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Helping Your PMO Help You

by Mike Griffiths, 12 September 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

Do any of these traditional PMO scenarios match your agile team experiences? Your traditional PMO is so laughably outdated that most agile projects ignoring them; other projects produce token deliverables to appease them, but these bear little resemblance to anything actually happening on the agile projects. The PMO looks for conformance to BDUF (big design up front) methodologies with signoffs to...
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9 Ways PMOs Can Help Agile Projects

It may not always be apparent but the goals of the Project Management Office (PMO) and agile teams are well aligned. Both groups want to get to the same destination: namely successful...
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Methodology Wars – Contradictory Constraints or More Options?

Some rifts are occurring in AgileLand - a world supposedly driven by cooperation, trust and appreciative inquiry! Debate is arising about first generation agile methods (XP, Scrum)...
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Planning Balance

Life is all about balance, live too conservatively and you run the risk of missing out on life’s adventures and opportunities. Live too wildly and you run the risk of misfortune and...
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Promoting Shared Leadership

Agile methods suggest replacing top-down, command-and-control management with empowered teams and shared leadership. That all sounds nice, but what exactly is shared leadership and...
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Linking Agile to HR Theory

To many people, agile is the opposite of sound theory. Instead of proceeding in a structured, well-planned manner, teams “self organize” and iterate through prototypes to try...
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Go Talk To Your Stakeholders

by Mike Griffiths, 24 September 2012
The Agile Blogosphere

As a PM, what is the most effective thing you can do for your project in the next hour? (After finishing this article, of course!) I would suggest speaking to your project team members...
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Collaborative Games for Risk Management

This is the third part in a series on agile risk management; Part 1 looked at the opportunities agile methods offer for proactive risk management, while Part 2 examined the benefits...
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Agile Risk Management – Harnessing the Team

Last month we looked at how agile methods provide multiple opportunities for embracing proactive risk management. The prioritized backlog, short iterations, frequent inspections and...
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Unlikely Origins

Forbes ran a nice article a couple of weeks ago on how agile is the next big thing for management, but its unlikely origin in the software industry may hamper its adoption. The article...
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Agile Interruptions

By Mike Griffiths “My team has stopped talking to me, and I like it!” This may sound like heresy since agile teams are centered on face-to-face conversation, but as with most sound-bites...
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PMBOK v5 Guide Exposure Draft Out for Review

  The PMBOK v5 Guide Exposure Draft opens for public review today – so you can now read it and submit your recommendations for changes. The Exposure Draft is the first open access...
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Presentation: Smart Agile Metrics

I will be presenting on “Smart Agile Metrics” at the upcoming Calgary Agile Methods User Group (CAMUG) meeting Tuesday January 10th.Here is the outline: “Collecting and reporting...
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