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  • What is Agile’s Biggest Shortcoming?

    Managed Chaos
    Naresh Jain
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:31 am
    I’m surprised when people think Agile is perfect and if there are any shortcomings, its not the problem with Agile, instead, it is the person/team/org’s understanding or implementation issue. Some where along the way, the aspect that “We are uncovering better ways of developing software” was lost and agile became this static, rule-based prescriptive and dogmatic cargo-cult thing. IMHO Agile has made a significant difference (some of it a a placebo effect as well) to the software industry however it has some serious limitations when you try to apply in beyond simple…
  • Handling risks within the Scrum team – Product Owner / Scrum Master / Who ?

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    ashish
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Risk management is always a ticklish issue in terms of who drives the process and owns it. In a typical non-scrum project, the Project Manager is the one expected to drive and own the risk management process, and also has authority for ensuring that the risks that come up in the project are evaluated and handled to ensure that the project is on plan. For teams which have moved from the typical Waterfall Project Manager led project to a Scrum methodology based process, even with training and all, they will have an inherent expectation that the Scrum Master (in the cases where the Project…
  • The Art and Science of Software Development

    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software
    Technology Advice
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tania Katan, Brand Evangelist, and John Haley, Developer at Axosoft, were recent guests on the TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series to share their insights on project management. This series, which is hosted by TechnologyAdvice’s Clark Buckner, explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders. Tania and John joined Buckner to discuss the different terms and aspects of agile project management software at Axosoft. Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation: TechnologyAdvice: Axosoft is a custom project management solution…
  • Daily Standup Vs. Daily Standup

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    Utpal Vaishnav
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    There’s a fundamental difference between participating in daily standup meetings because you want to and attending daily standup meetings because you have to. You want to attend Daily Standup because you believe you’ll inspect and adapt. You have to attend Daily Standup because your organization is following Scrum or your boss has asked you. Former helps the project and the latter does not. When you do the former, everyone benefits. You. Your project. Your organization. Your customer. Your customer’s customer … everyone. There’s no “have to” in…
  • Take an Agile Road Trip With Us!

    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility
    Morgan Campbell
    21 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Change is happening fast and furious in the business world. With so much pressure to keep up, it can be hard to take your foot off the gas pedal, even for a few days. Occasionally, though, it’s important to pull over and check the map to make sure you’re still on the right road. If you’ll excuse the extended metaphor, we’d like to humbly offer RallyON!™ 2015 as a rest stop on your way to business agility. Register today for the RallyON 2015 Agile conference — and get ready to drive at the new pace of change. Join us as we condense the industry’s most dynamic ideas,…
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    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility

  • Take an Agile Road Trip With Us!

    Morgan Campbell
    21 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Change is happening fast and furious in the business world. With so much pressure to keep up, it can be hard to take your foot off the gas pedal, even for a few days. Occasionally, though, it’s important to pull over and check the map to make sure you’re still on the right road. If you’ll excuse the extended metaphor, we’d like to humbly offer RallyON!™ 2015 as a rest stop on your way to business agility. Register today for the RallyON 2015 Agile conference — and get ready to drive at the new pace of change. Join us as we condense the industry’s most dynamic ideas,…
  • Pop Quiz: How’s Your Agile?

    Rally
    21 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    Humans typically crawl before we learn to walk, and walk before we learn to run. But sometimes what we call running is really more like a walk, and sometimes when we’re in a real hurry we’ve been known to skip a step. Creative Commons photo via Flickr How we learn to get started with Agile can take a lot of forms. Many people begin with baby steps: piloting a single team or experimenting with daily standups. Others are eager to get into a fast cadence right away and launch whole delivery groups — coordinated teams working on business strategy — all at once. How we gauge our speed and…
  • Customer Spotlight: MongoDB

    Jen Page
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Occasional stories about Rally customers who are doing cool and interesting things. Fast, flexible, and scalable is an apt description for MongoDB, the leading next-generation NoSQL database. The document-oriented database is used by the world’s most sophisticated organizations, from cutting-edge startups to the largest companies, to create applications never before possible at a fraction of the cost of legacy databases. Think Internet of Things, realtime analytics, and mobile apps — all part of a rapidly changing technology landscape that requires a thoroughly modern database. Fast,…
  • Failure Modes of an Agile Transformation: Workflow

    Jean Tabaka
    15 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In my previous post on the first three Agile transformation failure modes, I focused on the LEADERSHIP aspects of failure: lack of real executive sponsorship, failure to transform leader behaviors, and refusal to change organizational structures. These next three fail modes are failures in WORKFLOW: effectively making work decisions flow, setting work boundaries, and factoring in the costs associated with work across distributed teams. 4. No Business View of the Value Stream  photo via Flickr Commons  Several years ago, I had the good fortune to work with Hendrik…
  • Customer Spotlight: QSR International

    Jen Page
    12 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Sharing stories about Rally customers who are doing cool and interesting things. QSR International builds industry-leading software for qualitative research. Its flagship product, NVivo, helps policy makers, academics, and market researchers analyze large amounts of unstructured data to better understand human behaviors and motivations. I recently spoke with the company’s CTO, Adam Long, about how QSR International is pushing the limits of what’s possible in the qualitative research field. “We’re building things customers don’t yet know they need.” For Long’s R&D teams based…
 
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  • Agile India 2016 – Call for Program Committee

    Naresh Jain
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    Agile India 2016 Conf is Asia’s Largest & Premier Conference on Agile, Lean, Scrum, eXtreme Programming, Lean-Startup, Kanban, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Patterns and more… This time we are hosting a mega eight-day conference, starting on March 14th (Monday), where experts and practitioners from around the world will share their experience. The number of parallel tracks will be decided based on the quality of proposals we get. We are hoping that conference will host at least 3 parallel tracks. Overall Agenda (tentative): Pre-Conference Workshop – 14th and 15th March…
  • What is Agile’s Biggest Shortcoming?

    Naresh Jain
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:31 am
    I’m surprised when people think Agile is perfect and if there are any shortcomings, its not the problem with Agile, instead, it is the person/team/org’s understanding or implementation issue. Some where along the way, the aspect that “We are uncovering better ways of developing software” was lost and agile became this static, rule-based prescriptive and dogmatic cargo-cult thing. IMHO Agile has made a significant difference (some of it a a placebo effect as well) to the software industry however it has some serious limitations when you try to apply in beyond simple…
  • Done with Definition of Done or Definition of Done Considered Harmful

    Naresh Jain
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    TL;DR: Definition of Done (DoD) is a checklist-driven project management practice which drives compliance and contract negotiation rather than collaboration and ownership. Its very easy for teams to go down rat-holes and start to gold-plate crap in the name of DoD. It encourages a downstream, service’s thinking mindset rather than a product engineering mindset (very output centric, rather than outcome/impact focused.) Also smells of lack of maturity and trust on the team. Bottom line: Its a wrong tool in the wrong people’s hand. The Scrum Guide™ describes DoD as a tool for…
  • Self-Organised vs. Self-Managed vs. Self-Directed…What’s the Difference?

    Naresh Jain
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Self-organised, self-managed and self-directed…do they mean the same thing or are they actually different concepts, where one might be more desirable over the other? In the context of an “agile” team, people seemed to use these terms interchangeably. However, it’s important to note that there are subtle, yet worthwhile distinction between each. Self-Managed Team A group of people working together in their own ways, toward a common goal, which is defined outside the team. For example – the CEO of a company decides to launch a new product to address the needs of a…
  • Program Committee’s Expectation from a Talk Proposal when Selecting It

    Naresh Jain
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Over the recent conferences, I’ve had several people ask me the follow: I would like to better understand the expectations from the organising committee on the talk proposals. In particular, I would like your feedback on my talk submission so that I can work on improving the same. I think, this is a very valid question: What is the selection criteria for the talks? I’ve been organising conferences for a decade now and following is my perspective: In terms of the overarching themes or values, we look at the following during selection: Diversity  – As a conference, we want…
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  • Is Predictability Really What We Want?

    Dave Rooney
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Predictability in software system delivery is as close to a Holy Grail as it comes in the IT industry. I’ve heard many people stress being able to have a predictable delivery cadence as something valuable to them. As recently as today I saw a reference to “predictability over commitment” on Twitter! But why is predictability so important to so many people? The people who pay for the
  • Failure Modes of an Agile Transformation: Workflow

    Jean Tabaka
    15 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In my previous post on the first three Agile transformation failure modes, I focused on the LEADERSHIP aspects of failure: lack of real executive sponsorship, failure to transform leader behaviors, and refusal to change organizational structures. These next three fail modes are failures in WORKFLOW: effectively making work decisions flow, setting work boundaries, and factoring in the costs associated with work across distributed teams. 4. No Business View of the Value Stream  photos via Flickr Commons  Several years ago, I had the good fortune to work with Hendrik…
  • What’s the Hurry? Building a Digital Enterprise

    Jim Highsmith
    11 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    By Jim Highsmith and David Robinson Are the forces behind digital business, just one more wave of technology fueled change or is today’s business environment fundamentally different? If different, what are the critical capabilities required to survive and thrive? Examples of the differences assault us in the media. Doug Stephens, author of The Retail Revival, says, […] The post What’s the Hurry? Building a Digital Enterprise appeared first on Jim Highsmith.
  • Changing the Tires

    Dave Rooney
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    You're driving down the highway trying to reach a distant destination. You've had delays such as traffic along the way, and you know that you're going to have to "push it" in order to have any hope at all of arriving on time. You start to feel ...
  • Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective

    Michael Robillard
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    While there are many books and much research on organizational development, this system view combined with some validated learning over time, is a powerful way to look at organizational challenges as a coach/consultant. Let’s take a closer look to define these areas then apply some validated learning from my own experience. Business Outcomes – the outcomes […] The post Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective appeared first on LeadingAgile.
 
