Presentation: Introduction to Agile for Traditional Project Managers

| by Abel Avram Follow 10 Followers on Jul 14, 2008. Estimated reading time: less than one minute |

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2007, Stacia Broderick introduces Agile to traditionally trained project managers by making a comparison between Project Management Institute's (PMI) best practices and their equivalent Agile techniques.

Stacia helps the project managers new to Agile to understand the lexicon and the general Agile concepts by mapping the PMBOK knowledge areas to Agile practices. She starts by comparing the PMBOK project phases with the Agile product life cycle, then discusses the integration, scope, quality and risk management both in the traditional world and the Agile one. While doing that, she introduces important Agile concepts like iterations, release planning, release reviewing, user stories, backlogs and many others.

In this presentations Stacia answers many questions of interest from the audience.

The entire presentation is 1h and 26 min. long.

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Another related series... by Kevin E. Schlabach

There is also a very good series on VersionOne's "Agile Chronicles Blog" by Mike Cottmeyer. All the posts in the series are prefixed with "Refactor your PMP".

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8 minutes in and nothing but drivel by Stephen Cresswell

Maybe it gets better after this. The end point for me was when Stacia fobbed off a question about how scrum deals with thrashing.

Re: 8 minutes in and nothing but drivel by Bruce Rennie

Hey, how does waterfall deal with thrashing?

Not getting to the point by Olivier Gourment

Very good title, but deceiving content. Skip this presentation and go to one of Jeff Sutherland's presentations, such as

Re: 8 minutes in and nothing but drivel by Stephen Cresswell

Change control boards! (see Jeff Sutherland's Google presentation which was excellent).

Re: 8 minutes in and nothing but drivel by Stacia Broderick

Sorry that the folks posting here have found this presentation to be full of drivel and deceiving. It certainly was not intended to be. I never intentionally "fob off" questions; I care about the perception of the work I do and take these kinds of comments to heart. I will watch this presentation to see where I can improve. If you'd like to email me off line with helpful comments, I am always open to that in the spirit of inspecting and adapting.

Re: 8 minutes in and nothing but drivel by mz ma

Where does your experience about agile come from sina you are so young.
if I cannot touch so many projects and how can I prove my agile ability?

hi, I like your presentations and your voice

Re: Another related series... by Serkan Karaarslan

I think, she clarifies what the agile development is.
Thank you Stacia

Re: Another related series... by Leo Gomes

I think the guys criticizing missed the point since the title is clear, it's an Introduction to Agile for Traditional Project Managers. So if you're not a traditional guy and/or you're already acquainted with agile, you might think it's superficial. I think it's good in what it's intended to be, a way to link traditional concepts to agile. Jeff Sutherland's Google presentation is also good and I think both are worth watching.

Re: Another related series... by Stacia Broderick

I had an email exchange with Stephen Cresswell over the weekend who gave me some very helpful feedback on the presentation. I agree that the preamble is a bit long; I promise a better one when I co-present this with Michele Sliger at Agile 08 next month. More importantly, I answered a question and went on a tangent, and it became a bit flubbed. I want to clear the record here so that newbies to agile aren't misguided. I said that "... moving too fast or not fast enough is the ownership of the business or the customer." This is not true. The product owner/customer owns the "What" and the "Why" of the requirements; the speed of delivery is completely up to the team and can be affected by an assortment of constraints and variables. The team and the product owner should work together to find ways to collaborate the best approach under the given circumstances, but at the end of the day, the team should choose a pace that is sustainable, iteration after iteration - a pace that results in high quality software increments. I hope this clarifies and dissuades any potential confusion. That's the thing about videos: they're permanent. :) And to ma mz: I'm not as young as you think I look.

Re: Another related series... by Deborah Hartmann

I'll vouch for the age-defying effects of Agile!

There's something to be said for an approach that reduces stress and increases the pleasure of a job well done :-)

(age: 96)

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