The Rise of Agile in the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition

Coming Soon: Agile Project Management “Agile Project Management is an oxymoron: Agile is product management, not project management.” Agree or disagree, Agile Project Management is coming soon. This fall the Project Management Institute (PMI) will release the sixth edition of their Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). At the same time, they […]
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Don’t Let Governance Threaten Your Agile Transformation

Governance seems to be one of those frightening words that threatens to stop an Agile transformation effort dead in its tracks. I’ve been hearing it whispered, and even screamed once or twice, quite a lot recently. There’s no big surprise here. As the big corporations and Government agencies get increasingly fascinated by frameworks like Scrum, […]
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How Do You Do JIT Requirements?

“What is the difference between an up-front requirements document and a fish?” said Gollum, hoping to catch the Hobbit out with his riddle. But Bilbo Baggins, though a Halfling, was an experienced Agilist. He knew the answer. “A fish rots from the head down, “ he said, “but a requirements documents rots from the bottom […]
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Scrum Guide Update: The 5 Values of Scrum

You might not have noticed, but The Scrum Guide was updated last year (July 2016) for the first time in three years. The changes aren’t big in terms of word count, but they are significant. So I decided I needed to update my own description (part 1, part 2) of the Guide’s evolution. Cumulative Flow Diagrams […]
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How to Use Scenarios to Avoid Project Surprises

To quote the Danish politician Karl Kristian Steincke “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” But predicting the future is what project management is all about. When things go wrong, scenarios can help you have a plan in place to recover. Project management is hard — you’re predicting when milestones will be met, how much money will […]
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