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Agile project management is the right path for you if you are interested in discovering what all the commotion regarding lean project management is about or you are firmly placed in the agile camp and working to obtain the right certification. Maybe you are agile through and through…you have found the right place to indulge.

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What is Agile Project Management?

In February 2001 a group of seventeen people got together at the Snowbird ski resort located in the state of Utah in the United States. This software heavy group were looking to identify a better way to deliver solutions quicker to better meet their customer’s needs. The result of this meeting was a Manifesto for Agile Software Development or in short “The Agile Manifesto”.
This 68 word manifesto and its accompanying twelve agile principles are the basis for much of what we understand in most of the agile project management methodologies.

Lean Principles Origins

Although agile project management has its origins with the Agile Manifesto, its real roots are based on lean manufacturing principles developed by Toyota as the Toyota Production System (TPS) between 1948 and 1975. There are five key concepts identified by TPS.

  • Understand value in the eyes of the Customer.
  • Understand the Value Stream.
  • Make the Value Stream Flow.
  • Create Pull.
  • Continuously Improve.

As a result of these lean principles and concept, Toyota established themselves as leaders in the automotive industry.

Agile Methodology

There are several agile project management methodologies in practice today with scrum, kanban, and lean being the three most popular. Here is a fuller list of agile methodologies:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Lean (LN)
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Dynamic Systems Development Model (DSDM)
  • Adaptive software development (ASD)
  • Crystal
  • Agile Unified Process (AUP)
  • Crystal Clear methods
  • Disciplined agile delivery
  • Scrumban
  • Feature-Driven Development (FDD)
  • Rapid Application Development (RAD)

SensiblePM 020 | Being Agile in a Waterfall World – The Book

Many organizations today are implementing Agile into their development processes which often means that agile and traditional project management methodologies live side by side. In this episode Joseph Flahiff discusses his newly published book "Being Agile in a...
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SensiblePM 019 | Project Management Certification Options

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has seven certifications for project managers and one for business analysts. Cornelius Fichtner and Kevin Reilly join Mark to discuss these certifications and end up providing details about each certification. This episode was a...
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SensiblePM 011 | Project Management Challenge

On this episode of the Sensible Project Manager Podcast, I was pleased to be joined by five thought leaders in the project management community who took the "Project Management Challenge". Each panelist approached the challenge using their favorite project management...
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SensiblePM 007 | Being Agile in a Waterfall World

"Being Agile in a Waterfall World" was the topic of the 11th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community on Google+. Joseph Flahiff of Whitewater Projects was the guest in this discussion about how agile can be used in a traditional project management...
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Agile Podcasts

Check out these podcasts to hear the latest agile project management topics.

Agile Blogs

Read these blog posts to delve into agile topics about project management.

Project Management and the Sunrise

This morning my wife and I watched the sunrise. This wasn't an accidental occasion. We purposely set the alarm early enough to wake us out of our slumber and wipe away the cobwebs from our minds so we could immerse ourselves in the experience of the awakening of the...
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The Great Agile Debate

In the United States, often as part of the political election process the candidates engage in a series of debates allowing the citizens to learn more about the candidates.  These debates help each side solidify their allegiance to their candidate of choice, or in...
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Important Project Management Certifications

I believe that project management certification is important and have found it to be critical for advancement in my career as a PM.  There are several organizations which provide certification opportunities.  Below you will see what I believe are the most important...
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Project Management Certification Options – #PMHangout40

Project Management Certification Options was the topic of the 40th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have regular hangouts hosted via Google+...
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Being Agile in a Waterfall World The Book – #PMHangout39

Being Agile in a Waterfall World "The Book" was the topic of the 39th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have regular hangouts hosted via...
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Project Team Collaboration #PMHangout35

Team Collaboration was the topic of the 35th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have a weekly hangout which is hosted via Google+ Hangout. These...
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Project Management Challenge – #PMHangout27

“Project Management Challenge” was the topic of the 27th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project manager topics, we have a weekly hangout which is hosted via Google+...
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Sensible Project Manager Hangout 11 – Being Agile in a Waterfall World

Being Agile in a Waterfall World “Being Agile in a Waterfall World” was the topic for the 11th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have a weekly...
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