Kumbaya Yourself into an Agile Enterprise

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Best quote of Agile 2013 award goes to Dennis Stevens of LeadingAgile.  In a well received session by Dennis and Mike Cottmeyer, they discussed the topic of gaining support for a sustainable Agile transformation. [follow the link to the presentation].  When fielding a question about taking a culture first approach, Dennis responded:

Kumbaya
What are your thoughts?  Culture first or last?


PMI Global Congress Presentation on VMS

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I am back from the PMI Global Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia.

My lack of fancy pants went pretty much unnoticed.  I brought plenty of energy (and coffee) to my session and it appears people were very happy with the results.  I was referred to, at one point, as the Energizer Bunny and even the PMI quoted me.

I definitely left people wanting more.  It was an introductory talk and I only had 1:15 to present.  With 20 minutes dedicated to people in the audience working together to create their own Visual Control Systems, I found myself all over the room and loving every second of it.

It was great to meet people I’ve known for several years via the blog and through the PMI Agile Community of Practice.  It was also great to meet so many new people excited about Agile becoming more mainstream.

Side note: If you saw me limping during my session and at the Congress, it was because I may have a fractured heel.  I guess my OJ Simpson run through the airport to make my flight did it.

Agile 101 – Presented at the PM Symposium

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I want to thank everyone for coming out to the PMI Washington D.C. Project Management Symposium. It was a great crowd. The ballroom was full and I was told there were up to 400 people in the room for my talk. As promised, here is the SlideShare of my presentation.  If you go to the SlideShare site, you have the ability to download it.

Thank you VersionOne for the content for two of the slides.

My GLSEC Talk on Slideshare

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After my talk at GLSEC, I wanted to make my slide deck available for viewing by the general public.  I noted to the people attending that my presentation was going to be a little heavy on text, so the people reading it later could actually understand what I was talking about. The best talks I’ve seen have been those where the presenters only referenced their slides from time to time.  Of course, we’re all thinking of a Steve Jobs keynote.  But imagine if you viewed his slide deck after the fact?  It would be pretty hard to get detailed information, unless you read a transcript of the event.

After reviewing a few methods of distributing my presentation, I decided on slideshare. The original presentation lasted closed to 1 hour. We spent about 15 minutes of my talk playing two interactive games. (Simon Says and Red Light Green Light) Other than the games, the basis of the talk are all in the deck.

Free Critical Path and Float Calculation Worksheet

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Critical Path Float Calculation WorksheetThe number one search on the Critical Path website is for a Critical Path and Float worksheet.  Though you should be using software to calculate a critical path, if it is mission critical, it is important to understand the concept for the PMP exam.

Rather then go into the specifics on how to calculate the critical path and float in this post, I’ll merely say a free worksheet template  and PowerPoint presentation are available and you can download them at any time. (see links below)

Remember the Critical Path tells you the activities that can not slip a day without increasing the total duration of the project or moving the project completion date. It is the longest path of logically related activities through the network which cannot slip without impacting the total project duration, termed zero float.

[Click here to download the Critical Path and Float Calculation Worksheet]

[Click here to download the Critical Path Scheduling PowerPoint Presentation]
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