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  • Hybrid Agile Versus Agile

    20 May 2015 | 4:41 pm
    As a test and Agile consultant, I have come to realize the limitations of working in a supposedly "Agile" environment -- an environment some call "Hybrid" but that could be used to deliver business value incrementally, if properly coordinated.
  • Does Automation Replace Testers and Acceptance Testing?

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:59 pm
    The zeal for "zero quality error" competes with maintaining profitability on product development and project management initiatives, when organizations are attempting to do more with less.
  • Moving Past "I Don't Know"

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    After we've reached a place of acknowledging we don't know something and are less sure than we were just a moment before, where do we go from there? It's an important question, because if you don't have an answer, you're open to trouble.
  • A Story About User Stories

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:41 am
    I'm sure you've heard about user stories plenty of times. Hold your breath -- I'm going to tell you what they really are and how they are intended to be used!
  • Agile Metrics and Business Value

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Many business leaders ask about Agile's benefits and business impact. Metrics other than the burn-down chart and the velocity of the team need to be identified. Let's look at some of the common metrics that can be collected during an Agile project.
 
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  • A signal from Conway's Law?

    Ian Carroll
    15 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    From Wikipedia: Conway’s law is an adage named after computer programmer Melvin Conway, who introduced the idea in 1968; it was first dubbed Conway’s law by participants at the 1968 National Symposium on Modular Programming. It states that “organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations”, M. Conway This blog post explores how your org design decisions impact organisation productivity and what signals might help you to understand if your teams are aligned to purpose. Org…
  • Episode 89: Intersecting Service Management, People Development & Agile

    The Agile Revolution
    15 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    Craig gatecrashed the Australian ITSMF / ITIL conference, LEADit in Melbourne and in the hallway chats to Korrine Jones (an Organisational Development Consultant and running late for a plane) and Ian Jones (an IT Service Management expert) about how People Development and Service Management are intersecting with Agile and each other: LEADit is the biggest service management conference in Australia – focus on disruptive service management, Agile, Lean, DevOps, Continuous Delivery Challenges with virtual teams – not everybody is suited to working this way, need to take time up…
  • The most Controversial Concept in Agile Delivery – Estimating in Story Points

    Mirco Hering
    14 May 2015 | 3:52 pm
    This blog post is another one of those that I should have written a while ago as the topic of story point based estimation keeps coming up again and again. To really understand why story point based estimation is important for Agile delivery, I think I need to explain the idea behind it. The purpose of estimates is to get a good idea of how much work needs to be done to achieve a certain outcome. To do that, the estimate should be accurate and reasonably precise. This is where the crux of the problem is: precision. If I’d asked you how long it takes to fly from Sydney to Los Angeles, you…
  • Discussing "How" in Scrum team planing

    Iman
    14 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    – Create Sprint Backlog. – Technical discussions. – Detailed work packets. – Estimate of work for every work packet: – Will be a base for Burndown chart – Estimate remaining work
  • Done is a crucial part of Scrum, actually

    Gunther
    14 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    If Scrum was to be reduced to one core purpose, and one only, that purpose would be the creation of a releasable Increment of product in a Sprint. The typical term in Scrum to describe the state of software being releasable is “Done”. All that this state of releasability encompasses is captured in the “definition of Done”. Done Increments are THE way to achieve agility through the empiricism of Scrum.  Empiricism The empiricism of Scrum, the process of regular inspection and adaptation, only functions well upon transparency. Transparency is having insights into…
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  • แอบส่อง Spotify ท่า Agile ยางยืด

    artiya4u
    6 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Spotify เป็นองค์กร Startup ที่ค่อนข้างมีชื่อเสียงและสร้างโปรดัคที่ตรงใจกับผู้คนหลากหลายและยังเป็นองค์กรที่เติบโตรวดเร็วมากมายในช่วงเวลาอันสั้น ธุรกิจหลักของ Spotify…
  • Planning with Scrum - Flexing on Date

    Nate Adams
    6 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    In this series of posts, I’ll be addressing the misconception that it’s not possible to plan releases using agile methodologies.  In a previous post, I talked about the three sides of the “Iron Triangle” that can be adjusted when project milestones start slipping.  In this post, I’ll talk about planning releases for a Scrum team where schedule (time) is flexible. Why Flex Schedule? The most common reason a team would want to flex schedule instead of scope is when they are running a parity project; a project that is replacing the functionality of an existing…
  • 5 Most Powerful Acronyms for Agile Coaches

    Stefan Wunder
    6 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    Photo by tuchodi is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Personally I love acronyms, because they serve me as mnemonic for some of the important stuff that I shouldn’t forget as an agile coach. Further they are simple to teach and made to stick. Here are my top 5 acronyms for agile coaches: FROCC The Scrum values can be easily remembered with the acronym “FROCC”, the misspelled frog: Focus – we focus on a few things at a time Respect – we respect our colleagues like we want to be respected Openness – we express our thoughts about how we are doing Courage…
  • Scrum Alone is Not Enough

    Christa Conner
    6 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Scrum is so very popular right now. As I connect with my peers in other organizations, greater than 90% of them are practicing some variation of Scrum. They’re even following the typical adoption process I see with most organizations; leading with classic classroom training and embedded coaching. Unfortunately, however, some of their adoption initiatives are ending tragically with feelings of disillusionment when they can’t figure out why they aren’t getting the benefits touted with Scrum. Why is this happening? My answer is simple: Scrum alone is not enough. Scrum alone is not Agile.
  • England RWC Speculation: Issue One- Props

    blaggs94
    6 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    With the World Cup just a few months away and with only three internationals remaining before England’s curtain raiser against Fiji I thought it was time to take a look at the options Stuart Lancaster has ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Scrummaging has always been a strength for England and I think it’s fair to say that Lancaster is spoilt for choice at prop with 31 players permitted it is reasonable to think that Lancaster will take 5 props. At loosened Joe Marler has established himself as a competent scrummager adding to his influence around the fringes where he does most of his damage.
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  • Is Agile Working for Your Project?

    johanna
    18 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    My column is up on projectmanagement.com. It’s called Is Agile Working for Your Project? I hope you enjoy it.
  • Thinking About #NoEstimates?

    johanna
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    I have a new article up on agileconnection.com called The Case for #NoEstimates. The idea is to produce value instead of spending time estimating. We have a vigorous “debate” going on in the comments. I have client work today, so I will be slow to answer comments. I will answer as soon as I have time to compose thoughtful replies! This column is the follow-on to How Do Your Estimates Provide Value? If you would like to learn to estimate better or recover from “incorrect” estimates (an oxymoron if I ever heard one), see Predicting the Unpredictable. (All estimates are…
  • Thinking About Estimation

    johanna
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    I have an article up on agileconnection.com. It’s called How Do Your Estimates Provide Value? I’ve said before that We Need Planning; Do We Need Estimation? Sometimes we need estimates. Sometimes we don’t. That’s why I wrote Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches for Estimating Cost or Schedule. I’m not judging your estimates. I want you to consider how you use estimates. BTW, if you have an article you would like to write for agileconnection.com, email it to me. I would love to provide you a place for your agile writing.
  • Learning Opportunities for All

    johanna
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    If you are not on my Pragmatic Manager email list, you might not know about these opportunities to explore several topics with me this month: An Estimation hangout with Marcus Blankenship this Friday, April 10, 2:30pm EDT. If you have questions, please email me or Marcus. See the Do You Have Questions About Estimation post. Think of this hangout as a clinic, where I can take your questions about estimation and help you address your concerns. In the Kitchener-Waterloo area April 29&30, I’m doing two workshops that promise to be quite fun as well as educational: Discovering the…
  • Do You Have Questions About Estimation?

    johanna
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I am doing a google hangout with Marcus Blankenship on April 10. We’ll be talking about estimation and my new book, Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule. The book is about ways you can estimate and explain your estimates to the people who want to know. It also has a number of suggestions for when your estimates are inaccurate. (What a surprise!) Marcus and I are doing a google hangout, April 10, 2015. There’s only room for 15 people on the hangout live.  If you want me to answer your question, go ahead and send your question in advance…
 
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  • Introducing: Me 3.0

    Jurgen Appelo
    19 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    Some people noticed that my avatar pictures on the social networks were deviating from the real-life version at a slow but steady pace. Yes, I’m getting older! Thanks for pointing it out. The post Introducing: Me 3.0 appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How Can I Help You Enjoy Your Job?

