How to Start an Agile Project following a Hybrid Approach

Virtual Project Consulting

As a Project Management Professional and Agile Practitioner, the startup of a new project is one of the most important activities to lead. Agile Project Management Agile agile project leader agile project management hybrid agile Leadership start a new project

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How to become a credible Agile Project Leader

Virtual Project Consulting

With the shift to organisational agility, discover the role of the PMO and how to become a credible Agile Project Leader in an ever changing world. The post How to become a credible Agile Project Leader first appeared on Virtual Project Consulting.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

They think that the agile tools they use, such as boards, offer a strategic advantage. However, they adopt or “install” an agile framework or process without customization. Instead, agile organizations need flexibility, not rigidity.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

They think agile approaches are tactics and agile tools are part of their strategy. That's why they want to Buy an agile approach. Not realizing a standard agile approach is an oxymoron. Teams need to experiment and change their agile approach.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

So when does it make sense to customize your agile approach to gain a strategic advantage? They want an agile approach, so they started with Scrum. We don't think we need to be “religious” about our agile approach as long as we get the benefit.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

In Part 1 and 2 of this series, I wrote about how an agile approach might offer strategic benefits. And because an agile approach changes your culture, I said the agile approach was part of your strategy. That means I use the most common of all agile tools: a board.

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Role of the Agile Project Manager

Virtual Project Consulting

A fresh perspective on the role of the Agile Project Manager especially for PM's from a traditional project background who are transitioning to the Agile context. Agile Project Management agile agile project manager Agile practice guide project manager skills

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Enlightening Conversation on the Badass Agile Podcast

Johanna Rothman

I had a terrific time with Chris Williams on his Badass Agile podcast. How managers need to collaborate to achieve agility. The post Enlightening Conversation on the Badass Agile Podcast appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

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What is the State of Agile adoption today?

Virtual Project Consulting

Discover key findings in the 14th annual State of Agile report about Agile methods and practices, Agile benefits, scaling Agile, Agile Project Management tools, metrics, Devops and Value Stream Management.

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Agile Maturity vs Ability to Change

Johanna Rothman

Several of my clients want to use some sort of maturity assessment for their agile transformations. For agile transformation, an assessment can help people see how they change—how they innovate the products and the culture. Is agility even possible?)

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Want a Successful Agile Project? Start with Why Before How

Johanna Rothman

Those outcomes can help teams decide which agile approach(es) to start with and adapt. Let's start with who wants the teams to use an agile approach. Who Wants the Teams to Use an Agile Approach? I do like to understand the business reasons for an agile approach.

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A Contrarian’s Perspective on Agile Mindset, Behaviors, Culture

Johanna Rothman

We often hear that agile is a mindset. That we need to change our thinking to use agility. We need behaviors if we want an agile culture. Which behaviors do we need for an agile culture? These are my definition of the minimum, necessary behaviors that promote agility.

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How to Reach Success in Agile with Small Habits

Virtual Project Consulting

How to Reach Success in Agile with Small Habits. The post How to Reach Success in Agile with Small Habits first appeared on Virtual Project Consulting. Agile Project Management Agile agile project leader successDiscover 8 things to create a small habit successfully.

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Agile Strategy Enables Significant Growth

Brimstone Consulting

Agile strategy leads to 220% increase in revenue. The post Agile Strategy Enables Significant Growth appeared first on Brimstone Consulting LLC. Case Studies leadership strategy performance leadership case study STAP agile strategy leadership team alignment high-performing team SBF

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How to See Business Agility: Adaptable and Resilient Management Actions

Johanna Rothman

More of my clients say they want business agility. Yet, we don't share a common definition of business agility. Actions matter when it comes to business agility. Since managers create and refine the culture, they can create an environment that supports business agility.

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Fun Discussion with the Agile Uprising

Johanna Rothman

I had the pleasure of being on the Agile Uprising Podcast: Modern Management Made Easy with Johanna Rothman. How trust, empathy, and creating a safe environment are what allows us to use agile approaches.

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The What, Why and How of Agile Governance

Virtual Project Consulting

Find a break-down of the what, the why and the how of governance on Agile projects, especially in an enterprise organization. The post The What, Why and How of Agile Governance first appeared on Virtual Project Management Consulting.

Process Agility: An Impossibility?

Johanna Rothman

The processes don't have sufficient agility to deliver the necessary results. Yet, people who want to use agile approaches don't want to apply agile thinking to their processes. My Processes and My Agility. I need process agility because my context changed.

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How to Transition into the Agile Project Management Role

Virtual Project Consulting

How to Transition into the Agile Project Management Role - a look at what project managers need to be successful in agile, the challenges they will encounter and the changes needed to be made. Agile Project Management Agile agile project manager project manager skills

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Agile Doesn’t Work Without Psychological Safety

Harvard Business

Collaboration and teams Organizational culture Agile project management Digital ArticleScrums and kanbans can’t help you if you’ve got a legacy culture that punishes vulnerability.

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The Changing Role of the Project Manager in Agile

Virtual Project Consulting

The move to agile can be a daunting journey to highly experienced project professionals to position themselves as Agile Project Leaders. The post The Changing Role of the Project Manager in Agile first appeared on Virtual Project Management Consulting.

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Define Agile Behaviors We Want to Reinforce in an Agile Career Ladder, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

I said that when we focus on individual achievements and deliverables, we ignore the agile system of work. Worse, when we reward individual achievements we prevent an agile culture. That's because agile teams learn together as they create the product.

