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The Agile Transformation (Part 2) – Challenges

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by Jim 2 Comments

As mentioned in the previous article, Agile involves moving to a new way of working on projects, a new paradigm if you will. Therefore it brings its own set of issues that must be dealt with. Here are a few of the more common ones: Organizational Culture Organizations are typically top-down in nature, in that there is a clear chain of command, a clear hierarchy. This manifests itself in projects

The Agile Transformation – Part 1

Posted on: July 12th, 2017 by Jim

What pushes organizations to embrace Agile and what projects waterfall won’t serve. Organizations that run projects are increasingly looking at transforming the company toward using the Agile methodology. For one example, GE – who is heavily involved in the “Internet of Things” – is having not only developers but also managers trained in . But before we can define exactly what the Agile transformation

A Brief Introduction to Agile Scrum

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Jim

Agile:   Is an approach to managing work Is supported by a manifesto that outlines principles and values Has a key phrase – inspect and adapt   There are several types of Agile (XP, lean, etc.) but the most popular is called Scrum. Unlike traditional project management which is command-and-control based, in Agile there is no one person directing the team. The team is self-organizing

Learn about Agile at the Small Business Expo, Washington DC April 19

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Jim

I’m going to be speaking at the Small Business Expo in Washington, DC on April 19th. It’s free. I’ll be speaking that day on “Introduction to Agile.” In 45 minutes you’ll get a pretty good idea of what it is (and is not.) Also, what are the top three challenges to introducing it into your environment and how can you best address them? The expo is at the Walter E.

Tech Startups and Agile – A Perfect Fit

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by Jim

Check out my blog post today on the International Institute for Learnings’ blog page: To begin, let’s differentiate large traditional organizations from tech startups by identifying some of their typical attributes. Large established organizations tend to be more risk-averse and have detailed processes in place. Usually, they apply the classic “waterfall” methodology to manage projects.

Join my Introduction to Agile (Scrum) webinar

Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by Jim

Join me on Thursday, 4/20 at 2pm EDT for an “Introduction to Agile (Scrum) webinar. This 45-minute presentation will serve as an introduction to Agile, specifically the Scrum variant. I will provide a quick overview of the other types and then delve more deeply into Scrum. We’ll look at the various roles involved, what a daily scrum is like, challenges in implementing Agile, including transitioning

A Few Thoughts on Establishing the Agile PMO

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by Jim

A while ago, I posted an article entitled Lessons Learned in Establishing a Project Management Office (PMO.) That article was largely freighted towards discussion of plan-driven projects, typically manifested by the waterfall methodology. I subsequently spoke on this topic at a Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter and was asked to incorporate some thoughts on how the PMO might support adaptive

Job growth in project management per PMI report.

Posted on: September 2nd, 2013 by Jim

Recently (March 2013), PMI published a report called “Project Management between 2010 – 2020.”  In the introduction it says, “Between 2010 and 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across seven project-intensive industries. … The enormous anticipated growth… will make the next seven years an opportune time for professionals and

Thoughts on Scrum

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by admin

As mentioned in my previous post, I recently took a class on Scrum Master certification. As such, I wanted to put my thoughts down on paper while they were still fresh in my mind. And I figured if I was doing that, I might as well post something on it to my blog. Now, a two-day class hardly makes me an expert on the subject. I confess that I have exactly zero experience in Agile and don’t even know

Thoughts on Scrum – Part 2

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 by admin

So in the last post I gave an overall description of Scrum. In this post I want to lay out more about the roles. Now, you can find this information anywhere. What I thought might be helpful is to give you my impressions as they compare to traditional or waterfall PM. Again, these are my thoughts not the Scrum Alliance’s per se. They seem to go out of their way NOT to make comparisons. Product Owner: This

Thoughts on Scrum – Part 3 (final)

Posted on: January 15th, 2013 by admin

So what to make of Scrum? Well, firstly let me comment on the Scrum Master test. Since my first post, I took the test and got certified. As someone who has been teaching PMP for 12 years, let me reiterate what I said in the first post: this test is pretty easy and nowhere near as grueling as the PMP. But I don’t believe it’s intended to be. My understanding is that the intention is for