Live! from the PMI Global Conference in Chicago | Jesse Fewell

Live! from the PMI Global Conference in Chicago

By November 3, 2017Blog

I want to talk to you about what I think is a key moment

Hi everybody. Let me tell you where I am right now. We’re wrapping up the conference over here in the PMI Global Conference in Chicago. Wrapping it up after spending a weekend promoting the official formal launch of the Agile Practice Guide. Oh my gosh. It’s finally here. This is a huge moment.

Finally, finally what we have is a starting place for project managers who want to understand what this Agile business is about. And that starting point now, for the first time, is non-commercial, methodology agnostic, community authored, and done in collaboration with the Agile Alliance. The oldest and most credible organization associated with Agile methods. They started the whole thing, right?

This is so important because for so long, project managers have been overwhelmed, confused by all the different options out there, and having to filter out the commercial interest. And so now we have a really important starting point. That’s the key milestone.

We have some key messages

Message #1 is, Agile is a mindset

It’s a collection of approaches to work based on values and principles. Values like customer collaboration over contract negotiation. Values like a working product is the highest priority and the most important measure of success, as opposed to comprehensive documentation. I’d rather say that I’ve delivered 7 out of my 10 product features than, to say that I’m 70% done with planning.

Message #2, is that one size Agile does not fit all

Agile is a mindset based on values and because of that, one size Agile does not fit all. Every Agile team is unique. Every Agile project has a unique approach. And so that’s what is exciting, is that there’s a collection of techniques here that are pulled from a variety of different frameworks, but listed here for you to use and to tailor. In fact, one size does not fit all, means you need to figure out, how do I choose? And so there’s some tailoring considerations here.

And you need to figure out, am I using Agile for the right projects? And there’s some suitability filters. So for example, you may not want to choose frequent and delivery into an operational environment of a life critical pace maker, because if I’m a life critical pace maker and I’m kind of in a prototype mode, I might kill somebody. Isn’t it great that we have other techniques that we can add on top of that? And so those suitability filters allow us to pick and choose what makes sense.

So those are some key messages. And another key message for the project manager who is getting started, is go check this book out. It’s a really simple way to get going, and you can pick and choose. There’s a section in here about hybrid, and what does that mean. And what does it not mean.

There’s a section in here about the impact of an Agile environment to the PMO. And it turns out it does not mean fire the PMO. It means reframe and reform. Good conversations to have.

And if you’re an Agile champion, and a lot of this stuff is old hat to you, that’s great.

Hand it out. If you got project managers who tend to be the ones most confused and not totally onboard, in your perspective, then give this to them and say, “Hey, check this out. I got a couple of logos here that are totally credible, you might want to think about perusing it a little bit.” And if you’re an Agile champion, please, please, please, use the talking points around one size does not fit all, and Agile is a mindset. And then that way you can help further the conversation with the target audience of project managers.

I think you can tell, I’m kind of excited. We’ve been working on this for years, and the timing is just right based on the maturity of the Agile conversation in the industry, and based on where the practitioner base is wanting to have this kind of material.

I’m drinking coffee, so here’s a big toast to all the people that went into this, and let me be a part of it. So thank you to the universe and to the project management people, you know who you are. I encourage you to go check it out.

 

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