Project Managers are the Ultimate Intermediary

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Have you every noticed that as project managers we are always making promises based on other peoples promises. In a sense a project manager is the ultimate intermediary, always in the middle of every transaction. It is the very nature of our work we rely on others to accomplish the activities of our project. In … Read More

The Flavor of Agile Project Management

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We are all aware of the Project Management Institute’s five process groups; initiating planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Did you know that Agile Project Management has five process groups as well? According to Jim Highsmith it goes; envision, speculate, explore, adapt, and close. The first thing that you will notice about Highsmith’s list … Read More

The Daily Scrum – A Commentary from the Project Manager’s Perspective

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One of the most effective practices of the Scrum agile methodology is that of “the daily Scrum”. “The daily Scrum” is a fifteen minute, time-boxed, stand-up meeting typically held first thing in the morning. During the meeting the project manager (aka ScrumMaster) goes around the room and asks every team member three questions: “What did … Read More

Agile Secrets Revealed – A Whitepaper

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2009 was a challenging year; in response many companies have implemented Agile in order to achieve more efficient project delivery. To ensure that existing and new Agile teams are successful in 2010, The Braintrust Consulting Group believes it is important for us to reflect on the key reasons why Agile works. To learn 9 Reasons … Read More

Cross Functional, Self Directed Teams A How To

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Fundamental to all styles of Agile Project Management is the concept of self managed teams. In a self managed team environment each team member is allowed to choose not only their functional role, but also what activities to do and when. Fundamentally what you are doing is pushing decision making down to the team member … Read More