“The Agile Project Management Professional (PMP)®”, February 14, 2013, Christy Clement
- Standish Group Chaos Report
- complicated (watchmaking) vs complex (weather)
Simple Processes: When both requirements and execution are quite certain, then the projects can be managed with relatively simple processes. Often a simple checklist does the trick. The repetative steps that a single worker performs on an assembly line is a good example of a simple task.
Complicated: When the requirements and execution get out of hand slightly, you end up with a project that can still be completed with your typical check list. However, you need to increase the number of rule and steps necessary to accomplish the task. Bridge building is a good example of a complicated task.
Complex: Many projects fall into the dangerous middle ground where requirements and execution is somewhat defined, but rife with multiple layers of uncertainty. In these situations, high feedback, agile processes let team steer their way towards ago despite high risk and uncertainty. Software development is a good example of a complex task.
Chaotic Processes: When both requirements and execution uncertainty is very high, projects tend to devolve into unmanageable chaos. Success arises as often from luck as it does from any real process.
- Agile PMP Rule 1: Deliver as soon as it’s ready
- Agile PMP Rule 2: Meet your customer’s needs (even if they change)
- Agile PMP Rule 3: Prioritize to maximize ROI (rather than meet the budget)
- Agile PMP Rule 4: Product visibility
- Agile PMP Rule 5: Allow your team to improve
Many of today’s project managers are finding themselves leading and managing Agile development teams, only to find that many of the tools and techniques applied when utilizing a traditional project management approach no longer work as effectively or at all. In order to do more than survive in this iterative development environment, today’s PM must employ additional project management tools and techniques to effectively lead their teams and deliver their projects. Learning how to transition from a traditional project manager to an effective Agile Project Manager is going to be an essential step for today’s software development leaders to remain relevant. This hour long web seminar explores how today’s PM can easily and successfully make the transition to an effective Agile PM.
Christy Clement is a project manager with 12 years in software project management. She has trained more than 1500 people in Agile methodologies. Christy currently teaches courses including Agile Boot Camp, Agile Project Management, and Agile Requirements. Christy believes it is her hands-on implementation experience and her encouragement to engage her students in hands-on exercise in her classes that sets her apart as an instructor.
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