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    People from all over the world sign up to join the Happy Melly business network because–apparently–they think we’re doing a good job. That’s so awesome. It also increases the pressure on us to report on what we’re doing. And it makes me think harder: What can I do to help people enjoy their job? The post How Can I Help You Enjoy Your Job? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Champfrogs: A SketchKeynote Presentation

    Jurgen Appelo
    13 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    I have blogged before about my experiment with a sketchkeynote format. In this presentation, the entire slide deck consists of hand-made drawings. And when I present, the drawings appear on-screen one-by-one, while the item I’m talking about is always highlighted. The post Champfrogs: A SketchKeynote Presentation appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Backlogs Are Not Waste

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    To some people, to-do lists and product backlogs are waste. I disagree. I see them as repositories of ideas and options. There is nothing wasteful about the concept of a backlog. A backlog itself is not waste. What matters is how people use them. The post Backlogs Are Not Waste appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Newest Management 3.0 Game: Improv Cards

    Jurgen Appelo
    6 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    The Improv Cards game contains 52 playing cards with pictures on them. You play it with at least three people, though best is probably a table of four to six players. The post The Newest Management 3.0 Game: Improv Cards appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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  • Impostor Syndrome: Why Some ScrumMasters Feel Like They’re Faking It

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Geoff Watts is one of the leading Scrum thinkers in the world, and one of the few to hold both the Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach designation. In addition to his book, "Scrum Mastery: From, From Good To Great Servant-Leadership" Geoff has written a new book, "The Coach's Casebook". His new book is not specifically about Scrum or agile, but since a great deal of a ScrumMaster's job is indeed coaching a team to better performance, I think you'll find the book applicable to your work. In the following guest post, Geoff shares with a story about a feeling I think we…
  • Spikes

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    11 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Projects are, of course, undertaken to develop new functionality. We want to finish a project with more capabilities than when we began the project. However, we also undertake a project to become smarter. We would like to finish each project smarter than when we began it. Most work will be directly related to building new features, but it is also important that teams plan for and allocate time for getting smarter. Agile teams use the term spike to refer to a time-boxed research activity. For example, suppose you are trying to decide between competing design approaches. The product owner may…
  • Getting Comfortable with Not Signing Up for Tasks in Sprint Planning

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In last week’s blog post, I wrote about whether team members should sign up for tasks during sprint planning. I concluded that team commitment goes up when names are left off specific tasks during sprint planning, and this is a good thing. But, starting a sprint without names on any tasks can also feel very unsettling to teams and ScrumMasters who are new to Scrum. So, I want to offer some advice on how to get comfortable with this idea. If you’d prefer to leave sprint planning with a name on every task, go ahead; have team members sign up for tasks and make sure each task has a…
  • Should Team Members Sign Up for Tasks During Sprint Planning?

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    During sprint planning, a team selects a set of product backlog items they will work on during the coming sprint. As part of doing this, most teams will also identify a list of the tasks to be performed to complete those product backlog items. Many teams will also provide rough estimates of the effort involved in each task. Collectively, these artifacts are the sprint backlog and could be presented along the following lines: One issue for teams to address is whether individuals should sign up for tasks during sprint planning. If a team walks out of sprint planning with a name next to every…
  • ScrumMaster – Full Time or Not?

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. I’ve been in some debates recently about whether the ScrumMaster should be full time. Many of the debates have been frustrating because they devolved into whether a team was better off with a full-time ScrumMaster or not. I’ll be very clear on the issue: Of course, absolutely, positively, no doubt about it a team is better off with a full-time ScrumMaster. But, a team…
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  • June 17-18th in Sydney, Australia: Agile Australia 2015

    12 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    12 May 2015 James Shore/Calendar I'll be at Agile Australia in June! I'm one of Agile Australia's keynote speakers this year. I'll be around for the entire conference, so look me up. Here's the blurb for my keynote: The Reward For an approach that emphasizes simplicity, success with Agile is surprisingly difficult. Some teams see amazing results. They're able to respond to changing needs, deliver new releases every day, and do so with nearly zero defects. Other teams complain that Agile makes things worse, not better. They get less done and spend more time in pointless meetings. What is about…
  • June 16th in Sydney, Australia, and June 19th in Melbourne: Coaching Workshop

    4 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    04 May 2015 James Shore/Calendar While I'm at Agile Australia this June, I'll presenting full-day workshops in Sydney and Melbourne. Join me for some in-depth, small group learning about coaching for best-fit Agile: Sydney: 16 June Melbourne: 19 June Sign up here and use the code AA15-SFND for a discount. Bringing Fluency to Your Agile Teams: Coaching for Best-Fit Agile Learn how to tailor your Agile coaching efforts to best fit the needs of your teams and organization. As teams grow in their understanding of Agile, their perspective of Agile shifts and changes, and so do the challenges they…
  • Reddit "Ask Me Anything"

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    06 Nov 2014 James Shore/In-the-News The Agile subreddit on Reddit invited me to do an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) earlier this year. We had a great turnout and discussed many interesting topics. Read it here.
  • Agile and Predictability

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    29 Sep 2014 James Shore/Blog Over on the AgilePDX mailing list, there's an interesting conversation on making predictions with Agile. It started off with Michael Kelly asking if Agile can help with predictability. Here's my response: It's entirely possible to make predictions with Agile. They're just as good as predictions made with other methods, and with XP practices, they can be much better. Agile leaders talk about embracing change because that has more potential value than making predictions. Software is inherently unpredictable. So is the weather. Forecasts (predictions) are possible in…
  • How Does TDD Affect Design?

    17 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    17 May 2014 James Shore/Blog (This essay was originally posted to the Let's Code JavaScript blog.) I've heard people say TDD automatically creates good designs. More recently, I've heard David Hansson say it creates design damage. Who's right? Neither. TDD doesn't create design. You do. TDD Can Lead to Better Design There are a few ways I've seen TDD lead to better design: A good test suite allows you to refactor, which allows you to improve your design over time. The TDD cycle is very detail-oriented and requires you to make some design decisions when writing tests, rather than when writing…
 
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  • Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Succeed with Agile Planning Framework and Its Four Planning Objectives

    Satish Thatte
    21 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    In the first blog post of this series of six, I explained the need for Agile Planning Framework with its four planning levels. In this second blog post, I explain four objectives at each planning level, and how to use the proposed Agile Planning Framework to implement and operationalize your customized agile planning playbook. Agile Planning Framework: 4 planning levels x 4 planning objectives covering 16 practices. Table 1 presents the recommended Agile Planning Framework, with four agile planning levels represented by its four columns, and four key objectives represented by its four rows.
  • Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Succeed with Agile Planning Framework and its Four Planning Levels

    Satish Thatte
    19 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Many people know that agile planning is different from big up-front detailed planning done in traditional or waterfall projects.  However, there are many misconceptions or only partial understandings of agile planning. In this first blog post in a series of six, I will begin to explain the details of agile planning: what and why, and multi-level planning and its benefits. What is Agile Planning? Some people equate agile planning with minimal planning or just-in-time planning or “fluid” or “adaptive” planning or planning to be done by the whole team not managers – all these…
  • 10 Agile Quotes From The World’s Most Brilliant Minds

    Laurie Douglas
    14 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Truly embracing agile can be a very hard task; agile practices are mostly learned and experienced, not something that you can easily glean from a book or article. But if you’re in search for valuable agile quotes to inspire you and your teams, here are 10 from the world’s most brilliant minds. Brilliant Agile Quotes                 1) “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein As agile organizations, teams and team members, we must constantly…
  • Why Agile Won’t Make You More Productive

    Susan Evans
    12 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    According to the 9th annual State of Agile™ survey, more organizations are adopting agile in order to improve productivity: “Consistent with last year, most respondents adopted agile practices to accelerate product delivery (59%) or enhance their ability to manage changing priorities (56%). However, in 2014, productivity (53%) has moved into the top 3, outranking last year’s #3 response – improved IT and business alignment.” This made me wonder why there is a perception that if companies transition to agile, teams will be more productive. I put my waterfall hat on and read the…
  • Improving Agile Portfolio Management Coordination

    Mark Crowe
    7 May 2015 | 5:30 am
                    Simply producing status reports in an enterprise with hundreds of software development teams isn’t enough to ensure that your products will be delivered on time. You have to ensure that the plans, dependencies, progress and schedules of those teams are all coordinated. So, how can you coordinate the software delivery across multiple large-scaled systems across hundreds of enterprise software development teams? Enterprise Software Development Coordination Whether you’re coordinating several teams or hundreds of enterprise software…
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  • How fast you can change?

    TV
    15 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Speed is not how fast you can drive and deliver. It is how fast you can change and adapt. And life and product development have more hairpin bends than you think...
  • Stop ‘teaching’ students about entrepreneurship…!

    TV
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Last weekend, I was at one of the youngest IIMs - IIM Udaipur to be a mentor at their annual event Prarambh where students and young entrepreneurs slog for 32 non-stop hours to build a 'startup'. No, not just a cool code hack but a (near-real) startup. The event ends with the teams pitching to real VCs. And who knows what can happen there...
  • Using blog as a teaching aid

    TV
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:36 am
    Last year, I started conducting an experiment in my classes. For the class assignment, I asked my students to write a blog post that they would need to share among all class mates. Also, I insisted that the blog post be visible to anyone on the internet. Here's why I did that:
  • Want best impact? Change yourself!

