Accidental Agile Project Manager
PPC Group, LLC
October 09, 2020
What's an accidental agile project manager, you ask? Anyone who suddenly and unexpectedly finds themselves responsible for an agile project. Maybe the home remodel project turned out to be a little more difficult and complex than you expected. An organization you volunteer for may need a project to build a new wing for an orphanage and asks you to help. Or your manager gave you a project management book and put you in charge of an important work project. In business, it's not uncommon to see team leaders doing project managers' work, and they may not even be aware.
Congratulations, you just became an accidental agile project manager!
This book is the missing agile project management "quick start" guide for beginners, accidental, aspiring new agile project managers, and for those exploring agile project management careers or looking for a refresher.
A process and an acronym will help the accidental agile project manager remember the essential steps of projects. It's Ray's PROJECT method:
Chapter #1: The "P" - P is for People
Chapter #2: The "R" - R is for Requirements
Chapter #3: The "O" - O is for Organize
Chapter #4: The "J" - J is for Jell
Chapter #5: The "E" - E is for Execute
Chapter #6: The "C" - C is for Control
Chapter #7: The "T" - T is for Transfer
The purpose of the PROJECT method is to get you started quickly, not make you an expert or teach you everything you need to know. This book is written as a business fable to help deliver the messages. It follows the method as it is applied to a fictional yet realistic organization and accidental agile project manager. This makes the character and the process more relatable and memorable to the reader.
Each chapter is devoted to a step of the method and ends with "Knowledge Nuggets" – tips, basic project management templates, and references for further reading and study. References include sections of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), the Project Management Institute's (PMI) standards for project management, and Agile Practice Guide.
- Stakeholder Register
- Communications Plan
- Requirements Plan
- Requirements Document (User Stories)
- Product Backlog
- Milestone Plan
- Burndown Chart
- Virtual Team Contact
- Kickoff Agenda
- Lessons Learned
- Status Report
- Team Member Evaluation
- Lessons Learned
All templates are available online and ready-to-use with pre-filled examples.
Tags: Agile, Leadership, Management
Risk Assessment Framework: Successfully Navigating Uncertainty
PPC Group, LLC
October 25, 2019
All initiatives start with uncertainty, creating consequences ranging from unfulfilled plans to total organizational failure. Yet ongoing research has shown risk management to be a frequently neglected area of planning. A framework is a simple, basic conceptual structure of a process, modifiable to fit the needs and circumstances of initiatives, whether they be projects, programs, operations, or even a collection of activities.
Risk Assessment Framework provides a complete framework and a recommended means of implementation to establish a complete, reusable, and sustainable risk management methodology for any initiative. Tools, templates, forms, and guidance provide support for the implementation of the framework. It is up to the initiative manager to review the framework, tailor the framework to be appropriate for the initiative as needed, and select tools and techniques to support the tailored framework.
Whether you are an aspiring, new, accidental, or experienced manager, this book will help you successfully navigate uncertainty for any effort.
Tags: Management, Leadership, Risk Management
Accidental Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 Days
PPC Group, LLC
July 02, 2018
When a manager is pressed to find a project manager for an important client, he looks to Rhett Sero, our to-be hero. He introduces Rhett to Heda Heldenmacher, a noted project management consultant. Heda introduces Rhett to the PROJECT methodology and spends seven days with him to prepare.
Designed to increase success, this book is for accidental and new project managers, beginning project management learners, and those exploring project management careers or looking for a refresher. Told in the form of a business fable, concepts are put in everyday terms and stories make it more memorable.
Everything you need to get started in an easy-to-read book. Each chapter includes a project management tip, reading selections from the PMBOK Guide, and additional learning resources. A set of more than a dozen ready-to-use templates is available online.
This is the story of the invaluable lessons Rhett learns transforming from Sero to Hero!
Tags: Management, Leadership, Project Management