Author Archives: Brian Watson

Be an Agile Scholar

“If you do that, you’re NOT

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The never ending Christmas list

It’s that time of year when Christmas lists make the rounds of family and friends. This annual rite of passage can usually be summed up as “I want, I want, I want”. Unfortunately in software development, most of our business … Continue reading

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Agile Killed the Project Star

As a reformed project manager (My “900 days since I built an MS Project Schedule” chip around here somewhere), with a PMP and active membership of PMI, what I am about to say is rather controversial. But, it needs to … Continue reading

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The Currency of Trust

Maybe it is one of the trade-offs you make in working for Big Corporate, but I find the (continuing) erosion of trust and empowerment in the corporate workplace troubling. From being told how to do their jobs via rigid/crippling processes … Continue reading

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Re-Imagining the Agile Manifesto for Agile Software Development

Another Agile conference has come and gone, and as usual, there was plenty to learn in Nashville this year (besides packing walking shoes for the Gaylord). The biggest piece I took away from last week might be how we view … Continue reading

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Where Art Thou Product Owner?

Many moons ago before my agile conversion, while still toiling as a project manager for a large bank, I wanted to purchase my team pizza to celebrate a milestone. To get roughly $200 in pizza, soda, salad and cookies approved … Continue reading

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Managing the Middle Manager Conundrum

Attending Agile 2012 and meeting many practitioners and soon-to-be practitioners of agile development was an awesome experience. The opportunity to network and talk shop with a wide range of individuals cannot be duplicated. Many of the conversations re-opened an age … Continue reading

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PMI-ACP Exam for Agile Project Management

PMI… Those three letters strike fear into most project teams. I do not fault you for imagining an environment that’s heavy on process, rigid and poorly prepared to adapt to the changes common in software development projects. Times are changing, and … Continue reading

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