The Importance of the Product Owner and the Product Backlog

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The Importance of the Product Owner and the Product Backlog

A big thank you to one of our very own Velociteach Instructors, Alan Zucker, for creating the content for this blog. You can subscribe to his blog and see the sources of this content by following this link: http://pmessentials.us/blog/ Agile is an effective software development framework.   Teams using Agile deliver value in short, iterative, increments.  The […]

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Episode 43 — All Things Agile with Jesse Fewell

ANDY CROWE ● BILL YATES ● NICK WALKER ● JESSE FEWELL NICK WALKER:  Welcome to Manage This, the podcast by project managers for project managers.  Every two weeks we like to come together and talk about what matters to you, whether you’re a seasoned veteran in project management or a newcomer to the field.  It’s […]

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The Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam is Changing!

You read that right. Not only is the PMP exam changing soon but so is the PMI-ACP certification exam! As many are already aware, the Project Management Institute (PMI)® is planning to roll out the Sixth Edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) in September 2017 which will result […]

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Funny Thing Happened on my way to the Airport

Monday, I was headed to the airport to catch a flight.  A funny thing happened…and I was reminded how sticky technical debt can be. Southwest Airlines is an industry-leader and a fantastic organization.  I’m reading The Southwest Airlines Way right now and learning a lot about their keys to success: shared goals, shared knowledge, and […]

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Where to Begin?

I recently began managing a project for an Atlanta-based charity, 21st Century Leaders. Actually, the team is made up of very smart, very talented volunteers, so “coordinating” would be more accurate than “managing” in this case. Most of us have experienced that moment when a group of people looks to the project manager and asks […]

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Headphones in the office

Headphones in the office…good idea or bad idea? This summer we had a development team working on a project to deliver InSite online courses on iPads, tablets, and other mobile devices.  The team found it productive to collaborate in a conference room, as they stumbled across random Java calls, guzzled Mtn. Dew, cursed ill-conceived design […]

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Impact of the Software Extension on the PMI-ACP Exam

A news update from Marseille, France and the PMI Global Congress:  Karl Best of the Standards Department of the Project Management Institute provided an update of interest to anyone practicing Agile methods.  PMI has entered into a joint venture with the IEEE to develop a Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide.  The target audience is the […]

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Plans Are Nothing

Dwight D. Eisenhower once voiced one of my favorite quotes: “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” He went on to explain that when planning for an emergency, the very definition of “emergency” means that we weren’t expecting it. It is very likely that things won’t go according to plan. But planning keeps us focused on […]

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Exam Tip – beware of the smudge

When I took the PMI-ACPSP exam, one of the small surprises that I encountered involved logistics at the testing center.  I’ve taken exams for 3 PMI credentials now…the PMP, PgMP, and the PMI-ACP.  In all 3 cases, the majority of the testing center logistics were identical…show government-issued identification; store items in a locker; take nothing […]

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PMI-ACP Exam – Qualifications Change

Qualifying to take the PMI-ACPSP exam just got easier.  March 26 2012, the Project Management Institute made minor changes to the qualifications for those applying to take the PMI-ACP Exam.  Read all the details on PMI’s website. The most significant change is this: you can go back 3 years to gather the required 1500 hours […]

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