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063: Applying a Disciplined Agile Mindset to the PMO with Scott Ambler

PMO Strategies

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers!.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-420{width:100% !important;margin-top : 0px;margin-bottom : 0px;}.fusion-builder-column-420 > .fusion-column-wrapper {padding-top : 0 !important;padding-right : 0 !important;margin-right : 0px;padding-bottom : 0 !important;padding-left : 0 !important;margin-left : 0px;}@media only screen and (max-width:1024px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-420{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-420 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 0px;margin-left : 0px;}}@media only screen and (max-width:640px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-420{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-420 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 0px;margin-left : 0px;}}.fusion-body .fusion-flex-container.fusion-builder-row-376{ padding-top : 0px;margin-top : 0;padding-right : 0px;padding-bottom : 0px;margin-bottom : 0;padding-left : 0px;}PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-421{width:100% !important;margin-top : 0px;margin-bottom : 20px;}.fusion-builder-column-421 > .fusion-column-wrapper {padding-top : 0px !important;padding-right : 0px !important;margin-right : 0px;padding-bottom : 0px !important;padding-left : 0px !important;margin-left : 0px;}@media only screen and (max-width:1024px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-421{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-421 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 0px;margin-left : 0px;}}@media only screen and (max-width:640px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-421{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-421 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 0px;margin-left : 0px;}}Hi, there IMPACT Drivers!Have you heard of Disciplined Agile?I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Scott Ambler, the Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at the Project Management Institute (PMI) and he’s introduced me to Disciplined Agile and I LOVE IT! It’s the perfect approach to putting common sense into common practice. It’s not a framework or methodology, but more of a toolkit of guidance and resources to help you make good decisions to have a more Agile approach to implementing your PMO, products, and projects.Scott is diving deep on this topic at the PMO IMPACT Summit and has agreed to give us a brief overview of Disciplined Agile and how that mindset applies to the PMO for this week’s podcast.In this episode, you’ll learn:what Disciplined Agile is all abouthow the principles of Disciplined Agile create opportunities for PMOswhy Disciplined Agile is so important to the future of project workhow the Disciplined Agile mindset applies to the PMO.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-422{width:100% !important;margin-top : 0px;margin-bottom : 0px;}.fusion-builder-column-422 > .fusion-column-wrapper {padding-top : 0 !important;padding-right : 0 !important;margin-right : 0px;padding-bottom : 0 !important;padding-left : 0 !important;margin-left : 0px;}@media only screen and (max-width:1024px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-422{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-422 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 0px;margin-left : 0px;}}@media only screen and (max-width:640px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-422{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-422 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 0px;margin-left : 0px;}}Imagine it, achieve it, and make an impact with Clarizen’s enterprise collaborative work management solution.Clarizen offers the only adaptive solution on the market for enterprise collaborative work management. Their solution enables you to work in whatever manner you want – whether waterfall, agile, or a combination of the two. Companies find immense value in the visibility the solution brings across many workstreams at a company – regardless of where the work is being done.  People quickly turn ideas into strategies, plans,


30 Aug 2020

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Leveraging Thought Leadership | Scott Ambler | 246

Leveraging Thought Leadership

Today’s guest is Scott Ambler, Project Management Institute Vice President and Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile.  Scott is the co-creator of the Disciplined Agile Toolkit, author of Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery, and Choose Your WoW. Scott talks with us about the creation and evolution of the Disciplined Agile Toolkit and how businesses can use it to create agile teams capable of responding to various situations properly regardless of their skillset, then adjust in the future as they learn and grow. We discuss the position of Disciplined Agile at PMI and how the two work and learn together to be a stronger single organization and how PMI has allowed stronger creation of communities that include chapters all over the world helping people learn and expand their knowledge. Three Key Takeaways: ·         How thought leaders can use Agile Discipline to better adjust to any situation. ·         Why thought leaders should not get stuck in a “best practice” might not be for the best. ·         Why thought leaders need to focus on creating communities and what can be gained from them.


9 Aug 2020

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Scott Ambler on Disciplined Agile and Agile Beyond Software Teams

Engineering Culture by InfoQ

In this podcast recorded at Agile 2019, Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Scott Ambler of Disciplined Agile about the DA toolkit and taking agile beyond software devlopmentWhy listen to this podcast• Disciplined Agile is a toolkit which provides a view of agile adoption at four levels – software development, DevOps, IT departments and whole enterprise• The toolkit provides context and questions to help you to make better choices for the specific context each team is working in and to do process improvement • Consistency across teams should not be a goal of agile adoption – each team is different, and they must inspect and adapt in ways that work best for their context. There is no one size fits all• Guided continuous improvement gives teams and organisations a head start on improvement by identifying patterns that have worked elsewhere, showing the choices available and the trade-offs that need to be made between different approaches• Good governance is all about motivation, enablement, monitoring and transparency, ideally with an automated framework – not bureaucracy and manual checks. Transparency over false predictabilityMore on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ https://bit.ly/3fwQyiZYou can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVqSubscribe: www.youtube.com/infoqLike InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQFollow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoqCheck the landing page on InfoQ: https://bit.ly/3fwQyiZ


