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6 Tips for Improved Agile Scheduling schedule management Jan 24, 2021

The definition of a project includes having a start and an end date, making a project a temporary endeavor.  Even though more flexibility is required for agile projects, senior management may still have an expectation of some form of high level schedule so other projects in the organization...

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5 Ways Agile Enhances Customer Satisfaction and Engagement stakeholder management Jan 17, 2021

While agile methods may not fit every project, every project that uses agile automatically gets a boost in customer experience, satisfaction, and engagement.  This is a substantial benefit that most businesses crave!  Check out these  6 ways that agile, if done correctly, can...

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6 Tips for Improved Agile Estimates scope management Jan 10, 2021

Let's face it.  Estimation is a necessary evil for all projects.  Having good estimates helps to mitigate time and cost risks and better enables us to deliver successful projects.  While the agile environment may have more flexibility, most organizations cannot tolerate...

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5 Things Effective Project Managers Do for the New Year project integration management Jan 03, 2021

2020 has certainly been a year to be remembered, and perhaps maybe forgotten.  It has created new working habits and patterns that are likely to stay with us for years to come.  Some with online business models remain largely unaffected.  Others have had to scramble and get quickly...

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Agile New Year project integration management Dec 27, 2020

I'm dreaming of an agile New Year
Just like the teams I used to know.
Where the backlogs glisten
And product owners listen
To hear improvement in the retro, oh, the retro.

I said I'm dreaming of an agile New Year
With every user story I write.
May your stand-ups be merry and hustle
And may all...

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4 Variations of User Stories Agile Project Managers Should Know scope management Dec 20, 2020

As an agile project manager, you may need to conduct requirements elicitation or work with a BA team that performs elicitation.  Either way, you will need some familiarity with the common forms of agile requirements.  As with all projects, requirements are an important element for...

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The 4Cs of Accountability for Agile Project Managers project integration management resource management Dec 13, 2020

Holding the project team and others accountable for completing their work is an important skill for a project manager.  It is especially important for agile and other less traditional project management methods where the team is largely self-organizing and self-managing.

To help the agile...

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8 Tips for Project Managers Transitioning to Agile project integration management scope management Dec 06, 2020

With a growing number of organizations shifting to agile methods for projects, those in the traditional project management role may want to consider how to transition from predictive to agile projects.  In the future, the best project managers will operate more flexibly and manage projects...

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5 Tips for Effective Sprint Planning cost management schedule management scope management Nov 29, 2020

Effective sprint planning is essential for the success of any agile project.  The agile project manager should ensure every iteration delivers the highest possible value to customers to stay true to agile values.  Without effective planning, the team will not start the sprint with a...

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10 Forms of Agile Waste to Avoid project integration management Nov 22, 2020

"We've got three R's we're going to talk about today
We've got to learn to
Reduce, reuse, recycle"

- Jack Johnson

While often thought of as a "lean" process, agile projects can be full of waste. This waste can lead to increased project time and cost, lower productivity, and a failure to deliver...

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Fine Tune User Stories with MoSCoW scope management Nov 15, 2020

By nature, agile requirements are considered "lighter." With requirements often taking the form of user stories recorded in a product backlog, some requirements may become obsolete as the project progresses.

To avoid the waste of implementing unnecessary or lower priority requirements,...

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4 Critical Agile Events project integration management Nov 08, 2020

Most agile projects rely on iterations; typically three week periods sometimes referred to as sprints.  Each sprint incorporates four agile events, formerly referred to as ceremonies, that help keep the project on track.  One event is scheduled daily, and the remainder is at the end of...

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