The article by Chris Moody “That’s Not Agile” caught my attention. There has been a lot of discussion in blog-land in this area. Chris hits the nail right on the head and fires back with a suspicion that those making such a statement “that’s not agile” may not be well versed in the subtleties of agile methodology.
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IT Project Management
Internal communications are stressed during changes in business processes and new projects. Employees are forced to continue their day-to-day work, all while undertaking the new responsibilities of managing an internal project, ensuring that all employees are informed, involved, and engaged on how and when each milestone will be met.
The new cloud computing model can help transform your approach to infrastructure in fundamental ways. However, with such vast opportunities within the cloud, it may be difficult to determine a starting point.
The Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team has a three step process they blogged about last week which is worth a look, in pursuit of the goal of Agile infrastructure:
1. Rethink your traditional manual approaches in the datacenter.
According to a recent study by Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytic Services, companies that are adopting cloud computing are winning the competitive advantage, and especially achieving business agility, which was found to the leading driver for adopting cloud among all respondents. HBR surveyed 527 Harvard Business Review readers in large and mid-sized companies in a wide range of industries around the world.
When it comes to all meetings, no matter the size or type of company, what truly makes them great?
I enjoyed Patrick Gray's article on "How to tell when 'We need Agile' masks deeper project issues". It reminds me of how important it is to keep your finger on the pulse of the development team to make sure dysfunction does not worm its way into your project team.
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I recommend Dan Stober's article, “Intersecting Project Management and Business Analysis.” His white paper treatment of the subject of Project Management (PM) and Business Analysis (BA) intersection and separation is a good read for organizations driving high function point projects. His article contributes to the BA and PM role conversation on many levels. As a certified and experienced BA and PM, Strober identifies where the BA and PM roles intersect, frames foundational role and responsibility definitions, and he stages elements of his viewpoints for more in depth conversation.
How can your organization be successful with cloud adoption? In order to accomplish this, you will need to develop careful planning and a road map with measurable metrics to help you along the way.
These stages are outlined on NetworkWorld.com in an article written by Carlos Granda, EVP with RiverMeadow, one of the best tool and solution vendors in the cloud migration space.
Stage One: Crawl
Does your company use private or public cloud options? There are benefits to each, but then there is also another vital option in the mix, the hybrid cloud option. This later one is perhaps the most important of all, because few can afford the purity of all private or all public, due both the legacy investments as well as the nature of the app stack.