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…

Silicon Review names ZXM as one of the 50 Smartest Companies for 2016

We are excited to announce that we have been named by the Silicon Review as one of the 50 smartest companies for 2016. Its been a fantiastic achievement and we would like to thank all our wonderful staff and clients for helping us achieve this fantastic recognition by peers in our field. The Silicon Review…

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,…

Why Agile doesn’t work and what to do about it

With one of our offices in Canberra — the seat of the Federal Government in Australia — I’ve been hearing that a number of departments and agencies have tried Agile, but failed. Unfortunately, some seem to then return to their old Waterfall processes. What, though, it at the heart of the failure of Agile to…

Waterfall vs. Agile – a knowledge problem, not a requirements problem

Even though the Project Management Institute (PMI) began accepting applications for their Certified Practitioner program over a year ago now, many experienced, veteran project managers still disregard agile methods and stress the importance of Waterfall approaches. Their rationale is simple: Premise: Many projects fail because they have poor planning, analysis and design The literature over…