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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)

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»

Agile Project Management, Yes! Agile Project Manager, No!
By Brian Irwin
There are two primary camps in the agile community concerning the role of project managers. One camp, the agile purist, contends there is no project manager in agile; while the... Read More»

Time Management Mythology
By Brian Irwin
I recently heard a story told that recounted the experience of a teacher who was demonstrating the concept of volume. The teacher filled a glass jar with rocks and asked... Read More»

What's Your Role - Umbrella or Funnel?
By Brian Irwin
Hi, my name is Brian and I deliver no value! There, I said it. I'm glad I got that off my chest. Read that first sentence again and replace it... Read More»

The Project Manager and Agile
By Brian Irwin
As more organizations transition from traditional waterfall to agile methodologies, confusion often abounds around the role of project manager. What happens to the project manager and the project management role... Read More»

Does Your Agile Organization Have Cancer?
By Brian Irwin
Every (yes—EVERY!) organization that I’ve ever worked for or with has had cancer. Indeed, several of the projects I’m aware of have also had cancer. This has largely been true... Read More»

The Night Before the Deadline
By Brian Irwin
In all aspects of life, I believe it’s important that we not take ourselves too seriously. With the holidays squarely and firmly upon us, I’ve decided to take a little... Read More»

Book Review: Essential Scrum by Kenny Rubin
By Brian Irwin
I usually do not do book reviews. Perhaps it’s because they make me feel like I’m back in school writing a book report; or, maybe it’s because I feel that... Read More»

Invisible Agile Leadership
By Brian Irwin
"A leader is best When people barely know he exists Of a good leader, who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will say, "We did... Read More»

The Power of Failing
By Brian Irwin
I am a case study in failure. Sometimes it seems as if I’ve made every conceivable mistake one man could make, and I’m a better person because of it. I... Read More»

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