Articles

A Study: EXTENDING AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT BEYOND SOFTWARE INDUSTRY

Submitted by:  Danijela Ciric 

With its roots in the Agile Manifesto, which expresses the key principles and values of the movement, and after 15 years of maturation, agile project management (APM) now becoming mainstream and a cutting-edge project management approach in fast competitive markets, with fast changing technologies, innovation-driven clients, and high level of uncertainties. Up to now, APM has been adopted for software development in thousands of companies around the world and it is on the rise according to 2015 PMI’s Pulse of the Profession  report (PMI, 2015) with 38 percent of responding companies reporting its frequent use, which is 8 percentage points up since 2013.   Although agile-related topics are discussed, primarily, in IT and software related literature, ability to manage changing priorities, team productivity, customer satisfaction, effectiveness in resolving unexpected risks, as building blocks of APM, are for sure something that is desirable beyond software industry but still there is a lack of understanding and well defined instructions how to apply particular Agile in other domains, how to identify situations when APM might be a better solution and how to help organizations integrate agile practices into their traditional processes.  Therefore, with the increased use of APM in the last decade, it is of utmost importance to clarify whether and how this concept translates outside of software domain and whether it coexists with or replaces traditional project management and under which conditions.

As part of my thesis, I am exploring the application of agile project management approach beyond software industry. Specifically, I am trying to assess whether agile approach may be applicable and useful outside the software industry and whether agile project management, in a particular environment, have something to offer to organizations in terms of more effective execution of projects of certain characteristics(project size, degree of innovation, type of innovation, and size of the project team, etc.).

Finally, thank you very much in taking your valuable time considering responding to the enclosed questionnaire. Your input is very much appreciated.

Link to questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PMI_thesis_research_grant

This research is supported by the Project Management Institute, under the PMI Thesis Research Grant Program and is one of the few in the world to receive PMI’s investment in a very competitive selection, judged by a committee of world-leading academics and practitioners.


About the Researcher:

 

Danijela Ciric

Danijela Ciric is a researcher and a teaching assistant at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad.  She is a final year PhD candidate. Her topics of interest are project management, innovation management, innovations, new technologies in engineering and management. She is engaged in teaching courses in the field of innovation, new product development and project management. She holds MSc in Economics. Through Erasmus Mundus programme of European Commission she was a scholar and a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Economics, University of Split, Croatia in 2017, and at the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary in 2018.  She was granted with highly prestigious Thesis Research Grant from Project Management Institute (PMI), for the proposed research. Proposed research is one of the few in the world to receive PMI’s investment in a very competitive selection, judged by a committee of world-leading academics and practitioners. During her professional career Danijela participated in more than 10 HEIs capacity building and scientific projects, as a consultant, researcher or project manager. Currently she is engaged as a project manager in two major international projects coordinated by the Faculty of Technical Sciences and as a consultant in the project Novi Sad- European capital of culture 2021. Novi Sad was named 2021 European Capital of Culture, making it the first city in a candidate country to ever hold the prestigious title and this is one of the biggest projects implemented on the local level so far. She also closely cooperates with the Belt and Road Institute in Serbia, and is being engaged in projects related to Belt and Road initiatives.


2017 PDD Speaker: Rachel Bambusch (5/13/18 - 6/3/18)

Watch on Olelo Channel 53:

2017 PDD* Speaker:  Rachel Bambusch

Presenting:  Bridging the Gap in a Multigenerational Workforce

       

Rachel Bambusch

*PDD = Professional Development Day

Cablecast Schedule

Dates and times:

May 13 at 12pm

May 20 at 12pm

May 27 at 12pm

June 3 at 12pm

 

Speaker Biography:

Rachel Bambusch is an ASQ certified Black Belt with a diverse background in engineering, management consulting, and operational excellence. She has a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in Civil Engineering and is currently the Performance Excellence Program Manager at HMSA where she utilizes Lean Six Sigma and Change Management to increase quality and organizational efficiency.

Synopsis:

Rachel Bambusch explores the generational gaps and stereotypes that currently exist in a multigenerational workforce.


Spotlight on Dr. Kenneth Smith, PMP

 Meet One of Our Chapter Members

Dr. Kenneth F. Smith, PMP is a world traveler and Project Management consultant, military veteran, retired Air Force Reserve Colonel, and an active member of PMI Honolulu Hawaii Chapter (PMIHNL).

I asked Ken if he’d be willing to chat with me for this article because he’s been a long time member of PMIHNL (since 2009) and PMI (since 1977) - and has the shortest PMI ID number I’d ever seen!  You may have seen him when he was a speaker at our Professional Development Days (PDD) or at one our monthly events.  At first I thought he’d be an interesting person to meet and write about.  He’s more than that.  I walked away genuinely impressed with all that he has done for project management, all he has done in his life, and that he continues to give back after 33 years.  He’s not just a long time member.  He’s accomplished more than the average person.  He was previously a U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer for U.S. Agency for International Development, serving overseas primarily in Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, and Indonesia.  Served as a U.S. Civil Service Management Analyst and Systems Specialist for the U.S. Defense Department, Navy, and Air Force.  His work and consultancy scope includes Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Peoples Republic of China, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, & Vietnam.

Formerly of the Washington D.C. Chapter, he joined the Honolulu Hawaii Chapter when he moved here in 2009.  He also has a close association with the Philippines Chapter as he was asked to help them get organized and set up as an official PMI chapter.  He continues to travel there to conduct symposiums and seminars.

He’s recorded a video available on ProjectManagement.com called BEYOND EARNED VALUE: The Project Performance Index (PPI) & TriColor Traffic Light System.

He’s written a number of articles also available including “Earned Value: Monitoring Projects More Effectively”, “Integrated Project Performance Status (IPPSTAT) Template”, and “Teachable Moments: The Rubber Improvement Project”Some of these are only available to members.

In addition to what was published there, Ken generously provided PMIHNL with two other papers:  “SHORT HISTORY OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT” (from the latest symposium presentation he conducted) and “MONITOR YOUR PROJECTS MORE EFFECTIVELY! EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT “EARNED VALUE” THAT MAY HELP YOU TO DO SO” (an update to the article above).  Available for download by members here.

Ken’s latest contribution went back to PMI.org when he reviewed a preview copy of the PMBOK® 6th edition and provided feedback.

Did I mention Ken is an active member?  The moral of the story is that we have awesome members in our chapter who give back in many ways.  Let us all learn by his example.

A few more thoughts from Ken:

Why Hawaii?  “Hawaii is the only place that actually looks like its post cards!”

What message would you give to a new PMI member about why joining PMIHNL is important?  “It’s great for networking with other people that are in the business.  We all come from different sectors and industries but we all talk the same language (project management).  Every process is a potential project.”

What message would you give to someone who has been a PM for a long time? “Keep plugging away!”

Want to meet Ken or see his presentations for yourself?  You’re in luck.  Ken will be presenting “Smith Grid for Teambuilding Your Board” at the PMI Region 7 Leadership Summit on March 22-24, 2018 at Ala Moana Hotel. 

Be sure to attend!  Normally only open to chapter leaders like your Board of Directors, this year, all PMI members are invited to attend!  Take advantage of this opportunity to earn PDUs and meet leaders from other chapters in our region.

By:  Audrey Jewell, PMP, 2018 Communications Director