This is the first of two blog posts that accompany RMC’s Introducing Agile webinars.This post covers the five Ws (Why, Who, What, When, and Where) of introducing agile and describes seven common pitfalls organizations make when adopting agile approaches.
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Agile Suitability Filters are tools to help assess if an agile approach could fit your organization and project. As with any subjective diagnostic tool, these methods are not hard-and-fast predictors of suitability or project success. The suitability filters described in this whitepaper should be used as conversation starters. Use them to have more objective discussions about the use of agile methods and where risks may be present.
The agile methodology may not be as far from traditional project management practices as you might think.This article provides an overview of ten agile techniques, and illustrates how applying these techniques can increase team effectiveness and overall project success.
Any endeavor with uncertainty runs the risk of unforeseen complexity and additional work. We can try to control this notoriously uncontrollable scope with expensive scope exploration work and documentation, or we can accept the uncertainty and direct that analysis energy toward the project. The tough sell is convincing the sponsors to embrace uncertainty. In the project world, quality (“good”) is non-negotiable. We either need to get things right the first time or pay the cost and time to correct work that does not meet quality standards.
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 that could have been done earlier under less time pressure. So why do we procrastinate? I have analyzed my delays and usually find when I dread doing a task (like paying bills or preparing taxes), I procrastinate. People also procrastinate when they are unsure about how to do a particular task. It is okay to procrastinate as long as you know why you delaying and have performed risk analysis.
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 you that Mike Griffiths’ book PMI-ACP® Exam Prep is the best study guide for the exam.
In fact, it’s endorsed by no less an expert than “Agile Manifesto” coauthor Alistair Cockburn, who says, “I hope that everyone reads it, not just to pass the PMI-ACP® exam, but to learn agile development safely and effectively.”