Abstract/Description

Have you ever seen people use air quotes around the words “agile project” as if they don’t believe those words go together? Or, do you wonder what the five horizons of planning are? Do you ever wonder if agile or lean approaches to project management can be scaled or if you are doomed to waterfall approaches to large efforts?

You can use agile and lean approaches to your projects, program, and the project portfolio. Agile and lean projects are still projects. In this session, Johanna Rothman will discuss why you would want to use short cycles, how iterative and incremental development works, and how you pick an iteration length.

We’ll discuss the five different planning horizons, and briefly discuss the basics of user stories and estimation. Yes, we’ll have a brief and lively discussion prediction and estimation and when to use each. You’ll have a chance to see what team boards might look like in Scrum or Kanban, and what information radiators might show you in a healthy or a not-so-healthy project.

We’ll also talk about how you can expand from one team to a program and where the different schools of thought lie, and how to avoid multi-tasking with agile project portfolio management.

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About the Speaker(s)

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development. Johanna is the author of more than ten books, including: - Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver - Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization - Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, 2nd ed. - Diving for Hidden Treasures: Finding the Value in Your Project Portfolio (with Jutta Eckstein) - Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Schedule or Cost See more of Johanna’s books and writing on http://www.jrothman.com, and http://www.createadaptablelife.com.