What is a PMO and How Do You Know If You Need One?

If your technology department’s projects run behind schedule, over budget, or do not bring the value to the organization that was intended, you are not alone. According to a survey by McKinsey & Company, on average, large IT projects run 45 percent over budget and 7 percent over time, while delivering 56 percent less value than predicted. Quite stunningly, 17 percent of IT projects go so far off track that they can threaten the very existence of a company.

A project management office (PMO) can help you avoid these issues or address them if they’re already being faced. A PMO is a team within an organization that defines the processes, best practices, methods, and tools used during project execution and drives projects to completion. PMOs can also assist project prioritization and recommend and implement options to help ensure on-time delivery.

Large E-Commerce Retailer Leverages AIM Consulting for Agile Transformation

Case Study: Delivery Leadership SITUATION & BUSINESS NEEDS A parent company of more than a dozen e-commerce retail brands had recently merged with a company that operated eleven retail brands, forming a powerful partnership in the e-commerce sector. Following the

Finding Strong Scrum Resources in a Less than Standardized World

More and more companies are turning to Agile to improve their project success rates and scrum is the most popular methodology. The problem is that as you transition your company to a scrum environment it is a challenge to find candidates with a legitimate scrum background. Due to the flexibility of scrum and the eagerness of many to obtain scrum experience, a lot of the resources are not actually qualified to work within a scrum team, especially in transitioning environments.

That may sound a bit negative, but I’ve seen a lot of scrum team candidates in my time. After interviewing a scrum business analyst candidate claiming five years of experience who couldn’t tell me what a “story” was, I’ve become skeptical. So how do you find the right people who are going to move your company forward?

Finding Strong Scrum Resources in a Less than Standardized World on Scrum Alliance

More and more companies are turning to Agile to improve their project success rates, and Scrum is the most popular method. The problem is that as you transition your company to a Scrum environment, it is a challenge to find candidates with a legitimate Scrum background. Due to the flexibility of Scrum and the eagerness of many to obtain Scrum experience, many people are not actually qualified to work within a Scrum team, especially in transitioning environments.

Finding Strong Scrum Resources in a Less than Standardized World on Scrum Alliance

More and more companies are turning to Agile to improve their project success rates, and Scrum is the most popular method. The problem is that as you transition your company to a Scrum environment, it is a challenge to find candidates with a legitimate Scrum background. Due to the flexibility of Scrum and the eagerness of many to obtain Scrum experience, many people are not actually qualified to work within a Scrum team, especially in transitioning environments.

Kickstarting Your Agile Metrics Program

Imagine this scenario: Your organization is eight months into a large-scale agile transformation. You have multiple transition teams at work moving your organization along the transformation path as well as pilot teams working to perfect the processes and adapt them to your organization. This is a large, complicated effort and your monthly spend reflects this, being in excess of $200,000. You sit down to review the program, budgets and progress with your CFO, who notices the monthly burn rate of your transformation program and asks you directly if the organization is starting to see any benefits from the effort.

What do you say? How do you know if your agile transformation is producing any benefits?

The truth is that many organizations do not track the success of agile itself. If you are one of these organizations, you should definitely consider the benefits of doing so. Agile transformations are lengthy and costly initiatives, so it behooves an organization to understand the costs involved and to be able to communicate to leadership and key stakeholders what type of return they are realizing for the money and time invested in the effort. Progress can be demonstrated through transformational metrics aligned to organizational objectives, but before we discuss these metrics and how to kickoff such a program, let us review why organizations transform to agile to begin with.

The Lean Change Experiment: Transforming Your Organization over Time with Lean Change Management

Much goes into the planning and delivery of the target state model, but very little into the change leadership required to make the change stick. If change isn’t managed correctly, an organization will waste a lot of time, energy, and perhaps money watching its people try to navigate their way through a deployment plan, and may see the initiative take a nose-dive when the first issue or problem arises.

12 Best Practices for Distributed Development Teams Using Agile and Scrum Methodologies

Distributed Development, a project delivery model in which work is done across multiple worksites, is rapidly becoming a common approach. Within a distributed development model, team members physically located in different places—buildings, cities, countries, or continents—work collaboratively to complete project deliverables. With the right approach, a distributed development team can avoid or overcome common challenges and become a high performing team that enjoys working together to deliver business value.

DevOps, Architecture, Methodology…It’s all connected

DevOps…It’s become a term that has devolved to describe too many of the wrong things. Job titles like “DevOps engineer” and “Director of DevOps” and even DevOps training and certification programs hide an important issue of what DevOps was originally meant to be…

Taking Vision to Reality: Using Agile to Drive Product Delivery on Agile Connection

[EXCERPT] Tight deadlines and limited resources can place a lot of pressure on companies to evolve faster, innovate more quickly, and deliver on demand…Using agile techniques—where the focus shifts from the product to the user—will ensure the best possible user experience with the product.

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