Thinking, Agile

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by Dave Prior

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.]

The Art of Mobbing

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by Dave Prior

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.]

In the Company of Others

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by Dave Prior

“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.]

The Influential Agile Leader

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by Dave Prior

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.]

What’s New With SAFe, and Why

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by Dave Prior

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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PM Point of View #33: Security

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by Kendall Lott, Paul Pelletier, Chuck Tobin, David C Sears
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Security issues are everywhere, and it turns out, it’s a lot of projects and there is a need for both the PM discipline and PMs. From Law Enforcement, to National Security, to the world of private security, issues of scope, schedule, risk and quality abound…and communication can be everything. Listen in to this episode as three experts in Crime Scene Investigation, a Navy Seal, and a corporate security consultant, lead us through the PM related activities of the security sphere.

PM Point of View #32: PM in Outer Space

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by Kendall Lott, Eric Smith, Roy A. Maizel, Sandra E. Smalley
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

You’ve seen the movies: satellite imagery tracking the perfect storm, a landing on Mars, scientists peering into scary Deep Space. Now hear the professionals on this episode that actually manage, the real activities that puts humankind into this realm, this outer space. With NASA’s Roy Maizel, Dr. Eric Smith, Sandra Smalley, and Jim Watzin you can hear the costs, size, complexity and hoped for outcomes of these very non-fiction programs are, from a Project Management Point of View!

PM Point of View #31: Advances in PM III: The Organization Leans In

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by Kendall Lott, Alan Barnard, Charlie Black, Steve Butler
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Projects exist within the context and value requirements of their organizations. This episode looks at three angles the organization can (should!) take to get the right projects designed for the strategy set by executives and the organization as a whole. Listen in, learn and get a free PDU!

PM Point of View #30: PM in Government - Navigating Complexity

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by Kendall Lott, Robbie Hood, Roy A. Maizel
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

As one of the largest project-generating bodies in the world, the US Federal Government faces challenges related to size and budget processes…and yet, the culture of Project Management can mature and flourish throughout. Hear how three distinct organizations use Project Management techniques in various ways to achieve very different outcomes

PM Point of View #29: Influencers Part 1 - New Perspectives

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by Michael Wood, Dana Brownlee, Kendall Lott, Donald Charles Wynes
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

PMs are often the product of their education—their technical education of how to handle the 10 knowledge areas and perform the activities required to maintain sound processes. Sadly, that’s not enough to show real value in the discipline, but rather a focus on getting the project completed, getting the team to function soundly, and wielding the influence necessary to navigate organizational challenges are some of the key strengths that are needed.

PM Point of View #28: Spies Like Them: PM in Intelligence

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by Michael O'Brochta, Kendall Lott, Vince Houghton, Mark Stout
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

US intelligence operations and analysis has a long history with the project management discipline, and the Central Intelligence Agency has purposefully implemented rigorous organizational level project management techniques. Listen in to this episode and learn how our PM discipline has been manifested in multiple intelligence practices from the past through to the present in this extremely risky, dynamic and sensitive environment.

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