Does Agile Foster Innovation?

The Project Management Institute held a conference today called “Project Management Success: A View from the Future”. The keynote speaker, Jim Highsmith, an Agile thought leader and executive consultant at ThoughtWorks, Inc. posted a slide asking the question “Does Agile Foster Innovation?”

The slide referenced these items about the company Salesforce.

  • Ranked #1 innovator by Forbes magazine 2011, 2012, 2013
  • 5 year average sales growth – 39.5% (2012)
  • 5 year average net income growth – 78.7 (2012)
  • 140 Agile teams in 2011
  • Per Steve Green , VP technology program management
    • Agile 7+ years
    • All in approach (25 teams to start)
    • Other departments (R&D, Operations, Marketing)
    • Over 100,000 automated acceptance tests
    • Steve Green – ” Agile is the foundation of our innovation”

What are your thoughts on this? Do you use Agile methodologies in your company to manage projects? Is your company more or less innovative using Agile methodologies?

Al Senzamici, PMP
Program Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

Are you a Slave to the Project Management Process?

A Free Range Project Manager™ has the power to use his or her judgment to circumvent the project management process when it makes sense to do so. Check out the LinkedIn group titled Free Range Project Managers ™ with SebaSolutiuons and Dr. James T. Brown. Looking forward to some exciting discussions here with this group. Be sure to join and share your thoughts.

Al Senzamici, PMP
Program Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 – Interesting Article for SharePoint Administrators

If you want a high level look at Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and some expected updates and how they will affect various roles within your organization you need to check out this article. It is a 4 part series on Microsoft SharePoint 2013. Part 1 is for Administrators: 35,000 Foot View of SharePoint 2013 for Administrators

Brian Alderman’s previous publications include Windows 2000 Professional and SQL Server 2000 Administration. He is an active speaker at SharePoint Industry conferences including SharePoint Saturday’s and the SharePoint Best Practices Conference.

Al Senzamici, PMP
Program Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

Project Planning Horizon – Do you have One?

Every organization should establish a target project planning horizon based on the kinds of projects, customers, deliverables and services they provide. It is essential to minimize time planning schedule details when there is a high degree of uncertainty.            – Dr. James T. Brown (On Project Managers)

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Project Estimating

As Project Managers we are involved in providing project estimates almost all the time. I have recently been working on a lot of project estimates. While reading some of my favorite authors articles I found this article, “What Causes Bad Estimates…And What You Can Do About It” by Dr. James T. Brown both relevant and timely.

Do you give in to the pressure to underestimate the project so the project is either sold or moves forward or do you stand your ground and communicate what it actually takes to make the project successful? I would love to hear what others think about the practice of providing estimates.

Al Senzamici, PMP
Program Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

Leadership vs. Management

For a project manager to be effective he/she needs to be able to both lead and manage. Leadership and Management are not the same. However, they must complement each other if you are to be successful. So how are they different?

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Oracle Buys Endeca

Enterprise search and management of unstructured data continues to be “hot”. With HP buying Autonomy and Microsoft buying FAST we now have Oracle buying Endeca. They already have Oracle SES for enterprise search and they will now strengthen their position with Endeca to help companies analyze unstructured data.

See the MarketWatch article about Oracle purchase: Oracle Buys Endeca

Al Senzamici, PMP
Program Manager
ImageSource, Inc.