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This Week in #Agile 05/03/2017

Posted by Sarah Nevett on 05/05/17 09:37

Hello again from Cake and our Project Management Team. This week in the Agile world sees the thirty-second edition of “This Week in #Agile”. This week we have a menagerie of articles for you.

“An Agile Hybrid Approach” created by The Agile Times

Many Practitioners and Project Managers look toward creating an Agile hybrid approach by doing a mish-mash of Waterfall with Agile methodologies.

This article looks at multiple Agile methodologies and how they can work with other to create a hybrid approach.

“This Cognitive Bias kills our ability to thrive in complexity” created by Peter Green of Agile For All

I was a Program Manager for over a decade, during which time I must have facilitated dozens of “project post-mortems”, a term that always bothered me, since during none of those projects had anyone died. One of the key “Lessons Learned” from nearly every post-mortem I facilitated was some variation on this sentiment: “We Should Have Planned Better”.

Peter writes about ‘Hindsight bias’, or the “I knew it all along effect”. I found this article absolutely fascinating!

Scrum Master Tips for Becoming a Better Scrum Mastercreated by Brian at Scrum 360

How else can we get better if we don’t take the time to examine how things are going, and try to make improvements?  That is, after all, one of the core Agile principles.

Brian recalls a recent Facebook Live Q&A event that he gave. One participant asked ‘Do you have any tips for being a better Scrum Master?” No matter how experienced we are, or how confident in our approach we may be, can any of us honestly say that we can't improve?

“Practicing Scrum” created by Jerry Doucet

So you’ve taken Scrum training, received your industry certification, and perhaps even experienced being a Scrum team member. In your heart you believe Scrum is the right tool and approach for you, and you believe your current organisation and your customers could really benefit from Scrum practices.

This article covers the core values and practices of the Scrum framework. Jerry describes how to put these practices to work, explaining from a theoretical perspective how to implement and apply the knowledge in real life.

“Maintaining transparency during difficult projects” created by Duration Driven

Project Management teams work hard to be transparent in their actions. They’re well aware that Stakeholders and the Executive team are watching each project, and sometimes outside partners and even the public may also be observing. This transparency occasionally encounters challenges but there are sure-fire strategies PMOs can use to stay on track and maintain clarity in every task, recommendation and decision they undertake.

As a Project Manager, one of our key skills is to orchestrate. We do this via communication, and without this, the team and Stakeholders could become misaligned. Information surrounding the project, whether that be meeting times or project news, must constantly be visible and communicated. If a project has hit a blocker, not addressing this with the team both internally and externally will only cause more issues.  

I came across this quote last night:

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy

I thought it encapsulated the reason we do this blog. We are Leaders, we encourage and we foster knowledge sharing, which is learning. Every week we learn something new, from these short articles we find new ways to do the things we do everyday, but more effectively. It allows us to challenge our own thinking and improve ourselves and also our colleagues.

Here at Cake we love catching up with people's opinions and articles, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have something to share. You can contact us via email on sarahn@cakesolutions.net or on twitter @sarahcnevett

Many thanks to agilepmsolutions for this week’s image.

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