15 Jun 2020

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Scott Ambler on PMI's Acquisition of Disciplined Agile

Agile and Project Management - DrunkenPM Radio

In August of 2019, The Project Management Institute announced that it had acquired Disciplined Agile. According to Mark Lines, who together with Scott Ambler created Disciplined Agile, " The Disciplined Agile approach recognizes that every organization is different, and within each organization, there are different ways of working. The Disciplined Agile approach meets you where you are and allows you to tailor solutions for the way that you and your organization need to work.”The acquisition of DA is part of the PMI's continued effort to bring valuable tools and methods to the hands of people whose work involves management, enablement, support and delivery of projects and products. In this episode of the podcast, Scott Ambler who co-created Disciplined Agile together with Mark Lines, shares his thoughts on what this change means for those who practice a Disciplined Agile approach, those who follow a more traditional approach and why the PMI and DA have so much to offer each other. 2019 PMI Global CongressMark Lines will be presenting at PMI Global Congress on Sunday, October 6 at 10:05 AM. For more info: https://sched.co/VH9TContacting ScottBlog: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blogs/578692/Disciplined-AgileDisciplined Agile site: http://disciplinedagiledelivery.com ProjectManagement.com: https://www.projectmanagement.com/profile/ScottAmbler/Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottwambler


5 Oct 2019

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Read Widely and Always be Willing to Learn from Others with Scott Ambler

IT Career Energizer

Phil’s guest on this episode of the IT Career Energizer podcast is Scott Ambler. Scott works with organisations around the world to help them to improve their software processes.  He provides training, coaching and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organisational level. He is also the founder of the Agile Modelling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methods and co-founder of Disciplined Agile (DA). In this episode, Phil and Scott discuss why Scott got interested in agile and continues to develop it. How he helps large organisations to change the way they work by leveraging the experiences of other organisations. They talk about how to effectively test the architecture of a system, at an early stage, and why it must be done. KEY TAKEAWAYS: (6.41) TOP CAREER TIP Read widely. You need to be constantly consuming information from a wide range of sources. (7.46) WORST CAREER MOMENT Many years ago, Scott ended up working with a strong team who were handicapped by having to use technology that basically did not work. The different parts of the system could not talk to each other and the database could not handle negative numbers. Worse, these fundamental flaws could not be fixed. Months later, it all crashed and burned. The experience taught Scott the benefits of testing early. You have to prove the architecture as soon as possible. (10.59) CAREER HIGHLIGHT Scott really enjoys seeing software and systems he has worked on being used when he walks down the street. He also loves the fact he is still in touch with some of the teams he worked with, in the past. Working with great people has been something he feels has been a highlight of his career. (12.51) THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T The complexity and variety of the work you do as an IT professional is what helps to make things so interesting. Given the fact that the world is in a constant state of flux, Scott believes there will always be interesting challenges to tackle. (14.15) THE REVEAL What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – At university, Scott decided to take computer science because he had enjoyed programming since high school. So, a career in IT was a natural progression for him. What’s the best career advice you received? – Read often. What’s the worst career advice you received? – Focus on one technology. What would you do if you started your career now? – Scott says he would probably follow a similar path. But, he would want to work on a legacy system. He explains why that is, in the podcast. What are your current career objectives? – Scott wants to dive deeper into understanding why certain approaches work and others don’t. He wants to be able to answer these fundamental questions. What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Being a good writer. How do you keep your own career energized? – Being curious and always striving to learn something new. What do you do away from technology? – Scott loves cycling. He also collects Atari 8 consoles and old computers. (20.22) FINAL CAREER TIP Continually expand your skillset and take every opportunity to learn from others. And always question what you do. Develop several core specialities. But, be sure to look beyond them. Work to understand the challenges of the business you work for and always be willing to pick up new skills. BEST MOMENTS (5.06) – Scott - “Own your own process, choose your way of working.” (6.41) – Scott - “Always be trying to learn, always be reading and read widely.” (9.59) – Scott - “It is important to test early and prove the architectures working code.” (18.14) – Scott - “Being able to communicate, particularly using the written word is still absolutely critical.” (21.13) – Scott - “Always be willing to pick up new skills and work with others.” ABOUT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS Phil Burgess is an independent IT consultant who has spent the last 20 years helping organisations to design, develop and implement software solutions.  Phil has always had an interest in helping others to develop and advance their careers.  And in 2017 Phil started the I.T. Career Energizer podcast to try to help as many people as possible to learn from the career advice and experiences of those that have been, and still are, on that same career journey. CONTACT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS Phil can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms: Twitter: https://twitter.com/philtechcareer LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess Facebook: https://facebook.com/philtechcareer Instagram: https://instagram.com/philtechcareer Website: https://itcareerenergizer.com/contact Phil is also reachable by email at phil@itcareerenergizer.com and via the podcast’s website, https://itcareerenergizer.com Join the I.T. Career Energizer Community on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ITCareerEnergizer ABOUT THE GUEST – SCOTT AMBLER Scott Ambler works with organisations around the world to help them to improve their software processes.  He provides training, coaching and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organisational level. He is also the founder of the Agile Modelling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methods and co-founder of Disciplined Agile (DA). CONTACT THE GUEST – SCOTT AMBLER Scott Ambler can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms: Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/scottwambler LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sambler Website: https://www.scottambler.com/index.html


16 Sep 2019

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S2 E30 What is Agile? - Scott Ambler Interview

How To Code Well

Scott Ambler joins me to talk about Agile development in today's How To Code Well podcastScott Ambler is a disciplined agilist and chief scientist at 'Disciplined Agile'.Scott explains what agile is and how it can benefit a projects life cycle. Scott mentions that agile is not only suited to software development and gives some great examples of where agile can be used outside of web development.We also discuss the differences between agile and other strategies such as the waterfall methodology.

