Agile Lecture (Project Management)

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Hello Ivan,

I found the agile section very interesting but in my opinion you missed an opportunity here.
For me agile is not an unknown concept so when you talked about “blurred roles” it got my serious attention because I see this in my real life also as a problem. If communication comes from all directions to de developers (front end or backend) they get an information overload and we need a leader indeed.
But how will we put that leader inside that concept without ruining the concept itself and without ending in chaos.

Can you explain what your vision is to solve that problem ? Where would you put that leader en how would that affect communication ?

thnx, keep up the good work, I really love the videos

I little bit of feedback here. You started the video with the words that you’re gone talk about Agile…but you never explained what is Agile all about. Is it a concept, is it a software, is it a method?

It’s far more easier for the student if this basics to be explained in the very beginning rather then not at all.

Hi. Maybe this is off topic but I’m gonna ask anyway. I have a question about leadership. Let’s say you are in a team and the leader in the team is not so good at being a leader. What is the best solution for it? Thanks for any answer.

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Hi. That does not sound like an Ideal situation too be in…

My experiance is to try to do my best for the business, but it depends on the leader, the business, and the hole situation around the problems you have with the leader. Why is he not a good leader? Is it only you who think this, If management thinks he does a good job, I have one advise. Start applying for work somewhere else, because it’s usually not worth the hassle to try to change the situation.

That’s what i think, but again, your answer is very general and hard to give a presise answer to you.

Good luck.
Ivo

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Hey you make a good point there. I guess it adds up more to the situation and everything around it. Thanks for your answer.

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@Timmy I have been in the same situation a few times. It was daunting at first for me, then I changed my approach. Remembering “The Peter Principle”, I began the approach of “this person will fail, so, how do I help them fail gracefully with less damage”. That may be a rather harsh way to approach the situation, but someone who is leading usually knows when they are failing. Step one was to keep my game on point. Step two is to help my immediate team members succeed if my game is good. Step three is to never badmouth anyone. That last one can be the toughest if you have gossipers on your team, so, avoid situations where others can gossip. I did that by keeping some distance from others. The results consistently were; my work was impeccable, the leader gave me good references, teammates remember me when positions open. I hope this helps you!

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Thanks Michael for the response!
Its sounds really interesting and make me think of different situations. I never heard of the Peter Principle so thanks for that I will take a closer look into that principle.

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Definitely do! I encourage people every chance I can who are in any supervisory, managerial, or executive position. The short version of it is; we get promoted for two reasons- success or longevity- however, we are promoted until we reach a position that we cannot do. I would go deeper, but, I’d like for you to take a long look at it.

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This is a very interesting lesson. IMHO when we adopt these hints there are a couple of issues that should be fixed. As said an agile communication can take to blurred roles. Working properly in a team is good but as said some kind of leader is needed. So the issue is how to have an agile communication without breaking the roles and the leadership?

The second issue is in the use of MVP. Obviously customer is the king, but very often customers (even the open-minded to technology) are very conservative. So we have to fight against ourselves since we would believe in a completely different project, but money coming from conservative customer dictate a completely different line.

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Hi @ivan In my opion you are too negative about other ways of running projects than Agile (for example waterfall projects). Agile is for sure not the silver bullet for Every project (lots of articles about this and also my personal experience). I am running many SAP programs >3 million euro for large multinational company’s they are coming back on Agile and product teams. You can’t have all required skills in your team when you are doing programs in a large organization. Agile teams are really focused on their own backlog and not how it interacts with other (Agile teams)

My conclusion first think carefully what fits best in every project to use as implementation methodology (or do certain parts Agile and others whaterfall). Agile fits most of the times best in development projects.

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