Baby steps in an agile world

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A totally reworked version of my Project Management presentations focusing on agile adoption. Not sure the slides are all that helpful without the audio but enjoy!

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    1. 1. Baby steps in an Agile world<br />Agile strategies and techniques that will save your sanity while making your committee better. Probably.<br />
    2. 2. None of what I talk about here has anything to do with individuals or groups specifically. After going through two redesigns of the campus web presence, spending two years on a large scale campus project, and working with countless clients in the *real world* along with Startups I have devised the following “Agile story.” Use at your own risk.<br />Disclaimer<br />
    3. 3. http://gapingvoid.com/ms2125.jpg<br />
    4. 4. # S: (adj) agile, nimble, quick, spry (moving quickly and lightly) &quot;sleek and agile as a gymnast&quot;; &quot;as nimble as a deer&quot;; &quot;nimble fingers&quot;; &quot;quick of foot&quot;; &quot;the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it&quot;<br />- http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=agile<br />
    5. 5. Agile Manifesto <br />Individuals and interactions over processes and tools<br />Working software over comprehensive documentation<br />Customer collaboration over contract negotiation<br />Responding to change over following a plan<br />http://agilemanifesto.org/<br />
    6. 6. User stories<br />Customer focus: “Improve the results of searching for jobs.”<br />Make them elevator friendly: 30 seconds to explain or less.<br />Make them the right size: Something that can be done in a week or two.<br />Make them testable: “A user can mark 5 jobs for a follow-up in under 2 min”<br />
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    14. 14. From http://www.flickr.com/photos/orcmid/3879384912/<br />
    15. 15. People that don’t work in the same physical space need software.<br />
    16. 16. Basecamp<br />
    17. 17. Overall feature or story item<br />Tasks or stories<br />Who is responsible, when is it to be done, comments, was it complete?<br />
    18. 18. Pivotal tracker<br />
    19. 19. Time estimation and management<br />
    20. 20. http://web.hbr.org/email/archive/managementtip.php?date=120309<br />
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    24. 24. Other software components<br />Besides Basecamp or Pivotal Tracker?<br />Word, Excel, notepad…<br />
    25. 25. Integrate version control with bug reporting and fixing.<br />
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    27. 27. Process<br />Item is completed<br />Fix is tested, status is reported and changed<br />User has feedback added, feedback assessed<br />New story is written or item is reopened<br />Back to step 1<br />
    28. 28. Use a process that works for you.<br />
    29. 29. In short<br />Use Basecamp or excel or a word document<br />Break down the project for the sponsor (and you)<br />Provide time estimates for each phase<br />Share information, open up<br />
    30. 30. About me.<br />Jesse Rodgers<br />Associate Director, VeloCity -- University of Waterloo<br />Blog: http://whoyoucallingajesse.com <br />Twitter: http://twitter.com/jrodgers<br />Email: jrodgers@uwaterloo.ca<br />

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