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How can agility help remote and hybrid teams work better? [Episode 37]
Project expert and author Adrian Pyne explains how going Agile can help remote and hybrid teams to be more effective. Adrian unpacks the factors that make Agile especially well suited to distributed teams, including the collaborative behaviors that are built into agility and the level of trust required for it to work.
Project expert and author Adrian Pyne breaks down the elements of traditional project management or “Waterfall,” and determines that Waterfall is just a life cycle. He makes the argument that Agility comprises much more.
Michelle Bartonico explains how different types of stakeholders (like “astronauts” and “zombies”) require special handling, and why a stakeholder register is a must-have. She offers insight into how you can work effectively with all types of stakeholders, and shares tips for keeping your projects on track.
Appfire’s own Gosia Podzorska joins Kerry O’Shea Gorgone to explain Scrumban vs. Kanban: The differences and similarities, when to use Scrumban, and the benefits of that approach.
Michelle Bartonico explains how using a common vocabulary will help your project team to deliver better results faster. We discuss how vague terms cause ambiguity and delay, how to level set your team, and how often to revisit the question of terminology as people shuffle between tasks and teams.
Project management expert and author Adrian Pyne offers advice for keeping your projects alive. He also flips that idea on its head and shares tips for killing projects that take resources away from more strategic initiatives.
Project management expert and P3express.com founder Dmitrii Ilenkov talks about peer review for project management, and how it can help improve project outcomes.
Adrian Pyne explains how delivering value is at the heart of agile, and how the Agile Manifesto, designed for software development, works for other kinds of projects.
Project management expert and author Adrian Pyne explains the most dangerous (and costly) assumptions project management pros and organizations make about project agility.
Dmitrii Ilenkov talks about NUPP—a set of project management principles compatible with all the major methodologies, including Scrum, PRINCE2®, PMBOK® Guide, P3.express, and XP.
Dmitrii Ilenkov introduces the minimalist project management framework P3.express, explains how it’s different from other project management approaches, what using the system entails, and what it takes to get certified.
Ray Sheen talks about “post-mortems” or “lessons learned sessions.” We get into why these retrospectives are valuable, when to do them, what to cover, and how to follow up afterwards to make sure your next project goes more smoothly.
Ray Sheen talks about the Gannt chart, the most commonly used project schedule chart. Ray explains what a Gannt chart is, why it’s used so often (and why it shouldn’t be), and what to use instead.
Tracy Walton, Director of Agile Services at Isos Technology, shares three blind spots every agilist can use to become more influential.
Certified PMP Michelle Bartonico shares the most valuable project management advice she’s ever received.
Certified PMP Michelle Bartonico talks about the most common pitfalls in project management, and what you can do to sidestep them.
Ray Sheen talks about taking risk into account when you create your project plan: being ready for threats, and how to avoid “opportunity risk” and seize opportunities that can help you outperform expectations.
B Squared Media project manager Jaime Letter talks about prioritization, and how to focus your team on the right project at the right time.
Michelle Bartonico returns to talk about what healthy project communication looks like, how to use project management tools effectively, when you need meetings and when you don’t!
Michelle Bartonico returns to talk about the different project management certification options and which might work best for you.
Julia Wester talks about probabilistic forecasting—what it is, why it’s better for project outcomes, and how it works.
Michelle Bartonico talks about what data you should pull together before kicking off a project (and how to get it). We get into historical documentation, how to find existing materials, whether you need to conduct some new research, and more!
Alex Glabman, Director of Product Management at Appfire, talks about incremental planning: what it is and why it’s a more effective way to plan projects.
Appfire’s own Agnes Józwiak talks whiteboarding: what it is, how it helps agile teams plan projects, how you do it, AND how it works when your team is distributed.
Michelle Bartonico talks about what a project charter is, why you need one (in writing), what to include, and more. She even provides an article with templates for you to use!
Michelle Bartonico talks about how to properly scope a project, from discovery meeting to project charter and everything in between.
Amanda Patterson talks about how team members’ personalities can make or break your project, and how to get your team working effectively together.
Michelle Bartonico talks about how to work effectively with stakeholders and keep projects on track.
Elena Figler returns to talk about how the current “great resignation” is affecting teams.
Appfire’s own Fila Bertrand talks about what it takes to successfully manage a company-wide initiative.
Andrea Fryrear of AgileSherpas talks about how you can get started with agile project management at your organization (and why it’s worth the effort).
Ray Sheen talks about what it takes to become a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) (and whether it’s worth it).
Appfire’s own Agnes Józwiak talks Planning Poker: what it is, how it helps agile teams estimate projects, how you do it, AND how it works when your team is remote.
Jira rockstar Rachel Wright talks scheduling, and why your process matters (a lot).
Elena Figler covers the basics of PPM.
Last updated: 2022-11-22