Project Management Isn't Magic

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"Project management isn’t magic. But high-caliber project management professionals can apply the tradecraft to organizations’ strategic initiatives and consistently complete them on-scope, on-budget, on-time, and on-satisfaction. Which is sort of magical."

— Scott M. Graffius, CEO, Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™

Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™ is a professional services firm. We partner with client companies to help them achieve their strategic objectives and business initiatives through project management leadership. We provide project, program, portfolio, and PMO management services inclusive of agile, traditional, and hybrid approaches to development and delivery. Business results include upgraded responsiveness to business needs, faster delivery and time-to-market, improved on-budget performance, higher customer and stakeholder satisfaction, and greater competitive advantage.

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About Scott M. Graffius

Scott M. Graffius is a technology leader, project management expert, consultant, international speaker, and award-winning author.

Scott is the CEO of Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions, a professional services firm, where he partners with client companies to help them s
trengthen their project management capabilities and realize their strategic objectives and business initiatives.

A fantastic agile transformation experience and result with a client organization in the entertainment industry was the inspiration for Scott M. Graffius’ book, Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions. It helps technical and non-technical teams develop and deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast time-to-market, and continuous improvement—which supports innovation and drives competitive advantage. The book has garnered 17 first place awards from national and international competitions. Credit is shared with Chris Hare and Colin Giffen, the technical editors on the publication. Scott and Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions have been featured in Yahoo Finance, the Boston Herald, NBC WRAL, the Dallas Business Journal, the PM World Journal, Learning Solutions, Innovation Management, and additional media publications. A trailer, high-resolution images, reviews, a detailed list of awards, and more are in the digital media kit at https://AgileScrumGuide.com. The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Strand Books, Harvard Book Store, Books-a-Million, The Booksmith, and other retailers, distributors, and partners.

Scott is a former vice president of project management with a publicly traded provider of diverse consumer products and services over the Internet. Before that, he ran and supervised the delivery of projects and programs in public and private organizations with businesses ranging from e-commerce to advanced technology products and services, retail, manufacturing, entertainment, and more. He has experience with consumer, business, reseller, government, and international markets, as well as experience spanning 20 countries.

Scott has a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a focus in Human Factors. He holds six professional certifications: Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB), and IT Service Management Foundation (ITIL). He is a member of the Scrum Alliance, the Project Management Institute, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Within the IEEE, Graffius is a member of the Computer Society, the Consumer Electronics Society, the Broadcast Technology Society, the Internet of Things Community, and the Consultants Network.

He has been actively involved with the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the development of professional global standards. He was a member of the team which produced the
Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures—Second Edition. Scott was a contributor and reviewer of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge—Sixth Edition and The Standard for Program Management—Fourth Edition. He was also a subject matter expert reviewer of content for the PMI EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Congress 2019.

Scott regularly speaks at conferences and other events in the United States and internationally where he delights audiences with presentations on agile, traditional, and hybrid project, program, portfolio, and PMO management. He integrates content on professional standards, best practices, and his first-hand experience with successful implementations. Scott uses everyday language and custom vibrant visuals to make complex topics clear and understandable, and he provides audiences with practical information they can use. For additional information on Scott's speaking engagements, visit
http://scottgraffius.com/publicspeaker.html.

Scott resides in Los Angeles, California.

About Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions

Our mission is to help organizations strengthen their project management capabilities and realize their strategic objectives and business initiatives.

Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions provides advisory, training, and facilitative consulting services related to project, program, portfolio, and PMO management. Our expertise spans agile, traditional waterfall, and hybrid approaches.

While every engagement is unique, business outcomes typically include getting more projects done, faster delivery and time-to-market, improved on-budget performance, better management of risks, improved customer and stakeholder satisfaction, more consistent realization of business results, and greater competitive advantage.

Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions has a Delighted Client Guarantee™. Our proven approach organizes projects into manageable deliverables with success criteria. When our clients are delighted with the results, we get paid.

For more information, visit https://www.Exceptional-PMO.com.

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Learn More About Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions

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About Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions

Our mission is to help organizations strengthen their project management capabilities and realize their strategic objectives and business initiatives.

Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions provides advisory, training, and facilitative consulting services related to project, program, portfolio, and PMO management. Our expertise spans agile, traditional waterfall, and hybrid approaches.

While every engagement is unique, business outcomes typically include getting more projects done, faster delivery and time-to-market, improved on-budget performance, better management of risks, improved customer and stakeholder satisfaction, more consistent realization of business results, and greater competitive advantage.

Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions has a Delighted Client Guarantee™. Our proven approach organizes projects into manageable deliverables with success criteria. When our clients are delighted with the results, we get paid.

For more information, visit https://www.Exceptional-PMO.com.

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10 Agile Thought Leaders and Influencers to Follow on Twitter

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🔥 The list of the top 10 agile influencers to follow on Twitter was updated. You can see the new version here.

