Category Archives: Agile

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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Importance of Team Dynamics

Listening to everyone’s excitement yesterday over the win of the NBA title of Cleveland over Oakland was great.  I thought the sportscaster I listened to made a very astute observation.  While everyone believes LeBron James is a great player, maybe … Continue reading

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Satisfying Stakeholders with Agile Requirements

As organizations work to be more agile and nimble, people responsible for eliciting and analyzing requirements are working to find new ways to understand and communicate about user and product needs.  

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Leadership without Authority

I’m reading “Leadership and the One Minute Manager,” by Ken Blanchard. The book discusses “situational leadership,” which essentially means that a manager’s leadership style must vary depending on the competency of the person being managed.   As I was reading the … Continue reading

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Agile vs Waterfall (A PM Fairy-tale)

A PMP® and a Scrum Master® were having lunch together on a park bench debating the relative merits of Agile as opposed to traditional waterfall project management.  They were making the arguments one would normally expect. At one point, the … Continue reading

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