Project Management Basics – Chapter 16 – Agile – Product Roadmap

“Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” Richard Cushing “A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” H. Stanley Judd The product roadmap is a recurring source of confusion for students aspiring to the Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. I believe it is because we describe the roadmap as a document that describes the vision and strategy, helps align

Project Management Basics – Chapter 15 – Agile Rituals – Shu Ha Ri

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” Bruce Lee “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle I first heard of Shu Ha Ri in an Aikido Dojo. I was taking Taekwondo under Master Choi in a small school in Augusta, GA. My friends and I were consumed by the sport for several years, training constantly and regularly competing in local tournaments. I was attending a tournament in Columbia, SC, where I m

Project Management Basics – Chapter 10 – Three Pillars of Agile

“Agile is to continue delivering, with quality; ASAP and AEAP; as soon as possible; as easily as possible.” Vikrmn: CA Vikram Verma, Agile Able: Project Management Simplified “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” Stephen Hawking Agile uses the iterative approach of repeating a series of structured development cycles where knowledge is gained about the final product, and an incremental approach by providing working software to the customer after each development cy

Agile and Waterfall Living in Harmony

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” Albert Einstein “Everything harmonizes with me, which is harmonious to thee, o Universe. Nothing for me is too early or too late, which is in due time for thee.” Marcus Aurelius I find it fascinating how people become attached to things. Old cars, t-shirts and boats are examples we are all familiar with. Several years ago, I was involved in a procurement focusing on a large data warehouse we were developing. I began the process by talki

Are you Waterfall? How passé!

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight D. Eisenhower Why do so many organizations rush to use Agile terms and processes when they haven’t analyzed their highest and most appropriate use within their ecosystem? For those unfortunate project managers whose senior leadership heard about Agile once and now believe that it is the wave of the futur

Are You Agile? Gosh, I hope not!

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” Friedrich Nietzsche “Agile” is one of those terms in project management that will incite a passionate response from even the most grizzled and jaded project manager. In fact, some of the most vocal criti

Training, Training, Training!!

“A captain of the Navy ought to be a man of strong and well connected sense, with a tolerable good education, a gentleman, as well as a seaman both in theory and practice.” John Paul Jones “I had acquired the skills to sail a ship; I didn't acquire the knowledge.” Tom Holland Within a span of 90 days in the summer of 2017, two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers suffered separate collisions with merchant vessels under routine conditions while underway, resulting