13:00 - 13:45
Agilizing Predictively Planned and Delivered Projects: Evolving Your Project Management Mindset
Eric "Doc" Wright
Very few buzzwords in recent memory have captured the hearts, minds, and conversations across corporate America’s project, product, and general managers like the buzzword ‘agile’. But what is agile? Is it a “lightweight framework” for managing projects, and if so, which types of projects? Is it an
adjective? Oh, or maybe it’s a project management methodology? Or is it a process or system? And if this all of this confusion isn’t enough, why in the world are there over three dozen flavors of it and counting! In one seasoned project manager’s mind, based on decades of experience planning and delivering projects of all sizes, in every sector of our economy, in each of the three primary project planning and delivery archetypes of predictive, agile, and hybrid: it’s really, a mindset. One that focuses on planning and delivering value in the form of the project’s product and its benefits to the project’s customers. In this highly entertaining, highly educational session, attendees of all types of project and product management experience backgrounds will discover the key words, concepts, and tenets that they can use to develop or extend their own agile mindset, which in turn increases their personal value and professional capability to their employing organization and its customers, which increases their professional stock price within their organizations.
Attendees will be able to:
1. Identify agile project management’s four values and twelve principles and how they can apply to any project.
2. Discuss the project management profession’s evolution from historical hiring and promotion conversation to today’s emerging hiring and promotion conversation.
3. Identify the six tenets necessary for today’s project or product managers to develop an agile project management mindset: 1. Include customers (agile term) and stakeholders (predictive term) in the process which is embracing change; 2. Practice Continuous Process Improvement (“CPI”) using lessons learned in a disciplined-yet-organic manner; 3. Create empowered High Performing Teams (“HPTs”) through Servant Leadership; 4. Fail fast to know what you know!; 5.
Demonstrate value often; and 6. ABC, Always Be Courageous using courageous candor and saying “no” in your conversations.