five tips for scrum project management

How to Get the Most out of Your Scrum Board?

What exactly is Scrum? Scrum project management provides autonomy to every member. The teams are self-directed, so they’re able to quickly deal with the unpredictable changes inherent in any project. The scrum team is made up of a product owner, development team and scrum master. The product owner manages the product backlog, and the scrum master is the expert who acts as a guide for the team. This flexible, self-directed team works in what’s known as sprints. As Project Manager writes: 5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Scrum Board The scrum board is a tool, but if you don’t know how to use it then it’s not going to be effective. When working in a scrum framework there are a number of things you can do to get the most out of it. Here are some tips. 1. Hold Effective Scrum Ceremonies No surprise here. Clear communication is the stepping stone to almost any successful venture. In scrum, the basic platform for communication is the daily scrum. That is, a meeting in which these three questions are answered: What did we do yesterday? What are we planning to do today? Is there anything holding us back? Scrum ceremonies are short and focused. They should have a clear scope and tight deadlines to make sure that progress is reflected on the scrum board. 2. Create Detailed Tasks Tasks are small jobs, which usually require only a single team member to complete. The work probably takes one day or less to complete. The task is breaking the user story down and should be clearly defined. The team should discuss the task and its parameters with the product owner, so they know the expected results. This is done during the sprint planning meeting. You want to give the team enough detail to get the task done and implement that part of the user story, without getting them bogged down in any unnecessary processes. That means having clear definitions of “ready” and “done”. 3. Properly Assign Resources This is where the scrum master shows their importance. They are the facilitator of all things scrum, being experts in the framework. They help the team optimize their transparency and delivery flow, but also schedule the resources, whether people or logistical. When the scrum master is assigning these resources properly, the sprint will proceed more efficiently and effectively. 4. Keep Everything Visible The scrum board is a tool that also has the goal of providing transparency into the process. The board gives everyone on the scrum team visibility into who is working on what, if there are any bottlenecks, how long a team member is working on something, if any part of the workflow is blocking the process, etc. This includes the key stakeholders, who have a vested interest in the progress of the project. Be sure to include everything that’s relevant to the sprint on the board, so it can be a single, trusted source of information. 5. Limit Items in Each Column That being said, you don’t want to overload the board with tasks. It defeats the purpose of keeping the team focused on what is ready to be worked on. A good criteria is to only add to the column where there is capacity to complete. On the flipside, you want to make sure the team has enough to work on. The trick is finding the balance between feast and famine. If you’re experiencing bottlenecks, you don’t have a balanced workflow and might want to stop work until it’s cleared up.

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Motive Power Attends WWW 2020

Motive Power is proud to be at the Western Winter Workshop once again! Attending the conference as a Platinum event sponsor, Sunday breakfast and room sponsor, and a participating sponsor of the Saturday afternoon Small Business Happy Hour, we can’t wait to take part in all aspects of this wonderful workshop. Western Winter Workshop is an industry event pulling together capital program organizations, executives, contractors, consultants, innovators, and technology solution professionals who share the common goal of driving successful project delivery.  This year’s event includes two and a half days of capital management and technical presentations showcasing the very latest in project controls tools and techniques. The Workshop provides a unique opportunity to network with key decision-makers for major capital project delivery organizations as well as owners, executives, managers, engineers, and many other industry professionals. Come visit us in the Motive Power Room for our speaking engagement this year and be sure to stop by the Motive Power Booth 22 to meet our team and have some fun.  We have games and great SWAG. And be sure to attend the sessions with Motive Power employees presenting! Dynamic and Effective Portfolio Management through Project Schedule and Reporting Improvement Friday 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM in the Motive Power Room Forecast Allocation Accuracy Improvement for Substation Engineering Department Sunday 10:30 am – 11:30 am in the InEight Room

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Motive Power to Attend MAGI Clinical Research Conference

Motive Power is sending a number of employees to MAGI’s Clinical Research Conference – 2019 West this year. The conference runs October 27th- 30th with over 100 sessions and 240+ speakers. Over 700 people (including representatives from over 100 sponsors and CROs) will attend this event. With over 100+ sessions and workshops in six tracks: clinical operations & project management, site management, regulatory compliance, contracts, budgets & billing, and special topics, there is something here for everyone. We are excited to attend sessions relative to our services and network with others passionate about Clinical Trials and Continuous Improvement. If you happen to see the faces below be sure to say hi! We can’t wait for knowledge sharing and to meet others in the industry. Learn more about the conference here: Continue reading…