This is a select list of agile project management thought leaders and influencers on Twitter. We started with over 200 prominent accounts and we got it down to the top 10. We're transparent about the criteria for making this list, so here's how we did it. To qualify, Twitter accounts were required to meet all of the following characteristics:

  • account is for a person or a professional association,
  • account is 3 or more years old,
  • account is active (1 or more tweets in the last 30 days),
  • 1,000 or more tweets,
  • 7,000 or more followers, and
  • 90% or more of tweets have engagement (e.g., likes and retweets).

The list is sorted by engagement level, presented in descending order. In cases where multiple accounts have the same engagement level, the number of followers breaks the tie. Data source: Twitter. Data is as of September 9, 2020. Disclosure: Scott M. Graffius is the Founder and CEO of Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™. Source of screen shot images: respective Twitter accounts. Names, marks, and images are the property of their respective owners. Here are the top 10 accounts meeting all of the criteria described above.


#1
Scott M. Graffius

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  • Twitter handle: @scottgraffius
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/scottgraffius
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "I'm an agile project management consultant, practitioner, award-winning author, and keynote speaker. Thinkers360 named me a top thought leader and influencer."
  • Account is 10 years old
  • 187 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 4,292 tweets
  • 8,053 followers
  • 100% of tweets have engagement


#2
Project Management Institute (PMI)

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  • Twitter handle: @pminstitute
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/pminstitute
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Our mission—Making you and your projects more successful."
  • Account is 11 years old
  • 175 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 23,118 tweets
  • 128,093 followers
  • 99% of tweets have engagement


#3
Scrum Alliance

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  • Twitter handle: @scrumalliance
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ScrumAlliance
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "We are Transforming the World of Work. Since 2001, we have supported the agile movement as the only member-driven nonprofit certifying body in the agile space."
  • Account is 11 years old
  • 23 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 9,835 tweets
  • 59,324 followers
  • 98% of tweets have engagement


#4
PM Voices

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  • Twitter handle: @pmvoices
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/pmvoices
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Insights on all things PM, created by and for project practitioners"
  • Account is 11 years old
  • 47 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 10,873 tweets
  • 52,250 followers
  • 98% of tweets have engagement


#5
Mike Cohn

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  • Twitter handle: @mikewcohn
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/mikewcohn
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "I'm an agile software development consultant, trainer, author and practitioner. I blog at http://mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog #MGSClasses"
  • Account is 11 years old
  • 11 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 5,187 tweets
  • 48,218 followers
  • 97% of tweets have engagement


#6
Jeff Sutherland

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  • Twitter handle: @jeffsutherland
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/jeffsutherland
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Co-Creator of #Scrum"
  • Account is 12 years old
  • 6 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 2,523 tweets
  • 49,615 followers
  • 96% of tweets have engagement


#7
Alistair Cockburn

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  • Twitter handle: @TotherAlistair
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/TotherAlistair
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Chaotic-good Lawful-neutral project witchdoctor. Bard. Dancer, specialty massage, poet. Sits underwater. Playful, wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting."
  • Account is 11 years old
  • 67 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 30,365 tweets
  • 29,342 followers
  • 96% of tweets have engagement


#8
Lisa Crispin

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  • Twitter handle: @lisacrispin
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lisacrispin
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Now available, Amazon & LeanPub: _Agile Testing Condensed_! See AgileTestingFellow.com, agiletester.ca, She/her. Quality owner, @OutSystems R&D, #o11y-bound!"
  • Account is 12 years old
  • 413 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 134,332 tweets
  • 19,618 followers
  • 96% of tweets have engagement


#9

Agile Alliance

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  • Twitter handle: @agilealliance
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/agilealliance
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Agile Alliance is a nonprofit global member organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of #Agile software development as outlined in the #AgileManifesto."
  • Account is 10 years old
  • 137 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 9,636 tweets
  • 34,045 followers
  • 93% of tweets have engagement


#10
Roman Pichler

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  • Twitter handle: @romanpichler
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/romanpichler
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Product management expert. Author of 'How to Lead in Product Managment’, ‘Strategize', and 'Agile Product Management with Scrum.'"
  • Account is 10 years old
  • 2 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 1,819 tweets
  • 14,151 followers
  • 93% of tweets have engagement


Follow the 10 Twitter accounts listed above to join the conversation and learn ideas for implementing agile.

This story was simultaneously published here at https://www.exceptional-pmo.com and at https://agilescrumguide.com.

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© Copyright 2020 Scott M. Graffius, Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the express written permission of Scott M. Graffius/Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™.


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10 Agile Thought Leaders and Influencers to Follow on Twitter: 2021 Update

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Follow these top agilists to learn ideas for implementing agile.

This is a select list of agile project management thought leaders and influencers on Twitter. We started with over 220 prominent accounts and we got it down to the top 10. We're transparent about the criteria for making this list, so here's how we did it. To qualify, Twitter accounts were required to meet all of the following characteristics:

  • account is for a person or a professional association,
  • account is 3 or more years old,
  • account is active (defined as 1 or more tweets in the last 30 days),
  • 1,000 or more tweets,
  • 7,000 or more followers,
  • 90% or more of tweets have engagement (e.g., likes and retweets), and
  • Tweets were retweeted 0.75 or more times on average.

