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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…

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.

What Changes Will You See on the PMI-ACP® Exam in 2018?

PMI-ACP® Exam Changes in 2018?

I’ve been getting a number of questions about possible changes to the PMI-ACP® exam. This is understandable, since the newly released A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition included an agile appendix and came bundled with the new Agile Practice Guide. Also, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has listed a 2018 “exam update” for the PMI-ACP credential on their Registered Education Provider (REP) website. Despite this, there are no changes that will affect someone who is studying to take the PMI-ACP exam.

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 in Agile approaches in agile projects. The recording is now available, see below for details on how to access it. The webinar was entitled “Agile DNA, the People and Process Elements of Successful Agile Projects” and the DNA theme came from the twin strands of People and Process guidance that run through all agile approaches in agile projects and make agile uniquely what it is.

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 individual aspects of a product. As I was working on my 2017 strategic plan, I decided to write a short post on prioritization and metrics.

As a program manager at RMC Learning Solutions I have to prioritize projects and make recommendations to my management. We have many ideas for new courses, products, and services which are competing for our time. Prioritizing requires us to assess the expected value of an idea against its expected cost and then compare it to other ideas.

Agile vs Waterfall (A PM Fairy-tale)

The 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 traditional PMP felt the need to prove his devotion to his profession by pulling out his wallet to show the Scrum Master his PMI membership card.  As luck would have it, a thief was passing  by and, seeing his opportunity, snatched the wallet and ran off.

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