Claude Emond posts the 8 Principles of Successful Agile Projects, which is part 2 in a 5 part series on an Agile framework.  I especially like the “no surprises principle”.

Mike Griffiths outlines the Value Stream Mapping principles for the new PMI-ACP exam.

Andrew Clifford has an excellent post on Bootstrapping.

Steven Roock provides 5 tips for impediment resolution with Scrum.

Dan Naden talks about Agile not being a game of perfect.

Judy Umlas discusses the 7 principles of acknowledgement for a project’s culture.

Finally, Conrado Morlan talks about adding Gen Y to your projects.  Many of you know that I believe one of the major shifts in our economy is this generation and harnessing their incredible creativity and differing work style.  This is a solid post!

 



When was the last time you had fun with your team?  Margaret Meloni suggests you should do this more often and I agree with her…have some fun!

Ty Kiisel thinks we shouldn’t call the people on our project “resources.”  What do you think?

The Agile Manifesto says we should have working software over comprehensive documents.  While we agree with this, one documentation expert shows how documentation can not only be useful but critical.

Lee Cunningham talks about Agile Transformation and possible failure.  The point of agile is to fail quickly and often so you build the right things that have real value.  Why would you possibly give up on that?  What do you think?

Shouldn’t every manager be a center of excellence?  Saira Karim suggests we combine PMOs and COEs?  What do you think?

We agree with Lynda Bourne  that happy project manages are productive project managers.  What about you?

 



The Agile Alliance has announced AgileIndia2012 for February, 2012.

We have been saying that an organization needs to take their attitude from being TOLD what to do to being PERMITTED to do things to being EXPECTED to do things.  Basically the knowledge worker.  Agile outside of software is finally helping in this regard.

Our professional Agile and software technology project managers are excited to learn about PMIs plans for a Software Extension to PMBOK, similar to the construction extension as well as the upcoming Agile Certified Practitioner (PMP-ACP) designation coming soon.

Read about the Scrum Gathering in Seattle this past June, and perhaps consider going to the Scrum Gathering in London this October

A much simpler and faster way to the CLOSE stage of PMBOK – in Agile:  It Happens At The End, But It’s Just The Beginning.

Do you ever get scared when you’re about to facilitate a meeting as project manager?  So do most other project managers.  Exercising your PM knowledge is the way to get better and get over your fear.

 



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Please join Kelly Ferguson, VP Professional Services at Mass Ingenuity, and Kendall Kunz, CEO at Bellevue Technology Partners, for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Atrium, and a special introduction to the revolutionary NOW Management System, 6pm in the Ballroom.

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This is an invitation ONLY event – please use the form below to request an invitation.
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Wow, I attended a three day boot-camp for Managing in the NOW with a group of extremely talented people from all over the country. As individuals dug deep to learn more about the causality of Managing in the NOW within organizations, their passion only grew. Listen to what they said at the end of three days:

This has been a incredibly useful and interesting session for me.

The system is absolutely incredible and wonderful.

I’m really excited about what I see, love the system, John [Bernard] did a great job.

With Managing in the NOW, the opportunities are immense.

Really enjoyed what we heard throughout the time.  My past experiences have taken me to nearly every part of what’s in the NOW system, but never in such a simple and integrated system.

This system won’t get delivered by a bunch of ya-hoos, or yung-uns and I was very pleased with the level of talent in the room.

You’ve got an amazing product and I can see how I can fit any of my skills in the framework.

After shaking this and turning it upside down, I’m amazed at how rock solid the framework is in the context of usefulness in a business.

MANAGING IN THE NOW is for leaders who are searching for what is relevant in an increasingly competitive world and who need to quickly take advantage of the massive shift to customization and every time getting every employee to take advantage of every opportunity to either reduce cost, increase revenue or improve quality. PASSION IS WHERE IT ALL STARTS!



Today I was invited to attend the facilitation of a team building outcome measures, the third step in implementing the NOW management framework.  So far our team developed their initial outcomes and understanding the detailed data of how those outcomes will be measured is very hard work.  These were the comments captured after our half day session with team members:

It is very exciting to see the group moving forward and I am looking forward to talking about constraints.This is the time to really start rolling up our sleeves, it will likely be difficult, and takes time, effort and commitment.

Another good, productive session, think this is a great process.

Starting to observe after each session that each one is very productive, with solid tangible work being done, and using our time well…maybe it’s how it is being facilitated, not getting into the weeds…it feels so good.

Today was productive, having been before and coming back, a lot of product is coming about.

Excellent facilitation, appreciate the process and patience in working with us.  Excited about working on the outcome measures, when looking at the material, it’s real.  Appreciate that we kept it at a small, doable level.

I spoke with my managers about key goals and their reaction was “these are fantastic.”

MANAGING IN THE NOW is for leaders who are searching for what is relevant in an increasingly competitive world and who need to quickly take advantage of the massive shift to customization and every time getting every employee to take advantage of every opportunity to either reduce cost, increase revenue or improve quality. PASSION IS WHERE IT ALL STARTS!