Jesse Fewell

Innovation. Collaboration. Agility.

Agile experts say the stupidest things

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012

Agile experts say the stupidest things

It drives me crazy. I heard an agile consultant this week say, “We’re trying to force the client to track progress they way we want her to”. Really? Good luck with that. People tell me over and over the things self-appointed agile experts have said, and when you think about it, not only do they violate the spirit of the agile movement, they just sound silly. Tell me if you’ve heard one of these...

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How to Succeed With Fixed Price Agile Projects

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012

How to Succeed With Fixed Price Agile Projects

My “Fixed Price Agile Projects” talk has been getting some traction. Originally broadcast by the PMI Agile Community of Practice, it’s recently been picked up by PMI as part of their On-Demand Webinar series. It’s a free download for PMI members, but in case you’re not a member, I’ve posted the slides below. Meanwhile, I’ll be presenting the talk in...

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Want successful projects? Do less work

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

Want successful projects? Do less work

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You’ve been handed a project charter, a detailed requirements document, an unrealistic plan — and a mandate to be successful. Then, as a dutiful project manager, you simply accept the unreasonable, and march forward to inevitable disaster. An agile approach calls for a different idea: replan. Find a new path that involves the shortest distance between...

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Big Agile: It’s not just for small projects anymore

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012

Big Agile: It’s not just for small projects anymore

One of the stereotypes for agile approaches is that they only work for small projects. Ten or 15 years ago that might have been the case, but things are vastly different today. Agile techniques now are used as part of the day-to-day project operations of major organizations around the world. Over the last two years, e-commerce giant Tesco.com has implemented agile approaches across all its...

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Yes, I Am Writing a PMI-ACP Exam Book

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011

I’m excited to announce that I’m writing a book to help agile practitioners earn the new PMI-ACP agile certification. 4 years ago, I started by helping PMI launch the Agile Community of Practice. Then 2 years ago, I worked with some great experts on building the certification program. Now, this book is the next step in my journey to encourage project leaders to grow in their...

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