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Posted by Marc Nevins
10/03/17 19:34

Hello again from Cake and our Project Management Team.  Another week in the Agile world sees the twenty-fourth edition of “This Week in #Agile”, with this week’s findings looking into Change, how it is applied in an Agile environment and how it impacts both individuals and organisations.

Posted by Marc Nevins
03/03/17 10:55

Hello again from Cake and our Project Management Team.  Another week in the agile world sees the twenty-third edition of “This Week in #Agile”, with this week’s findings looking into Risk Management, whilst also offering a handy perspective of what you can do if a project goes wrong, and also how to better identify where you are in regards to progress:

Posted by Marc Nevins
10/02/17 13:59

Hello again from Cake and our Project Management Team. Another week in the agile world sees the twentieth edition of “This Week in #Agile”, with this week’s findings looking at Stakeholder Management, Client Management and Communication.

Posted by Marc Nevins
03/02/17 11:59

 

Hello again from Cake and our Project Management Team. Another week in the agile world sees the nineteenth edition of “This Week in #Agile”, with this week’s findings targeting culture, team working and possible ways to help with project improvement!

Yassal Sundman’s article on "How to set role expectations and working agreements" details how to run a short and effective workshop that can address conflict in teams regarding expectations, unspoken policies and disagreements. Yassal states that conflicts in teams about how to work are common, and she recognises that you can’t avoid all conflicts, but, according to her,  you can help teams by explicitly defining the roles and working agreements.  Yassal’s  workshop seems very easy to implement and may be very useful to teams that are experiencing conflict at present.    

After reading Christopher Moss’s article regarding "Helping distributed teams work", I realised how fortunate I am to work with my current team who are geographically dispersed over 4 different time-zones and thousands of miles, with us remaining a very effective team!  Christopher highlights some very pertinent points, in particular the use of tools whilst retaining an agile culture, the importance of good communication and why sprint retrospectives are invaluable.   

"Skills and qualities needed for remote work" is another useful course posted on LinkedIn Learning (If you don’t have membership rights already, you can start a free 30 day trial and see if the latter’s worth subscribing to afterwards). Whilst this course details the desirable attributes that hiring managers are seeking from candidates who are seeking remote working posts; I think it is also a very useful checklist for people who are currently occupying such positions.  I work from home regularly, and certainly find many of the points raised in this course very pertinent.

Susan Madsen’s article regarding "7 Ways to Improve Project Tracking" includes a handy check-list of questions that you may find are a useful addition to sprint retros and general planning.  Sometimes it’s easy to be totally immersed in the immediate concerns of the project, whilst neglecting the big picture and not taking a helicopter view, as Susan describes.

Bob McGannon’s course regarding "Rescuing Troubled Projects" may provide a lifeline to PM’s who are currently experiencing project troubles? With time being a constant adversary of most PM’s, this short and very well outlined course might be worth viewing in a locked office, amidst the chaos, and may provide some worthy enlightenment. Hopefully Bob’s course helps!

Hopefully you’ve found these articles useful, particularly in regards to the subjects of culture, teamwork and communication. As shall continue to be the case with this weekly blog on all things agile and Project Management, if you write a blog or read an article that you would like to be included, feel free to contact me either via email - marcn@cakesolutions.net -  or twitter - @Nevins_Marc - and we can try and include it in a future edition!

This week’s image is the one utilised by Christopher Moss and illustrates, in a clever and simplified manner, the pitfalls of remote working and poor communication.  That’s my take on it, what do you think?

 

 

 

Posted by Marc Nevins
27/01/17 09:00

A big hello from Cake and our Project Management Team. Another week in the agile world sees the eighteenth edition of “This Week in #Agile”. Our PM team continues to scour the web and read through your blogs and articles. Here are a handful that we found to be most interesting and which we would like to share with you today, along with our brief thoughts on them.

Posted by Marc Nevins
13/01/17 09:54

A big hello from Cake and our Project Management Team. Another week in the Agile world sees the sixteenth edition of “This Week in #Agile”. Our PM team continues to scour the web and read through your blogs and articles. Here are handful of interesting articles that we would like to share with you today, along with our brief thoughts on them.

Posted by Marc Nevins
06/01/17 14:17

A big hello from Cake and our Project Management Team. Another week in the agile world and the fifteenth edition and first edition for 2017 of “This Week in #Agile”. Our PM team continues to scour the web and read through your blogs and articles. Here are a handful of articles that we found to be most interesting and that we would like to share with you today, along with our brief thoughts on them.

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