Project Management Category

Passed the PMI-ACP Exam

Yesterday I passed the PMI – Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam with Proficient results. Woo Hoo!! I took a very very light weight approach to my preparation.  I am currently very time poor which has led me to do minimal and just enough study. I did not read any of the prescribed reference books for […]

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Leadership styles

Donald Gray has written a great and interesting article on Three Leadership Styles, based observations on managing traffic at an intersection.  In the article the most successful leader is the one that sees people as “adults that most of the time they can take care of themselves, and that the role of a manager is […]

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Useless sprint goals

A sprint goal helps to enable the team to focus on for the next 2 weeks.  What does everyone want the team to work on next?   The Scrum Guide [Oct 2011] states: The Sprint Goal gives the Development Team some flexibility regarding the functionality implemented within the Sprint.  As the Development Team works, it keeps […]

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Seeking the exact answers

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” — Helmuth von Moltke Sooner or later you will have the business asking questions like “How much is it going to cost?”, “What will I get?” and “When can I have it?”.  The honest answer to this which often provokes a reaction of surprise are: “How much […]

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I want to run an agile project

This is all too funny!  Whilst the video is intended to be humorous, the pain of the “Agile Guy” maybe all too familiar for some.  Agile changes many things we have become use to over many years – agile questions the status quo and challenges our muscle memory……..

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Requirement Changes Are Put Into The Product Backlog

Agile welcomes changing requirements, even late in development.  Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. Short feedback loops in Agile allow the team to get fast feedback and incorporate changes required by the customer and reduce the possibility of the team developing the wrong product for too long. The Product Backlog is dynamic […]

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Lean and Agile – Doing more with less

Have you been in a similar situation as the above Dilbert? Lean and Agile is about doing more with less.  Lean and Agile doesn’t focus primarily on cost reduction, but more on strategic alignment around enterprise agility – reducing waste and simplified processes which then could have an impact on cost reductions.  Furthermore, for comparable […]

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Managing Defects on Agile Projects

This recent Dilbert comic strip reminded me of a situation when a client was raising cosmetic defect as severity 2. It is often not clear what a defect is and at what level to raise it at (despite agreed severity descriptions) as my example above shows.  And some defects are raised without being related to […]

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Don’t rely on overtime to salvage a plan

I came across a nice analogy today in Mike Cohn’s Succeeding with Agile book which describes what sustainable pace means: Watch any marathon, and each runner will keep it up for 26.2 miles.  Look more closely, however,  and you’ll notice that the pace is not entirely consistent from mile to mile.  Each works a little […]

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Traditional Project Management Role on a Scrum Project

A “good read” article on Agile Journal, An Agile PM Isn’t What You Think Sub-Head: Where Does Traditional Project Management Fit in an Agile Project Using Scrum There is always considerable discussion about the role of the Traditional Project Manager on an Agile Scrum Project and this article describes it very well. In the end, […]

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