Month: October 2010

October Surprise

October Surprise

Nobody could have been more surprised about this October than me.  It was, by far, the best month this year.  It all started when my son kept asking me why.  Over and over again, why, why, why.  It lead me to write the why ask why blog post.  It made me ask myself if I…

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Zombie Communications

Zombie Communications

The focus of this post is on communications or the lack thereof. One of the definitions of “communicate” is to give or interchange thoughts, feelings, information, or the like, by writing, speaking, etc. When dealing with people, regardless if its your customer or your team, you have to communicate.  This involves, in one fashion or…

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PMPs Surpass 400,000

PMPs Surpass 400,000

They did it!  The Project Management Institute (PMI) now has over 400,000 active Project Management Professionals (PMPs). Source: PMI Today When I look at the data from the last 4 years, the certification velocity has remained relatively consistent.  For the month of September, it dropped by over 1,000 from the recent average.  Still, overall PMP…

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Agile and American Football

Agile and American Football

This post is about Agile, not football. I like to use analogies so please, please don’t crucify me! The football analogy In 1983, at Superbowl XVII, the Washington Redskins beat the Miami Dolphins. It was a game my wife, who was born in the Washington DC area, reminds me of every time the Washington Redskins…

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State of Agile

State of Agile

I was recently asked by Agile Scout to write an article for the State of Agile series. My article, entitled Mastery-based learning and the paradox of the certification was published on the AgileScout blog this morning. Regardless, if you agree with me or not, your comments are welcomed. http://agilescout.com/the-state-of-agile-derek-huether/

Waterfall Zombie vs. Agile Zombie

Waterfall Zombie vs. Agile Zombie

Back on October 12 (2010), I had the privilege of seeing Michele Sliger do a presentation titled “Hello Agile, Goodbye Scope Creep“.  In it, she presented a compelling argument as to why a Waterfall process used to work so well for projects and why Agile is becoming more and more prevalent and successful.  You know me by now.  I…

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