Information comes at us so fast and furious these days that looking at new books on Amazon.com is actually a good practice for learning about new, hot topics such as Agile PM. The single best book, arguably, to come out to date on how PMBOK-schooled adn practiced PM's can best make the transition to Agile PM and/or learn some new tricks from Agile PM is The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility. Click on the link below to see the Amazon.com page o this book:
Note: This book is amoong the required readings for candidates studying for the PMI-ACP certification from PMI. The PMI-ACP is the leading industry certification in Agile PM, along with the ScrumMaster certification.
To complete this conference, you need to do two things:
1) Read over the information at the above link and "look inside" the book's table of contents by clicking on the book image, and tell me why or why not this books appeals to you. Then find the single piece of information on this page that potentially helps you most in preparing for doing Scenario 2, in which you read two short articles and write an email of your analysis relative to which projects are best completed using PMBOK and which projects are best with Agile PM techniques. Describe in this first response, after you discuss the book's appeal to you, which information may be of most value to you in successfully executing Scenario 2.
2) Search the web for this book and its authors (Sliger/Broderick). Write a literature review entry consisting of the source you referenced and 50+ words summarizing what the source is saying about this book. Then describe in 50+ words what this tells you about how PMBOK and Agile PM techniques compare with each other OR what was said about one of the these two PM techniques.
Scenario 2 for your reference:
Scenario #2 (Analysis Email - individual)
Scenario 2: Article and Project Fit Analysis for
the PMO Director
Before you begin this
assignment, be sure you have read the “XYZ Corporation Case”.
Purpose of the Assignment
This assignment gives students the opportunity to apply IFSM 441 course concepts and specifically addresses the following course outcomes :
1. Evaluate the values, principles, strategies and practice of Agile tools in order to mitigate uncertainty and risk with project delivery.
2. Compare Agile versus traditional project methodologies in order to provide best fit for the organization.
3. Apply Agile framework to meet the specific operational needs.
Your Job Title, Role, and Background at XYZ Corporation
You are a Senior Project Analyst. You report to the PMO Director. Your main role is as an analyst and advisor to the PMO Director. Your background includes a BS in IFSM from and PMP and PMI-ACP certifications. You have 4 years work experience at XYZ since joining the company after graduation. In your short career, you have shown an ability to perform good analysis and to assist management and senior management in decision support. Your job responsibilities routinely call for you to write analyses of published information and project governance decision papers at the request of the PMO Director.
Overview of Scenario #1 Task Assignment
The PMO Director has two
related task requests for you that she wants you to address in one email:
1) Send her your brief reactions in email to two articles that she has requested that you read and comment on; 2) Send her your recommendations/justifications in an email for which project methodology projects should use. You should create only one email deliverable for these two requests. The two web-available articles to read are authored by notable Agile visionary Michele Sliger:
2. Relating PMBOK Practices to Agile Practices - Part 2 of 4 (Sliger)
The PMO Director has assigned the following 3 projects to briefly review to help him prep for his upcoming PMO Project Review Meeting. For each of these 3 projects you are to advise the PMO Director which XYZ Project Management Methodology is most suitable for use with each proposed project, along with a 6-8 sentence analysis of your main justifications. The list of projects and related key information follows:
1. Internal/External: Internal project for the Administration Division. Project Title:XYZ Headquarters Construction Review Project. Brief Description: XYZ has contracted with ABC Construction for the building of a new $40M corporate headquarters building in Rockville, MD and a XYZ project team is needed to oversee the construction process and ensure all requirements are met per building plans and architectural drawings.
2. Other Key Information: The project team will serve as the main interface with the ABC Construction company and will be responsible for providing all needed internal support for the building project. The Administration Division has not requested any project management methodology. Past construction monitoring projects have used the PMBOK Methodology. The timeline of the project is 1.5 years.
3. Internal/External: External project for the Health Crisis Prevention and Response Management Service/Product Delivery Division. Project Title:Health Crisis Response Portal Project. Brief Description: XYZ has just won a contract with the federal government to put in place a state-of-the art health crisis response portal for collaboration between key governmental and private sector entities and health information exchange. While governmental requirements in the RFP were not detailed, XYZ’s proposal emphasized an iterative approach to defining requirements ahead of a crisis and the ability to adapt quickly to refine requirements based on the type and extent of crisis. Other Key Information: The project team will be responsible for refining the specifications proposed in the RFP response by XYZ according to the approvals of the client. The government’s RFP indicated that Agile methodology approaches involving Scrum and XL were welcomed, and XYZ went with that option in its proposal. The Health Crisis Prevention and Response Management Service/Product Delivery Division has requested the Agile Methodology. The timeline of the project is 1.5 years but some initial portal capabilities are due within 4 months of contract begin with add-on refinements as needed to be regularly added until completion.
4. Internal/External: External project for the Emergency Management Service/Product Delivery Division. Project Title: Hurricane Emergency Management Control Center. Brief Description: XYZ has contracted with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide expedited delivery of emergency management control services to south Florida in the immediate aftermath of the widespread destruction of Miami during Hurricane Beth in September 2012. Services include putting in place a web portal, intranets, information exchange, and facilitation of collaboration among key stakeholders. Other Key Information: While initial plans call for an immediate project start and expedited service delivery, project plans call for an extended planning phase starting after three months, followed by further requirements elicitation and scope increases according to the results of initial deployment and the follow-on planning phase of 6 months. The Emergency Management Service/Product Delivery Division has requested that the PMO determine the best suited project management methodology.