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admin Agile Consultant and Coach, DSDM Advanced Practitioner and trainer. Specialist in Agile project and programme management, project governance and organisational transformation.
Atern Principle 8 – Demonstrate Control
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Look at this from an organisational perspective. The portfolio of projects currently underway in your organisation represents a significant investment. Assuming they are following an Agile approach, how do you know that they are being well managed? The…
Atern principle 7 – Communicate continuously and clearly
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What is the common thread in the following list of oft-cited causes of project failure? * Unclear goals and objectives * Poorly explained requirements * Lack of user involvement * Scope creep Yep – poor communication. It is not the sole root cause…
Agile is better than Waterfall
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Many years ago, as a traditional, PRINCE2 project manager, I battled with the apparently counter-intuitive demands of my stakeholders and PMO for big detailed plans up front, when no-one in my team really knew the answers. Further, I am not naturally…
Atern principle 6 – Develop iteratively
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Why develop iteratively at all? Well, clearly because it gives us more frequent feedback loops. Developing a small chunk of the solution allows us to get an early indication that it is evolving correctly, getting closer to the business' need. But…
Achieving through others
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It has been said that a project manager's role is to achieve objectives through the work of others. In the sense that an IT project manager rarely does the analysis, the design, coding or testing him- or herself, that is true. A project or program…
Atern Principle 5 – Build Incrementally from Firm Foundations
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Have you started an agile project and realised part-way through that you had made a decision early on that now needed to be changed? Did you ever deliver on time and not meet the objectives of the stakeholders? Did you find out too late that an operational…
Agile Project Management – there IS a place for it
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I mentioned on Twitter a while ago that, although we're an agile organisation, we do employ Project Managers. To my surprise I was criticised – indeed derided – and unfollowed for it. Why, I wondered. Let's be clear, I am not advocating that…
Atern principle 4 – Never compromise quality
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Let us first define what we mean by Quality. Atern recognises that there are two elements to quality. * Solution Quality – the solution delivers customer satisfaction. It meets the business need, and meets standards set for it at an acceptable level…
Atern Principle 3 – Collaborate
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Teams that work in a spirit of active cooperation and commitment will always outperform groups of individuals working only in loose association. But challenge anyone on any project team and they will probably tell you "Of course we collaborate".…
Atern Principle 2 – Deliver on Time
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Atern's second principle is "Deliver on Time". What, I hear you ask, is different about that? Every project in history has aimed to deliver on time. And a lot have failed. True, but what makes Atern different is that it is specifically designed…