What has Leadership got to do with Agile Project Management?

My Background and Goals for this Blog

I am a project manager with Quadrus Development Inc. in Calgary Alberta. I moved to Canada, with my wife Samantha, six years ago from England to be close to the Rocky Mountains as we enjoy hiking, mountain biking and snow boarding. We have a 3 month old son “Jake”, who has provided a diversion to our mountain adventures this summer, and is lots of fun.

In 1994 I was very fortunate to be involved in the creation of the agile method DSDM and have been using agile methods including FDD, Scrum and XP for the last 12 years. I am a board member of the Agile Alliance and the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN).

In addition to agile methods I am interested and active in traditional project management. I hold PRINCE2 and PMP certifications, am a contributor to the PMBOK v3 Guide and presenter at the PMI Global Congress 2004 and 2005. I teach a 2 day “Managing Agile Projects” course for the PMI as part of their travelling SeminarsWorld program, that usually generates some good debate.

The PMI and Agile events I attend often vary considerably in format and philosophy, but rather than feeling schizophrenic I believe they are both valid in the appropriate context. However, for the software development projects I have worked on in the last 20 years, the context has suited agile methods more often than traditional methods.

In this blog I would like to share my ideas on leadership and agile project management as well as engaging in conversations with readers. I will be enabling comments on this blog and encouraging feedback. As Scoble and Israel recommend in their book “Naked Conversations” I will follow the “Living Room Rule” that is “If you are a guest in my house and you are rude to me or my guests, I will ask you to be more polite. If you do not comply I will make you leave and you will not be allowed back in.” The same goes for comments, please post them, I want to hear what you think, but please be respectful.

I hope you find this site interesting, and as it grows, a useful resource for leadership and agile project management information.


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