Looking ahead: Predictions for Project Management in 2014

December 9, 2013

Oooh, it’s dangerous to make predictions for the future, but I thought I’d give it a go. Project management seems to be changing quite a lot at the moment, and it certainly feels like over the last couple of years we have (finally) taken some leaps forward in thinking and, as a profession, deciding where […]

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Book Review: Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits

August 9, 2013

I was a volunteer. I lost count of how many hours of community service I donated over 13 years of providing first aid cover at school fetes, amateur dramatic theatre productions, Remembrance parades, or in teaching others. But I don’t volunteer any more. Instead, I have a standing order that pays an amount to charity […]

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How being customer-centric improves IT and project success

April 8, 2013

The video of me at Øredev speaking about how customer centricity improves success is available online on the conference website. It’s a presentation about the case study in the book I co-wrote with Phil Peplow last year, Customer-Centric Project Management, but it also includes an updated project case study and some material that didn’t appear […]

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5 Team structures for Agile teams

February 6, 2013

Catherine Powell, principal at Abakas, a Boston based firm, spoke about agile team structures at Øredev, the software development conference in Sweden at the end of last year. She provided 5 sample team structures as examples that we could use them putting together Agile project teams of our own. 1. Team generalist In this team, […]

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Video: Agile Awards 2012

November 7, 2012

In this video you’ll see the Agile Awards 2012 event in London and a couple of the awards being given out. Read more about the evening and the award winners here.

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And the winner is… UK Agile Awards 2012 winners

October 29, 2012

I attended the UK Agile Awards on Thursday night, which was a good evening. Master of Ceremonies comedian Steve Punt cracked an Agile joke during the first few minutes which went down well. There were 8 awards, and the winners were: Most Valuable Agile Innovation of 2012 Won by The 10 Second Build. This award […]

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Agile and Distributed Teams: research results

April 27, 2012

I’ve been working with ProjectsAtWork this year to research and analyse good practices for making Agile successful with distributed teams. Agile isn’t the first approach you would think of to manage a project with team members spread all over the world, but actually it is a really common approach. Why people use Agile with a […]

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PMI Launches Agile Certification

March 7, 2011

Agile techniques are increasingly important to project managers and the organizations they serve, and PMI hasn’t been blind to this fact. There was enough publicity about Agile at the Global Congress in Washington, D.C. last year that I don’t think it is much of a surprise the PMI has chosen to embrace agile practices and […]

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Book review: Agile Project Management: A Mandate for the 21st Century

January 10, 2011
Agile Project Management book cover

“[T]he time has come when we need to admit we (the program/project manager, business customer, product architect/designer, other stakeholders) do not know the solutions to the problems… and indeed, that “we” – our methods, our habits, our leadership styles, our assumptions – are part of the problem,” writes Karen R. J. White in her book, […]

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The 8 dangers of implementing Agile

November 24, 2010

As if adopting Agile wasn’t scary enough, Keith Richards from KRC talked about the 8 dangers of Agile at the APM conference last month. And here they are: It arrives bottom up “We don’t really want the techies taking over the organisation,” said Keith.  “This bottom up stuff is a bit dangerous.”  He made the […]

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