    TV
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:02 am
    A lot of us want to create an impact, especially the ones that comes in B-I-G font size. Change the world. Stop global warming. Establish world peace. Find cancer cure. Stop wars. Leave a legacy that lasts forever. We want to conquer the world with our ideas, our creation, our accomplishments.
  • What 16months of stay at Antarctica taught me?

    TV
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    It's been twenty years since I went to the magnificent seventh continent (which, ironically, became the first continent that I visited, apart from Asia, where I was born and grew up). I just have to close my eye for a few seconds, and I am still able to teleport myself back to majestic and pristine Antarctica, and the Indian station Maitriwhich was my home for 16 months during 1993-95.
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  • Introducing new concepts to the Scrum team – discuss, discuss

    ashish
    20 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    There are certain concepts that take a lot of time to seep through, especially when all previous experience has been on one type of methodology. For those who have long experiences of working on Waterfall or other methods, getting into being comfortable with the usage of Scrum is easier said than done. One comes across hilarious experiences where people have still not managed to wrap their heads around the change that has happened in the development methodology and revert back to their previous experience, but then are brought short when they are reminded that they are now part of a Scrum…
  • Incorporating time for tasks to fix bugs in the Sprint cycle

    ashish
    18 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    There are typically 2 types of defects that are fixed during any software development cycle (well, actually there are more than 2 types, but for the purpose of this post, let’s assume that the 2 types are the ones that I am going to write about); these are the defects that have existed in the software before the present software development cycle an were either not found earlier, or were found earlier and deemed not worthy to fix; the other type is a defect that has been introduced into the software during the current work cycle (and this can happen a lot during software development as…
  • Tracking the actual effort spent during a Sprint cycle

    ashish
    16 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    For those who have been through various development methodologies of the software development process, there is a prime focus on metrics. One needs to obtain a lot of data, since it is analysis of this data that would help in finding areas that need improvement. After all, when you are looking at the productivity of a team, how do you measure it unless you collect data such as amount of time a person has worked per day, the amount of code written, the number of defects in the code, and so on. Once all this data is collected, many organizations have dedicated systems and teams to number crunch…
  • Measuring the velocity of an individual of the Scrum team ? Don’t !

    ashish
    14 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Scrum works on the basis of team work, of the Scrum team working together as a team. However, this concept is getting badly shaken with more organizations trying to take a strict line in terms of measuring the performance of their employees, and granting rewards in terms of stock options and salary increases based on the overall performance of the employee. This gets tricky when people start to worry about the appraisal process, and on focusing their individual accomplishment. It might be hard to think that people could get so focused on maximizing their achievements that they hesitate to…
  • Handling risks within the Scrum team – Product Owner / Scrum Master / Who ?

    ashish
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Risk management is always a ticklish issue in terms of who drives the process and owns it. In a typical non-scrum project, the Project Manager is the one expected to drive and own the risk management process, and also has authority for ensuring that the risks that come up in the project are evaluated and handled to ensure that the project is on plan. For teams which have moved from the typical Waterfall Project Manager led project to a Scrum methodology based process, even with training and all, they will have an inherent expectation that the Scrum Master (in the cases where the Project…
 
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  • Rally Agile Blog: Take an Agile Road Trip With Us!

    21 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Change is happening fast and furious in the business world. With so much pressure to keep up, it can be hard to take your foot off the gas pedal, even for a few days. Occasionally, though, it’s important to pull over and check the map to make sure you’re still on the right road.read more
  • Agile Game Development : Acceptance Criteria: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Conditions of Satisfaction

    21 May 2015 | 10:29 am
  • Rally Agile Blog: Pop Quiz: How’s Your Agile?

    21 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    Humans typically crawl before we learn to walk, and walk before we learn to run. But sometimes what we call running is really more like a walk, and sometimes when we’re in a real hurry we’ve been known to skip a step.read more
  • Scrum Expert: Hansoft 8.4 Released

    21 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Hansoft has announced the release of Hansoft. 8.4, which includes a complete reboot of the quality assurance features in the tool. This represents a huge step forward for quality assurance teams using Hansoft to manage defects or tickets and cross functional teams looking to further integrate quality assurance with their development processes. Bugs Visible within Sprints in the Planning View Hansoft 8.4 allows for bugs to be viewed in the sprint backlog and on boards.read more
  • Scrum Expert: Agile Roots, Salt Lake City, USA, June 18-20 2015

    21 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Agile Roots conference is a two-days event taking place in Salt Lake City that provides sessions and workshops about learning, improving effectiveness, measuring and predicting customers, as well as more general Agile, Scrum, Lean and Kanban topics. In the agenda of Agile Roots you can find topics like “How doing the little things well makes the big things possible”, “Do testers need to code to be useful?”, “Practical Team Diversity Tactics”, “Shoestring Agility in a Velcro Organization”, “Team Mind — What Can Agile Teams Learn…
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  • Software Development Linkopedia May 2015

    The Editor
    20 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Here is our monthly selection of knowledge on programming, software testing and project management. This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about Agile software development, giving feedback, managing technical debt, normalizing user stories, dependency injection, developer griefs, behavior driven development (BDD) and software architecture. Web site: The GROWS Method Blog: The Failure of Agile Blog: Being A Senior Engineer Blog: Criticism and Ineffective Feedback Blog: Your Job Is Not to Write Code Article: Learn how to manage technical debt from a business…
  • Quote of the Month May 2015

    The Editor
    13 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Agile methods ask practitioners to think, and frankly, that‘s a hard sell. It is far more comfortable to simply follow what rules are given and claim you’re “doing it by the book.” It’s easy, it’s safe from ridicule or recrimination; you won’t get fired for it. While we might publicly decry the narrow confines of a set of rules, there is safety and comfort there. But of course, to be agile – or effective – isn’t about comfort […]. And if you only pick a handful of rules that you feel ...
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast April 2015

    The Editor
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban), software testing and software quality, software architecture, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & Tools software development magazine. STAREAST – Software Testing Conference, May 3-8 2015, Orlando, FL, USA GOTO Chicago, May 11-15 2015, Chicago, USA Baltic DevOps, May 12 2015, Tallinn, Estonia GeeCon, May 13-15 2015, Krakow, Poland Romanian…
  • Quote of the Month April 2015

    The Editor
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Code that doesn’t have tests rots. It rots because we don’t feel confident to touch it, we’re afraid to break the “working” parts. Code rotting means that it doesn’t improve, staying the way we first wrote it. I’ll be the first to admit that whenever I write code, it comes in its most ugly form. It may not look ugly immediately after I wrote it, but if I wait a couple of days (or a couple of hours), I know I will find many ways to improve it. Without tests ...
  • Software Development Linkopedia April 2015

    The Editor
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    Here is our monthly selection of knowledge on programming, software testing and project management. This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about honnest ignorance, canonical data model, global teams, recruiting developers, self-organization, requirements management, SOLID programming, developer training, retrospectives and Test-Driven Development (TDD). Blog: The Power of Not Knowing Blog: Why You Should Avoid a Canonical Data Model Blog: Managing global teams – Lessons learned Blog: The Sprint Burndown is dead, long live Confidence Smileys Blog: How to write a…
 
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  • The future of agile: changing the world of work

    Peter Green
    14 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    I gave a presentation at the Scrum Gathering in Phoenix AZ about the historic context of Agile and Scrum, and where we are headed next. While agile practices like Scrum and XP are fairly mainstream in software companies, Agile as a mindset is still in the early adopter phase in the business world at large. What can we do to help it “cross the chasm” to broader adoption? Below are the slides and the talk track. The presentation was in Pecha Kucha format – 20 slides, 20 seconds each on an auto-advance timer, which was a fun challenge to put together! The Context For an Agile…
  • Laloux Cultural Model and Agile Adoption

    Peter Green
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Laloux and Agile Adoption My Story I had invested years of my life in a ground up, large-scale agile adoption. The early years of the adoption seemed to go at breakneck speed. Teams were adopting scrum with great success. People were feeling more engaged, products were getting better, and the company was benefiting. And then it felt like we hit a wall. Despite what felt to me like a groundswell of support from teams, managers, and directors, we were struggling to make the leap to real organizational agility. The Breakthrough While reviewing a draft of a good friend’s upcoming book, a…
  • MHA 2015 Slides: Resistance to Change Doesn’t Exist

    Richard Lawrence
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Thanks to everyone who attended my Mile High Agile 2015 session, “Resistance to Change Doesn’t Exist.” Here are the slides and handouts: If you missed the session, you can catch it again at Humanizing Work 2015, our alumni conference, along with lots of other great advanced content. The post MHA 2015 Slides: Resistance to Change Doesn’t Exist appeared first on Agile For All.
  • The Power of 3 Words

    Peter Saddington
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Some of the most significant messages people deliver to one another often come in just three words. When spoken or conveyed, those statements have the power to forge new friendships, deepen old ones and restore relationships that have cooled. Yes, this stuff can even have value in corporate work… you’d be amazed at what I’ve seen in terms of organizations and companies that need healing… but it all begins with people, people caring about other people. That, is how powerful services and software begin. The following three word phrases can enrich every relationship:…
  • 20 Common Logical Fallacies – Don’t Be a Victim!

