Failed Agile Sprints

Agile

Agile teams using the Scrum framework commit to delivering value in each development sprint.  Sprints are generally 2-weeks long, and the goal is to create working software that can be deployed into production.  While commitment is one of Scrum’s core values,  in reality, teams do […]

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Engage Your Stakeholders

Leadership

Managers and project managers are often told that “engaging stakeholders” is critical to success.  However, they rarely receive guidance on what it means or how to “engage stakeholders.”  It is similar to when I started practicing yoga, the teacher told us to “release our sacrum.”  […]

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Know Your Stakeholders

Agile

Stakeholder management is one of the most critical project management functions.  Stakeholders are our customers, organizational leaders, members of our project teams, and people we may not even know. The project manager’s ability to effectively identify, understand, and engage stakeholders is a key determinant of […]

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Going Agile

Agile

Many organizations try to catapult into agility.  Striving to instantaneously transform their traditional practices and culture.  Unfortunately, this strategy is usually painful and often fails. The Scrum Guide states, “Scrum is easy to understand, but difficult to master.”  Basic training can be quickly and easily accomplished […]

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PMI Goes Agile

Agile

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is making a bold pivot toward agile.  As a project manager and an agilist, I am excited by these moves.  At the same time, it is hard to envision both this transition and the future state. In this article, I […]

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