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Traditional project management training applied to an agile development

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It was a couple years ago, that I first started to pay attention to my project management counterparts, sitting on the opposite side of the proverbial table. How did they become project managers? Why are they qualified to sit at this table? Why am I qualified to sit at this table? A bit of soul searching and a lot of conversations with my peers led me to pursue formal training in project management. I wanted to expand my toolkit, see more successes and have better control over my projects. I knew what I wanted, but figuring out the next step was a bit of a blind leap.​

Traditional Project Management vs Agile

Traditional project management, or “waterfall”, is still the standard for many industries. A lot of time goes into planning and gathering information before the project is executed.

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zu’s Approach to Agile Development: Team Retros

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zu transitioned into Agile development in 2010, and since then, our projects have increased in speed and efficiency. Our clients love that we can get more work done in the same amount of time.

Team Retros

One of the cornerstones of Agile is that we have weekly “retros” within each Agile development team. These retros are essentially a review of the week’s work where we talk about the positives, negatives, questions, and moving-forwards.

At zu, retros are a way to get out of the day-to-day workflow, where you have the opportunity to solve small tasks as a team. We use them to reflect on our workflow and to determine what’s working well and what’s not working. Retros give us a chance to test the decisions that we’ve made in the past against real world practices. From there, we can assess

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