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Agile

Let’s Flatten Five Agile Fallacies!

In 2015 I wrote an article intending to debunk some common myths about project management. Like many of you, I spent a reasonable amount of time during my first few years participating in online forums correcting agile misconceptions. Unfortunately, just like lopping heads off the Hydra, every time I’d address one myth, a short time later it would re-emerge. Recognizing the futility of trying to permanently suppress fallacies, I stopped responding to such discussions. However, as I would still like to help, writing an article on five of the most common agile myths will give me a reference to provide to folks in the future.

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Agile  |  Project Management

All Hands Abandon Plans!

Articles have been written about the importance of doing just enough planning to develop confidence in what we are proposing to do as well as the perils of either too much or too little planning.

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Agile  |  Disciplined Agile

What is Disciplined Agile

The 13th Annual State of Agile Survey, released in 2019 and reflecting a global audience, revealed companies are moving to agile to increase productivity, improve team moral, and decrease project costs. Those same business drivers are embedded in the emerging area of Disciplined Agile (DA) which has continued to grow since it’s 2012 inception at IBM. In fact, The Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit became part of the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI) in August 2019, and with that, 4000 DA credential holders became part of PMI. Whether you are growing your company’s in-house Agile skill set or looking for a tool kit to connect existing Agile frameworks, Disciplined Agile will help.

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Agile

COVID-19 and Agile Are Strange Bed Fellows

COVID-19 is like that car accident just up ahead which you know you shouldn’t be focusing on while driving, but which draws the attention of all around it. After doing a number of articles related to the pandemic, I’d planned to write about something completely different, but as my weekly blogging time drew near I realized that there was (at least) one more topic I needed to write about.

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Agile

Early Experimentation Is Key to Reducing Project Risk

Inspection and adaptation are two of the pillars of the Scrum framework but all agile methods recognize the wisdom of Deming’s Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle.

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Agile  |  Project Management

Integrating Agile in a Waterfall Practice (Part 5): Helpful Tools in Implementing Your Agile Strategy

(This is the fifth in a five-part series on this topic where we will discuss how organizations can approach or refine their Agile delivery methods.) 

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Agile

Integrating Agile in a Waterfall Practice (Part 4): Implementing Your Strategy

(This is the fourth in a five-part series on this topic where we will discuss how organizations can approach or refine their Agile delivery methods. Read parts 1, 2, and 3.) 

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Agile

Integrating Agile in a Waterfall Practice (Part 3): Describing Your Integration Strategy

(This is the third in a five-part series on this topic where we will discuss how organizations can approach or refine their Agile delivery methods.)

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Agile

Integrating Agile in a Waterfall Practice (Part 2): What Do We Mean by “Agile?”

 (This is the second in a five-part series on this topic where we will discuss how organizations can approach or refine their Agile delivery methods.)

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Agile  |  PMI-ACP

PMI-ACP® vs CSM® Certification: Which One is Right for Me?

Earning a project management certification is a smart way to set yourself apart from your peers and increase your earning potential. Today, the Agile Methodology is being used worldwide to streamline projects in countless industries. In fact, according to the Project Management Institute, Agile organizations complete a higher percentage of projects – 75 percent versus 56 percent – than their non-Agile counterparts. 

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