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.

Kanban versus Scrum – Which Agile Approach Do You Prefer?

What is the Impact of Agile?

I recently saw an online question that asked the question “Which Agile approach do you prefer – Kanban or Scrum?”. I decided that it was worth a blog post because I’ve seen this question several times. There are a couple of things wrong with this question: It implies that Kanban and Scrum are interchangeable and …

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What’s the Value of Project Management?

What is the Impact of Agile?

I frequently get questions from students and others asking “What’s the value of project management?”. That’s a very good question because the world of project management is changing rapidly as a result of the influence of Agile. As a result, the answer to that question is not as simple as you might think. It’s important …

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How Does Agile Testing Work and Why Does It Make So Much Sense?

Agile Testing

Quality and reliability standards today for software are higher than ever and new approaches to software testing are essential to meet those goals. An Agile development approach provides a excellent approach to meet that challenge. How Is Traditional Software Testing Done? In a traditional software testing approach, a separate and independent QA organization normally does …

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What Is Scrum and What Is Agile?

There’s a lot of confusion about “What Is Agile” and “What Is Scrum?”. This article provides a very brief explanation. Loose terminology is a big source of this confusion. For example, many people use the word “Agile” when they really mean “Scrum”. Difference Between Agile and Scrum For that reason, it is important to clearly …

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Who Gets Blamed When an Agile Project Fails?

Who Gets Blamed When an Agile Project Fails?

Have you ever thought about “When an agile project fails, who gets blamed”? I thought it was a very interesting question. How Does an Agile Project Fail? It’s actually difficult for an Agile project to fail. An Agile project typically does not have rigid cost and schedule goals that must be met and An Agile/Scrum …

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Using Agile for Non-Software Projects – Agile Home Remodeling

Agile Home Remodeling

A number of my students have requested some case studies that show applying Agile to non-software projects. As an example, I recently completed a home remodeling project using an Agile approach. Home remodeling may seem simple and trivial; but believe me, it was not. Using Agile for Home Remodeling It is possible to apply Agile …

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Why Is Planning Difficult? Is It a Waste of Time?

Why Is Planning So Difficult?

Why is planning difficult? A lot of people seem to think that planning is very difficult and some think it is a waste of time because even very well-thought-out plans often don’t work out as expected. This issue is important because it is at the crux of selecting a methodology and planning approach for a …

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Agile Project Management for Business Managers

Agile Project Management for Executives

I have just released a new online training course called “Agile Project Management for Business Managers”. The Agile Bandwagon In many areas, “Agile” is becoming a hot new buzz word and everyone wants to jump on the “Agile bandwagon”. They may not fully understanding why they’re getting into it and exactly what they expect to …

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What Are the Critical Skills of a Scrum Product Owner in Agile?

Agile Product Owner Skills

I recently participated in an online discussion on the question of “What are the Critical Skills of a Scrum Product Owner?” This is a very good question because the role of a Product Owner is not very well-understood. The actual role that a Product Owner plays can vary significantly in the real-world depending on the …

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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Agile and Scrum?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Agile/Scrum?

I have often been asked “What are the advantages and disadvantages of Agile and Scrum?” so I thought it would be useful to summarize what I believe are the most important advantages and disadvantages. This is an important consideration to understand in choosing the right approach for a project. Advantages of Agile and Scrum Here;s …

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