Author Archives: Mike Cottmeyer

First Order Agile Scaling

When we talk about scaling agile project management… we are really talking about how to coordinate the activities of many small teams to do the business of the enterprise. The interesting thing is that we don’t have to go from … Continue reading

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What Do You Value?

Sometimes I think we are missing the point. I am becoming more and more convinced that building organizations around teams is the real secret to building agile and Scrum organizations. How we set up our teams, what we have them … Continue reading

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Agile Isn’t Project Management…

…but it sure will change how you do project management. I’ve got this talk called the The Agile PMP: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks. The first time I delivered the talk was in 2008 at the Agile Development Practices … Continue reading

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Managing Too Much Complexity

“Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction” – Albert Einstein. Why is managing an enterprise portfolio so … Continue reading

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The Evolution of a Project Schedule

I am revamping my Agile PMP talk based on some feedback I received. I may use some of the images and explanations contained in this post to help explain agile project planning and how it is different. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Project Management is Not Enough

Are you a software project manager? If so, your job is changing. It is no longer enough to keep the risk list up to date. It is not enough being the person to schedule the meetings and do the minutes. … Continue reading

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We’re Agile, Now What?

You’re a PM working with a team that has just gone agile. Here are a few tips to help you be successful managing agile projects: Understand agile team dynamics Agile is about creating an environment where team members are fully … Continue reading

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ScrumMasters and Team Members

Scrum only calls for three roles on a project. We get a ScrumMaster, a Team, and a Product Owner. Pigs and Chickens These three roles are the pigs… the ones that actually have skin in the game… the ones that … Continue reading

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Can Managers Lead Agile Teams?

If we are going to start treating managers like grown-ups… and start asking them to behave like agile leaders… and giving them a real role on an agile team… let’s begin by exploring why we excluded them in the first … Continue reading

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Scrum or Kanban… it’s not Black or White

It’s been fun the past few months to watch Kanban get some traction out in the agile community. It seems that my Google Reader is full of agile guys talking about Kanban. If you are David Anderson… this has to … Continue reading

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