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Benefit Realisation in Agile Projects

We talk a lot about benefits realisation in project management and probably even more about Agile. But what about the two put together? Many agilists would probably laugh because, for many of them, agile equals delivering benefits so something like “delivering benefits with Agile” might sound a bit obvious. But let’s look at some details. Agile is a lot about iterative and incremental product building, which in itself should deliver ...

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Top Ten PMO Themes 2019

Last week it was the fifth PMO Conference in London. With over 400 PMO practitioners from around the globe and over 20 sessions to choose from, there’s a lot to learn about where PMO is heading right now. Strategy Execution were there catching up with PMO practitioners and discussing the latest challenges PMOs are facing today. In this article, one week on we take a look at the key themes ...

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Is DevOps Possible Without Agile?

A few months ago, I was having a coffee with a fellow Agile Coach talking about DevOps when he suddenly says “what is DevOps anyway?”. To which I replied, “You’re right!”. Sounds like a joke? It’s not! In IT projects DevOps is nothing more than pure Agile implemented properly. While Agile popularity is at its height, DevOps is still very fresh for many. While it looks like there are some ...

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How to Continuously Review Your Strategic Project

Regular retrospectives are a popular part of Agile development methodologies. In contrast, large strategic projects, that don’t use Agile, tend to only be reviewed during the closure phase, when it’s too late to course correct and feed the lessons back into the project. There are many advantages of reviewing a project regularly, throughout its lifecycle. You get a chance to make adjustments to suboptimal processes whilst the project is still ...

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Managing Big Data Projects in an Agile Way

Like Agile wasn’t big enough as a buzz word, let’s mix it with big data. Joke aside, doing Agile when engaged in big data projects is almost a must. Of course, other options are also available but Agile practices and techniques are much more suitable for these sorts of projects. We’re going to focus here on two sides of the story: why doing Agile is the right thing and what ...

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Adopting Business Agility at Moonpig: A Case Study

A well-known start-up in the UK, Moonpig is all about making someone’s day brilliant.  An e-commerce business, it enables people to create personalised cards online which are then printed and sent to recipients.  In addition they offer a range of gifts and flowers. Moonpig was founded in 1999,  before Lean and Agile approaches had become mainstream in the UK.  It was not until about 2013 that Moonpig first began to ...

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Insights on Teams and Project Work at Google

Did you know that Google has a website dedicated to a ‘collection of practices, research, and ideas from Google and others to help you put people first’? It’s called re:Work and a number of the practices were shared at the recent Agile Business Conference in London by one of the HR Managers from Google. re:Work- you can take a look and browse at your leisure here –  is perhaps little ...

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Agile and Agility: The Future of Work

Last week saw Agile Business Consortium celebrate 25 years since its inception with the Agile Business Conference focusing on the theme: Creating Generation Agile. The 2-day event focuses specifically on the business side of Agile – using delivery approaches and shifting mindsets to deliver projects, products and services faster and more successfully. It also focuses on the bigger remit of business agility – the need to be able to be smarter, ...

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