Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:07:02 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. 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 ... Agile is not enough! Be Anti-FrAgile http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/10721/ Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:20:49 GMT Some time back I wrote about the idea of being FrAgile rather than Agile, in which one seeks out complexity and chaos rather than the traditional route of avoiding them at all costs.  Back then I wrote that: This is very new and I’m still thinking it through, but rather than the reduc... Typical withdrawal symptoms of Agile coaches http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7830/ Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:20:14 GMT It seems some Agile coaches are getting withdrawal symptoms from having to manage self-organizing teams who, how shall we say… don’t exactly self-organize.  So what’s the solution?  According to this article on InfoQ, just what the good doctor ordered: Some prescription ... The Agile Paradox: Necessary evil or evil necessity of having managers? http://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog/Agility-and-Project-Leadership/7667/ Mon, 26 May 2014 15:59:52 GMT “Ninety-five per cent of changes made by management today make no improvement.” Dr. Edward Deming - “The New Economics” 1994 It is no secret that Deming often chided upper managers as being the cause of bottlenecks, revenue loss, and ill-conceived decisions based on s...