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Agile Bootcamp Talk Posted on Slideshare

I posted my slides for my Agile 2014 talk, Agile Projects, Program & Portfolio Management: No Air Quotes Required on Slideshare. It’s a bootcamp talk, so the majority of the talk is making sure that people understand the basics about … Continue reading

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Creating a Healthy Project Culture

Glen Alleman seems to have nailed it, with Alert – Was Poor PM the Root Cause of ACA Difficulties? Among the many problems: No overall program manager No way for stakeholders to know what Done looks like (no release criteria) … Continue reading

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Managing Programs With Agile and Traditional Projects

Imagine you are transitioning to agile. You are a program manager, with a couple of agile projects, and a couple of traditional projects. How do you manage the program? Here’s what a program team looks like. For the sake of … Continue reading

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Agile is Not for Everyone

Someone asked me again about self-assessments for their agile transition. That got me thinking about this problem of transitioning to agile. I don’t believe agile is for everyone in every circumstance. Some people claim agile has “crossed the chasm.” Certainly, … Continue reading

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Geographically Distributed Agile Teams Have Choices for Their Lifecycles

I hope that by now you see that you have any number of choices for your lifecycle if you are geographically distributed team and you are transitioning to agile. I do recommend a servant leader agile project manager, for coordination … Continue reading

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Agile Lifecycles for Geographically Distributed Teams, Part 3

Example 3: Using a Project Manager with Iterations and Kanban and Silo’d Teams Here, the developers were in Cambridge, MA, the product owners were in San Francisco, the testers were in Bangalore, and the project manager was always flying somewhere, … Continue reading

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Agile Lifecycles for Geographically Distributed Teams, Part 2

Example 2: Using a Project Manager with Kanban, Silo’d Teams This is a product development organization with developers in Italy, testers in India, more developers in New York, product owners and project managers in California. This organization first tried iterations, … Continue reading

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Agile Lifecycles for Geographically Distributed Teams, Part 1

I’ve been working with geographically distributed and dispersed teams for the past couple of years. Some of them on quite large programs, some of them reasonably small. What they all have in common is that they all want to transition … Continue reading

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Is the Cost of Continuous Integration Worth the Value on Your Program?, Part 3

To continue our story from part 1 and part 2… The teams have determined their individual impediments to Continuous Integration. You, as the technical program manager, and the technical program team can take those impediments, with input from the teams … Continue reading

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Is the Cost of Continuous Integration Worth the Value on Your Program?, Part 2

Let’s set the context (which I did not do in my most recent post–sorry). A program is composed of several feature teams, which may well be working on several projects or different feature sets. I assume they are. The goal … Continue reading

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