[Due to some personal reasons, Joey Fitts could not attend]
Leadership in People Make All the Difference
Great leaders listen seriously to the objections of others and pay attention to reasonable arguments. Because people naturally resist change, great leaders orient their people not only to expect change but to welcome it.
Look for good people in unlikely places!
Don’t look in the obvious places.
Look for the competency to perform well and the leadership ability to inspire others.
Do not hold their unconventional backgrounds against them.
Coming Together to Ensure Project Success – The joint collaboration between Project Management Institute (PMI) and International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA).
Kathleen describes the PM & BA definition of roles:
Project Manager – person assigned by the performing organization to achieve the project objectives
Business Analyst – practitioner who works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals
Janet and Jane come from two different areas of business for the Mayo Clinic. It’s the business and IT joining forces!
“When the business and IT partner together value can be derived through collaboration.” – Jane Shellum
The Mayo clinic employs several Agile techniques on their projects. The example project they discussed was the MayoExpert Project. Physicians face information overload on a daily basis, they needed a web-based support system for learning. The challenge, though, was that they needed to convince others to try something different than the (glacier) waterfall methodology.
“The waterfall methodology defers risk to the later stages of the project.” – Jane Shellum
Not only that, but we’ve been selected to moderate the IT Leadership Panel: The Skills You Need to Advance Your Career with David King and John McGuthry.
This should be a very fun time to learn from what some of the C-Level Executives have to say in regards to project management. We wonder whether we should ask some Agile software development questions…
The Scrum Alliance has finally posted their full program online here. It looks to be a very exciting event and we’re stoked about the keynotes, bare talks, and lighting talks, all looking very intriguing and useful for the event attendees.
There is (seemingly) still time to sign up and head on over there. It is Amsterdam after all. Flight tickets, though, may be on the pricey side.
We submitted a Lighting Talk for the Scrum Alliance Amsterdam conference coming up!
We got picked!Actually, we didn’t.
We can go!Actually, client work took priority.
We weren’t as much disappointed with not getting chosen as we weren’t able to go. We had some pretty fun plans scheduled out to meet some Agilists out in that part of the world who had offered to buy us a pint when we landed. How could we pass that up?!
Is there anyone out there that’s going and wouldn’t mind helping Agile Scout be there in spirit? Let us know. Let’s have a conversation!
Meeting online tweeps is very cool. There’s something special about meeting twitter-folk in real life. It’s just pure fun.
Agile Scout was at the latest TweetUp this past week and got to meet some very fine folk and we even were able to go to the Atlanta Catalyst 2010 conference and meet up with some of the very finest technology geeks running the backend of the conference (live blogging, live podcasts, live interviews, etc).
Reminds us of how important face-to-face interaction really is.
We also got to see how the technology-folk of this conference roll: SHOWER-STYLE.