Each person on the project team is essential to a successful outcome. The level of engagement that each team member has can significantly influence the level of success the project will have. Here are a few ideas for engaging your team.
Understanding the Pain
If you can involve the entire team in reviewing requirements, then the team will understand why change is needed to reduce or avoid the pain being experienced. Don’t just tell them what you want changed. This not only helps all team members better develop their piece of the solution for better test planning, it allows the entire team to discuss the problem and possible solutions so the best solution can be selected by everyone – including the customer/business. Read more
Successful projects are found when project managers (PM) learn to
* Lead a team and not just manage it
* Enable the team to collaborate and self-direct, not just wait to be told what to do
* Facilitate and encourage innovation and creativity in solving problems, not just act as a foreman
Staying aware of the triple constraints (scope, time and resources) is critical, but managing them through the use of a project plan can make it very hard to adjust with changes that inevitably come your way during the project. Rather, changes can be seen as opportunities to improve the solution and make it fit bestt for the customer / business.
Agile project management is done through the collaboration of teams that consist of the customer, the business, and the project implementation team.
NEW RECORDING – Running an Agile Release Planning Meeting, with Dean Leffingwell and Jennifer Fawcett
Release planning is the “pacemaker” of enterprise agility and the Agile Release Train (ART) which aligns the Agile program to a common mission. Based on nearly a decade of experience, Dean Leffingwell and Scaled Agile have developed a process which has worked with small trains of 40 people to larger trains of 180.
This webinar explains what it takes to run a successful Agile release planning meeting from a scaled point of view (100′s of teams). Hear real stories and feel what it’s like to be a Release Train Engineer!
What you’ll learn:
- Overview of Agile Release Planning
- How to prepare, content preparation, executive, product, and architectural briefings
- Release Planning Days 1 & 2, ceremonies and timelines
- Beyond the basics, logistics, and evolution
First witness a disfunctional way of doing Standups – then see how it should be done.
It really is an excellent example to watch and learn.
July 11, 2013 (8am PT / 11am ET)
Complex projects carry significant risk of failure. Recently, iterative (and agile) project execution methodologies have been developed to mitigate project risks and increase the chances that the final solution meets the stakeholder’s expectations and the overall business needs.
In this webinar, you will learn how iterative methods differ from tradition waterfall methods and how specific iterative practices are used to reduce the chances for project failure. Upon completion of this webinar, you will understand how to break a project into iterations, how to pick an iteration length, how to manage iteration and project scope, and how to introduce risk mitigation practices.
- Understand the difference between sequential (waterfall) and iterative methods
- Learn how to define iterations, milestones, and releases
- Increase the chances for project success and reduce risk factors
- Contrast iterative and agile methods
- Understand best practices for iterative (and agile) project execution
June 26, 2013 (8am PT / 11am ET)
Micromanaging a project team is akin to managing each task or deliverable with extreme control. This suffocating management style is likely to put a damper on creativity and inhibit individual growth. There are many reasons why this happens, but in general, it is not a healthy situation for the project manager, employee or team. As a program manager, you want to help project managers improve their performance without stepping on their toes or stepping into their projects. As a project manager, you are keen on making the project a success while balancing the needs of the team, the sponsors, and the organization as a whole.
So, what should you be focused on while others are tackling the work of the project?
In this webinar, you will learn how to take the basic concepts for how not to micro manage and apply it to a project manager’s world. Learning objectives include:
- Identify at least 3 behaviors that look like micro managing
- Review 7 specific tips that a project manager can use to reduce the need for excessive control
- Share some ideas to help combat a micro manager Read more
Many organizations are tempted to begin their agile transformation with a series of low risk, stand-alone pilots. While these pilots may prove that teams can adopt a new process, they don’t prove that enterprise teams can work together to drive out dependencies, gain alignment across stakeholders, provide program-wide transparency, and deliver end-to-end value.
Why is it that companies who go “all in” at the program level have a higher chance of success?
In this webinar, Dean Leffingwell himself will answer questions like the following:
- What are the business benefits companies have seen by launching agile programs (also known as Agile Release Trains)?
- How do you identify the value streams in an enterprise – the long-lived series of system definition, development and deployment process steps used to build and deploy systems?
- How do you identify your Agile Release Trains – the virtual organizations formed around these value streams?
- How do you prepare an organization for the first Agile Release Train launch?
- How do you execute using the one week Quickstart adoption model?
There is no doubt that knowing how to effectively manage the nine Knowledge Areas identified by PMI®’s PMBOK® Guide will make you a great project manager; however project managers must also have sound leadership skills in order to set the project vision and inspire project teams to overcome project challenges and road blocks. In this webinar, you’ll learn the competencies needed to apply effective project leadership techniques to your projects, so you can create a positive, thriving, and successful project environment. What you will learn:
- Theories and applications of project leadership styles
- Methods of successful motivation techniques of project human resources
- How to lead effective project teams and negotiate with project stakeholders
- Project leadership ethics
- Project vision and commitment
- Project management strategies that help build and sustain a high-performance project
Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT
Join a one hour webinar in which Dean Leffingwell and contributors to the Scaled Agile Framework will take you through the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) — the proven, publicly-facing framework for applying Lean and Agile practices at enterprise scale.
In this webinar, you’ll learn the following:
- The Framework’s roots in agile, lean, and product development flow
- The team, program, and portfolio levels
- The business benefits achieved by four enterprises
- Next steps you can take to learn more
Many of you are familiar with extended value-stream maps & they hope Seeing the Whole Value Stream will spur your use. They will focus on five extra dimensions:
- Mapping all the way to the customer.
- Mapping in retail.
- Mapping when you have no authority.
- Lean math as a supplement to mapping.
- Extending the tool to network analysis.
This recording will cover:
- What is extended value-stream mapping for collaborating with suppliers & customers
- A realistic example of how touse it, step-by-step
- 5 new essays on how companies are analyzing & improving supply chains with extended value-stream mapping
SPEAKERS: Dan Jones, Chairman Lean Enterprise Academy and Jim Womack, Senior Advisor Lean Enterprise Institute. Lean management thinkers, news commentators, conference keynoters, Authors of essays & articles on management. Co-authors of lean classics:
- Lean Solutions
- Lean Thinking
- The Machine That Changed the World (with Daniel Roos)