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Always Looking Ahead

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I’m always looking ahead to the next planning or the next estimating meeting. I teach this behavior to my clients whenever I’m coaching a new ScrumMaster or Product Owner. I start off by involving them in what I’m doing, showing what needs to be done and by explaining my thinking. The teaching is very experiential, yet incomplete in […]

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Digital PM Summit 2015 – An Agile Retrospective – Summary Report

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Background Earlier this week in Philadelphia, 300+ Digital Project Managers gathered for the 2015 Digital PM Summit. This is a two-day event focused on PMs who work in Digital Agencies. I was fortunate enough to be invited to present at the conference and the workshop I led was called, “A Digital PM Agile Retrospective”. My intent […]

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This Year’s Model – Hybrids

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Recently new models have began to emerge for how different organizations, especially larger, legacy organizations are approaching managing their projects, programs and portfolios. Over the next few posts I will be highlighting key aspects of a few of these “new” models, while pointing out key differences. I am also hoping to record a few podcasts on […]

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Personal Agility Canvas

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  Introduction A few years ago I was at an Agile conference standing around with a bunch of CSTs and CSCs and one of the CSTs said: “The other day in class, this guy asked me if he was Agile enough… can you believe that? What a stupid question. Who would ask something like that?” […]

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Estimating Placeholder Stories is a Bad Practice

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Placeholder stories, in general, are a bad idea. Estimating placeholder stories to reserve capacity or to get credit is a very bad idea. Define “Placeholder Stories” Of course, all stories are “placeholders for a conversation”, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I am also not talking about things like “Refactor the such-n-such class as we start work on […]

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