Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:18:24 GMT Agility and Project Leadership http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/ Bridging the gap between traditional and agile project management and leadership. The rise of Agile's SAFe is like a bad episode of the movie Groundhog Day http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/11714/ Sun, 01 Feb 2015 02:15:02 GMT There was this great movie back in the early 90’s staring Bill Murray who plays a weatherman covering the annual Groundhog Day event (which is an odd tradition in the US wherein the emergence of a groundhog supposedly predicts when winter arrives early or not).  He gets stuck in a snow st... Marcel Proust's recursive novel: Why the concept of iteration in Agile is shortsighted http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/11453/ Tue, 13 Jan 2015 03:51:36 GMT Since many readers of this site come from an IT background, it is probably safe to assume that many graduated with a computer science degree and/or taken computer programming classes.  One big topic in that field is how to loop through a sequence of data points continuously that either terminat... Forecast for 2015: The beginning of the end of Agile? http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/11394/ Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:13:40 GMT My forecast for 2015 is that Agile, or rather the term “Agile” as we all know it, starts to fade away.  The reason isn’t so much that it has not met up to its promises, but rather that it becomes redundant to add a moniker to a term that should already lie at the heart of how ... Google considered the best US company to work for due to HR agility http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/11267/ Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:31:22 GMT Glassdoor.com has just released its report on the 50 best places to work in the US (and pretty much abroad since most companies these days are global) and not surprisingly, Google came out on top.  It sound from the report that this is due to all the perks employees receive, but what was pretty... The oversimplification problem of Agile http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/11175/ Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:55:45 GMT There’s no doubt that Agile has been beneficial to the development of software and industries beyond, but one thing I have noticed is that people who get deep into it can have a tendency to oversimplify both the problem and the solution to which they are looking to apply Agile.  Just look... Continuous Dysfunction: When Agile's obsession with being done becomes toxic! http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/11140/ Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:28:15 GMT The second doctrine of Agile is having “working software over comprehensive documentation” which drives much of the obsession with being “done” in the Agile community.  In other words, the whole reason for doing Agile is so that you have something workable at the end of ... It's the Product Owner, stupid! http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/11105/ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:45:08 GMT Similar to the 1992 US presidential race where Bill Clinton successfully defeated George H.W. Bush by creating the catchy slogan (“It’s the economy, stupid!”) to focus back on the economy, one could hold a similar sentiment with Scrum in that the majority of the focus is on the Scr... Is Walmart going Agile? Not really... http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/11035/ Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:48:48 GMT In this Wall Street Journal article, it points out the latest initiative of the retail behemoth Walmart in their attempt at being more “Agile”.  Agile that is in the traditional sense of applying this to their giant IT division for software development that is spread over 130 &ldquo... Are PMI-ACP credentialed project managers really the highest paid? http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/10960/ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:25:15 GMT According to a study by Edureka and Global Knowledge, PMs with the PMI-ACP are making on average $123,000 USD which is about 15% higher than those with a PMP and 28% higher than those without any PM certifications.       Of course, the sample size is pretty sm... It's more about having agility rather than being Agile http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/10748/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:34:23 GMT I can't help but to notice that the more popular and commonplace Agile has become, that the more rigid it is becoming.  The whole point of this movement and their popular progeny such as Scrum, XP, etc. was to overcome the rigidity of traditional project management and software development ...