The Agile Feature-driven Development Methodology

Feature Driven Development (FDD) is an agile methodology specifically applied to software development. This post explores what FDD is, FDD best practices, implications of FDD for strategy, and how FDD is implemented with other agile methods while managing a project. What Is the Agile Feature-driven Development Methodology? Feature-driven Development (FDD) is one of several agile … Read more

Strategic Project Management and the Agile Crystal Method

The agile Crystal methodology provides a unique flavor to the general agile approach to managing projects. This post defines what the agile Crystal method is, key aspects of the mindset behind the Crystal approach, strategic consideration, and impacts for project managers. What Is the Agile Crystal Method? Crystal was introduced by Alistair Cockburn at IBM … Read more

Pareto Principle Examples, Twitter, & Strategic PM

This post reviews the Pareto Principle – definition, examples, strategic implications, and application to project management. Then it probes how the principle may be at play in the immediate moves by Elon Musk after his takeover of Twitter. Review of Pareto Principle Definition The Pareto Principle, or 80:20 rule, is a rather simple but profound … Read more

A Minimum Viable Product Template for Strategic PM’s

This post explores the topic of Minimum Viable Product as a technique to learn rapidly and inexpensively about what customers want in the face of uncertainty. It looks at examples of Minimum Viable Products and their impact on strategy and project management. What Is a Minimum Viable Product? The illustration at right, by Henrik Kniberg, … Read more

The Extreme Programming Life Cycle and Strategic PM

This post examines the agile method called Extreme Programming (XP). XP is uniquely designed to streamline the software development process – but it can be leveraged and used in other pursuits! This post looks at the XP life cycle, core values, team roles, and core practices, then turns to application for strategy and project management. … Read more

A Different Agile Methods List for Strategic PM’s

Agile is a broad term, and there are many ways to look at it. From a strategic project management perspective, this post examines some key agile methods and there impact of strategy and project management. An Agile Methods List Overview To provide an initial taste of agile methods, consider the following list: Scrum – Scrum … Read more

Lean Agile Project Management for the Strategic PM

Agile and lean are not the same thing but are closely related. This post looks at the idea of ‘lean agile’ and its application to project management and strategy. What Is Lean Agile Project Management? To understand what lean agile project management is, it is helpful to compare it to other approaches to project management. … Read more

Kanban Project Methodology for Strategic Project Managers

Kanban is a great approach for visualizing progress in initiatives involving rapid change. It also provides a foundation for continuous process improvement by executing teams. This post provides an overview of Kanban, the key elements of Kanban boards, and the impact and usefulness of Kanban to strategy and project management. What Is the Kanban Project … Read more

Agile Scrum Roles, Ceremonies, Strategy and Projects

The concepts of scrum are powerful in business, not only in software development but also in other areas. This post reviews the basics of agile scrum roles, ceremonies, and their impact on developing strategy and managing projects. Agile Scrum Roles The scrum team has its origins in rugby, an ultimate team sport. The illustration at … Read more

French and Raven’s Sources of Power for Strategic PM’s

There are two types of power that professionals can have: positional and personal. French and Raven have outlined 6 sources of power that can provide you with positional power, personal power, or a combination. This post examines those sources of power and how to tap into them to enhance your effectiveness as a strategic project … Read more