Jesse Fewell

Innovation. Collaboration. Agility.

A Tale of Two Teams

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010

This month’s PM Network Magazine features the latest installment of my “Agile Project Manager” column. You can read the column here (PMI Login Required). But In case you don’t have a PMI membership login, I’m posting the column below: One team flounders in the best of times while the other flourishes in the worst of times. I recently coached two project teams...

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Project Management as the Ultimate Calling

Posted by on Feb 12, 2010

A couple weeks ago, the PMI Washington DC hosted a webinar by Agile practitioner Joe Luttrell. The talk was call “Project Management: The Ultimate Calling?”, and it blew me away. You can download the slides, but they don’t convey the full essence of his story. What’s Happened Before Take a look at these facts: Granted, I took some liberty by adding in the the observations about the Agile...

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The 3 Secrets to Overcoming Office Politics

Posted by on Dec 7, 2009

We’ve all suffered it. Jane in the product design department is upset she didn’t get a budget increase, and Steve the Director of sales is upset she was promoted to VP sooner than he was, even though he had more tenure. Meanwhile, Todd the company’s chief counsel is so focused on limiting liability that Michelle the VP of Marketing feels stiffled in what she can do with a...

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Good is a Necessary Evil

Posted by on Apr 9, 2009

I was mulling over how our project team might get better at doing Agile / Scrum, and stumbled over two proverbs that capture the substance of our efforts: “Perfect is the enemy of good” – Voltaire and “Good is the enemy of Great” – Jim Collins When contemplating the truth embedded in these statements, I wondered if they could be mashed up to yield a new...

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Managing Life Using “Personal Scrum”

Posted by on Mar 10, 2009

Last night, Excella Consulting held its monthly Agile Center of Excellence meeting, where someone joked about using Scrum to manage life outside the office. At first glance, it might seem silly to plan a wedding or coordinate the kids’ after-school chores/soccer/science/music activities with daily stand-up meetings and a velocity chart. I mean, why go through all that overhead when you...

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