The list is sorted by engagement level (weighted at 4) and the sub-factor of average retweets per tweet (weighted at 1). In cases where multiple accounts have the same engagement level or average retweets, the number of followers breaks the tie. Data source: Twitter. Data is as of April 24, 2021. Disclosure: Scott M. Graffius is the author of
Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions. Source of screen shot images: respective Twitter accounts. Names, marks, and images are the property of their respective owners. Here are the top 10 accounts meeting all of the criteria described above.


#1
Project Management Institute (PMI)

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  • Name: Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Twitter handle: @pminstitute
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/pminstitute
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Our mission—Making you and your projects more successful."
  • Account is 12 years old
  • 269 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 25,331 tweets
  • 131,844 followers
  • 100% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 2.78 times on average
  • Project Management Institute (@PMInstitute) placed 1st


#2
Scott M. Graffius

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  • Name: Scott M. Graffius
  • Twitter handle: @scottgraffius
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/scottgraffius
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Agile project mgmt. practitioner and consultant. CEO @Exceptional_LLC. Author @AgileScrumGuide. International speaker. Named a top thought leader & influencer."
  • Account is 11 years old
  • 275 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 6,222 tweets
  • 8,423 followers
  • 100% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 3.44 times on average
  • Scott M. Graffius (@scottgraffius) placed 2nd


#3
Jeff Sutherland

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  • Name: Jeff Sutherland
  • Twitter handle: @jeffsutherland
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/jeffsutherland
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Co-Creator of #Scrum and #ScrumatScale and Signatory of the #AgileManifesto"
  • Account is 13 years old
  • 1 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 2,537 tweets
  • 51,129 followers
  • 98% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 10.25 times on average
  • Jeff Sutherland (@jeffsutherland) placed 3rd


#4
Scrum Alliance

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  • Name: Scrum Alliance
  • Twitter handle: @scrumalliance
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ScrumAlliance
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "We are Transforming the World of Work. Since 2001, we have supported the agile movement as the only member-driven nonprofit certifying body in the agile space."
  • Account is 12 years old
  • 55 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 10,142 tweets
  • 60,437 followers
  • 98% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 2.44 times on average
  • Scrum Alliance (@ScrumAlliance) placed 4th


#5
Mike Cohn

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  • Name: Mike Cohn
  • Twitter handle: @mikewcohn
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/mikewcohn
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "I'm an agile software development consultant, trainer, author and practitioner. I blog at http://mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog #MGSClasses"
  • Account is 12 years old
  • 16 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 5,288 tweets
  • 49,137 followers
  • 97% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 7.66 times on average
  • Mike Cohn (@mikewcohn) placed 5th


#6
Alistair Cockburn

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  • Name: Alistair Cockburn
  • Twitter handle: @TotherAlistair
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/TotherAlistair
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Chaotic-good Lawful-neutral project witchdoctor. Bard. Dancer, specialty massage, poet. Sits underwater. Playful, wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting."
  • Account is 12 years old
  • 74 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 32,299 tweets
  • 30,044 followers
  • 96% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 1.62 times on average
  • Alistair Cockburn (@TotherAlistair) placed 6th


#7
Lisa Crispin

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  • Name: Lisa Crispin
  • Twitter handle: @lisacrispin
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lisacrispin
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Now available, Amazon & LeanPub: _Agile Testing Condensed_! See http://AgileTestingFellow.com, http://agiletester.ca, She/her. Let's succeed w continuous delivery together."
  • Account is 13 years old
  • 383 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 140,849 tweets
  • 20,088 followers
  • 96% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 0.78 times on average
  • Lisa Crispin (@lisacrispin) placed 7th


#8
Roman Pichler

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  • Name: Roman Pichler
  • Twitter handle: @romanpichler
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/romanpichler
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Product management expert. Author of 'How to Lead in Product Managment’, ‘Strategize', and 'Agile Product Management with Scrum.'"
  • Account is 11 years old
  • 3 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 1,882 tweets
  • 15,188 followers
  • 94% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 8.7 times on average
  • Roman Pichler (@romanpichler) placed 8th


#9
PM Voices

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  • Name: PM Voices
  • Twitter handle: @pmvoices
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/pmvoices
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "Insights on all things PM, created by and for project practitioners"
  • Account is 12 years old
  • 61 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 11,296 tweets
  • 53,205 followers
  • 95% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 1.33 times on average
  • PM Voices (@PMvoices) placed 9th


#10

Agile Alliance

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  • Name: Agile Alliance
  • Twitter handle: @agilealliance
  • Link to Twitter account: https://twitter.com/agilealliance
  • Bio/description as shown on Twitter account: "#Agile Alliance is a global nonprofit membership organization dedicated to people and organizations that apply the values and principles of the #AgileManifesto"
  • Account is 11 years old
  • 98 tweets in the last 30 days
  • 10,526 tweets
  • 35,036 followers
  • 90% of tweets have engagement
  • Tweets were retweeted 1.84 times on average
  • Agile Alliance (@AgileAlliance) placed 10th


Follow the 10 Twitter accounts listed above to join the conversation and learn ideas for implementing agile.

This story was simultaneously published here at https://www.exceptional-pmo.com and at https://agilescrumguide.com.

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