PRINCE2 processes vs Agile development frameworks

UPDATED: 27/05/2017 PRINCE2 has been the gold standard for project management certification for over a decade. It’s commonly a prerequisite for project managers and is recognised as being essential for keeping projects “in control” particularly in the public sector in Australia where Zen Ex Machina does a lot of its work. I think it is with…

The Lean, Agile PMO

Presentation at the Australian Computer Society 2013, Canberra Australia. In a modern world of agile processes and self-managing teams, what role does the traditional Project Management Office (PMO) play? What does an agile PMO look like and why would you want one? Is PRINCE2 still relevant in a Scrum world? How do you bring these…

Principles of Effective Project Governance

Regardless of whether you’re running an agile or waterfall project, effective project governance and stakeholder management underpins project success and results in efficient and timely decision making. Recently I was working on a project where there were times when decision making was stalled, while the Team navigated through a complex governance matrix, designed by the PMO,…

Whitepaper – Agile Adoption in Government

What are the key considerations when choosing to adopt agile methods in a government context? This whitepaper by Zen Ex Machina is aimed at government senior executives and managers. It examines the benefits of adoption of Scrum to both initiate new projects and rescued stalled ones within a government context. In this whitepaper, Zen Ex…

Dr Jekyll and Mr Scrum — a presentation on transformations to Agile

Many programs, projects and enterprises are starting to consider transforming to agile ways of working. Some start with just stand-ups. Some then call it Scrum. Others start with execution, follow it with up-front analysis and design, and then call it ‘agile’. For many, the resultant transformation is too painful with hideous results. For some, though,…

10 tips for adopting Scrum to save your project

We’ve been involved in a number of projects now to move them from their existing project management frameworks to Scrum. The reasons for the move continue to be the same: The project is still in analysis phase The project’s longer term vision is relatively unknown so it isn’t progressing The project’s wheels are spinning and…