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.

Why Is Automated Regression Testing Important in Agile?

Agile Testing Process

Why is automated regression testing important in an Agile environment? An Agile development approach can dramatically improve the quality of software, but it requires a very different approach to software testing. Here’s a previous blog post with more on why an Agile testing approach makes so much sense: What’s the Impact of Agile on Regression …

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Is UML Still Relevant Today? How Is it Used in an Agile Environment?

Role of UML Diagrams

I’ve seen a lot of questions about Unified Modeling Language (UML) that center around “Is UML still relevant today?” and “How is it used in an Agile environment?”. I will try to address these questions in this blog post. What is UML? UML stands for “Unified Modeling Language”. Here is a definition of UML: ” …

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What Is the Truth About Agile versus Waterfall?

Choosing the Right Approach

Agile Versus Waterfall How many times have you heard people compare Agile versus Waterfall? It happens a lot, I do it myself, and I keep hearing presentations that talk about how Agile has displaced Waterfall But, if you really think about it, I don’t think that’s a very meaningful comparison and it’s out-of-date. The result …

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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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