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Apr 17, 2020 9:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
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.
Dec 12, 2019 9:00 AM EST (UTC-5)
The Agile Coach is a relatively new role; it is not very well defined and often overrated. From the first concept of 'coach' introduced in Extreme Programming (XP) which was more of a system architect to the Scrum Master in the service of the Team and the organization, the role morphed in many organizations to a pure consulting role. Most modern Agile frameworks are created as empirical approaches based on a very simple principle: fail fast, learn faster. What is the role of an Agile Coach in an Agile transformation? What skills and experience are required to add value to the process? These questions among others will be addressed in this webinar.
Jan 31, 2020 9:00 AM EST (UTC-5)
One of the most interesting aspects of Agile adoption at an Enterprise level is Governance. Perceived by many teams as useless red tape and one of the major impediments for Agile adoption, correct governance can have a very positive impact on in the Agile Enterprise. Rather than being a micromanagement tool, governance can provide visibility on the benefits of Agile adoption as well as creating an environment of trust and collaboration. This webinar is an introduction to SMART governance, the type of governance that will support Agile adoption at the enterprise level rather than preserving the command and control culture.
Jun 14, 2019 9:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
Agile is a continuous improvement process in itself, but at the enterprise level, most of the Agile frameworks can’t be used for process improvement because the business area has very limited room for agility due to strong governance requirements or because of the culture and strong resistance to change. Process Improvement is a very well defined discipline that has tools and metrics that can easily be used to measure the benefits delivered by transition to Agile. This webinar presents some options for improving processes that have an Agile component but are not entirely Agile.
Jan 24, 2020 9:00 AM EST (UTC-5)
Although many practitioners believe that Agile started in software development, Agility started long before the publication of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development (aka Agile Manifesto) at the Enterprise level. Started as an alternative to planned frameworks, in particular as an alternative to the process standardization imposed by Lean Six Sigma, Agile is seen by the Project Management community as 'the future.’ However, none of the Agile frameworks was developed as a generic Project Management approach. Most, if not all, of them originated as software delivery framework with the 'developer' role as the core of an Agile Team.
Jul 10, 2020 9:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
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.
Apr 21, 2022 4:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Fifty years since the first agile project, Enterprise Agility remains a hot topic and for some, it is a new delivery approach. Started in the late 1970s as an alternative to Lean Six Sigma, Agile became popular in the second decade of the 21st century when the frameworks used by successful small software development team found their way into projects. Possibly because it was successful on a small scale, or due to business involvement in the development of new software solutions, or just because agile has become something that any organization has to have over the last decade, agile “escaped” software development and is now more and more considered as an option for other Business Teams. "Scaling" Agile beyond software development is a challenge because most popular agile frameworks are conceived by software developers for software developers. In many cases, "scaling" is done by returning to Lean Six Sigma practices - the very approach that Agile tried to improve or even replace. Kaizen is a Lean Six Sigma practice used with great success in manufacturing. In this webinar, the author will share his practical experience with Kaizen in manufacturing as well as software development projects.
May 26, 2022 4:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Scaling Agile beyond software development is a challenge because most popular Agile frameworks are conceived by software developers for software developers. In many cases, ‘scaling’ is done by returning to Lean Six Sigma practices, the very approach that Agile has tried to improve or even replace. Kanban is a Lean Six Sigma practice used with great success in manufacturing for almost 100 years. It is mistakenly considered as part of the Agile ‘umbrella,' and although it can be very successfully used in an Agile environment, it has built-in limitations that can significantly impact the most important Agility value: adapting to change. In this webinar, the presenter will share his practical experience with Kanban in manufacturing and software development projects.
Jun 30, 2022 4:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Although they may appear to be competitors, Agile and Lean Six Sigma have the same objective: supporting the organization’s priorities by achieving customer satisfaction. Lean Six Sigma has a very mature approach to process improvement: DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control). This approach can certainly be used for a successful Agile transformation. The webinar is based on the author's experience using the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC framework for Process Improvement for software development projects with a focus on D (Define).
Jan 10, 2020 9:00 AM EST (UTC-5)
Agile is sometimes introduced as a cheaper way of delivering projects, products, and services. Unlike the traditional approach of measuring the value delivered based on the planned deliverables, the budget spent, and meeting the critical milestones, Agile doesn't and shouldn't track the delivery in the same way. Agile is a new approach, and traditional project finance management may not be relevant or can become an impediment to agility. Agile is or should be based on trust, and in an Agile organization, most of the financial planning and reporting should not be necessary. However, very few organizations have the necessary conditions to abolish tight financial management. This webinar will propose a few financial management approaches for Agile projects, highlighting the necessity as well as the challenges of each of the proposed models.
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