Stephen Hoogerwerf, PMP

The Agile Mindset and its Importance to Running a Successful Project

What is an Agile Mindset? The Agile mindset is the ability and willingness to be flexible, adaptive, and open-minded when it comes to project management. An Agile mindset allows for a quick response to change and embraces the need for change to achieve the project’s goal. Remember that it’s important to have an Agile mindset …

Stephen Hoogerwerf, PMP

4 Important Kanban Principles to Remember When Leading an Agile Team

What is Kanban? Kanban is a method developed by industrial engineer, Taichii Ohno, who inspired lean manufacturing at Toyota Production System. It is a visual system that uses cards or boards to monitor work items more easily, while also providing insights into the progress made at each stage of work. Kanban boards can be used …

Stephen Hoogerwerf, PMP

New Scrum Guide for Certified ScrumMasters

The New Scrum Guide

On November 18th, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber released a new version of the Scrum Guide – the definitive source for Scrum.  While there are a number of people who have done comprehensive reviews of the changes and debated in excruciating detail the meaning behind each of these changes (see this article by Johnannes Geske for a side-by-side comparison), …

Erin Aldridge, PMP, PMI-ACP, & CSPO

User Story in Project Management

Put the User First: True Value of a User Story

In marketing, best practice is to understand your customer to make an emotional connection leading to brand loyalty. In sales, the customer relationship is paramount; lose that trust and you lose business. In project management, the customer’s needs should be paramount, but sadly are often lost in the cacophony of voices from various stakeholders. Project …

Megan Bell

Erin Aldridge, PMP, PMI-ACP, & CSPO

A Pilot Project Is Not Always the Best Way to Start Your Agile Journey

A Pilot Project Is Not Always the Best Way to Start Your Agile Journey

Many of us would agree that when you are trying to implement a large change, start small. Just as it is easier to swallow a small pill than a huge one, the ability to adopt and sustain change is often simpler when the change involves baby steps. This approach of small incremental changes applies to …

Erin Aldridge, PMP, PMI-ACP, & CSPO

Kiron Bondale

Integrating Agile

Think Top-Down and Bottom-Up for Agile Transformations

A question that I’m asked regularly during my classes is what the best place is to start agile transformations within a company? Given a choice, I’d prefer to use the cop-out (but correct) answer “It depends”, but otherwise I usually respond that you’d want to do both a top-down and bottom-up approach simultaneously. Download the …

Erin Aldridge, PMP, PMI-ACP, & CSPO