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Être Agile, c’est une réalité chez Pyxis…

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Pyxis est un grand acteur « Agile » dans le monde francophone. D’ailleurs, François Beauregard, fondateur et président de Pyxis, est l’une de toutes premières personnes francophones certifiées « formateur Scrum ».

J’ai eu l’occasion de rendre visite à François dans les locaux de l’entreprise. Et, je ne vous cache pas, j’ai été frappé par la matérialisation d’éléments clés de l’approche Agile.

La transparence. L’espace des bureaux est grand ouvert. Personne ne se cache et personne n’a rien à cacher (à l’exception, peut-être, du lait pour les invités surprise! ). Nul besoin de passer un coup de fil avant d’aller poser une question à un collègue. Ainsi, la communication et la collaboration se voient renforcées sans effort. Un peu partout sur les quelques murs disponibles, il y a des « post-its » avec plein de couleurs, sans doute les résultats de discussions sur des items sortis directement du backlog d’un produit et qu’on a essayés de prioriser en utilisant les couleurs et les positions. Mais, ce qui est plus marquant, ce sont les bureaux sur des roulettes! Rien n’empêche des collègues qui travaillent ensemble sur un même projet de s’organiser comme ils veulent, à même les positions et les dispositions de leurs bureaux!

Je n’ai pas eu l’occasion de passer plus de temps avec les collègues de François, mais je ne doute pas que la même dynamique et philosophie d’agilité régnent dans leurs quotidiens.

Sif,

Même les petits gestes peuvent avoir un grand impact.

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January 29, 2010 at 3:40 am

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Haiti Earthquake (January the 12th 2010), Why such disaster?

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I’m so saddened by what happened in Haiti this week (January the 12th 2010, 5pm local time) and I’m sure not to be the only one. There is more that 17 million results about the subject on the Internet.

My big questions are the following:

Why there was no warning about it before it happened? Where are all the scientists of the world who are monitoring this? What are all those satellites doing over ours heads if they can’t save some souls from such disaster? Aren’t we so developed to predict such things?

Perhaps I’m wrong! But I didn’t hear any where about any initiative to notify the local authorities. And I’m pretty sure that if a message was sent a ten or five minutes before it happened, it would save some people from this apocalyptic event.

If this entire science advance and all the technologies we have aren’t able to help us with such situation, this perhaps means that we are on the wrong track!!

I know that earthquakes have a chaotic behaviour. Thus, they are very hard to be predicted with certitude. But I know also that they are preceded by signs that animals can detect, and if animals can do it why can’t we do so???

Unfortunately, all what I said will not help so much now. I hope only that we will learn some lessons from that; but notice that the price was so high!

For now, we can at least help the survivors so they can come back to life. You can help and anyone can do so…

Sif E. Elharti,

Even small acts can have a great impact…

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January 16, 2010 at 2:09 am

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Project Management: Part 2 – Basic concepts

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Project

The PMI definition of a project in the PMBOK Guide fourth edition is as following: “A project is a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result.” (page 5).

It comes out from this definition that a project has the following characteristics:

  • First of all, a unique target or goal: this can be either a physical result as a build a bridge or a house, or logical result as an audit report about a company. This last example even if it may seem physical (a report) but actually the result is the content, analysis and recommendations, and not the physical container used to express it.
  •  The second characteristic is the limitation in time: a project has a starting and ending dates. And the term “temporary” is the PMBOK definition is used to enforce this characteristic.

Project / operation / Product

The second characteristic above mustn’t be neglected since many people are mixing project, operation and product concepts.

Let’s clarify that through some examples. Build a house, for a building company, is a project. Each new house is a new project even if the same tasks must be done repetitively. On the other hand, paying employees (builders for example) is an operation, a repetitive task with a unique goal but with no ending date while the company is active.  For software providers, a product is the deliverable software that responds to some users needs. It has no ending date while the product is on the market and maintained. Yet, working on each new version or release of that product is a project with the new version as target and a timeframe within which it should be done.

Notice here the use “should” instead of “must” or “will”. All project stakeholders would like it to be “will” but, unfortunately, it’s not the case because things don’t go always as we want them to do (We will more see about that in further posts). But for now, just remember a project has a starting date and “must” have an ending date even if it’s aborted.

See you later

Sif E. Elharti,

Even small acts can have a great impact…

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January 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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Project Management: Part 1 – Getting started

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Project management is a real challenging world. Indeed, there is no magical recipe that guaranties a 100% result. This is a built-in characteristic of this domain. – It’s not the only one, for sure, but let’s focus on this one only -. It remains in our limited capacities to surround all the elements that may, directly or indirectly, influence our project path. But fortunately, we have a great gift from the nature: learning capacities.

Thus, a large number of organisations, thinkers and experimented persons tried, and are still trying, to define standards, frameworks, check lists and tools (theoretical and practical) for project management. Those are the result of a long-term experience (starting from, or may be before, The Great Alexander to nowadays) and all the learned lessons aggregated. The main purpose is to help project managers to reduce, as much as possible, the difference between actual results and expected outcomes throughout the project life.

Before going further, we will need to ensure some concepts as basic as what is a project? What is a result (real or expected)? We will also need to specify what does “reduce the distance” means? Is there a measuring system? What is a project life? And so many other questions we will encounter and try to answer during our journey in this large ocean.

Once we are done with that, and it will be neither a short nor an easy task, we will explore other facets not less important as Priority, Focus, Causal set and more other elements that affect project life or may help to make better decisions.

We will refer principally to PMBOk fourth edition (Project Management Base Of Knowledge) the PMIs (Project management Institute) standard for Project management.

See you later,

Sif,

Even small acts can have a great impact…

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January 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

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Happy New Year 2o1o

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Each second that we will have is a gift
Enjoy it
And try to make from it a step to a better world
I wish you a happy and succesful year

Sif

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January 1, 2010 at 2:00 am

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