What is Prince2 Agile?

  • The new PRINCE2 Agile guide has been created to provide guidance for blending the PRINCE2 project management approach with agile delivery methods.
  • The PRINCE2 Agile approach brings together the strength of PRINCE2 and the flexibility of agile delivery methods that can be used across all industry sectors.
  • Prince2 Agile is not PRINCE2 Agile is not a replacement for PRINCE2. All elements of PRINCE2 are valid within PRINCE2 Agile.  It is an extension to PRINCE2. The guide gives advice and guidance on agile behaviours, concepts, frameworks and techniques that can be used within a project context.
  • Incorporate the most popular frameworks of SCRUM and strong Kanban. It also promotes the concepts of LEAN startup

(Source: http://www.arraspeople.co.uk/camel-blog/projectmanagement/what-is-prince2-agile-all-about/?doing_wp_cron=1487868174.2378609180450439453125)

 

 

 

DevOps Fundamentals

WHAT IS DEVOPS?  DEVELOPMENT + OPERATIONS = DEVOPS

DevOps is the practice of operations and development engineers participating together in the entire service lifecycle, from design through the development process to production support.

(theagileadmin.com)

THE 5 LEVELS OF DEVOPS

  1. Values
  2. Principles
  3. Methods
  4. Practices
  5. Tools

DEVOPS Benefits (2015 State of Devops Report – Puppet labs)

  1. High-performing IT organizations deploy more frequently, fail less and recover faster.
  2. Lean management & continuous delivery practices help deliver value faster
  3. High performance is achievable whether your apps are greenfield, brownfield, or legacy

DEVOPS Core Values (CAMS)

  1. Culture
  2. Automation
  3. Measurement
  4. Sharing

“That the word Devops get reduced to technology is a manifestation of how badly we need a culture shift” – Patrick Debois

 

Useful Project Management Links

  1. http://www.pmi.org – The organization of choice for project management professionalism. PMI establishes Project Management standards, provides seminars, educational programs …
  2. http://www.projectmanagement.com – Online community and resource library for project managers with access to how-to articles, templates, presentations, and peer connections.
  3. http://www.projectsatwork.com – Project management resources and tools needed for professionals, training, and advancement.
  4. http://www.deepfriedbrainproject.com – PMP, CAPM and PMI-ACP blog dedicated to help project managers achieve and maintain project management certifications from PMI.
  5. http://www.maxwideman.com – Glossary of project management terms, papers and presentations on project management
  6. http://www.projectmanager.com –   This site provides a range of free resources including: a blog which is published daily, books, templates, and training videos.
  7. http://www.project-management-prepcast.com – excellent resources for PMP certification training + intensive PMP and PMI-ACP exam preparation.
  8. thelazyprojectmanager.wordpress.com
  9. http://www.pmconnection.com – Extensive list of articles on program and portfolio management, MS Project, Project Server, PMO and PMP.
  10. http://www.pm4girls.elizabeth-harrin.com – Providing insight from the point of view of a female project manager, Elizabeth Harrin has won multiple awards for her top-notch blogging. Spend some time reading the blog and you’ll see why.

The ONE Thing Quotes

  1. “Be like a postage stamp – stick to ONE thing until you get there.” Josh Bilings
  2. Do you know what the secret of life is? No. What? This. Your finger? One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything  else don’t mean shit. That’s great but what’s the ONE thing? That’s what you’ve got to figure out (City Slicker – 1991)
  3. “Every great change starts like falling dominoes” – BJ Thornton
  4. “It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world” – Og Mandino
  5. “There can only be one most important thing. Many things may be important, but only one can be the most important” – Ross Garber
  6. “You must be single-minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided” – General George S. Patton
  7. “Success demands singleness of purpose” – Vince Lombardi
  8. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so”
  9. “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  10. “The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest” – Bob Hawke
  11. “To do two things at once is to do neither” – Publilius Syrus
  12. “Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time” – Steve Uzzell
  13. “It’s one of the most prevalent myths of our culture: self-discipline” – Leo Babauta
  14. “Odysseus understood how weak willpower actually is when he asked his crew to bind him to the mast while sailing by the seductive Sirens.” – Patricia Cohen
  15. “The truth is, balance is bunk. It is an unattainable pipe dream… . The quest for balance between work and life, as we’ve come to think of it, isn’t just a losing proposition; it’s a hurtful, destructive one.” – Keith H. Hammonds
  16. “We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser
    goal.” – 
    Robert Brault
  17. “Be careful how you interpret the world; it is like that.” – Erich Heller
  18. “There is an art to clearing away the clutter and focusing on what matters most. It is simple and it is transferable. It just requires the courage to take a different approach.”—George Anders
  19. “But those Woulda Coulda-Shouldas all ran away and hid from one little Did.”—Shel Silverstein
  20. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”—Arnold H. Glasow

PMO Models

Summary from “The tactical guide for building a PMO”

PMO Models

  1. Supportive
  2. Controlling 
  3. Directive
  4. Managing
  5. Consulting/Supporting/Coaching
  6. Project Repository
  7. Enterprise

When selecting a PMO model, the following considerations should be thought of

  1. Management opinions/recommendations
  2. Office politics
  3. Staffing
  4. Methodology
  5. Budget

PMO Service Offerings

  1. Create and maintain a centralized repository for project information (Repository model)
  2. PM Training (supportive/coaching)
  3. Creation of PM Best practices (supportive/coaching)
  4. Program/project auditing (directive model)