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How to Adapt Governance for Agile Projects

Virtual Project Consulting

How to adapt governance for Agile projects. Agile Project Management adaptive governance governance governance on agile projects project management

Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 1: Do You Need an Agile Approach?

Johanna Rothman

I spoke at Agile 2019 last week. Here are my thoughts and where I think the “agile” industry is headed. Problems I See with “Agile” Here's a summary of problems I saw last week: Too many people think “agile” will solve all their problems. “Agile” is a silver bullet and will fix everything—as long as the teams do it. Too many people think “agile” is what teams do.

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With Agile Approaches, No Need to “Meet” or “Enforce” Deadlines

Johanna Rothman

He thought agile approaches would work to “meet” and “enforce” deadlines. Even when we use a non-agile approach , schedule variance doesn't make sense. Yes, they read Create Your Successful Agile Project and Practical Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization.).

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Why Shared Services “Teams” Don’t Work with Agility

Johanna Rothman

One of my clients wants to use shared services “teams” as they start their agile transformation. Agile approaches break the idea of a “shared service” model of people. I don't know of any way to keep “shared services” and move to agile approaches.

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Why the Popular & Easy Career Ladder Prevents an Agile Culture, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

As I've been speaking about the Modern Management Made Easy books, people ask these questions: We're pretty good with our agile approach. These people tell me their career ladder doesn't work to enhance agility. The career ladder needs to be—dare I say it—agile.

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Agile Transformation Secrets Series Posted

Johanna Rothman

I just finished a series for my Pragmatic Manager newsletter about Agile Transformation Secrets: Part 1: Manage for Change. I wrote this series because I find that many people get a little confused about an agile transformation. They think an agile approach will work because they can predict and commit better. They think an agile approach will help with full utilization. They want the agile approach to succeed, so they think mandating specific practices will work.

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Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Gregory Miller

Johanna Rothman

See Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Johanna Rothman. We had a delightful discussion on Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Johanna Rothman. The post Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Gregory Miller appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

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Management Learning with the Agile Wire

Johanna Rothman

I had a terrific conversation with the two Jeffs at the Agile Wire. The post Management Learning with the Agile Wire appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD podcast agile management management management value Modern Management Made Easy value

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Have you considered the Scaled Agile Framework for your business?

Virtual Project Consulting

Agile Project Management agile framework SAFe scaled AgileAn introduction to the SAFe framework, the benefits of adopting it, as well as the challenges to implement SAFe and why it's wise to give yourself enough time.

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Want to become an Agile Project Manager? Training and Certifications to consider

Virtual Project Consulting

Want to become an Agile Project Manager? Agile Project Management Agile Agile certification agile project manager Agile training PMI scrumImportant Training and Certifications to consider.

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“Agile Coaching” Is Not the Goal

Johanna Rothman

I've met a number of agile coaches recently. Even though the client asked for agile coaching, that might not be what the client needs. Instead of assuming you need “Better Agile” or “Better Scrum,” consider these questions: What business outcomes do you want to see, in 30, 60, 90 days? Because consultants and coaches and agile approaches need to prove they offer value and find some quick wins.). Yes, agile coaches might need to do that.

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The Focus of Every Agile Coach: Support How the Business Creates Value

Johanna Rothman

How should agile coaches work? I've heard several questions and problems around what agile coaches should and should not do. Should agile coaches focus on: How well the teams use their pre-determined agile framework. As an example, how agile do the managers think?).

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Future of Agile Podcast with Agile Uprising

Johanna Rothman

I had a wonderful time on the Agile Uprising podcast The Future of Agile. The post Future of Agile Podcast with Agile Uprising appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD podcast agile leanI had such a blast. Listen for the “expletive deleted” phrases. Yes, I actually said the words, “expletive deleted.” ” I said many other things that might feel contrarian to you.

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Sprint-Based Work on Multiple Projects: How an Agile Resource Management Solution Can Assist

Epicflow Blog

Agile has become the most popular methodology in recent years and has proven its efficiency for millions of companies already so nobody has any doubts about it today. The most popular and widely used Agile methodology is Scrum.

When is “Agile Scaling” the Answer?

Johanna Rothman

At the Influential Agile Leader workshop earlier this year, I led a session about scaling and how you might think about it. I asked if any of the teams succeeded at using an agile approach at the team level. Here are problems I've seen with scaling as an answer, agile approach or otherwise: People on the program can organize themselves under these conditions: The teams understand the domain. I explained how in Agile and Lean Program Management.).

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Making Roadmaps More Agile

Johanna Rothman

Last August, back at the Agile 2018 conference, I had a chance to record a podcast with Howard Sublett. We spoke about Making Roadmaps More Agile. I hope you enjoy Making Roadmaps More Agile. The post Making Roadmaps More Agile appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD product ownership agile agile roadmap flow efficiency leanHoward is a terrific interviewer and a good friend and colleague. We had a blast.

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Encourage Lateral and Vertical Movement in an Agile a Career Ladder, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

Worse, most career ladders assume we can assess what a person can do, not on their contributions to an agile team. That means most career ladders don't fit agile teams or an agile culture. That's where managers start and refine an agile culture.

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What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 6, Create Your Agile Approach

Johanna Rothman

I discussed the origins of the agile approaches in Part 5. In this post, I'll discuss how you can create an agile approach that fits your context. Why should you create your own agile approach? You deserve an agile approach that helps you achieve the business outcomes you need.

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