Skeptics Anonymous, Confessions of a Recovering PMP

My name is Dottie Swanson and I’m a Skeptic …

I began my career as a software developer and grew into a Project Manager role. I thrived on the control – I could dictate delivery dates to my team without debate. They were always so quick to appease me by immediately getting to 90% completion without a hitch. They were such good soldiers by never allowing scope creep and always sticking to the requirements. Sure, there were big surprises near our delivery date, but that’s normal, right?

Then a client asked me to take a Scrum Master role on an Agile program. I was sent to a CSM course where I spent the entire two days with my arms crossed and a giant pouty face. The program kicked off and we started “failing” early, my soldiers were retreating and sabotaging Agile. My client still wanted Gantt charts. My inner cynic hit rock bottom and I felt overwhelmed – how is this ever going to work? Since the client was requiring Agile, I had to reset my thinking, seek help and get the team onboard. Once I began to embrace Agile, I was able see that the PMBOK and Agile are not mutually exclusive.

Today, I am still in recovery and require Agile on all of my programs.

Join this session to hear my experience as a skeptic and my journey so that you too can transform to an Agilist.  

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

Introduction

Woe Is Me! Transforming your mind set

Working with Naysayers on your Team or a Doubting Client

The PMBOK and Agile can coexist

Adapting to new tools and keeping the old ones that work

Closing – Embrace Agile

Q&A

Learning Outcome

We need to view traditional project management and Agile, not as opposing forces, but as tools in a toolbox. Is a wrench better than a hammer? No, they do different things. As practitioners, we need to understand which tool is right for which situation and be able to wield them all deftly.

  • Embrace Agile without skepticism
  • Understand how the PMOBOK and Scrum can coexist
  • Transform from a Project Manager to Scrum Master

Target Audience

Project Managers, Program Managers, Scrum Masters transforming from a Project Manager role, Coaches looking to help PMs transform

schedule Submitted 3 years ago

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