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Mike is an award-winning project manager with a proven track record of delivering exceptional results. In addition to executing projects, Mike is a successful author who excels at training project managers. He contributed to the last four versions of the PMBOK® Guide, cowrote the PMBOK® software extension, and led the writing team for the new PMI Agile Practice Guide. He also helped create the PMI-ACP® certification and wrote RMC’s PMI-ACP® Exam Prep book.

Today’s Project Manager: 9 Tips For Effective Project Management in 2020

9 Tips For Effective Project Management Is trying to manage your ever-changing project management plan keeping you awake at night? Does defining your requirements feel like trying to wrestle an angry octopus into a string bag? Do you feel torn between allowing your customers and team to be agile while simultaneously creating defendable schedules, estimates, and scope definitions for your sponsors? Fear not. While the struggle is real, so are the solutions. Teams have been grappling with project requirements in flux, high rates of change, and demands for detailed plans for years. We can steal their best strategies and avoid common mistakes. Let’s explore 9 project management planning tips for taming wild projects without stifling agile teams or mumbling when asked about the project management plan. 1. Take a Customer-Centric Approach Relentlessly focusing on customer needs and wants is the way to win them over. Showing genuine care for…

Agile Illustrated, A Visual Learner’s Guide to Agility

Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learner’s Guide serves as a solid guide for anyone who is interested in learning agile, as well as anyone who wants to dive deeper into agile principles. Below, we cover what makes this book such a valuable asset to project managers interested in, or already working in, agile. Who Is This Book For? Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learner’s Guide is for anyone charged with leading a team of people. It is for Scrum masters, project managers, team leads, and group leads. If your work involves coordinating the efforts of others, this book has been written for you. It explains a model of how to tackle complex projects and work effectively with people. Just as projects differ in size, type, and complexity, so does the agile model, driven by project characteristics. For team leaders, project managers, development leads, and project practitioners who want to take their delivery…

Reasons for Adopting a Hybrid Agile Approach

Why Adopt a Hybrid Agile Approach? If you are curious about hybrid agile, it may be helpful to examine a few instances where you might want to consider a hybrid approach. The first is hybrid agile as a stepping stone to true agile. The second is hybrid agile in environments that demand additional rigor or controls.  Hybrid – A Stepping Stone to Agile Making the shift from a traditional waterfall approach to agile can be a large adjustment for some organizations. One school of thought is to just commit to it.  Adopt agile approaches whole scale and abandon your old way of working in a burn-the-boats style of never going back. This is simple to explain and easier to achieve when there is top down support for the adoption of agile. However, when the desire to adopt agile is bottom-up or department based it may not be possible to…

An Introduction to Hybrid Agile

Hybrid Agile Popularity Agile and Hybrid Agile approaches are very popular right now. As organizations respond to accelerating rates of change, they are adopting agile approaches and using hybrid agile approaches more than ever. This article explains the difference between agile and hybrid agile approaches. We will examine what constitutes each category and why organizations are adopting hybrid agile approaches. What is a Hybrid? First let’s define what hybrid really means. A hybrid is a combination of two (or more) different elements. Hybrid cars often combine internal combustion engines (ICE) with battery electric (BE) technology. They could alternatively combine ICE or BE technology with a hydrogen fuel cell. The type of propulsion system does not define a hybrid, only the fact it is a combination of different approaches. Hybrid vehicles can combine the benefits of low emissions with long range made possible by a large gasoline station network. Hybrids occur…

Agile Risk Management

Agile Risk Management This article outlines a few practical tools that can be used to start improving risk management approaches. All three of these actions can deliver business value and when there is a shared framework for decision making projects are more successful. Some tools that can be used to help make better decisions around risk management on agile projects include; Risk Adjusted Backlog, Risk Profile Graph and Risk Retrospectives. Risk Adjusted Backlog Working with Product Owners or business representatives to add threat avoidance and mitigation work along with opportunity enablement work into the backlog.We need a way to insert risk avoidance & mitigation, and opportunity stories into the backlog. It is done by the product owner, but with consultation and guidance of the development team. By avoiding and reducing risks closer to their identification, the horizon of risk the project is exposed to shortens. By making changes earlier in the lifecycle,…

PMI-ACP® Credential – What you Need to Know for Certification

What you Need to Know for PMI-ACP® Certification

The PMI-ACP® credential is the Project Management Institute (PMI) fastest growing credential. “ACP” is short for “Agile Certified Practitioner“ – the credential tests for and demonstrates understanding and experience with agile approaches. Here is what you need to know as you begin your PMI-ACP certification. journey.

How to Apply for Your PMI-ACP® Exam

Applying for Your PMI-ACP® Exam Once you have decided getting the PMI-ACP® credential is of value to you, you’ll need to know how to apply for the exam. Complete the PMI-ACP Online Application Once you meet the eligibility criteria, the next step to apply for the PMI-ACP exam is to sign up online. It’s really important to make sure you meet the educational and professional experience components. The process is straightforward and allows you to save and come back to it if you need more time. However, once you start the application process, you cannot cancel it.  Your application will remain open for 90 days as you completed the application process. The system also acts as a portal to view your submitted application, check your eligibility status, and download forms and reports. Once your online application has been completed and processed, PMI will send you an electronic notification requesting payment.…

Why You May Want to Get Your PMI-ACP® Certification

Getting Your PMI-ACP® Certification

There are some very good reasons to consider the PMI-ACP® certification.  However, before we get into the specifics of the credential, be sure to read out the value of credentials, from Mike’s post Credentials: Worthless, Essential or Somewhere In Between. So, assuming you believe a credential is useful for you, why consider the PMI-ACP® credential over the slew of other agile-related credentials available?

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