Liz Kislik November 19, 2020 Three times in the last nine months, senior executives from different organizations have complained to me that the initiatives they’re interested in aren’t progressing. Of course, it’s a stressful time for everyone, and meetings on Zoom aren’t as good as whiteboard meetings in real conference rooms and serendipitous catchups … Continue reading Leaders, Do You Need Help to Be Sure Your Projects Are on Track?
Engelina Jaspers November 14, 2020 Willgard / Pixabay One of the key lessons of 2020 is the need for companies, and individuals, to become more resilient. Many organizations think they are resilient, but they are not. Research by McKinsey found that less than 10 percent of publicly traded companies pre-COVID were resilient. The lack of … Continue reading 5 Culprits that Destroy Agility – and How to Overcome Them
Anthony Mersino October 6, 2020 I’ve been writing about Disciplined Agile (DA) since PMI bought them in 2019, including my recent post about the confusion around PMI Agile Certifications. It turns out that my earlier predictions about the marriage of PMI and DA were mostly correct! On September 1, PMI announced their new approach for … Continue reading Are You Interested in Disciplined Agile?
Anthony Mersino September 30, 2020 Eighty percent of people who are using agile today use some flavor of the Scrum Framework. As you can imagine, there is a lot of variance in how Scrum is applied, and some people who use Scrum in ways that are not recognizable. People makeup rules and have had beliefs … Continue reading Debunking Popular Scrum Myths
Anthony Mersino September 22, 2020 I wrote before about bad Scrum and other abuse of the Scrum Framework. One of the common abuses that I see in organizations using Scrum is that they don’t properly use the 3 Scrum roles. To be effective, these three Scrum roles need to be implemented properly and protected. Like … Continue reading Using the Scrum Framework? Stay in your Lane
Anthony Mersino September 16, 2020 In our previous posts, we looked at What is Kanban and Why is it Used and Getting Started with Kanban. In Part 3, we are going to drill in on a few special topics: Limiting Work in Progress, Blocked Work Items, and Establishing Lanes of Service. 1. Limiting Work in … Continue reading Kanban Part 3 — WIP Limits, Blocked Items and Lanes of Service
Anthony Mersino September 10, 2020 This post is the second in a series on Kanban, a lightweight agile approach for organizing work. In our previous post we answered the question, what is Kanban and why do people use it. In this post, we are going to explore how to get started with Kanban. We have … Continue reading Kanban Part 2 – How to Get Started With Kanban
Karl Sakas September 5, 2020 Which team members should lead the custom scoping process at your agency? Wondering how to approach scoping at your agency? It’s an important decision—especially around choosing which team members lead the custom scoping process. When the right people “own” scoping, you set the stage for smooth and profitable delivery—and when … Continue reading Who Should Lead the Custom Scoping Process at Your Agency?
Anthony Mersino September 3, 2020 This post is first in a series about Kanban and how to get the most benefit from it. We will start with what Kanban is and explore why people use it. We will then look at to get started with Kanban and ultimately get the most benefit from the technique. … Continue reading Kanban Part 1 – What is Kanban and Why is it Used?
Anthony Mersino August 26, 2020 Agile approaches for estimating and forecasting are better than traditional approaches because they deliver better and more predictable results. Agile project forecasts are also easy to understand and easy to update because they are based on the team’s actual velocity. This is what I call a reality-based agile forecast. Traditional … Continue reading Creating Reality-Based Forecasts in Agile Projects