Public Workshops March 17, 18, 21, 2014 in London

I’m offering three public workshops this spring in London again. Monday March 17, I’ll lead an Introduction to Agile Project Management. If you are wondering, “Does my company think I’m an agile project manager?” or “What is this agile project stuff?” or “Why is my responsibility as a product owner to get the project to done?” or “Why does my company think a Scrum Master is supposed to drive the project to completion?” or if you have a geographically distributed project team and your company says, “let’s go agile,” and you want an introduction, this workshop is for you. You will learn enough about agile to know what questions to ask your team: Can we work in timeboxes or flow? How do we start if we don’t have all the requirements? How do we start delivering features, not architecture or frameworks? What are our impediments to thinking about transitioning to agile? What do our customers really want first: release date, feature set, low defects, and how can we tell? (This is from Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management) How do we work with product management/product owners? How do we move from silos to cross-functional teams? And much more It’s an experiential workshop. That means we work by simulation and debrief. It’s fun to work that way, and you will learn a lot. This page has the details about Introduction to Agile Project Management. Tuesday, March 18, I’m offering my Coaching Master class. If you have been a technical leader, a manager, an agile coach, or even worked on an agile team, you have coached people. And,...

Become an Influential Agile Leader, Toronto and Edinburgh

Are you transitioning to agile? Is it going well? If it your transition is going well, excellent. I’m happy for you. But if you are like many of the leaders across the organization I’ve met, you have plenty of problems. Sometimes you have a problem as this colleague said, Right now we’re really struggling with Portfolio Management that is relevant to our business.  We can’t prioritize because we can’t define projects in a way that resonates with the business. Resonating with the business is an issue of influence. How influential are you? Would you like to succeed in managing the project portfolio? Or, in getting the testers/QA involved at the beginning in a real cross-functional team? Or, helping people realize that fast failing is good? Are you ready to prepare to become more influential? Join Gil Broza and me at The Influential Agile Leader in Toronto, April 8-9, 2014. If you’re in Europe, we’ll be in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 22-23, 2014. We’ll experience and practice authentic approaches to influence and coaching.  (Of course this is experiential. What did you expect?) Where is your sphere of influence? How do you expand it? How do you influence within it? You’ll have a chance to practice with your  peers in real situations. We’ll help you learn how to coach up, sideways, and down. Up is especially critical. For example, you might have to explain options in different ways when you coach up. Again, you’ll practice, using real-life situations. There’s much more that we can offer. You, the participants select the rest of the program. We will deliver, experientially, what you want at...

London Workshops Almost Full, May 16 & 17, 2013

Are you considering joining me in my Coaching or Project Management workshops in London on May 16 or May 17, 2013? If so, please decide quickly. I have room for two more people in the coaching workshop. I have room for three more people  in the project management workshop. When those places are gone, they are gone. That’s it, no more. I will run a waiting list. If you are considering it because you are not sure, email me....

Start Your Agile Project Right and Coaching Master Class in London, May 16 and 17, 2013

I am going to be in London, May 16 and 17, 2013. I am offering two interactive public workshops, one on starting your agile project right, and a master class on coaching. See the detailed syllabus and signup page for Starting Your Agile Project and Coaching Master Class here. The syllabus for Starting Your Agile Project Right on May 16, 2013 is: Introductions Chartering a project (vision and release criteria) Working with sponsors to define the tradeoffs Iterations, kanban, or both? Create boards for maximum transparency What to measure Wrap-up and summary The syllabus for the Coaching Master Class on May 17, 2013 is: Introductions Simulation What is coaching? How to coach Explore coaching stances Implementing coaching Wrap-up and summary The workshops will be held in the Clerkenwell area of London. I expect to finalize the location within a day or so. I hope that if you are in the UK, you will join me. If you have questions, please email...

Public Workshop, Transitioning to Agile, in Stockholm, May 28-29

I’m offering a public workshop about Transitioning to Agile in Stockholm, May 28-29, 2012, in English. Developers’ lives change when you transition to agile. Product owners’ lives change. Managers lives’ change. The organization’s culture changes. And, when a project and an organization transitions to agile, the testers and test managers lives’ change, too. Through our debriefs, we will address these topics in the workshop: Managing legacy test technical debt (what do you do with the tests that are useful but not automated?) How do you change your idea of where you fit in the project? How do you change others’ idea of where you fit in the project and the organization? What does a test manager do? How do you know a product is ready for release? Or, when is a project over? How do the testers “keep up” with the developers? (It’s easy. You will experience how. Easy, peasy.) Why is this especially for test-type people and project manager-type people? Not because I don’t like developers; I do! In many ways, the testers, project managers, and business analysts, the “not-developers” from more traditional projects have a very difficult transition. They may never have thought of themselves as product developers before. In agile, we ask them to think of themselves as such. Making the transition, and maintaining the transition can be a challenge. I can help. Here are some slideshare.net resources you might find useful: QA or Test? Does it Matter? You Bet it Does! Agile Testers and Test Management Overcoming some Pitfalls of Transitioning to Agile Some articles you might like: Transitioning to Agile Testing Agile Managers: The...

Public Project Portfolio Management Workshops in Sao Paulo and Stockholm

I’m offering public project portfolio management workshops in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 8-9, partnering with Adaptworks. I will be speaking in English. This is a full 2-day workshop. On May 30, I will be in Stockholm, offering a special one-day version of the workshop, partnering with Citerus. I will also be speaking in English here. Here are some resources you might find useful: The interview Shane Hastie did with me on InfoQ. My Oredev 2011 session about Agile Portfolio Planning My original slideshare presentation about the agile project portfolio Some articles you might like: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions Selecting a Ranking Method for Your Project Portfolio Always Ask the Zeroth Question About Your Projects Are You Being Guilted Into Doing More? There are more articles at my articles page. Please do poke around. I would love to see you at the Brazil workshop if you are in South America, or at the Stockholm workshop if you are in Europe. Please do sign up....