woensdag 29 juni 2011

Lean, Scrum & PMI go hand in hand

At least for me personally. This week I got feedback on my proposals for both the leankanban2011 event and the PMI Benelux day! They both accepted my talks.
  • So on Saturday, 1/10/2011, I'll be presenting my case on 'challenges of introducing Scrum in corporate environments' on the PMI Benelux day.
  • And on Monday, 03/10/2011, I'll be talking on setting up a lean / agile organization, a testimonial from the Belgian trenches.
 I'm willing to give some sneak previews. Just contact me and I'll answer all your questions (the Scrum, Kanban, lean, PMI related ones... of course ;-)); or follow my future blog posts.

Below you'll find a link to the event websites:

donderdag 23 juni 2011

Risk Management, I do it my way

Risk management is not one of my favourite aspects of project management. However it is one of the most important ones to ensure that your project stays on track and deliver what is required, within the budget that you receive and the time constraints that are set by the stakeholders;

In this blog post I explain how I tackle risk management in my projects without spending too much effort on it

woensdag 15 juni 2011

Done, 'Really Done', 'Done Done' ...

It's quite a common practice in agile or scrum teams to have a Definition of Done. However many teams (especially project teams in larger organizations) define their DoD in their 'political' context within their boundaries of control. This probably makes sense but often these DoD are not "complete" enough to immediately offer the completed stories to the customers. And that is why extra statuses or definitions of done are created and why terms like 'done done’, 'really done' exist. I've created another one: DoRR

Definition of Ready for Release; it helped me a lot in bigger projects in complex corporate environments where the DoD of the agile teams was not sufficient.

woensdag 27 april 2011

Moving to SaaS and lean / agile organization mode...!

For one of our products (pmScrum) we've implemented recently the infrastructure and processes to offer and promote it via the SaaS model.

You can now try out the product via a demo site (click here to start) and we have a free subscription model available to evaluate our product more thoroughly.

Setting up the website was easy, but the whole logistics behind it required actually lots of work and quite some business process re-engineering. And the good thing is that this triggered a movement in our company to do full monty Agile (mainly Scrum and a bit of Kanban) ;-)

I'll be posting our experiences on becoming a real lean and agile organization here and on our pmScrum blog

So follow me or bookmark the site, if you're interested to know what we do.


woensdag 6 april 2011

Feedback on previous talks

In February and March, I gave 2 talks about introducing scrum in corporate environments.
  • 1 for a group of experienced 'scrummers'
  • The other for a group of certified project managers (pmi pmp)
It was very interesting to see the difference in interests, questions, approaches of the two groups
I posted a little retrospective note on our company blog, including links to the slideware that was used during those talks.

Follow this link to read the details: http://www.pmscrum.com/blog/2011/04/retrospective-%E2%80%9Cchallenges-when-introducing-scrum-corporate-environments%E2%80%9D-talks

vrijdag 18 maart 2011

Governed Scrum

Last week I presented a talk on the PMI Belgium chapter event about "Challenges of introducing Scrum in corporate environments". You'll find the slideware of my talk here: http://www.pmscrum.com/pmi-slides-march9-2011

One of the hot topics in the chats I had with fellow project managers, during the reception after the event, was about the integration of Scrum projects in the corporation project portfolio reporting. According to these people that is one of the main show-stoppers of starting with agile project management (and Scrum) in big organizations.

It just happens to be that our products (pmprojectteam and pmscrum) perfectly support that :-)

If you want to know more about it; here is the blog post I wrote on this topic:

zondag 27 februari 2011

How do you convince sales executives to do Scrum

Here's another post on how you can convince management to start with Scrum or to do a specific project using Scrum or Agile methodologies.

This one is targeted to sales managers or marketing executives wanting to launch a product. The post describes how I managed to convinced them by showing them the difference in lead-time and pay-back periods between Scrum and classic (phased development) projects. Details can be found here:

A previous post (article on ScrumAlliance site) explains how we convinced our internal management to start with Scrum. If you're interested in more, click here: http://www.scrumalliance.org/articles/326-how-to-convince-your-cfo-to-use-scrum)

Let me know what you think and if it's useful for you or not.

vrijdag 4 februari 2011

The Scrum Pharaoh and Mysterious vibes

A teammember posted some super hilarious posts on our pmScrum blog a couple of days ago.

One about the origins of Scrum (mentioning Jeff, the Scrum Pharaoh):

Another on the strange things that happen inside our headquarters, more specifically in our agile development team:

To end the week on a funny note ...
Have a nice weekend.