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Agile and Scrum

Dr. Harold Kerzner Q&A: How Changes in Project Management Are Supporting Agile and Scrum

This past November as part of IIL’s IPM Day online conference, Dr. Harold Kerzner delivered a keynote on “How Changes in Project Management Are Supporting Agile and Scrum.“  The keynote discussed how, over the years, project management has undergone continuous improvement efforts by extracting best practices from other management practices such as Six Sigma. Now, the

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Reflection and Takeaways on Agility from the SMC-IT 2018 Space Mission Design conference

By Tom Friend – Agile Consultant / LtCol USAF (Ret)CSP, ACP, AHF, FLEX, CSM, PSM, ATP The 6th International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology, held in Alcala de Henares, Spain, brought together scientists, engineers, and researchers from NASA, the European Space Agency, universities and industry. Case studies on how agile methodologies have been applied

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How to achieve the Agile Transformation — Part 2

As mentioned in the previous article, Agile involves moving to a new way of working on projects; 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, meaning there is a clear chain of command,

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Why Project Managers Need to be Agile

As an agile and project management instructor and practitioner, I am asked often, “Should I worry about this agile thing?” or “Why do I need to be agile?” Many project managers are seeing the trend of organizations transforming to agile and are worried they may not be ready for the transition—and they should be! As

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How to achieve the Agile Transformation — Part 1

By: Jim Stewart PMP, CSM 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

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Why Your Agile Implementation Failed

By Roy Schilling At one point in my career, I was a manager in a large financial organization.  Being tired of missed deadlines and disappointed customers, I wanted a better way to deliver – faster, better, cheaper.  I had been reading about Agile and how it had helped organizations with exactly what I was looking

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Tech Startups and Agile – A Perfect Fit

by Jim Stewart 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. While this method is well-understood, it involves very specific steps, long

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The Benefits of Agile and Scrum

By John Carrington, AgilePM® Practitioner and Trainer, CSM, PRINCE2®, LSSBB  Today, many organisations are experiencing the benefits of an Agile approach. But why all the fuss? What is Agile actually offering to the teams using it? Let’s start with how and why Agile came about. In 2001, 17 Software Developers met in Snowbird, Utah. They recognized that the way

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Agile Retrospectives: A Tool for Team Learning

By Luis Gonçalves, Co-founder of Evolution4All, Founder of ScrumMaster Growth An Agile retrospective is an effective tool used at the end of every iteration to analyze the team’s performance during the project. Team members gather to review what worked well and what did not so they can improve their performance on future projects. For companies

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Pilots Need Flight Planning, Scrum Teams Need Sprint Planning

By Tom Friend, FLEX Coach, CSP, ACP, AHF, PSM, CSM | Business Agility Consultant, IIL Many years before my career in software development, I was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, flying aircraft all over the world. As fantastic as this sounds, it did require planning and preparation to ensure that each flight was

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