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Agile Project Management Training – Sept 11, 12 Calgary

August 12, 2008

Plan the work. Work the plan.

That has been the maxim taught in project management circles for the better part of 50 years. If only it were that easy.

Reality has taught us that when we blindly following plans we:
* miss deadlines
* exceed budgets
* and disappoint our customers

There is a better way, and it works!

Agile, Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Lean Software Development.

In this course I will show you how to:
* setup
* execute
* and successfully wrap up your own agile project

We will cover:
* agile project initiation
* requirements gathering
* estimation
* planning
* iteration mechanics
* tracking
* team building
* roles and responsibilities
* dealing with resistance
* and effective project leadership

If you are looking to:
* build trust with your customers
* improve relationships with team members, and
* gain a competitive advantage in the market place

Register Now


Petro-Canada Centre
150 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta


September 11-12, 2008

As a former agile project lead, coach and mentor at ThoughtWorks, Jonathan was spent the greater part of the last ten years collecting, and distilling the best agile project management practices from around the world.

His experiences include leading agile projects at Microsoft, British Petroleum in the UK, AMP Capital in Sydney Australia and many other companies throughout Canada, the US, England, and Australia.


Scrum training with Innovel

June 23, 2008

Last week I participated a Scrum Master training session put on by friend and acquaintance Robin Dymond, and was very impressed.

Robin, and his company Innovel, specialize in Agile management consulting. Part of their offering is Scrum training and they have some wonderful exercises for re-enforcing some of the practices us in the industry take for granted every day.

I won’t give away any surprises, but if you and your company are looking for Scrum certification training, I highly recommend catching Robin the next time he is in town.

The class of March 2008

March 7, 2008

Just a quick note thanking everyone who attended this week’s Agile Project Management training here in Calgary.

It was great fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the discussion, debate, and laughs we shared together.

For those who are curious what we covered, you can find a description of our intensive 4 day course here.

If you are interested in joining us at our next training camp, leave a comment or drop me a line at:

jonathan.t.rasmusson at

Class of March 2008
Class of March 2008

Your project is already dead – you just don’t know it

January 25, 2008
Is your project already dead?

I see dead projects all the time.

They move.
They breathe.
They have status meetings.

We go to their Christmas parties.
Our children play with theirs.

And on the surface they look like regular, healthy projects.

But peer a little closer.
Lift the hood.
And you will make a grizzly discovery.

These projects are already dead – they just don’t know it.

They all have a story.

Many of them began with the best of intentions.
They started with the right budgets.
They had the right schedule.
Their future’s seemed golden and full of promise.
They appeared to do everything right.

And yet along the way, something went terribly wrong.

They lost the commitment of their stakeholders.
They forgot who they were,
what they are,
and why they began this journey in the first place.

They became lost.
They were everything to everyone – and nothing to no one.
They became the undead.

There are secrets.

We are not defenseless.

Ancient rituals and techniques whispered in the hallways of conferences and on blogs that talk of ways of keeping the undead at bay.

Ways of keeping stakeholders committed to projects.
Means of ensuring teams move as one.
Practices ensuring expectations are set.
And projects begin and end healthy and full of life.

Knowledge is the key.

This tutorial is a collection of techniques gathered from far away lands and brought together here, for the first time at this conference.

We will begin first be reviewing what kills most projects before they even begin, and a 45min review of the techniques themselves.

With this knowledge, we will then practice their application on a project that is not yet undead, but could be.

If you want to keep your projects healthy, and ensure they don’t succumb to the dark side, do not attend this tutorial at your own peril.

Note this material is also part of my Agile Project Management Training Course taking place this March in Calgary.

This was the title of talk I recently gave at CAMUG. The premise of the talk is that there are things we can do when serving clients to prevent our projects from going off the rails. Agile has many practices that inherently resist this (customer feedback early, deploying working software early and often). However, I feel there is a missing step that doesn’t often occur at the beginning of projects.

Mike Griffith, a fellow agile practitioner, has a great post for those interested in submitting proposals to Agile2008. If you are interested in presenting, or would like to help review existing proposals, head over to Mike’s for the details.

I submitted my proposal this morning.

Any and all feedback welcome.