My world has changed, for the better. When I first was introduced to Agile it was just a buzzword at a large company. “We need to be more agile. We need to set up agile teams.” Okay, sounds easy. Let me put together a project plan for that. It turns out that we were just paying lip service to an idea that someone told the CIO about. When we had to actually do agile, there was no support, no plan, no idea of what we were supposed to be doing. I had a team of 6 developers working on web projects that reported to me. A great opportunity to actual put an agile team in place, however were told to “Keep Calm and Carry On”
Fast forward a year and I’m now part of an agile company and working closely with an agile team. There are many differences, all of which take some getting used to.
Over the next several posts I will examine some of the major differences:
- Leading from behind
- Where does the work of the PM go?
- No Project Plans
- “Meeting Hell” removed
- Visible, daily updated progress
- “Requirements? We don’t need no stinking requirements!” (with all apologies to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre)
- Weekly/Monthly Status reports: guessing versus actual metrics
- A reason to invest in 3M -> Post-it notes everywhere
The thousands of dollars spent on attaining my PMP are not necessarily wasted, but they are diminishing in value for my future. Sure I can still talk the talk, but I no longer want to walk the walk. In the words of Pumbaa from the Lion King “You’ve got to put your behind in your past”, basically it is time to move forward with something that is better, stronger and faster in delivering results.