Agile for Traditional Projects

By Susan Parente | Risk Management Guru – Agile Generalist – Instructor and Consultant, IIL “Can Agile practices be incorporated with traditional project management?” This is a very common question today, and the answer is yes! In this blog, I’ll cover two great Agile practices that teams have found to be valuable to incorporate on traditional projects,

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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

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How to achieve the Agile Transformation — Part 1

By Jim Stewart, PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP, 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

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Tech Startups and Agile – A Perfect Fit

by Jim Stewart, PMP 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,

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The Benefits of Agile and Scrum

By John Carrington, AgilePM® Practitioner and Trainer, CSM, PRINCE2®, LSSBB Today, many organizations 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

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Want to Boost Your Scrum Projects’ Success Rate by 50%? Run Them Through a PMO

By J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, CSM, GWCPM, SCPM   |   Executive Vice President – Enterprise Solutions, IIL  The 2015 State of Scrum Report (the most recent) released by the Scrum Alliance has several interesting, if not head-scratching, findings. Here are two that really stopped me dead in my tracks. First, the report stated that “the

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