    Peter Saddington
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    The 20 Most Common Logical Fallacies Appeal to ignorance – Thinking a claim is true (or false) because it can’t be proven true (or false). Ad hominem – Making a personal attack against the person saying the argument, rather than directly addressing the issue. Strawman fallacy – Misrepresenting or exaggerating another person’s argument to make it easier to attack. Bandwagon fallacy – Thinking an argument must be true because it’s popular. Naturalistic fallacy – Believing something is good or beneficial just because it’s natural. Cherry picking – Only choosing a few examples…
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  • It Was NEVER A Dress!

    Sara Breeding
    20 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    By now #ItWasNeverADress has organically reached over 18 million people on social media! That doesn’t take into account the reach of articles on CNN, Yahoo, Today, NY Times, TIME, Mashable, BuzzFeed, LifeShifter and other major online publications. Yes, I name dropped… only because it’s kind of a big deal. But no one has the inside scoop like we do! What is #ItWasNeverADress about? For those of you who don’t know, It Was Never a Dress is about breaking down barriers and shifting perceptions of women. The goal is to start a much-needed conversation about the underrepresentation of…
  • Axosoft Super Charged the 2015 Phoenix Scrum Gathering

    Jonathan Silva
    11 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Silicon Desert continues to flourish! Hungry, curious minds from all over the world gathered in the Phoenix valley for the 2015 Global Scrum Gathering brought to you by the Scrum Alliance. If you’re newer to this, Scrum is a popular software development approach and this gathering is one of the major conferences of all things Scrum (and Agile). Feel free to check out Scrum Alliance if you’re interested in learning more. The Scrum Gathering at Talking Stick Resort To use the words of my generation, we’re stoked to have been a Platinum Sponsor for this year’s event. Axosoft is…
  • The Art and Science of Software Development

    Technology Advice
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tania Katan, Brand Evangelist, and John Haley, Developer at Axosoft, were recent guests on the TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series to share their insights on project management. This series, which is hosted by TechnologyAdvice’s Clark Buckner, explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders. Tania and John joined Buckner to discuss the different terms and aspects of agile project management software at Axosoft. Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation: TechnologyAdvice: Axosoft is a custom project management solution…
  • BREAKING NEWS: Women’s Restroom – SECRETS REVEALED!

    Tania Katan
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Since the dawn of time, inquiring minds have wanted to know… “What really happens in the Women’s Restroom?! Why do they go in twos? Are they crying? Gossiping? Pillow fighting? WTF?! Answers have remained a mystery… until now. Turns out, this seemingly innocuous space has one very big secret! Axosoft has used their agile powers to infiltrate the system and break the bathroom code once and for all! The most shocking part… It was right in front of our faces this whole time! That’s right, the passive woman plastered on the outside of bathrooms around the world, the one…
  • Axosoft Partners with Girls in Tech

    John Sparrow
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Here at Axosoft, we love our tech community, and we recognize the significant yet still underrepresented achievements and initiatives of women in the technology industry in AZ and abroad. As a tech company with a female CEO, we are not only active in supporting the tech community and championing the women at its forefront – we are actively seeking to expand our female workforce by adding more female developers to our team. What better way to find female developers than to help create them? Don’t worry, we don’t mean in a creepy futuristic cloning way. Axosoft has partnered with CodaKid,…
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  • The future of agile: changing the world of work

    Peter Green
    14 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    I gave a presentation at the Scrum Gathering in Phoenix AZ about the historic context of Agile and Scrum, and where we are headed next. While agile practices like Scrum and XP are fairly mainstream in software companies, Agile as a mindset is still in the early adopter phase in the business world at large. What can we do to help it “cross the chasm” to broader adoption? Below are the slides and the talk track. The presentation was in Pecha Kucha format – 20 slides, 20 seconds each on an auto-advance timer, which was a fun challenge to put together! The Context For an Agile…
  • Laloux Cultural Model and Agile Adoption

    Peter Green
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Laloux and Agile Adoption My Story I had invested years of my life in a ground up, large-scale agile adoption. The early years of the adoption seemed to go at breakneck speed. Teams were adopting scrum with great success. People were feeling more engaged, products were getting better, and the company was benefiting. And then it felt like we hit a wall. Despite what felt to me like a groundswell of support from teams, managers, and directors, we were struggling to make the leap to real organizational agility. The Breakthrough While reviewing a draft of a good friend’s upcoming book, a…
  • MHA 2015 Slides: Resistance to Change Doesn’t Exist

    Richard Lawrence
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Thanks to everyone who attended my Mile High Agile 2015 session, “Resistance to Change Doesn’t Exist.” Here are the slides and handouts: If you missed the session, you can catch it again at Humanizing Work 2015, our alumni conference, along with lots of other great advanced content. The post MHA 2015 Slides: Resistance to Change Doesn’t Exist appeared first on Agile For All.
  • The Power of 3 Words

    Peter Saddington
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Some of the most significant messages people deliver to one another often come in just three words. When spoken or conveyed, those statements have the power to forge new friendships, deepen old ones and restore relationships that have cooled. Yes, this stuff can even have value in corporate work… you’d be amazed at what I’ve seen in terms of organizations and companies that need healing… but it all begins with people, people caring about other people. That, is how powerful services and software begin. The following three word phrases can enrich every relationship:…
  • 20 Common Logical Fallacies – Don’t Be a Victim!

    Peter Saddington
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    The 20 Most Common Logical Fallacies Appeal to ignorance – Thinking a claim is true (or false) because it can’t be proven true (or false). Ad hominem – Making a personal attack against the person saying the argument, rather than directly addressing the issue. Strawman fallacy – Misrepresenting or exaggerating another person’s argument to make it easier to attack. Bandwagon fallacy – Thinking an argument must be true because it’s popular. Naturalistic fallacy – Believing something is good or beneficial just because it’s natural. Cherry picking – Only choosing a few examples…
 
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  • Have A Point Of View And A Plan

    Mike Cottmeyer
    21 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    If you get a few minutes to talk to your executives about agile… you’ve got to be really crisp about what you are asking for and why. Far too often people get that few minutes and totally fail to explain why agile is important and why their executives should care. If you have an opportunity to speak to your leadership team about agile, here are the four things you need to be able to communicate. 1. Show deep understanding of the problems that your executives are trying to solve. Not the problem YOU want to solve, but the problems that THEY are trying to solve. 2. Explain specifically what…
  • Use Metrics to Tell a Story

    Jann Thomas
    21 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Agile delivery practices use metrics as a foundation to quantify the unpredictable nature of understanding what someone has in mind. Stories are a set of words that convey an idea and translate one person’s imagination into an imaginary format called software. Given that we can debate what the definition of “is” is, estimating when some body of work will be done and how far we are in that body of work approaches impossible. However, all Delivery Managers are asked to do exactly that. End of Sprint reports are used to convey to the rest of the business where we are on an imaginary…
  • Agile Is Supposed To Be Simple…

    Mike Cottmeyer
    19 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    I was reading about the new iteration of SAFe that came out a few days ago. I appreciate what Dean is doing with SAFe and totally get the problem he is trying to solve. That said, it makes me wonder how folks receive the ever growing complexity of the model. Fundamentally, we have two choices as leaders of companies. We can model and manage the complexity inherent in the system, or we can reduce that complexity. What we can’t do is pretend the complexity doesn’t exist and fail to do something about it. So often I see agile implementations that want to ignore what’s really going on. This…
  • Is Your Program Team Just a Messin’ an a Gommin’?

    Tim Wise
    19 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    A long, long, well… long time ago when I was a young man, my Grandma Lossie would get all dressed up and her best friend Gladys would come pick her up for a night out. When I asked those two what they were up to, one of these two south Georgia ladies would always say, “We are just a messin’ an a gommin’!”  It was at this point that I always insinuated they were going out to pick up younger men.  They would cackle, but they really meant that they were messing around doing nothing and having a bit of fun. Outside looking in, it can often seem like agile teams are…
  • The Shape of Your Portfolio

    Jann Thomas
    14 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    What is your capability model showing you? In the world of Agile Software development, capability model may not be a term commonly used. We often think of Agile as describing how the development teams function, standups, planning, demo, retro, much of the delivery world moves to the scrum rhythm. Capability model, now how does that fit into building better software? A capability model is a graphical definition of what your organization does. In the most simplistic form, the model is an outline of business processes. Once the outline is created, the components of the outline can be assessed as…
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    OutSystems Blog

  • Beware the Second Wave of Vendor Lock-In Fueled by Salesforce.com’s Vertical Strategy

    Sean Allen
    20 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    When Salesforce.com announced its new industries strategy, analysts predicted it would be the catalyst for a “second wave of SaaS adoption.” But as the SaaS provider rolls out verticalized offerings built on the Salesforce1 Platform, it will also become the second wave of vendor lock-in. With its Industries Business Unit, Salesforce.com is looking to expand into six vertical industries: financial services/insurance, health care/life sciences, retail/consumer products, communications/media, public sector and automotive/manufacturing. The company hired experts who previously held a C-level…
  • Can a Custom Mobile App Transform How Your Company Does Business?

