Bonnie Biafore, PMP, BS/MS; Present at the South Roundtable of the Regis Project Management Institute (PMI)

Bonnie Biafore, PMP, BS/MS; Award-winning consultant, trainer, and author presented to the Regis Project Management Institute (PMI) South Roundtable Project Managers (PMs) on October 26, 2022. Don Gier, Associate Professor at Anderson College of Business and Computing Regis University supported the PMI Mile Hi Chapter volunteers and guest speaker along with session orientation/set-up, webinar management and recording ensure the event was a success.

Bonnie’s presentation titled Work on hybrid Agile/Waterfall projects with MS Project was an interactive discussion with the PMs present. She discussed the challenges of effectively managing hybrid projects and how to integrate Agile and Waterfall actions from various teams into an integrated timeline. Bonnie started by talking about hybrid projects and soliciting feedback from attendees on how their teams interact. Throughout the roundtable, she provided tips for integrating agile and waterfall project management efforts. She explained how project managers can effectively design their approach to project management by:

  • Define the meaning of dependency between Agile and Waterfall efforts
  • Work with stakeholders to identify what makes sense
  • Appoint a liaison between the teams (business analyst, PM, other)

She discussed what is important for PMs managing hybrid projects from a tool agnostic perspective. In MS Project, Bonnie described options for managing a hybrid project as an example of using PM tools for integration. She discussed various facets of schedule integration such as:

  • Waterfall – typical milestones
  • Agile milestones (sprint completion, releases)
  • Cascade – Add milestones at the same frequency as sprints

About the speaker. Bonnie Biafore (bonniebiafore.com) is a Project Management Consultant with over 30 years of experience managing projects of all sizes across many industries. She is a LinkedIn Learning Instructor with courses in Project Management, Microsoft Project and QuickBooks. His course, Project Management Foundations, has been viewed by nearly 2 million people. Additionally, Bonnie is an award-winning author with over 30 published books to her credit, including Practical Project Management with Microsoft Project and Practical Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2018. Early in her career, Bonnie gained experience at several companies (eg. example, McDonnell Douglas, EDS, Convergent Group). Her career has migrated to author, technical writing, and project management consultant and educator.

Building further on attendee experiences, she asked many PMs to share their successes and challenges using other tools such as Jira, Azure DevOps, PowerAutomate, Zapier, and Smartsheet. Bonnie then emphasized the importance of ongoing and effective communication. She highlighted how reporting is an essential part of communication and stakeholder management.

  • Status of stunt/upcoming work
  • Cascading performance metrics
  • Status of sprint completed/future features
  • Progress charts
  • What does the sponsor and the management team expect from the reports? Prepare them for waterfall/agile difference reporting

Bonnie holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a master’s degree in structural engineering from Columbia University, and a certificate in project management from the University of Denver. In her spare time, she mixes this with improv and sketch comedy, hiking, biking, traveling and ethnic cooking.

Regis PMI South Roundtable. The Regis PMI South Roundtable is affiliated with the PMI Mile High Chapter (pmimilehi.org), a chapter that has consistently ranked among the top 5% chapters worldwide. The Project Management Institute (www.pmi.org) is the leading professional association for project management and the authority for a growing global community of millions of project professionals and individuals who use project management skills.