Agile and Lean Program Management is Done

I sent my newsletter, Scaling Agile and Lean to Programs to my subscribers yesterday. (Are you one of them? No? You should be!)

If you are trying to use agile for several projects that together deliver value (a program), you might be wondering what the “right” approach is. You’ve heard of frameworks. Some of them seem to be a bit heavy.

Instead of a framework, consider your context. You and your organization are unique. Do you have hardware to integrate into your product? Do you have agile and non-agile teams who are supposed to deliver? Are you trying to work in iterations and they don’t quite work at the problem-solving level?

Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the OrganizationYou have many choices. In Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization, I offer you options for how to think about and solve these and many other problems. The book is principle-based, not practice-based. That way, if you consider the principles, you’ll be in great shape, regardless of what you decide to do.

Please do check out the book. It’s available everywhere fine books are sold. (I love saying that even if it is passive voice!)

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  1. Walter Underwood

    Looks interesting, though I disagree that the sentence is in passive voice. It is an active voice sentence with a progressive tense verb.

    “It is published by Practical Ink” is the passive form of “Practical Ink publishes the book.”

    The verb “available” is intransitive, so you can’t convert it to passive. Passive swaps the subject and object. It doesn’t work to say “Everywhere availables the book”.

    Not a big deal, even Strunk & White gets passive voice wrong.

    I highly recommend “Style: Towards Clarity and Grace” by Joseph Williams for great advice on when the passive is more clear and graceful than other alternatives.

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    • johanna

      Walter, Hmm. Grammarly told me it was passive. Well, so much for trusting all online tools 🙂

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      • Walter Underwood

        Passive confuses nearly everyone, and it appears that grammarbots are people in that sense.

        Oddly, the idea isn’t complicated. Take an active sentence with a transitive verb, then swap the subject and object.

        Active: The robot polished the counter.
        Passive: The counter was polished by the robot.
        Progressive: The robot is polishing the counter. [most common mistake]

        The style advice is to always go from established information to new information. If we’ve been talking about al dente pasta, it might be better to say “The pasta is cooked by 180º water,” [passive] rather than “The 180º water cooks the pasta.” [active]

        Depending on whether the current topic is “deliverables” or “schedule”, you might gracefully use “The deliverables determine the schedule,” or “The schedule is determined by the deliverables.” One is active and one is passive, but both are correct in context.

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        • johanna

          Thanks, Walter.

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