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I am Mike Griffiths, an independent project manager, trainer and consultant based Calgary, Alberta. I moved to Canada, with my wife Samantha, in 2000 from England to be close to the Rocky Mountains as we 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 19 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. Calgary is a real hot-bed of Agile experts and it is great to be able to meet and chat to authorities like Jennitta Andrea, Frank Maurer, Gerard Meszaros, Grigori Melnik, Janet Gregory, Jonathon Kohl, etc in your own town.

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, v4 and v5 Guide. I frequently present at PMI Global Congress conferences and teach a 2 day “Agile Project Management” course for the PMI as part of their travelling SeminarsWorld program. I helped start the PMI Agile Community of Practice which is now the largest PMI community with over 8,000 members.

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 frequent contributor to project management and agile publications including Cutter Consortium, Agile Journal, and GanttHead.

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"

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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