1hr 1min

26 Jul 2019

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#57 Agile For The Enterprise - with Scott Ambler

Being Human

> Sign Up For Our Newsletter: http://www.firsthuman.com/being-human-newsletter/In this episode, I explore the enterprise perspective on Agile with Scott Ambler, Chief Scientist at Disciplined Agile. We talk:- Guided Continuous Improvement and the Kaizen Loop- Why it's best to think in terms of options and not best practices- The need for "rolling wave" budgeting- The role of the Architecture Owner- The danger of Lean = job cuts and why safety is key to transformationEnjoy!Links:http://www.disciplined-agile.com/ 

1hr 14mins

25 Apr 2019

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Scott Ambler - Agile2018

Agile Toolkit Podcast

Scott Ambler joined Bob on the podcast at Agile2018.  Hear about Scott's Agile2018 talks "Database DevOps: Strategies to Address DevOps' "Last Mile" and "Agile Architecture: Mindset, skills, and practices." Connect with Bob on Twitter and @LitheSpeed.


28 Sep 2018

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Scott Ambler - Disciplined Agile Framework

Agile and Project Management - DrunkenPM Radio

For large scale organizations that need to scale Agile, one of the biggest challenges is selecting the option that will fit best. In this interview Scott Ambler, co-creator of the Disciplined Agile framework offers explains the origin of DisciplinedAgile, what makes it different than the other scaling options and how to handle some of the more common issues facing traditional orgs that are trying to adopt Agile and handle governance.SHOW NOTES00:07 Interview Begins00:35 Background on the Disciplined Agile Framework01:34 The Origin of Disciplined Agile and what it was designed to help with05:01 What drives organizations to want one common way to practice Agile 06:13 How Disciplined Agile responds to the desire for one process to rule them all08:36 If you support multiple approaches to development, how do you bring it all together from a governance perspective and how do you communicate with management about process and progress?11:10 If you are going to govern, what should you actually be governing?12:30 Do we really want the PMO to be in charge of governing all aspects of the work?13:20 How Disciplined Agile looks at the bigger picture with respect to governance15:55 Making room for someone who can watch how things are being measured and keeping track of performance16:39 We do not want to inflict the same process on 50 different teams. We need to up our game and look at the full enterprise picture17:24 Everything in the complex adaptive system impact everything else in the system17:56 The difference between Disciplined Agile and the other options for scaling Agile20:55 There is no such thing as a best practice… EVER21:08 If you want to be effective, pick and choose the techniques that work for you22:50 Teaching them how to make decisions on their own, rather than just prescribing a solution23:15 Getting qualified, experienced coaches to help you adopt Disciplined Agile25:19 How Disciplined Agile makes sure the people teaching it are experienced it and know what they are doing26:42 The first step is not to park your brain at the door. Hire someone who has experience and knows what they are doing.27:25 The legions of Agile coaches … a 4 day class does not make you an experienced expert28:55 Avoiding the trap of hiring “experts” who have merely completed few days of training30:20 Making the case to senior leadership for taking a more mindful approach, despite the additional risk and effort31:36 If it took your organization decades to get into the state they are in now, it is not going to go away overnight32:50 The investment is more than just dollars34:44 No matter how good we are, there is always something more we can tweak to get better35:12 Organizations need to wake up, observe and have an honest discussion - make the bigger picture obvious36:47 If you want to get in touch with Scott37:44 Scott’s upcoming speaking events38:22 Interview EndsFOR MORE INFORMATION ON SCOTT AMBLER AND DISCIPLINED AGILEhttp://scottambler.com http://www.disciplinedagiledelivery.com https://disciplinedagileconsortium.org


6 Mar 2018

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Scott Ambler - Disciplined Agile Delivery

The Work/Life Balance

Rick will be interviewing Scott Ambler, (co)-creator of the Agile Modeling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methodologies and the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework. The Disciplined Agile (DA) process decision framework provides light-weight guidance to help organizations streamline their information technology (IT) and business processes in a context-sensitive manner. It does this by showing how the various activities such as solution delivery, operations, enterprise architecture, portfolio management, finance, security, legal, and many others work together. The framework also describes what these activities should address, provides a range of options for doing so, and describes the tradeoffs associated with each option. In effect, DA provides the process foundation for business agility. Please do not miss the opportunity to hear from one of the true leaders in the Agile Community!


2 Feb 2018