Agile Development Practices 2008: The Agile PMP: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Michael Cottmeyer, VersionOne, Inc.

Agile methods put a great deal of emphasis on trust, empowerment, and collaboration. Agile moves us away from command and control project management toward an approach designed to harness the passion, creativity, and enthusiasm of the team. A successful transition to agile project management hinges largely on how well traditional project managers are able to adopt new ways of thinking about project structure and control. Building on the principles of PMI® and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), Mike will explore how a PMP can adapt their knowledge and experience to become an effective agile project leader. Mike will tackle the hidden assumptions behind the PMBOK and explore a more agile approach to managing time, cost, and scope. He will take an in-depth look at the PMI Processes and Knowledge areas and explore how to adapt them to agile projects. Project managers, business analysts, and other stakeholders will leave with a new way of thinking about project management best practices and new tools for delivering value in the face of uncertainty.

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