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The Art of Letting Go

- by Andy Jordan

In business environments that demand rapid response and adapting, leaders need decision-makers throughout the organization. But trading control for agility requires even more leadership skills. Here are ideas and actions to diversify and accelerate the decision-making process, which will improve short- and long-term performance.

5 Lessons on the Road to Agile

- by Andrew Makar, PMP

There is a big difference between being “book” Agile and actually practicing Agile in the work world. For those who are just starting their Agile journeys, here are five helpful lessons learned from an IT team that successfully brought Agile practices in-house and moved from a production-support mindset to a product-focused one.

The PMO Symposium® Experience

- by Robert Bulger

The 2016 PMO Symposium® focused on benefits realization, coinciding with PMI's annual update to its Thought Leadership Series on the same topic. In this article, a speaker shares his thoughts from the successful event.

Building An Integrated Roadmap

- by Keith Duncan

By bridging strategy with project and portfolio management, integrated roadmaps help organizations make decisions that align with long-term goals and deliver more significant innovation, from NPD to IT efforts. This five-step guide to building a roadmap covers needs and drivers, products and capabilities, delivery gaps, and resource opportunities.

A Lead Role in Software Success

- by Don Beckett

When organizations base their decisions on desires instead of data, it usually backfires. Here are four important actions that executives, PMO directors and program leaders can take to improve the predictability and success rate of their software development and enhancement projects.

The Product Pivot

- by Steve Blue

Organizations that can’t adopt and adapt to new technologies are going to be pushed aside by others that can. It’s called a product pivot, and it’s less about the specific technology being launched and more about managing the associated changes it introduces.

4 Duties for Agile Managers

- by Bart Gerardi

Managers in agile organizations remain not only relevant but critical to supporting high-performing initiatives. They recruit and construct teams, gather and provide feedback, guide career paths, and coach results. If a manager isn’t engaged in these areas, it’s likely no one is, and the team will eventually suffer.

3 Keys to Benefits Realization

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Few organizations reports a high degree of benefits realization management maturity, but those that do have a significant edge in achieving goals and business intent, according to a new report from the Project Management Institute. Here are the actions they take.

5 Ways Agile Needs Managers

- by Bart Gerardi

Organizations that see Agile as a way to remove a layer of management are either missing the point or at risk of missing a huge opportunity. Specifically, the role of a software development manager takes on a different and often more important role in an Agile framework.

PM Tool Evaluation Matrix

- by Elizabeth Harrin

When assessing and comparing technology solutions to support your project management efforts, a wide range of potential features must be weighted and rated, along with vendor fit and cost. Use and customize this software evaluation matrix to guide your selection process.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

Beth Spriggs

Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
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Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
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Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
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Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
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BLOGS

Saving Christmas with Scrum

Posted by Dave Prior

Christmas is just around the corner and that means that Kim Brainard is VERY busy. In addition to her day job, her volunteer work as the co-chair of the upcoming 2017 Scrum Gathering, Kim is the found...
Posted in: The Reluctant Agilist


Being Agile vs. Doing Agile

Posted by Dave Prior

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