Category Archives: Agile

The Procrastination Penalty

Analyze Why You Procrastinate I generally don’t procrastinate― in fact, I often do things too early and end up reworking a bit when circumstances change. But when I do procrastinate, I become very frustrated with myself for letting something go … Continue reading

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A New Tool for Passing the PMI-ACP® Exam

Imagine this. You’ve been working on agile projects for years and decide one day that the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® credential would be just the thing to perk up your resume. A bit of googling and asking around tells … Continue reading

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PMI’s Agile Future: A Presentation by Mike Griffiths

2017 marks an important year for embracing agile approaches by the Project Management Institute. What is in store for PMI’s Agile Future? I will be presenting about “PMI’s Agile Future,” in Rome, May 1-3 at the 2017 PMI® EMEA Congress. … Continue reading

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Agile Suitability Filters

Determine if your organization and project teams are ready for agile How do you determine the suitability of agile approaches for particular project types or organizations? Different industries (construction, automotive), cultures (supportive, non-supportive) and special project considerations (highly regulated environments, … Continue reading

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Agile in Highly Regulated Environments

Can you use agile in highly regulated environments? This was one of the many great questions that came up at the recent Agile DNA Webinar. This post explores some of the recommendations to consider when introducing agile within highly regulated … Continue reading

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Agile Approaches in agile projects

This post is a follow-up to my Agile DNA webinar I hosted a little over a month ago. This was my first webinar for RMC and we had a great interest with over 2,000 people registering for the event interested … Continue reading

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Agile Requirements – The Dance of the Details

The most difficult part of discovering and analyzing requirements on agile teams is determining how much detail is needed and when we should discuss the details. Early advocates of agile approaches, like SCRUM, emphasized a high level product vision at … Continue reading

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Aggressive Transparency

I came across a new phrase last week, which I really like:  “aggressive transparency”. I saw this phrase in the Project Management Institute, Inc. exposure draft of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth … Continue reading

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Prioritization Troubles? Brainstorm New Metrics

We teach prioritization techniques in many of our classes and many of the conversations we have at conferences and meetings are about how challenging it can be to get a group of people to agree on project priorities or even … Continue reading

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What Good Are Certifications, Anyway?

It seems that certifications are under attack.  In the past several months I’ve heard that corporations are no longer interested in having their employees obtain any certifications.   This rant is not limited to the PMP®.  Indeed, it is said that … Continue reading

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