Becoming Agile for Project Managers

Learn how Project Managers using traditional Waterfall methods are becoming Agile…

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TOPICS COVERED

  • Is Agile only for software projects?
  • How and Where to identify areas to leverage Agile
  • How do you move to Agile?
  • How does Agile affect the traditional Project Manager role?
  • and more…

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PMI-ACP Reference Materials: PMI Agile Certified Practitioner BOOKS

PMI has provided a a list of publications that may be helpful when preparing for the PMI-ACP exam. A few of the books are:

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Accountability: Creating Winning Teams !

Back by popular demand…Join us at this 1 hour live coaching session where Birgit Zacher Hanson, author of Who Will Do What by When? will reveal how to change the accountability game and make it winnable. Birgit will also answer questions in real-time while coach participants on real-life-issues that relates to getting others to commit and follow-through.

Birgit helps corporations with the following – she can help you too !

  • Strengthen leadership capabilities and help leaders develop coaching skills that lead to sustainable excellence
  • Build collaborative teams and work cultures that enable superior project execution in alignment with business strategy
  • Empower individuals to fulfill on their potential and reach new levels of success

Can you make people do anything they don’t want to do?

 

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WEBINAR – Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management with Mike Cohn (4/19)

April 19, 2011 (8-9am PST)

Agile approaches to software development promise many advantages: shorter schedules, more productive teams, products that better meet customer expectations, higher quality, and more. In this talk, Mike will explain how agile teams achieve these goals by avoiding the seven deadly sins of project management. Covered will be sins such as gluttony, sloth, lust, opaqueness, and more. Giving in to one of these temptations can result in a failed or canceled project. Along the way you’ll be introduced to key aspects of agile development and hear stories of agile success and failure.

SPEAKER: Mike Cohn is the founder of Mountain Goat Software (http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com), where he teaches and coaches on Scrum and agile development. He is the author of Succeeding with Agile: Software Development with Scrum, Agile Estimating and Planning, and User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development. With more than 25 years of experience, Mike has previously been a technology executive in companies of various sizes, from startup to Fortune 40. A frequent magazine contributor and conference speaker, Mike is a founding member of the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Alliance. He can be reached at www.mountaingoatsoftware.com

*** This webinar is available to PMI members only (PMI login required)……to join PMI visit them at PMI.org

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PMI Launches Agile Certification

PMI reports organizations and PMO’s are asking their PMs to apply Agile techniques  (68% are using Agile practices).

Why PMI Agile Certification (PAC)?

PMI believes their Agile Certification will validate a practitioner’s ability to understand and apply Agile principles and practices on basic projects using both experience and testing techniques. The PAC will demonstrate practitioners can select Agile principles and practices as a project management approach based on the needs and demands of a specific project.

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WEBINAR – Prioritizing Project Portfolios using Innovation Games (11/30)

November 30, 2010 (9-10 am PST, 12-1 pm EST)

Portfolio Prioritization is a critical aspect of project work. In this interactive session, serious gaming expert Luke Hohmann will present the Innovation Games Prune the Product (Portfolio) Tree and Buy a Feature (Project) — two new approaches to prioritizing project portfolios.

Based on principles and learning’s from cognitive psychology and organizational behavior, these collaborative, serious games, enable small, co-located teams, or larger, distributed teams, to efficiently prioritize project portfolios.

HOST: PMI’s Agile Community of Practice.

SPEAKER: Luke Hohmann is the Founder and CEO of The Innovation Games Company, the leading provider of serious games that enable organizations to solve complex problems through online and in-person collaborative play. The author of three books, Luke’s playfully diverse background of life experiences has uniquely prepared him to design and produce serious games. Luke graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to data structures and artificial intelligence, he studied cognitive psychology and organizational behavior. He is also a former National Junior Pairs Figure Skating Champion, as well as a certified aerobics instructor. In his spare time, Luke likes roughhousing with his four kids and his wife’s cooking. He also enjoys long runs in the Santa Cruz mountains to burn off his wife’s cooking. Luke’s a bit of an old school Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Instead of building a company to flip, he’s building a company to change the world. You can join him by playing games at Games for Democracy.

PDU: 1
COST: Free

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WEBINAR – Becoming Agile

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Learn how more traditional PMBOK and Waterfall organizations are becoming agile…and listen to great Q&A sessions with the audience

TOPICS COVERED

  • Is Agile only for software projects?
  • How and Where to identify areas to leverage Agile
  • How do you move to Agile?
  • How does Agile affect the traditional Project Manager role?
  • and more…

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WEBINAR SERIES – Business Driven Software Development

Business Agility enables an organization to respond quickly to external forces (such as new market opportunities and competitive forces) as well as to respond quickly to new insights attained internally.

While many organizations have achieved the local optimizations of more effective teams, few have achieved agility at the organizational level. Even when team agility has been achieved, if improvements to how the business is selecting their product enhancements isn’t done, overall return on investment of software development may not have significantly improved.

This series is organized around “roles” – Executives to Team Leads – so each person in an organization can be introduced to what “they” need to know to achieve business agility.

FREE Webinar Series – 7 sessions:

  • Session 1 – An Overview
  • Session 2 – Product Portfolio Management
  • Session 3 – Where to Start Your Agile Transition
  • Session 4 – Team Agility: Scrum or Kanban?
  • Session 5 – Essential Skills for the Agile Developer
  • Session 6 – Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Understand Requirements Up-Front
  • Session 7 – The Role of Management in Lean-Agile Transformations

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The Battle is Heating Up ! …which approach should I use?

Seems like there is a tension brewing between the different Agile and Waterfall approches used today.  XXX is better than YYY !!!  ZZZ always fails.

Each approach is like a football team – people become radical fans of a team and heaven forbid if anyone challenges them.  It is like the Hatfield & McCoys or college rivalries during homecoming week !

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2010 Trends in Project Management

2010 brings with it multiple trends for Project Management.   It is not surprising that many of these trends will help mature the world of project management as we know it today.  Just as businesses must be flexible with market conditions – Project Management professionals and organizations must also adapt accordingly.

In talking to industry leaders in Project Management – several trends stand out.

Economic conditions have changed – Companies are changing – and project managers must understand these changes to be the leaders needed in 2010.

Trend 1 – Enterprises continue to look for Efficiencies in Process & Technology

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