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Amazon Crisis

Motive Power is committed to giving back and motivating those around us to act. The crisis in the Amazon is unprecedented and the need for action is urgent. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research has reported a recent 84% increase in forest fires from the same period in 2018. The Amazon is also threatened by deforestation, cattle farmers, dams, and illegal mining. For a list of 10 things you can do to help save the rainforest checkout this Rainforest Foundation Article https://rainforestfoundation.org/10-things-you-can-do-save-the-rainforest/ At this time Motive Power has donated a total of $50,000 to the organizations listed below, all fighting for the rainforests. These organizations are all working to save and conserve the Amazon through partnerships, legal resources, securing land rights, land acquisition, research and training to name a few. We encourage folks to educate themselves, donate if they can and implement one action from the Rainforest Foundations article. These organizations are a great resource to learn more about the fires burning in the Amazon as well as where to donate to the cause. The Rainforest Trust offers options for employers to match contributions, that we ourselves are looking into. This is a great way for employees and employers to act together to save the rainforests. The Amazon Conservation Team- https://www.amazonteam.org/ – The Amazon Conservation Team partners with indigenous and other local communities to protect tropical forests and strengthen traditional culture. They develop initiatives with the indigenous guardians so that goals can be worked on together. Rainforest Foundation US – https://rainforestfoundation.org/ – Just $5 saves an acre of Rainforest! – They work on-the-ground to secure land rights for indigenous people. They strengthen indigenous land security and train indigenous communities to use technology to protect their forests. By investing directly in indigenous communities, Rainforest Foundation US connects people who are deeply motivated to conserve their ancestral lands with the tools, training, and resources necessary to protect their rainforests. Rainforest Trust- https://www.rainforesttrust.org/– The Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement. 100% of donations go towards conservation action. With nearly 20 million acres secured their current goal is to secure 50 million acres by 2020. Read more on their website. Amazon Conservation- http://www.amazonconservation.org/ – They unite science, innovation and community to protect the western Amazon—the greatest wild forest on earth. The organization has grown to protect over 4 million acres of rainforest, establish Peru’s first conservation concession, host thousands of scientists and tourists at their three premier biological stations, empower indigenous communities to develop forest-friendly livelihoods, and so much more.

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SAVE THE DATE: Crissy Field Beach Clean-Up

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday September 21. Crissy Field Beach Clean-Up! Let’s make a difference by taking action and working together to IMPROVE the ocean’s health and make trash free seas a reality! 📷 **ADDITIONAL DETAILS COMING SOON! ** Where: Crissy Field Beach – Meet at the parking lot just past the Planet Granite climbing gym @ 10:00am (Keep and eye out for Angel’s Moon Devil Truck – You can’t miss it) 924 Mason Street ** San Francisco, CA 94129** Who: EVERYONE is WELCOME! We encourage you to invite your family, friends, colleagues and anyone else to participate. We want to make a difference, so the MORE the MERRIER! Please RSVP whether you will be attending and/or will be bringing a guest(s) Time: 10:00AM – 2:00pm What to Wear/Bring: Closed Toed Shoes Sunscreen Work Gloves (if you have some) Reusable water bottle (cups will not be provided)

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AACE & ASPE Joint Dinner Meeting

AACE SoCal Section invites you to the upcoming dinner meeting on September 18, 2019 starting at 5:00 p.m. Social & Networking / 6:00 p.m. Dinner & Presentation. Robert Raynes, Director – AMCL North America & Duncan Hassall, Motive Power will be speaking on Alignment and Integration of Asset Management and Program Management. http://www.aace-scs.com. Learn more

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five tips for scrum project management

Consultants at a Higher Level

At Motive Power, our Project Managers and consultants strive to consitantly be up on the latest software, certifications, and trends. Our consultants have a variety of certifications under their belts including Scrum, PMP, and Prosci. For those individuals who are not involved in the Project Management industry, those certifications sound baffling and confusing. Here is a brief explanation on these certifications and why they mean so much to our company. Scrum Scrum is a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team collaboration on complex products. PMP  The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. You can find PMPs leading projects in nearly every country and, unlike other certifications that focus on a particular geography or domain, the PMP® is truly global. As a PMP, you can work in virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location. Prosci Prosci offers a number of advanced Change Management certifications for Project Managers and Consultants. The Prosci learning program teaches how to apply change management to your existing projects. Combining the Prosci methodology, tools and the Prosci ADKAR® Model.

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Successful Strategic Planning with WAVS

In June, Motive Power had the opportunity to assist West African Vocation Schools (WAVS) to discuss strategic plans for their future. They currently support as many as 200 students per year with subsidized career training which includes computer basics, auto mechanics, welding, English and French. The WAVS campus is in Canchungo but they have plans to build a second location in the capital city of Bissau to serve even more students going forward. This small group is making a big impact in the country of Guinea-Bissau and based on our conversations and where they were when we first met back in the Iron Bird lofts a few years ago, their momentum is building. WAVS works hand-in-hand with local leaders in Guinea-Bissau to operate a vocational school that equips more than 200 students each year with life-changing job skills. The WAVS School, located in the town Canchungo, is run by an all-Guinean staff and offers classes in computer basics, auto mechanics, welding, English and French. These courses are designed to equip young women and men with marketable job skills so that they can transform their communities. Thanks again to everyone who was able to participate both in-person and virtually, we can’t wait to see where this program goes!

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Motive Power Assisting WAVS

On June 19th, Motive Power is holding a brainstorming session with the West African Vocational Schools (WAVS) team to help them hone their next steps in bringing skills training to the people of Guinea BISSAU. Motive Power is meeting with the WAVS staff to review their growth plans, challenge their assumptions and help them strategize their next steps. Since 2006, WAVS has partnered with community leaders in West Africa to run a vocational school that has equipped more than 1,000 young women and men with life-changing job skills. The school offers courses in welding, computer basics, English and French and trains 1,000 students each year. WAVS works hand-in-hand with local leaders in Guinea-Bissau to operate a vocational school that equips more than 200 students each year with life-changing job skills. The WAVS School, located in the town Canchungo, is run by an all-Guinean staff and offers classes in computer basics, auto mechanics, welding, English and French. These courses are designed to equip young women and men with marketable job skills so that they can transform their communities.

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