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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 #40: Influencers Part V - Teamwork

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by Lisa DiTullio, Kendall Lott, Rami Kaibni, Paul Pelletier
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Project Management is a team sport; projects are rarely implemented by a single individual. But the minute you bring two, three, not to mention fifty or hundreds of team members together, you open yourself up a range of potential group dynamics issues. In fact, the pressures of time and budget, along with the drive to get results, can lead to bullying and other unproductive behavior.

PM Point of View #39: Influencers Part IV - Quality

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by Mike Frenette, Brian Cohn, Kendall Lott, Jon M. Quigley
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Quality is difficult to define, so how can you guarantee that your project will result in a quality outcome? There are tools you can use and steps Project Managers can take to ensure quality results. Clearly define quality expectations up front, and make sure all the stakeholders understand and agree. Pay attention to Voice of Customer.

PM Point of View #38: Systems Engineering

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by Kendall Lott, Nathaniel Fischer, Ruth Barry, Randall C. Iliff
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Our PM methods face stress in the face of projects that are related to research and development…where systems engineering is the key discipline is needed. The focus is on the requirements that change, that the project scope is unstable, as there are decisions that will arise after the project is undertaken. The PM’s task becomes a focus on creativity over structure…but what are those trade-offs?

PM Point of View #37: Influencers Part III - Construction

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by Olfa Hamdi, Kendall Lott, Sandra MacGillivray, John Fish
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

“Projects are the machine that turns the investment into value…I don’t think we are in a shortage of money in the world, but a shortage of good ideas and of people making those ideas a reality.” Just one of the excellent quotes from the experts in project management in construction on this episode.

PM Point of View #36: Influencers in PM - Risk

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by Andy Jordan, Bruce Harpham, Beth Spriggs, Kendall Lott
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Risk is an organizational problem that reaches into our ability to make sound business decisions. We should think of stakeholders (and activating them to be positive and helpful), remember to check assumptions, and recognize that risks shift as priorities and the external environment do.

PM Point of View #35:Cultural Resources Management

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by Kendall Lott, Christine Merdon, Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, Robert Weaver
PMI Washington, DC Chapter

Saving Priceless History! In this episode, we discuss three very different CRM projects: the restoration of the most iconic building in the United States (the Capitol Dome), the identification of a lost town in Idaho, and the memorable recovery during the Iraq conflict of some of the most important cultural artifacts of antiquity. We see the efforts of these professionals, Christine Merton, Bob Weaver and Colonel Matthew Bogdanos through a PM Point of View.

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