Agile Management

The Agile Value Proposition

The Agile Value Proposition What is the value of Agile? Maybe you find yourself on a team that is using an Agile framework, such as Scrum. Maybe your team mutually decided to work in an Agile manner. Or maybe it has been prescribed by your management. Maybe you’re not very clear as to WHY your team …

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Career Development

Maybe You Need a Coach

Paul Cecala - Career Coach

(Photo:  Paul Cecala presenting at the PMINJ Career Fair on October 18, 2019) Maybe You Need a Coach Are you feeling stuck in your career? Have you lost a sense of direction? Have circumstances changed in your job and you don’t know what to do now? Well, maybe you need a coach. Let me tell you …

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Agile Career Development

I am a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

(Mike Griffiths’ book is an excellent study guide for the PMI-ACP exam.) PMI Agile Certified Practitioner I passed the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam yesterday. This is PMI’s fastest growing certification. It’s value is becoming more significant as the trend toward Agile in many companies continues. (Click the image above to see details on …

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Agile The Scrum Diaries

The Scrum Diaries – #8: A Happy Stakeholder

The Scrum Diaries

EMAIL March 8, 2019 From: Business Stakeholder Subject: Thank You for New System X Functionality! Dear Scrum Team:   I’m happy to report that the work for the Business Product Board has been completed. We are using the System X process that you worked so hard to put into production.  Also, the Product Board is …

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Agile The Scrum Diaries

The Scrum Diaries – #7: The Product Demo

The Scrum Diaries

The Product Demo In my first Scrum Diary post (“The Scrum Diaries – #1: Steps in the Right Direction”) I wrote about the first product demo we conducted for our business partners. At that time we discovered that there was actually another team of folks who primarily used our application. It was suggested that we …

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Agile The Scrum Diaries

The Scrum Diaries – #6: Improving Our Sprint Retrospectives

The Scrum Diaries

Improving Our Sprint Retrospectives In previous Scrum Diary entries I’ve written about efforts to help my team understand the value of Scrum events. The team became interested in conducting a Sprint Retrospective. (Read “The Scrum Diaries – #4: Empowerment”.) I’ve been emphasizing our need to have retrospectives on a recurring basis for each sprint. With …

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Agile The Scrum Diaries

The Scrum Diaries – #5: Logistics

The Scrum Diaries

Logistics This entry is very simple. It’s just a short list of pain points my team is experiencing. Pain points that we are finding difficult to solve primarily due to enterprise environmental factors. These difficulties are all related to logistics. Pain Points Here are our challenges: DevOps – By DevOps I mean activities like code …

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Developer Life

Error. Period.

error

Oh, that’s helpful. *sarcasm* Not only is it not helpful. It’s annoyingly redundant! I mean, I get it. You don’t want to broadcast system specifics because of security concerns. But this happened on an intranet website used exclusively by a development team. My development team. Why do I now have to go dig up the …

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Books Career Development

The Final Thing on My 2018 To-Do List

From Contempt to Curiosity

The Final Thing on My 2018 To-Do List The final thing on my 2018 to-do list that needs to be completed is finishing Caitlin Walker’s book, “From Contempt to Curiosity.” I have a few chapters left. It’s been highly thought provoking to this point. Clean Language One big take-away for me is the realization that …

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