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The Agile Enterprise: Agile Implementation Patterns

by Stelian Roman
September 04, 2020 | 60:44 | Views: 4,913 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.48 / 5

Nowadays, Agile Transformation is one of the trendiest organizational topics. In recent years, a new role emerged: the Agile Coach - the knight on a white horse that will transform the organization to be the best. Claims that using Agile will improve quality and deliver twice in half the time or that a new 'mindset' will drastically improve happiness are very common. And in most of the cases, they result in failure although other significant benefits may be observed. Agile Transformation is still a transformation at the Enterprise level. To be successful, it should be treated as any other large Organizational Change: a project with clear objectives, resource allocated, and metrics to measure the success. Agile Transformations are tough projects, and an experienced Project Manager should lead them; for large organizations, a specialized Change Manager may be required. This webinar presents several patterns of Agile adoption with pros and cons and recommendations for organizations that want to become Agile. The webinar is based on real life projects.

The Agile Enterprise: We tried Agile, and it didn’t work - What’s next?

by Stelian Roman
August 14, 2020 | 61:26 | Views: 8,074 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.49 / 5

Agile, for many a silver bullet, worked pretty well for software development teams with most of them being the first attempt to have a structured approach. Bringing some order to chaos was beneficial, and the results were in some cases spectacular. Most, if not all Agile frameworks were developed by software engineers and for software engineers. Apart from a couple of frameworks, like Disciplined Agile and SAFe that combine Agile with traditional Lean practices used in manufacturing, most Agile frameworks were developed for small teams (less than 10) and a start-up culture.

The Agile Enterprise: Impact of Digital Transformations on Organizational Agilit

by Stelian Roman
July 10, 2020 | 59:22 | Views: 6,814 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.42 / 5

Nowadays, digital transformation is a hot topic. Every organisation has their own initiative to introduce new tools aimed mainly at enhancing mobility and collaboration. However, the concept of digital transformation is not new; it has been done several times before, most notably with the adoption of the Personal Computer and the .com revolution. Digital or not, transformation means disruptive change and challenges to organisational culture. Agility, rather than being the driver, should support digital transformations by contributing to the mindset changes, adding flexibility to processes, and last but not least supporting empirical learning.

The Agile Enterprise: Return of the Lean - Does it Mean the Death of Agile?

by Stelian Roman
June 12, 2020 | 53:19 | Views: 7,700 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.46 / 5

This webinar is a review of the resurgence of Lean principles describing why and how Lean evolved and why it failed to adapt to the modern market. Practices like Kanban, Kaizen, Theory of Constraints, Servant Leader, to name just a few, are not new. The second part of the webinar is an analysis of Lean vs Agile using DevOps, RPA and AI - three of the 'new' practices seen as Agile evolution.

The Agile Enterprise: SAFe and the PMBOK® Guide - Using Scaled Agile in Non Software Projects

by Stelian Roman
May 22, 2020 | 56:24 | Views: 7,949 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.35 / 5

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is considered by some as the most suitable option to scale Agile from a software development team to a large program of work. Although presented as an Agile framework, SAFe includes many practices from Lean and ITIL, and it is considered by some agilists as too formal to be Agile: a re-branded 'waterfall'. This webinar is an analysis of SAFe from a project, program, and portfolio delivery point of view. The webinar looks at the SAFe practices used before the publication of the Manifesto for Agile software development (Agile Manifesto), especially the Lean ones. The presenter will provide recommendations on how SAFe can be used in projects that are not software development related, in combination with the PMBOK® Guide, to provide Agility for 'near perfect' product development processes.

The Agile Enterprise: Combining Disciplined Agile Delivery with the PMBOK® Guide

by Stelian Roman
May 08, 2020 | 60:35 | Views: 6,899 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.36 / 5

Disciplined Agile Delivery is the 'new' Agile framework adopted by PMI. Although currently not as popular as Scaled Scrum, Disciplined Agile can be seen a competitor to Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), another framework presenting itself as an evolution of Agile/Scrum to the Enterprise Level. This webinar is an analysis of Disciplined Agile from a Project Manager's point of view - how Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) can be used to deliver projects, not necessarily software development projects. The framework is analyzed from the Agile Enterprise perspective looking at how DAD combines 'old' practices, like Lean, with Agile Manifesto values and principles. The webinar also explores how the PMBOK® Guide can augment DAD to become an Enterprise level, industry agnostic Agile delivery option.

The Agile Enterprise: Extreme Programming (XP) Revisited - Lessons learned from XP's demise

by Stelian Roman
April 17, 2020 | 57:06 | Views: 8,357 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.43 / 5

XP, aka Extreme programming, was the first Agile Framework widely used after the publication of the Agile Manifesto. Focused on software development, XP was the beginning of the Agile revolution in software project management. In XP, the Project Manager is not seen as an enemy of the agile development team, and traditional roles are still present. Very popular in the early 2000s, XP basically disappeared from the Agile landscape and 'survives' by some of its practices which are (mis)used by frameworks that adopted them. This webinar relays the author's experience with the success of XP in a 'perfect storm' environment: a software company developing a complex and innovative product when porting a legacy system to C# by a team of analyst programmers working closely with the users under the supervision of a 'command and control' Project Manager. The webinar will also describe the lessons learned in the journey to Scrum and then hybrid projects.

The Agile Enterprise: Projects or #noprojects? What is the Agile way?

by Stelian Roman
April 03, 2020 | 60:44 | Views: 9,229 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.35 / 5

The work "project" is often used as a synonym of "waterfall", "command and control," and in general everything that is old and unnecessary. Some even use the term "Scrum project", expanding the role of the Scrum Master to a mini Project Manager. The tag, #noprojects, in combination with other "#no" like "#noestimates" is sometimes used as an excuse for lack of planning, documentation, and discipline. This webinar is an analysis of the "#noprojects" concept, presenting the author's view and experience with projects and a less governed approach to delivery. He explores the relationship between project and product development and the challenges of growing from a small team of "developers" to the real enterprise level.

The Agile Enterprise: Estimate or #noestimate? What is the Agile Way?

by Stelian Roman
March 13, 2020 | 59:08 | Views: 10,018 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.35 / 5

This webinar looks at the #noestimate approach, a revolutionary approach seen by some Agile teams as a waste reduction, team morale improvement and of course the elimination of one of the most dreadful activities in "waterfall". The webinar is based on the presenter's practical experience as a Project Manager and Development Manager, including real life examples of the benefits and pitfalls of estimation and lack of estimation.

The Agile Enterprise: A Look at Frameworks and Certifications - are they helping

by Stelian Roman
March 06, 2020 | 58:13 | Views: 9,090 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.17 / 5

Agile has become very trendy, and it is fashionable to wear the "Agile" title before or after a traditional role, like Project Manager. To become "Agile," one of the easiest paths is to become certified. Unlike for traditional project management where the worldwide recognized certifications can be counted on one hand, for Agile, there is a myriad of certifications. Most of them promote a single "Agile" framework. In recent years, the need to use Agile beyond the small software development team resulted in the creation of new frameworks which added the words "scaled" and "enterprise" to successful team approaches to agility. This webinar analyzes some of the popular Agile frameworks from the initial ones, like XP, Scrum and Crystal, to the recent "enterprise" ones, like SAFe, from the Agile Enterprise perspective. The webinar will also compare 4 Lean and Agile certifications.