    Miguel Baltazar
    15 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    These days, it seems like every business – from banks to airlines to insurance companies – has a custom mobile app or two. What you’re probably wondering is: Should yours? Is it worth the money, time and manpower? How much of an impact could one mobile app have on your business, anyway? The short answer is: an enormous impact – provided you tackle the right problem and solve it the right way. Having delivered professional services for many years at OutSystems, I’ve seen some incredible business transformations happen thanks to a single, well-designed mobile app. The…
  • OutSystems Platform 9 Amsterdam: RAD is Here to Stay

    Sean Allen
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    “RAD tools have been plagued with a bad reputation, and in most cases, it’s well deserved. This market category is filled with incomplete offerings that are limited and don’t properly handle the requirements of large organizations. With this release of OutSystems Platform, we are reinforcing our position as the only RAD platform that addresses the needs of the enterprise in terms of governance, scalability and security without compromising rapid delivery.” That quote is from our CEO, Paulo Rosado, in today’s Platform 9 Amsterdam press release. Let’s make no mistake, we believe…
  • Ovum Decision Matrix: MADP – Why You Should Care

    Sean Allen
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Well-known and widely respected analyst firm Ovum just released their marquis research, the Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Mobile App Development Platform Solution, 2015-16. Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst and author of this report, highlights what companies should be looking for in a MADP solution and then provides detail on where 12 different vendors fit against those criteria. We are gratified to be named a Leader in the space. Given the amount of time, energy, money, anxiety, and attention that is being aimed at enterprise mobility right now, this report is quite timely. Enterprises…
  • Visual Programming Is Unbelievable… Here’s Why We Don’t Believe In It

    Tiago Simões
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    Visual programming has been an unfulfilled prophecy for years. As so many other areas, like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or speech recognition, when the hype was high, the underlying technology wasn’t there yet. But that was not its only problem… Several Misfires For visual programming, the hype peaked in the early 90s with CASE tools. And, as with all trends ahead of their time, the repercussions of its failure were years of underinvestment, little innovation, and lingering skepticism. UML (Unified Modeling Language), with its promise of bringing sanity to…
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  • Introducing new concepts to the Scrum team – discuss, discuss

    ashish
    20 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    There are certain concepts that take a lot of time to seep through, especially when all previous experience has been on one type of methodology. For those who have long experiences of working on Waterfall or other methods, getting into being comfortable with the usage of Scrum is easier said than done. One comes across hilarious experiences where people have still not managed to wrap their heads around the change that has happened in the development methodology and revert back to their previous experience, but then are brought short when they are reminded that they are now part of a Scrum…
  • Incorporating time for tasks to fix bugs in the Sprint cycle

    ashish
    18 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    There are typically 2 types of defects that are fixed during any software development cycle (well, actually there are more than 2 types, but for the purpose of this post, let’s assume that the 2 types are the ones that I am going to write about); these are the defects that have existed in the software before the present software development cycle an were either not found earlier, or were found earlier and deemed not worthy to fix; the other type is a defect that has been introduced into the software during the current work cycle (and this can happen a lot during software development as…
  • Tracking the actual effort spent during a Sprint cycle

    ashish
    16 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    For those who have been through various development methodologies of the software development process, there is a prime focus on metrics. One needs to obtain a lot of data, since it is analysis of this data that would help in finding areas that need improvement. After all, when you are looking at the productivity of a team, how do you measure it unless you collect data such as amount of time a person has worked per day, the amount of code written, the number of defects in the code, and so on. Once all this data is collected, many organizations have dedicated systems and teams to number crunch…
  • Measuring the velocity of an individual of the Scrum team ? Don’t !

    ashish
    14 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Scrum works on the basis of team work, of the Scrum team working together as a team. However, this concept is getting badly shaken with more organizations trying to take a strict line in terms of measuring the performance of their employees, and granting rewards in terms of stock options and salary increases based on the overall performance of the employee. This gets tricky when people start to worry about the appraisal process, and on focusing their individual accomplishment. It might be hard to think that people could get so focused on maximizing their achievements that they hesitate to…
  • Handling risks within the Scrum team – Product Owner / Scrum Master / Who ?

    ashish
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Risk management is always a ticklish issue in terms of who drives the process and owns it. In a typical non-scrum project, the Project Manager is the one expected to drive and own the risk management process, and also has authority for ensuring that the risks that come up in the project are evaluated and handled to ensure that the project is on plan. For teams which have moved from the typical Waterfall Project Manager led project to a Scrum methodology based process, even with training and all, they will have an inherent expectation that the Scrum Master (in the cases where the Project…
 
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

  • Hierarchy of Human Needs for the 21st Century

    David Koontz
    4 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    The new and revised edition of Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs for the 21st Century.See Also:The Starbuck's Test
  • Topics for Lunch-N-Learn

    David Koontz
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Brainstorming a list of topics for a Scrum/Agile lunch-N-learn session.Slicing Stories – resources to slice vertical stories of valueStory Writing techniques:  w/ Q&A based upon participants real storiesEstimation techniques:  Affinity Estimation; T-shirt sizing -> converting to numbers; Planning Poker (the rule book)Team building tools:  Infinite Loops; Helium Stick; Warp Speed;  Pair Drawing, etc.Definition of Done/Ready exerciseRelease Planning   How to derive duration with a complicated backlogAgile Library Initiation  Bring books, make the rules,…
  • Why Visual Management Techniques are so Powerful

    David Koontz
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    How does the brain process visual clues to the environment and synthesize meaning about an ever changing landscape?  Tom Wujec explains the creation of mental models and why AutoDesk invest in visual management techniques to plan their strategic roadmaps.Also in one of Tom Wujec's talks on How to Make Toast, he explains another important point of visual management - system's thinking and group work.Don't worry... the mind will do all the work.  It will fill in the missing details, and abstract the patterns into the concept.  Here's an exercise, Squiggle Birds by David Gray, to…
  • The Simplest Systems Thinking Exercise - How to Make Toast.

    David Koontz
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:27 pm
    For many years one example of process thinking, resource gathering, requirements, implementation and acceptance criteria has been the exercise - make PB&J sandwiches.  I've done this with groups to discuss the simple task that we typically overlook as "experts" in sandwich making, that perhaps a 5 year old will find difficulty glossing over the - get bread - instruction.Here's a TED Talk by Tom Wujec who has analyzed a similar exercise and draws some powerful conclusions from many iterations.  Watch it and then rethink the simple acts in your life.So tell me again why group…
  • Your Optimistic Bias won't Allow Your Estimate to Improve

    David Koontz
    24 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    When asked, many people wish to get better at estimation by tracking actuals and then assuming that some form of reflection upon those actuals will lead to better estimation.  I've long held a belief that it doesn't happen quite so simply in reality.  There are many assumptions in that proposal that are just glossed over.   Let's list a few (just for fun):  Actuals are accurate and precise representations, time will be allotted to reflections and learning,  people (teams of people) will all arrive at similar conclusions and learn from the reflection of estimate not…
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    Practical Agility

  • Is Predictability Really What We Want?

    Dave Rooney
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Predictability in software system delivery is as close to a Holy Grail as it comes in the IT industry. I’ve heard many people stress being able to have a predictable delivery cadence as something valuable to them. As recently as today I saw a reference to “predictability over commitment” on Twitter! But why is predictability so important to so many people? The people who pay for the
  • Getting Started with Test-Driven Development - Where Do I Start?

    Dave Rooney
    7 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you have ever built software using a true Test-Driven Development (TDD) approach, do you remember the first problem you had to overcome? Was it perhaps: Where do I start? What’s the first test? That’s a very common issue - simply not knowing where to start. Quite a few years ago, I was coaching at a client in the St. Louis, Missouri area. I attended a meetup of the local XP group and it
  • Getting Started with Test-Driven Development - My Left Hand

    Dave Rooney
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you’ve done any amount of programming that wasn’t test-driven, the entire notion of writing a test before writing any code may sound odd. I can tell you from my own experience in late 2000 and early 2001 that it certainly seemed like a strange way to build software. When I first tried writing code in a test-driven manner, it felt more than odd or strange - it felt as if I was using my "
  • It's Just a Feature for Feature Port

    Dave Rooney
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Ah, the 80's! A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away known as my teenage years, I used to watch the popular CBS show Magnum, PI. The show's protagonist, Thomas Magnum (portrayed by Tom Selleck), had a running self-narration throughout the show which helped fill out the plot and characters. One line of narration that Magnum often spoke was, "I know what you're thinking...". He did this
  • Experiments, Not Failures!

