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
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
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?
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
As Agile has matured, it also has diverged. That is, there are not only more and more methods, there are more and more mindsets. Some believe a team-centric approach is best, others believe one must start with an enterprise view. Some believe you are best starting with those writing the code, others believe you should start with those deciding what products/features need to be built. Some believe explicit workflows are a slippery slope back to waterfall while others have seen them result in faster than expected learning. Other issues revolve around design, portfolio management, culture, transition methods and more. How can one get to where the trure value of Agile is? How does one adopt Agile in a way that makes sense for their organization? Read more
NEW RECORDING – Case Study into Leveraging Scaled Agile Framework™ in Mixed Waterfall and Agile Environments
While the adoption of Agile practices has become more and more prevalent in the industry, it’s clear that many large organizations are often unable to go “all in.” Even as we attempt to isolate initial use of Lean and Agile methods in a “pilot” environment, external forces often exist that prevent a “pure” implementation. Waterfall and Agile/Lean can co-exist.
This Agilista PM webinar will dive into 3 real life situations with mixed Agile/Waterfall environments to show you:
- How Agile projects can align their plans to a Waterfall project when they are not in sync?
- How Waterfall projects can operate within a fixed cadence?
- How to deal with potential issues that may arise in these mixed environments?
- How to know when things are not working and when to make some changes?
Recently I spoke at a Fortune 50 PMO gathering of all their PMs – where the CIO encouraged them to “try” new things to deliver value faster to customers. Several of the ideas I shared with them are listed in a great article at ebg Consulting.
“What Agile techniques would you suggest introducing to a software development team that is currently not using the Agile approach but would like to get a flavor for the methodology?”
Several key fundamentals for doing and being agile in the Planning & Analysis area shared included:
- Analysis is the “entire teams responsibility”
- Expect to “fail” to learn
- Value is in the eyes of the beholder
Listen to a great Q&A Session on the Scaled Agile Framework™ answered by the Scaled Agile Partner team of Dean Leffingwell, Drew Jemilo and Colin O’Neill who are the founders of SAFe. They have been using the framework to scale Agile at clients like BMC, John Deer -while leveraging Scrum, Kanban and XP practices. They explain how you too can leverage SAFe at your organizatino as well.
Questions discussed include:
- Provide an example of how Agile was successfully scaled, size of org, and keys to your success
- Pricing models prevalent in the industry of large Agile transformations
- How to use estimations to build up roadmaps
- Delivering on time without imposing due dates on teams
- Managing teams that are not co-located or even in the same timezone (offshore resources)
- How SAFe enhances quality
- How can scaled Agile be used effectiely with limited resources
- What is the role of PMO and Project Manager in the Scaled Agile Framework?
- and much more….
SPEAKERS: Dean Leffingwell – entrepreneur, executive, author and consulting methodologist who provides agile transformation consulting services to large software enterprises. Dean was the chief methodologist to Rally Software where he focused on the application of agile development methods to large scale software development. Dean also served as Sr. Vice President to Rational Software (now IBM’s Rational Division), where his responsibilities included development and commercialization of the Rational Unified Process (RUP), ClearQuest, RequisitePro and the company’s methodology and product training courses. Dean is the author of several books, Agile Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise ; Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises , and Managing Software Requirements: First and Second Editions.
Drew Jemilo has over 20 years of experience using Agile, Lean, and traditional methodologies in companies ranging from lean startups to global corporations. He has worked in the US and Europe applying technical and leadership experience in Agile program and portfolio management, change management, organizational design, coaching, and training. He has worked with Dean Leffingwell on a large global client to synchronize distributed teams in the US, India and Eastern and Western Europe, with a significant number of mostly independent, yet necessarily cooperative, Agile Release Trains.
Colin O’Neill has been a successful IT consultant for 26 years. He has led and coached numerous organizations in enterprise Agile and Unified Process (UP) systems development and integration efforts, business process re-engineering and improvement, requirements definition, data modeling, object modeling, enterprise architecture, risk management, quality assurance, testing, change & configuration management, system deployment, training, and mentoring. Colin has worked hands-on in every lifecycle phase and discipline. He is known for quickly increasing technical organization efficiency and speeding product delivery.
PDU: 1 *** PDU info is provided in recording ***
In Dean Leffingwell’s recent webinar on scaling Lean|Agile development, he introduced the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) <click here for Dean’s recording>. SAFe is a public-facing set of practices which have been used to successfully scale Lean|Agile development to hundreds — and even thousands — of practitioners at companies like BMC Corporation and John Deere.
In this webinar, Drew Jemilo takes you further into the SAFe Enterprise Backlog Model. With more projects starting under Agile than Waterfall, you’ll be managing requirements to quickly and efficiently align strategic business objectives and customer needs with software delivery.
You will gain these valuable insights as we cover the following topics…
- What are best practices for writing team-based User Stories and non-functional Agile requirements?
- How do these scale to the program and portfolio levels?
- How can you work more strategically with upper management to achieve the highest business value for your company and customers?
SPEAKER: Drew Jemilo has over 20 years of experience using Agile, Lean, and traditional methodologies in companies ranging from lean startups to global corporations. He has worked in the US and Europe applying technical and leadership experience in Agile program and portfolio management, change management, organizational design, coaching, and training. He has worked with Dean Leffingwell on a large global client to synchronize distributed teams in the US, India and Eastern and Western Europe, with a significant number of mostly independent, yet necessarily cooperative, Agile Release Trains.
COST: Free… *** PDU info is provided in the recording ***
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