Regis PMI South Roundtable VIRTUAL
Topic: Where Agile and Waterfall Meet
Synopsis. Why would you want to mash up waterfall, agile, and lean? A better question is, why not? The Project Management Professional (PMP) exam is evolving. Traditional waterfall project management will be half of the exam. The other half will be agile and hybrid approaches. Furthermore, it will soon focus on three domains: people, process, and business environment. Currently, it walks a project through 5 processes: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.
Successful projects are complicated. Old methods are not always the best methods. Instead we must adapt to the current business environment. The Manifesto for Agile Software Development clearly states,
People and interactions over process and tools.” It also values, “Responding to change over following a plan.”
Project managers are paid to get the job done and are measured by meeting the triple constraints of time, cost, and scope. Traditionally, the project comes first and people a distant second. Effective scrum masters see themselves as servant-leaders of self-organizing teams. We will explore the fundamental differences in these approaches and see that we need a little bit of each approach on every project. From the process side we will explore the distinctly different project management methodologies of agile, waterfall, and lean. While each approach is valid in the right situation and inappropriate in some other situations. Regardless of methodology, many of the tools and processes are interchangeable.
- Process: Assess the situation before selecting the methodology. One size does not fit all.
- People: Adapt your leadership style to the needs of the people and the organization's culture.
- Business environment: Look at the big picture and pick your overall strategy.
Speaker. Steven Wille PMP CSM, CEO Colorful Leadership
About the Speaker. Steve Wille is a member of Mile-High PMI and has spoken a number of times at PMI Symposiums. His talks are always thought provoking and entertaining. He is the author of Colorful Leadership. His has worked in software development and executive management in several corporations, including Great West-Insurance and Annuity, Diners Club/Citigroup, Cahners Publishing, and Guaranty National Insurance. He currently writes and teaches project management, business analysis, and agile workshops for Systemation. Steve’s BSBA degree is from the University of Denver and his MBA from Regis University
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