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Brian Irwin, PMI-ACP, PMP, CSP, CSM

Brian Irwin

Brian Irwin has worked across a diverse set of industries including IT, software, aerospace, computer hardware, defense, and research. He has gently coached and guided numerous individuals, teams, and organizations through uncertainty as they adopt agile and strive to continuously improve. He is the author of Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects and is working on his second book, targeted at helping project managers understand agile and make the personal transformation when their organizations initiate large-scale agile adoptions. Brian has served as a volunteer on numerous PMI standards, including the second edition of The Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3), and both the second and third editions of The Standard for Portfolio Management. He is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Project Management and is a product consultant and agile coach for VersionOne.

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Twitter: @Brian_Irwin (Brian_Irwin)

5 Steps to Cultivating an Agile Culture
By Brian Irwin
We’ve all heard the maxim change is difficult. The reasons that change is hard are far too numerous to discuss in a single blog posting. My intent here is to... Read More»

Are You Elegantly Solving the Wrong Problems?
By Brian Irwin
I recently read an interesting article by Mark Shead outlining how good we are at problem solving and how notoriously bad we are at identifying the correct problem to solve.... Read More»

Training Does not Equate to a Learning Organization
By Brian Irwin
In a recent discussion it became apparent to me that there may be a fundamental misunderstanding about what it is that defines a learning organization. The discussion was centered on... Read More»

First Things First: Scale Agile Values and Principles
By Brian Irwin
Over the past few years there’s been an interest in scaling agile to the enterprise. The desire to scale agile seems to have intensified over the last year. Almost without... Read More»

Scrum is not Difficult; Abandoning the Familiar Is
By Brian Irwin
Scrum is one of the easiest frameworks to understand. I’ve heard it said that, while Scrum is easily understood, it’s difficult to do. While teams and organizations do struggle with... Read More»

Agility Does Not Exist in the Absence of Organizational Learning
By Brian Irwin
I've become increasingly convinced that a lack of learning is one of the largest inhibitors of agile transformation results. One can argue that we are at, or nearing, the end... Read More»

An Open Letter to Executives Leading Agile Transformations
By Brian Irwin
Dear Executive, Let me congratulate you on your decision to introduce agile methods within your organization. It is a wise decision that holds incredible potential for your employees, your company,... Read More»

Retrospectives and Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
By Brian Irwin
The tension is palpable and suffocating, as if a pillow is being held over my face in anticipation of drawing my last breath. The last team member enters the room... Read More»

Story Maps - Your Path to Product Success
By Brian Irwin
Personally, I tend to grasp things better visually. Tell me the directions to your house and, while I'll get there, it will probably take me longer and cause me more... Read More»

Scrum is Not the Goal
By Brian Irwin
Every day I witness teams doing Scrum, each operating at varying levels of maturity. Scrum is a great way of working because, as a lightweight framework, it dictates nothing about... Read More»

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