Chuck Cobb

Chuck is the author of the recent, best-selling book "The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile" as well as four other books on Agile Project Management and Business Excellence.

  • He is the founder of the Agile Project Management Academy and he is a very popular instructor with over 80,000 students in 174 countries worldwide with almost 5,000 5-star reviews.
  • His Agile Project Management curriculum is supported on three different training platforms:
    • Udemy (Including Udemy for Business)
    • Pluralsight and
    • The Agile Project Management Academy
  • And, several large major corporations have standardized on his training for all of their project managers.

In addition,

  • He has also been a featured speaker at a number of PMI Chapter events, agile groups, universities, and PMO workshops throughout the US as well as internationally.
  • He has been an Adjunct Professor at Boston University and many of his courses originated from a graduate-level Agile Project Management curriculum he originally developed for Boston University.

He has a very pragmatic, "real world" approach to Agile that is based on over 20 years of hands-on program/project management experience in a broad range of industries and application areas and he is passionate about helping project managers, business managers, and companies understand the convergence of Agile and traditional project management principles and practices.

Agile Project Manager Job Description

Agile Project Management Transformation

I was recently asked by a company I am working with to create an Agile Project Manager job description. Here’s what I came up with: Introduction The Agile Project Manager (APM) is responsible for planning, leading, organizing, and motivating Agile project teams. The goals are to: Achieve a high level of performance and quality, and …

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What Is the Agile Scrum Master Role?

What Is the Scrum Master Role?

I was asked to put together a clear definition of an Agile Scrum Master role for a company I am working with that is new to Agile. I think the standard “textbook” definition of what a Scrum Master does is limited and needs some interpretation and elaboration. It also needs to be expanded with some …

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Developing an Agile Company Culture

Agile Company Culture

Developing an Agile company culture can be a major obstacle to successfully implementing an Agile development approach; however, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Some people make the mistake of thinking that you have to change the entire culture of a company in order to adopt an Agile development approach I don’t believe that …

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Managed Agile Development Framework – A Hybrid Approach

Managed Agile Development Process

I’ve seen many people ask a question like “should I use Agile or Waterfall for a project? That excludes the possibility that there is a hybrid approach that provides the benefits of both approaches. The Managed Agile Development Framework is an example of a hybrid approach that is very easy to implement Background Some years …

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Agile Maturity and the Martial Arts – How Are They Similar?

Agile Maturity and the Martial Arts

There’s a definite relationship of Agile levels of maturity and the martial arts like Karate. What Is the Similarity of Agile and the Martial Arts? In theory, there should be a lot of similarity: AreaSimilarity TechniquesThere are a wide range of Martial Arts techniques that can be applied in different situations Finesse and SkillMost Martial …

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Using an Adaptive Leadership Style in Agile

Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive Leadership in Agile What is the importance of adaptive leadership in Agile? I’ve been a Project Manager for many years and, over the years, I’ve gone through a lot of job interviews, particularly as a consultant where you might change roles every 3-6 months. One of the questions I’ve often been asked in interviews …

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Agile Estimation Practices – What Is the Role of Estimation In Agile?

Agile Estimation

I participated in a discussion recently on the subject of Agile estimation practices: The individual who started the discussion indicated that his team was not very good at estimating. He asked whether it was important for them to become more proficient in estimating the level of effort required Overview Estimation can be very important and …

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Agile Product Backlog Grooming Iceberg

Agile Product Backlog Grooming Iceberg

An understanding of the Agile Product Backlog Grooming process is important. A metaphor of an “Iceberg” is often used to visualize how the process works. What Is Product Backlog Grooming? The “Product Backlog” in an Agile/Scrum environment is a prioritized queue of work to be done. It normally consists of user stories which are short …

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People, Process, and Tools in an Agile Project – How to Fix a Broken Project

Enterprise-level Agile Project Management

The inter-relationship of people, process, and tools in an Agile project is important to understand. It is particularly important when you try to fix a broken project. Typical Traditional Project Management Approach On several occasions, I’ve been brought in to rescue a project that was in trouble. In many cases, there is an expectation that, …

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What Are Self-Organizing Teams?

What Are Self-organizing Teams?

Agile is very much built around the idea of self-organizing teams. But what are self-organizing teams? There is some confusion about that topic. Some teams have taken that to mean complete flexibility to do whatever they want without any management or leadership. That amounts to “anarchy” and there is a big difference between “anarchy” and …

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