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What types of projects can Agile be applied to?

Types of projects that may suit Agile? Many people are understandably asking this question – “what kinds of projects can Agile be applied to”? The single biggest difference between being able to use Agile or a more Waterfall approach is the ability to be able to define, develop and formally release end products (i.e. project deliverables) sequentially and incrementally.  If this is not possible, it may be that incremental development (and hence the core of Agile) ...
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What is Agile Project Management? Slideshare Presentation

  Slideshare Agile Presentation: We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: What is Agile Project Management. It describes: the difference between traditional and Agile project management. the key elements of Agile how Agile works the benefits of using Agile the most common mistakes using Agile the type of projects where you may be able to use Agile. Please feel free to share this presentation - it is free to use for all but may ...
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Is Agile any good, bad or just a religion?

  Agile really divides opinions: There are huge debates across the Internet, including many angry ones, about whether Agile works, is good or not, and even if it is a 'religion' (as preached by the 'Agile zealots') or as some even put it, is 'total crap'. When Project Management was first introduced, words like religion were used then. It was like an "act of faith", as a few core people believed in its capacity to ...
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Why Opportunity in projects should never be called ‘Risk’!

Why this really makes no sense at all - and can even be very damaging: Something has crept into project management texts on both sides of the pond in recent times, (although PMBoK®  from PMI has recently reversed this – see footnote). It's the practice of classifying opportunity as ‘positive risk’ and trying to manage them via a single process.  This bothers me, a lot and here’s why. Project risk management is an important and poorly ...
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What makes a great project manager?

What makes them successful? There are many blog posts and discussions on 'what makes a great project manager'. It's a question you could write a book on. Here we are summarising a few important ideas, observations and experiences. Firstly, let's deal with one point that gets us absolutely nowhere! Places like Linkedin abound with questions like "what is the single most important quality of a great project manager".  There is no one such thing.  It's a pointless ...
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The Challenge of Virtual Project Teams

Virtual teams bring their own specific challenges: Many organisations are needing to or wanting to deliver projects today via virtual project teams. Business activity requires this, given the global nature of projects and the various parties and partners who can be involved in any given project.  The way we all work today, with a heavy use of the Internet also encourages or enables this. Despite this, there are some major challenges for virtual teams that more 'co-located' ...
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The Challenge of Project Management Lessons Learned

  So how successful are current methods? There is much written about the need to do 'Lessons Learned' on projects. Most of this focuses on having a single meeting or similar to discuss the items that are worthy of capture under this heading.  There is often little, if not even nil discussion about how 'we' in business actually make use of this information, in other words make sure that at least the negative side of what is ...
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Project Risk Assessment: worked example on Slideshare

  We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: Project Risk Assessment  Worked Example. Some key notes on the above: it only covers the stage of conducting a qualitative assessment of a collection of project risks - it does not cover risk identification or risk management planning. it contains important hints and tips and things to avoid which are common mistakes made when people first do this. it contains some important notes on proper and improper ...
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Earned Value Management: Worked Example – on Slideshare

  We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: Earned Value Management Worked Example. Some key notes on the above: it is intended to give those who are new to the topic a simple overview of the concept and working of EVM - it is deliberately kept simple to ensure it is easy to follow. it deliberately contains one form of calculation of EV that we favour, which is called the 0/100 method. Using this ...
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When you don’t have a plan, do you have a project?

  Or maybe you have what many people call the 'happy plan' It has been a long held view among most of the PM community that if you have a project, it is a good thing to have a plan, and most experienced project managers would agree with that.  However, when you look at the evidence around a decent sample of real projects, to answer the question as to whether a good plan exists, the results might ...
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Earned Value Management (EVM) and Objectivity

What is this and why is it so important? Earned value management is a sound management concept that has existed for decades, but it often struggles in terms of credibility for a number of reasons.  Many  of those reasons relate to the manner in which it is implemented, and by that we mean the methods and processes that underpin the development of the data.  To extend this comment further, one such example is the methods by which ...
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Can you combine Agile with Prince2 ®/ MSP? ®

Or perhaps the question is, why on earth would you want to? There are people claiming that Agile can be combined with Prince2 ®.  While we are not saying this is impossible, our view is that the approaches are quite simply incompatible and others warn this is more like mixing oil and water. I am not alone in this view. Mike Bracken, the Executive Director of "Digital in the Cabinet Office", and head of the UK Government Digital Service ...
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