    Dave Rooney
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    In the Agile world we the often hear statements like, "Fail fast, fail often", and "Failure is how you learn". Equally often we hear about organizations whose culture disapproves of failure. We say that such organizations will be a difficult fit for any Agile process and there will be much pain and suffering during the transition. But what do we actually mean by the term failure? When
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • Certified ScrumMaster Workshop in Toronto—November 2-3

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Agile Pain Relief presents a two-day Certified ScrumMaster Workshop in Toronto—November 2-3 taught by certified ScrumMaster Trainer Mark Levison.
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #12

    Heather
    19 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    A collection of links to interesting research from the world of neuroscience and behavioural psychology that can be applied (or not) to Agile/Scrum Teams. Publication Bias Afflicts the Whole of Psychology (Alex Fradera) – A question you should ask of every study I reference. Avoid Procrastination: Funky Tip Makes You Start 4 Times Sooner (Dr Jeremy Dean) Neuro-diversity in the Work Place (Charles Humble) Simple Rules for Hard Decisions (Theodore Kinni) Men and women cooperate equally for the common good, study finds (Science News) Star performers suffer more than most from a loss in…
  • Play4Agile North America

    Heather
    4 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    For the first time ever, Play4Agile comes to North America!   Play4Agile is an annual community un-conference focused on helping people, teams & organisations to transform through games and playful approaches. And Agile Pain Relief is proud to announce that they are the exclusive Play4Agile Gold Sponsor. Play4Agile North America will run from September 11th to 13th, 2015, just north of Toronto ON, at the YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre. This is an all-inclusive, highly interactive un-conference event. Tickets are limited so register early! Prices are all-inclusive…
  • Software Development is Not a Form of Construction

    Mark Levison
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:18 am
    For years the software industry has used an analogy, with construction as its defining metaphor. The comparison is applied throughout the language of software: architecture, foundations, constructor, projects, building code. The language is so pervasive that it affects our thinking around software development, but unfortunately the metaphor is fundamentally broken and the flaws have led us down a number of bad paths. In construction, a lot of emphasis is placed on predictability­, getting the requirements correct up front, and cost reduction. These are all signs of a mature industry. We run…
  • Agile Quick Links #31

    Heather
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: How Workspace Improves Productivity (Olga Kouzina) Choose Boring Technology (Dan McKinley) How to Disagree with Your Boss (Joseph Grenny) How We Do It: Remote Pair Programming (Jeffry Hesse) Is Scrum the Best Choice for Any Kind of Work? (Roger Brown) Parable of the Polygons (Vi Hart, Nicky Case) – a playable post on the shape of society The problem with projects (Joshua Arnold) What I Learned from an Olympic Gold Medalist about Pushing Through Failure (Doris Belland) When Women Stopped Coding (Planet Money podcast)
 
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    Agile Scout

  • Change the World by Doing

    peter
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    I always tell me class… the short answer to many issues is one thing: Execute. At the end of the day no analysis can ever come close to learning-by-doing. Don’t get stuck in analysis-paralysis, it never helped anyone. – You don’t know the future. – You can’t know all the risks. – You cannot analyze your way to perfection. – You cannot truly know until you execute.
  • Don’t Ever Give Up

    peter
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
  • Forget SMART Goals, Go VAGUE

    peter
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    Valuable In everything we undertake we must have a sense of the value it will provide to self, others or the world. We need purpose to make our work meaningful. Anarchic Stop playing safe. Challenge, confront, undermine the current status quo. Strive to discover the undiscoverable. Genuine Be true to yourself—abandon agreement in favor of passion, and then seek alignment. Don’t compromise. Unbounded Embrace not-knowing. Avoid forcing your ideas into someone else’s box. Let your possibilities grow wings, and soar. Engaging Keep your dreams vital, avoid repetition, continuously…
  • Are RFP Systems for Agile Contracts, Agile?

    peter
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Gawd. There are things I dislike… and there are things that I just severely dislike. RFP supplier systems are one of them. Not only are they convoluted, but complicated, and arduous. Isn’t Agile all about collaboration and negotiation with people? If you’d like our help, please, let’s work person-to-person. RFP systems cheapen the opportunity to really understand your needs. #OKthanksBYE
  • Tips for Resumes [Infographic]

    peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:46 pm
    I help a lot of people with their resumes. Lots of people are looking for jobs, especially after they’ve taken one of our training courses. Instead of writing custom letters to each person (I do a lot), here is a summary of my usual thoughts… A couple of things: 2 pages. Perfect. More than 2 is not necessary. Most people don’t read past the first half-page anyway Almost every resume I see is pretty much EXACTLY the same, are you the same as others? Absolutely not. If that’s the case, then spend time making your resume kick some serious ass. I would do the following:  …
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • QSM Selected as Gartner 2015 "Cool Vendor" for IT Vendor Management Services

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    21 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    We are pleased to announce that QSM has been included in the list of 2015 "Cool Vendors" in the IT Vendor Management category by Gartner, Inc. Each year, Gartner identifies a collection of companies in key technology areas and publishes a series of research reports that objectively highlight these companies from a customer perspective. The reports are meant to be succinct, filter through hype, hone in on vetted and proven innovations, and identify those vendors that are creating unique value in their market space. Many of the organizations that Gartner profiles are transforming the way…
  • PDU-Approved Webinar - Agile Estimation: Beyond the Myths, Part 2

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    15 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    When it comes to agile, there are common myths and misconceptions about project estimation and tracking. In Part 2 of this PDU-approved two-part webinar series (which can be viewed independently or together), presented on May 28 at 1:00 PM EDT by QSM's Andy Berner offers corrections to these, such as:Why velocity is not a good predictor of release durationWhy burndown charts will not be close to straight linesWhy change and churn are not the same thingWhy looking at just the values of metrics alone is not enoughWhile some longstanding principles about software estimation still apply, agile…
  • Are Late Software Projects a Victim of 'The Planning Fallacy'?

    Gene Shuman
    7 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Too many projects are late, over-budget, under-delivered, or a combination.  The problems continue despite widespread awareness and improvements in project management knowledge, tools, and process maturity.   A recent piece in the Washington Post business section identified a likely culprit: “the planning fallacy”.  Princeton psychologist Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky of Stanford describe it as “the tendency to underestimate the time, costs, and risks of future actions and overestimate the benefit of those actions”.  The results are time and cost overruns as…
  • Agile Estimation: Beyond the Myths, Part 1 Webinar Replay and Q&A Highlights

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    1 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Our recent webinar, Agile Estimation: Beyond the Myths, Part 1, presented by Andy Berner, featured a lively Q&A session. Here are a few of the highlights that you can catch in the PDU-approved replay.Q: You talked about different types of work and how they're done concurrently. What about the work of developing the system architecture?A: How architecture is determined in agile projects is a really interesting question. Grady Booch, who is one of the great proponents of software architecture used to say that the biggest difference of opinion between him and Kent Beck, who is…
  • Trend Based Solutions Generate Reasonable Estimates Fast

    Laura Zuber
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    Beginning with the release of SLIM-Suite v8.1, two new SLIM-Estimate solution methods were added to let you see what a “typical” project would look like: that is, the resources it would require, based upon historical projects from either the QSM database or your own.  The two methods are: Solve from Trends WizardTrend Based Solution SLIM-Estimate provides several different ways to solve the software production equation and produce an estimate.  The solution method you select depends upon the information you have available.  The traditional methods, known as Quick…
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    ScrumZen

  • How to Decide Budget on an Agile Project?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Recently, I was asked these two questions by an Agile enthusiast who works with a services organization and have recently started practicing Scrum. How do I know the budget without having to analyze all the features, especially when the feature list is too long and can’t fit in a sprint of 2 weeks? The answer I gave was well received. Not because it was right from the process perspective but it was effective from the business perspective. My simple point was: Who would disagree with the fact that processes and frameworks are created to serve the businesses and not otherwise? Read on…
  • How to Deal With the Product Owner Coming from Waterfall Background?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    How to Deal With Product Owner Coming from Waterfall Background? Last week, I got this question from one of my ex-colleagues, Victor. Victor is a ScrumMaster of a newly formed Scrum team. They were on their 3rd sprint. Their sprint length was 3 weeks. Victor described me his situation: The Product Owner, who happens to be the Product Manager as well, was coming from waterfall background. The Product Owner was senior to all the team members. The fear was that because of the Product Owner’s background in traditional methods, the team would be giving ‘Status Updates’ instead…
  • Daily Standup Vs. Daily Standup

    Utpal Vaishnav
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    There’s a fundamental difference between participating in daily standup meetings because you want to and attending daily standup meetings because you have to. You want to attend Daily Standup because you believe you’ll inspect and adapt. You have to attend Daily Standup because your organization is following Scrum or your boss has asked you. Former helps the project and the latter does not. When you do the former, everyone benefits. You. Your project. Your organization. Your customer. Your customer’s customer … everyone. There’s no “have to” in…
  • Who Should Be The Product Owner?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    9 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently, I wrote an article on ScrumAlliance that says that Principle Software Engineer is not a good choice for the role of Product Owner. In followup, I got an email from a Scrum enthusiast saying he understood the point but then who should be the Product Owner in a Scrum team? It is a good question. Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood by even senior management of Scrum-novice organizations. The Product Owner is someone who builds, shares and establishes the product vision and inspires the team to self-organize and make that vision take form of the product, fast. The Product owner…
  • How Much Documentation Should a Scrum Team Do?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    27 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    I get this question invariably asked by almost every team that’s new to Scrum. “Documentation that is just enough,” is the theoretical answer. Almost always, the next question follows, “What’s just enough documentation?” Just enough documentation is what serves the sprint purpose. Imagine the following scenario: Product: A Mobile iOS App in the Travel Niche Pretext: Version 1.0 of the App is already in the market and people are using it. It has generated a user base of about 15000 and many people have requested  different features via App’s support a feature option. Sprint…
 
