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I am Mike Griffiths, an independent author, project manager, trainer and consultant based in Canmore, Alberta. I moved to Canada in 2000 from England to be close to the Rocky Mountains where I enjoy hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding.

In 1994, I was very fortunate to be involved in the creation of the agile method DSDM and have been using agile methods including FDD, Scrum and XP for the last 23 years. I served on the board of directors for the Agile Alliance and the board of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN). I founded the Calgary Chapter of the APLN in 2006.

In addition to agile methods I am interested and active in traditional project management. I hold PRINCE2 and PMP certifications, am a contributor to the PMBOK v3 - v6 Guides. I was a co-author of the “Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide” and Chair of the author group for the new “Agile Practice Guide”. I teach leadership and agile related courses and frequently present at agile and project management conferences.

I was part of the steering committee for creating the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) credential and have published two books for people studying to take the exam. These are the “PMI-ACP Exam Prep” book and the “PMI-ACP Workbook”, both available from Amazon, or the publisher RMCLS.

I am a faculty member of the University of Calgary where I teach as part of the “M.Sc. Software Engineering” program. I am also a regular contributor to project management and agile publications including Cutter Consortium, Agile Journal, and ProjectManagement.com.

I am engaged in my local PMI Chapter and am very fortunate to have been recognized with the following awards:

2005 - Winner - PMI-SAC Award - “Distinguished Contribution by an Individual”,
2007 - Winner - PMI-SAC Award - “Best Project Management Literature”,
2010 - Winner - PMI-SAC Award - “Project of the Year”,
2013 - IEEE Computer Society - "Outstanding Contribution Award"
2014 - PMI-SAC Fellow

The PMI and Agile events I attend often vary considerably in their philosophy, but rather than feeling torn, I believe they are both valid in the appropriate context. However, for the software development projects I have worked on in the last 20+ years, the context has seemed to suit agile methods or a hybrid approach more often than pure traditional methods.

In this blog, I would like to share my ideas on leadership and agile project management as well as engaging in conversations with readers. I hope you find this site interesting, and as it grows, a useful resource for leadership and agile project management information.

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