Philosophy of Agile – Axthelm

When you research what the Agile manifesto is you find terms like “Mindset”, “Methodology”, “Umbrella”. Many methodologies/frameworks are described as being ‘Agile’. However, when teams attempt to work with Agile they focus on implementing a framework instead of Agile itself; is that because Agile is too nebulous to adhere to? Instead of asking ‘how’ to be Agile, lets ask what Agile is trying to convey in philosophical terms. What is it about Agile that helps projects and teams succeed? What can we learn from Agile, isolated from a particular methodology?

In this talk we’ll take that step back and looks at Agile as a company, team, and personal philosophy. The Agile Manifesto and Principles will be explored and analyzed common themes and a deeper meaning. We will look at Agile in terms of its adaptability, flexibility, and structure for concepts of risk mitigation, communication, and value add. We will discuss the broad ideas of, and distinct differences between, collaboration, negotiations, and interactions. Finally, the talk will dive a little into project methodologies to see how they bring the philosophy of Agile into practice.

PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management (Ways of Working)

How to save a troubled project: A case study of transitioning to Takt Time at project closeout – Rines

Takt time is a planning tool, with careful attention to balancing workflow, for setting up a project to complete on time. How do you shift the culture of a project from full-on production to closeout to stop the bleeding of time? This paper will explore the challenges of implementing a paradigm-shifting workforce management plan in the closeout phase when the project was executed with poor original planning and an incomplete critical path method schedule. This paper will address the multiple lessons learned from the practical application of executing a collaborative endeavor involving owner, contractor and subcontractors to switch everyone’s thinking from push to pull planning.

PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management (Ways of Working)