Per the Agile Business Consortium, business agility allows businesses to adapt quickly to market changes; respond rapidly and flexibly to customer demands; adapt and lead change in a productive and cost-effective way without compromising quality; and continuously be at a competitive advantage. The primary reason for moving to Agile is to achieve faster business value and keep you ahead of the competition. Agile is built for change - fundamentally, it is about creating Business Agility. It enables the enterprise to deliver projects more efficiently, with relentless focus on business value and providing the highest return on investment. Whether it is a software project, a new service offering or a new product, Agile’s twelve principles and three pillars (transparency, inspection, adaptation) are designed to reduce money spent on undesirable or unusable features which were built based on outdated requirements.
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Strategies for Developing the Most Sought-After Leadership Qualities: Developing Effective Leadership Habits
This is in the eighth installment in an 8-part webinar series, Strategies for Developing the Most Sought-After Leadership Qualities, presented by Uri Galimidi. This series focuses on eight critical leadership skills that will help Project Managers become more accomplished professionals. The webinars are informed by the latest in the science of leadership and include practical strategies and approaches to build the skills and behaviors covered by each webinar. Professor Laurie Santos of Yale University says that knowledge is less than 50% of our transformation journey to become better leaders. Building leadership skills and qualities requires deliberate practice over a sustained period of time. In this webinar, we will discuss the neuro-science of habits and how we can use this knowledge to develop sustainable effective leadership habits that will serve us for the rest of our careers.
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.
This webinar will describe two tools that project managers can use in rescuing distressed projects, team members, and stakeholders. Project managers can use the Breathing-Bleeding-Broken-Consciousness model to stabilize the project emergency and buy time to fix the project problems. The Perception-Appraisal-Motivation-Action model aids the project manager in fixing communication problems with the project team and stakeholders.
Strategies for Developing the Most Sought-After Leadership Qualities: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion
This is in the seventh installment in an 8-part webinar series, Strategies for Developing the Most Sought-After Leadership Qualities, presented by Uri Galimidi. This series focuses on eight critical leadership skills that will help Project Managers become more accomplished professionals. The webinars are informed by the latest in the science of leadership and include practical strategies and approaches to build the skills and behaviors covered by each webinar. Diversity and Inclusion have become the hallmarks of innovative and progressive organizations. Some think that diversity is the “business of the HR Department” and that there is little we can do at the project or team level to cultivate it. This webinar will explore what Diversity and Inclusion really means and how we can develop our own as well as our team’s culture of Diversity and Inclusion.
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.
Project Management methods are ideally suited for problems that are complicated in nature: that is with the right expertise and technical know-how, there is a best solution, and it can be implemented using a rational, linear, methodology. Yet increasingly, we’re confronted with problems that are complex in nature: where one final solution does not exist and which are not amenable for cause and effect thinking. Perhaps you are a change leader experiencing projects that are carefully and skillfully planned and executed, yet fail to accomplish their intended outcomes. Or perhaps you are gaining insight and awareness that the solutions your organization implements creates other problems or unintended consequences. In this webinar, Jacqueline Conway will outline the shift in both mindset and method required to lead effectively in complexity and how you can take your senior leaders with you to create more sustainable and effective project solutions.
Strategies for Developing the Most Sought-After Leadership Qualities: Building a High-Performing Team
This is in the sixth installment in an 8-part webinar series, Strategies for Developing the Most Sought-After Leadership Qualities, presented by Uri Galimidi. This series focuses on eight critical leadership skills that will help Project Managers become more accomplished professionals. The webinars are informed by the latest in the science of leadership and include practical strategies and approaches to build the skills and behaviors covered by each webinar. In 2012, Google launched Project Aristotle, aimed at finding out what distinguishes their best teams from their mediocre ones. In this webinar, we will discuss the findings of Google’s Project Aristotle and how you can implement them at any level of your organization to build High-Performing Teams.
The pace of technological change is taking place at an exponential rate and continues to accelerate. Organizations have few if any options – these days, that has made adapting to emerging technology a strategic business initiative which supports the estimate of the trillions of dollars + overall cost of digital transformation in the next few years. All of this has an increasing percentage of the C-suite becoming concerned that failed initiatives will likely have a negative effect on their reputation and on the bottom line. With so much at stake for an increasing percentage of organizations (large, medium and small), it is easy to see why there will be increased attention on program and project managers’ delivery of strategic transformational initiatives. This webinar provides a brief glimpse into some of the challenges strategic initiatives involving emerging technologies are likely to have in store for program and project managers.
Project managers need to balance people, teams, process, product and a host of other things. The people/team part of the equation (especially the team part) often falls through the cracks - it’s harder to quantify and the guideposts are few and far between. Getting a team working well together can be like herding cats - just when you think you’ve got them all going the same direction another one wanders off. Social intelligence (a kind of sideways look at emotional intelligence) can help us herd those cats effectively, keeping the project as well as the team together. It gives us some clues to understanding and managing the connections between people, most particularly those we work with on a regular basis.