See Pam Stanton’s presentation on Relationship Project Management here.
Pam Stanton speaking on Understanding the Human Part of the Gantt Chart to Lead Teams to Victory
“Project Managers [often] take the body blow for failed projects.”
“Human Behavior is Not a Work Breakdown Structure!”
Find more about Janet Bartz and Jane Shellum talking about Agile and Lean.
See more of Manoj Vadakkan talking on Agile Estimation.
See more of Susan Block talking about Making the Leap to Agile Requirements
This panel session is meant to be a discussion and John McGuthry and David King are here so that all of us, the audience can learn from what they have to say.
Let me remind you of the over arching theme of this conference: To learn about the skillsets you need to succeed in work and your profession.
The questions I’ll be asking John and David:
[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.
Susan Cramm speaking on The Future of IT Isn’t What It Used to Be
“There are challenges of the new normal.”
“We don’t know who your competitors are. We have a dramatic need for innovation.”
“Too little, too late, too much.”
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
It’s been a full day of fun, meeting with tons of people who are very interested in Agile practices, as well as listening to some very cool speakers:
The day didn’t start out perfect though, but thats fine. If I were to rate it, I would give it a 9.5/10. Why not a perfect? No internet.
“Core of Agile is resurfacing and advocating business value.” – Susan Block
“It’s ok to do Agile with a little “a” try things if they work or throw them out. Only use pieces that work or provide value.” – Jane Shellum
“Be open to what the teams are saying. They come up with great ideas on how to do things.” – Pam Johnson
“Make it ok to fail.” – Janet Bartz
“If a problem arises, ask the team.” – Dave Grabel
“Be Agile, don’t just use Agile.” – Manoj Vadakkan
Pam Johnson works with Scripps Networks Interactive (www.foodnetwork.com, www.cookingchanneltv.com, www.hgtv.com, www.travelchannel.com) and they have been doing Agile for 3 years with 30+ development teams.
We especially like their Agile team names, including: The Rock, The Regulators, The Force, The Ninjaneers. Awesome.
Pam describes a well understood and fully functional Agile enterprise. A very good example of how Agile is done successfully in a large organization with many teams.
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
World Cafe is a great discussion time to dialogue about various Agile topics.
This is a very interesting exercise that revolves around a deep dive into these topics.
I joined the Making the Business Case for Selling Agile
Some interesting take-aways from our discussion.
Dave is a “recovering command & control manager!” Nice to see a little bit of transparency in the beginning. Before Agile Dave lead effective waterfall processes. So what is the reason to go to Agile?
“Change was impossible midstream.”
A Tale of Two Projects – Flipping the Agile Manifesto
Two projects that Dave is working on use Scrum, but not completely.
- Project A was a project team of 25 people converting classic ASP to ASP.net offshore. – Successful project.
- Project B was a project team of 150 people doing over 1000 Visual FoxPro screens converted to JSP web pages using BEA web portal offshore. – Failed project.
“Agile can be wrong, but it should only be wrong for two weeks. Because you retrospect every iteration.”
- We will learn about Susan’s transition from waterfall to Agile as an Agile business analyst
- Understand the differences for the requirements approach on an Agile project.
- Integrate best practices on an Agile project.
The Vanguard Group went Agile to shorten implementation cycle and to deliver most valuable features first. Makes sense to us, a great reason to go Agile!
Agile for Vanguard Group is:
“Better, Faster, Cheaper.”
There was a Time Before Agile:
- Before Agile most shops “gathered” requirements from the beginning of the process
- Requirements sign-off was always a moving target.
- Iterative development was always at the end.
- To solve all these problems we needed “Heroes” who could deliver what the customer really wanted, but they would always get burnt out.
- UAT usually was an afterthought and usually left behind in the development process and estimation was done long before the work was even initiated.
“The actual work always took longer to do than estimated.”
Day 1 – Agile Summit
Presider: Ellen Gottesdiener
This Agile Summit is all about the practitioners who are sharing their experiences with transition to Agile.
- Speaker – Manoj Vadakkan – Agile Project Management Estimation and Planning
- Speaker – Pam Johnson – Leading Agile Self-Oriented Teams
- Speaker – Dave Grabel – Globally Distributed Agile projects
- Speaker – Susan Block – Making a Leap to Agile Requirements
- Speaker – Janet Bartz – Using Agile and Lean
- Speaker – Jane Shellum – Using Agile and Lean
Day 1 – AGILE SUMMIT
Agile Scout is on the scene at the Agile Summit at Project World & World Congress for Business Analysts. We’ll be keeping you up to date with the latest news, musings, and ideas from the many speakers that we’re excited to hear from. Stay tuned!
Check out the slides (in advance) below:
We’re glad to be here. If you’re looking for a full line up of what’s in store, check out the full speaker bio list below:
This is going to be a great event. Remember if you haven’t entered into our iPad contest yet, best get on it!
Signed, sealed, and set up to blog straight from the Project World & World Congress for Business Analysis Conference coming up this November 8-10th.
You can go straight to the PW&WCBA blog site here. *Update: They took our announcement post down*
Get excited. If you’ll be there, make sure to stop by the Agile Scout table to win some free swag or an Apple iPad 16gig.
We’re sad to report that Agile Scout cannot make the Scrum Alliance Amsterdam conference coming up. It’s right after our jam-packed World Congress and Project World for Business Analysis conference that we’re live-blogging from.
Too bad because we were chosen for a Lighting Talk! Maybe next time.
But, it does give us the opportunity to reach out to the Agile community!
If you are going to be attending and would love to help Agile Scout be there in spirit, let’s have a conversation! Email us at: help [at] agilescout [dot] com.
We’re excited about the ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts conference coming up. We have a schedule of keynote speakers we’ll be attending as well as the track sessions we’ll be live-blogging from.
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…
If you’re going, make sure to check us out!
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 wish we could have joined too, but scheduling conflicts happen.
So who’s going?
We’ve logged it on our calendars and prepping our gear for the Project World & World Congress for Business Analysts coming up November 8-10th. Again, we’re excited to be the Guest Blogger for this event and have a ton of work to do to prep for it.
Make sure you check out our post on what you can expect from Agile Scout for this upcoming conference!
We’ve just about finished up our decisions on which Track Sessions we want to attend. Below is our list. Get ready!
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.
We’re proud to announce that we’ve been chosen to be the Guest Blogger for the ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts this November in Orlando, FL.
The conference is an executive-level conference for project managers and business analysts with an Agile Summit that Agile Scout will be a part of! You can go to the pwwcba.blogspot.com blog for more event information with the Agenda here.
We’re very excited about this opportunity and will be blogging live about the conference during both days.
Want to see the track session speakers? Check it out here.
What can you expect from Agile Scout?
- Live blog feeds of the speakers
- Live photos and potential reviews of new stuff (products?)
- Interviews with some of the movers and shakers of the conference
- Play by Play of the day’s activities