The Business House Junior Common Room (BHJCR) of The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) has organised a workshop at the Executive Hall on 23rd October, 2017. Mr. Patrick Ingram, an Agile Project Management consultant and transformation coach led the session.
Agile Project Management addresses the needs of those working in a project-focused environment who want to be agile. The Agile Project Management offers a practical and repeatable methodology that achieves an ideal balance between the standards, consistency and visibility required for good project management. The focus of Agile Project Management is on developing solutions, incrementally enabling project teams to react effectively to changing requirements, whilst empowering project personnel and encouraging increased collaboration and ownership.
The workshop started off with a ‘knowing me –knowing you’ segment where students got to know each other by working within a given time frame of five minutes. This short exercise was to establish the point that Agile Project Management is about collaboration, organisation, purposeful execution of task and face to face interactions.
Mr. Ingram mentioned in his address that “We do work the way we work now because of the trend created overtime”, that is, from pre-industrial revolution where there was visibility and feedback in what one created, to industrial revolution where productivity was low. There was not enough motivation for the human autonomy, mastery and purpose as compared to now, where people become masters in what they love doing.
Agile Project Management optimises self-organising teams, and it believes that people are smart enough to organise themselves to execute tasks. It also helps to rapidly build things of value, excels in complex work, responds to change, reduces risks and discovers new idea. Agile Project Management works with many frameworks of which scrum is the ultimate, because it optimises for delivery in complex and rapidly changing environment.
The final exercise for the day was the creation of business ideas by the students using an agile mindset and framework. This ended in the creation and in-depth analysis of amazing business ideas.
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