It's a great time to be a project manager as our profession undergoes a massive shift—if we engage. From AI to hybrid approaches to a distributed workforce, PMs and organizations of today need to be ready for vast changes tomorrow.
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Too many project leaders think rigidly about Waterfall and Agile project management methodologies and believe they must choose between the two. But many projects — especially those with diverse stakeholder needs and complex structures — benefit from a hybrid approach that combines aspects of Waterfall and Agile. The rise of hybrid methods isn’t tied to a particular time or event; instead, they have evolved organically as a response to the needs of modern, complex projects. A review of the key components of Waterfall and Agile allows project leaders to select among them to build a hybrid approach based on the unique demands of each project.
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Podcasts and blog posts to help you manage the challenge of transitioning from traditional project management to Agile. Dave Prior celebrates success, embraces the learning that comes from failure, and digs deep on topics you need to be up to speed on.
This blog explores pragmatic agile and lean strategies for enterprise-class contexts.
This blog concerns itself with organizations moving to business agility—the quick realization of value predictably and sustainably, and with high quality. It includes all aspects of this—from the business stakeholders through ops and support. Topics will be far-reaching but will mostly discuss FLEX, Flow, Lean-Thinking, Lean-Management, Theory of Constraints, Systems Thinking, Test-First and Agile.
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You may be the most brilliant project manager out there, but it doesn't count for much if it comes at the expense of everything else. You are more likely to establish a sustainable, long-term PM career when you can balance your life with your work. This workbook allows you to leverage agile principles to do that. Use in conjunction with the Agile Your Life webinar.
This simple tracker for software projects logs project status, review summaries, and important events. The sheet maintains resource utilization cost and completion percentages, ensuring that projects are within budget. The simplicity of the presentation helps the template be easily presented to higher management.
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When companies move to an agile Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), they often remove the processes and analysis of their waterfall SDLC because, as the Agile Manifesto puts it, “They value individual and interactions over processes and tools.” Some of the rigor should be removed – waterfall processes can get bogged down with gates and sign-offs. However, caution must be exercised to not go too far against processes and analysis and rely just upon backlogs and user stories. Requirements and the analysis that leads to those requirements are just as essential in an agile project as they are in a waterfall project. The difference lies in how much requirements analysis is completed and the timing of it.
Question: I have barely recovered from switching to agile, and now there is a new approach to projects: WoW, or “Ways of Working.” Is this really an advantage, or is this just another way to keep us constantly disrupted in the way we do projects? With all of the confusion and turmoil brought about by the pandemic, do we really need yet another change in the way we do projects?
There are two main approaches to achieving success that teams take: outcome focused, and process driven. While both can be effective, a combined model positions project teams better equipped to deliver success.
Most project managers excel at identifying risks. But how well do they mitigate and manage them? We need adaptability and resilience—for ourselves, our teams, and our organizations. While many people think these traits are the same, they are not.
Read how one PM used systematic problem-solving techniques to visualize, categorize and analyze problems and find underlying root causes—leading a project from red to green status in four weeks. This article suggests that a systematic approach to problem-solving can assist leaders in understanding problems and devising plans to resolve them promptly.
When Agile was almost exclusively used as a software development delivery approach, there was heated debate about what was and wasn’t “pure” Agile. The conversation continues now, but why? Today Agile approaches serve many needs and stakeholder groups; agile purists need to recognize this reality.
AI can’t replace human interaction or discussion, but several easy-to-use tools can help surface issues and synthesizing data that require a project team’s attention, discussion and action. This can be particularly helpful when it comes to making the most of agile retrospectives.
Many agile teams struggle with too much work in progress—and no way to "catch up." Everyone feels overwhelmed. To reduce WIP and increase throughput, consider a workshop to ask what the team should do now, next and never.
This article draws on well-known, basic project management concepts to introduce the high-level project management concepts of defined and empirical process control. It also attempts to contrast them and suggest how they might be used by PMPs in practice.
By leveraging artificial intelligence, agile teams can gain greater insights into potential risks, make more informed decisions, and improve outcomes. From identification and forecasting to monitoring and contingency planning, here are four ways that using AI can make a positive difference in agile risk management.