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    Agile World

  • Stop following the successful companies

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    4 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    It is a common practice to look at successful people and learn the “best practices” as much as possible. The belief is that, by copying the successful practices, we become successful as well. My question is, does that really work ?   Can you become successful investor like Warren Buffet by reading every article/book written about him? Even many organizations are obsessed trying to copy the practices from Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. There is nothing wrong with it. However, I believe that one could learn more from failures than successes. So, focusing on the stories from failed…
  • Its high time that we stop using Velocity

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Velocity in an Agile environment is the most misused-used and misinterpreted word/metric.  The key issue is, teams and stakeholders interpret Velocity as a productivity measurement rather than capacity of the team. I don’t blame the team or the managers. But the “word” itself. If we look at the synonyms for Velocity(see the screenshot below), all of them point to quickness, momentum, acceleration, which naturally encourages people to connect this with “productivity”.     Google for Acceleration or Velocity and one would find following images… These images push…
  • Coaching intervention during a team conflict

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    Every team goes through some stages of conflict before they stabilize. Leaders need to be conscious of intervening during such conflicts.  The knee-jerk reaction of a typical leader observing a conflict is to jump immediately to “fix” the problem. It is highly recommended that they avoid it and take a step back to monitor the situation first. The leaders need to find the appropriate time and context to intervene for coaching. Here are some examples and contexts. 1. Self-organizing teams are in the process of learning. They are trying to check the boundaries and positioning themselves…
  • Overcoming the Obstacles to Achieving Agility and Delivering Business Value

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:38 am
    I am  excited to say latest version of  Cutter IT Journal  has published my article “Overcoming the obstacles to achieving agility and delivering business value” .  I  authored this article exclusively for Cutter.  In this article, I have articulated various issues that hinders agility in the organization. I am proposing the Systems thinking approach to solving the organizational and agile challenges.In order to achieve true agility, it is not sufficient to blindly follow the agile practices but to think beyond Agile. One should look at fixing the…
  • Do you have an Agile Testing mindset ?

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Here is my recent guest post for Zephyr… Performing Testing in Agile projects is not termed as Agile testing. Agile testing involves whole different mindset.  Then, how do you know your team has Agile testing mindset?  As a coach, I start this by asking testers the following few questions: - Do have to wait until the development is done to start testing? - Do testers feel there is a lack of time at the end of Sprint? - Are testers blamed when defects are identified? If testers answer “Yes” to some or all the questions above, then the team still has “Waterfall” mindset in…
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    Tech Gadget Talk

  • Lyft Update Brings PayPal Support And Easy Credit Card Uploads

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    22 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    Lyft Update Brings PayPal Support And Easy Credit Card Uploads by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Jeff Beck Lyft, the pink mustachioed ride service competitor to Uber, has added a couple of sweet new features to its Android app today which should make it easier for passengers to pay their fare. First, Lyft now supports PayPal as a means of payment. Nuff said. Second, it... The post Lyft Update Brings PayPal Support And Easy Credit Card Uploads appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • [Update: It's Back] Deal Alert – Pick Up An 18W Qualcomm Certified Quick Charge 2.0 Charger For Just 11 Bucks On Amazon After $5 Off Coupon

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    22 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    [Update: It's Back] Deal Alert – Pick Up An 18W Qualcomm Certified Quick Charge 2.0 Charger For Just 11 Bucks On Amazon After $5 Off Coupon by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Jeff Beck One of the things that I love most about my Sony Z3 is its compatibility with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The phone takes forever to charge with a standard USB wall charger (like almost the entire night), but with a Quick Charge device I can bring... The post [Update: It's Back] Deal Alert – Pick Up An 18W Qualcomm…
  • Microsoft OneDrive's Latest Beta Includes A Watchface for Android Wear And A Native PDF Viewer

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    22 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    Microsoft OneDrive's Latest Beta Includes A Watchface for Android Wear And A Native PDF Viewer by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Jacob Long The latest beta update for Microsoft’s Onedrive cloud storage service includes two significant feature additions. The first is the presence of a watchface for your Android Wear device and the other headliner is a built-in PDF viewer, which is well overdue since competitors Google Drive and Dropbox... The post Microsoft OneDrive's Latest Beta Includes A Watchface for Android Wear And A…
  • 'Boychoir' Star Joins 'Independence Day' Sequel

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    22 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    'Boychoir' Star Joins 'Independence Day' Sequel by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Borys Kit Roland Emmerich is directing the sequel, which has a mix of rising stars and returning faces set to fight aliens. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post 'Boychoir' Star Joins 'Independence Day' Sequel appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • ‘The Assassin’: Cannes Review

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    21 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    ‘The Assassin’: Cannes Review by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Deborah Young Shu Qi plays a mysterious female assassin whose heart gets in the way in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first martial arts film read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post ‘The Assassin’: Cannes Review appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
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    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile

  • Impostor Syndrome: Why Some ScrumMasters Feel Like They’re Faking It

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Geoff Watts is one of the leading Scrum thinkers in the world, and one of the few to hold both the Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach designation. In addition to his book, "Scrum Mastery: From, From Good To Great Servant-Leadership" Geoff has written a new book, "The Coach's Casebook". His new book is not specifically about Scrum or agile, but since a great deal of a ScrumMaster's job is indeed coaching a team to better performance, I think you'll find the book applicable to your work. In the following guest post, Geoff shares with a story about a feeling I think we…
  • Spikes

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    11 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Projects are, of course, undertaken to develop new functionality. We want to finish a project with more capabilities than when we began the project. However, we also undertake a project to become smarter. We would like to finish each project smarter than when we began it. Most work will be directly related to building new features, but it is also important that teams plan for and allocate time for getting smarter. Agile teams use the term spike to refer to a time-boxed research activity. For example, suppose you are trying to decide between competing design approaches. The product owner may…
  • Getting Comfortable with Not Signing Up for Tasks in Sprint Planning

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In last week’s blog post, I wrote about whether team members should sign up for tasks during sprint planning. I concluded that team commitment goes up when names are left off specific tasks during sprint planning, and this is a good thing. But, starting a sprint without names on any tasks can also feel very unsettling to teams and ScrumMasters who are new to Scrum. So, I want to offer some advice on how to get comfortable with this idea. If you’d prefer to leave sprint planning with a name on every task, go ahead; have team members sign up for tasks and make sure each task has a…
  • Should Team Members Sign Up for Tasks During Sprint Planning?

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    During sprint planning, a team selects a set of product backlog items they will work on during the coming sprint. As part of doing this, most teams will also identify a list of the tasks to be performed to complete those product backlog items. Many teams will also provide rough estimates of the effort involved in each task. Collectively, these artifacts are the sprint backlog and could be presented along the following lines: One issue for teams to address is whether individuals should sign up for tasks during sprint planning. If a team walks out of sprint planning with a name next to every…
  • ScrumMaster – Full Time or Not?

    gwatts@fakeemail.com
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. I’ve been in some debates recently about whether the ScrumMaster should be full time. Many of the debates have been frustrating because they devolved into whether a team was better off with a full-time ScrumMaster or not. I’ll be very clear on the issue: Of course, absolutely, positively, no doubt about it a team is better off with a full-time ScrumMaster. But, a team…
 
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    Scrum.org Community Blog

  • I witnessed how Scrum was created

    Kate Terlecka
    20 May 2015 | 2:25 am
    History In 2012 in one of my Professional Scrum Master classes I met a true gentleman. Much older than the average IT specialist in Poland, jeans and button-up shirt, amazing manners, spotless language and a perfectly kept medium-length black beard with shining strings of white. The kind of a person that is impossible to forget. […] The post I witnessed how Scrum was created appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Don’t write “Duncan” on my cup; just call me “Long Black”

    Duncan Evans
    19 May 2015 | 3:22 am
    Making a purchase can feel great when you’ve developed a rapport with the salesperson. Regardless of the product; from a tasty treat at the farmer’s market to a major purchase like a new car; a sale is much more likely when the vendor not only cares deeply about their product but also takes time to […] The post Don’t write “Duncan” on my cup; just call me “Long Black” appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Agile Clock

    lIlya Pavlichenko
    18 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Do you want to pass a small test? It is very simple – please reproduce in the exact sequence literally four values of ​​Agile Manifesto. Well, how did it go? If you succeeded, then you get my congratulations. 3 years ago I failed the test, though I knew the Scrum Guide almost literally and was […] The post Agile Clock appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Evidence-based Estimation

    Hiren Doshi
    12 May 2015 | 10:07 pm
    An analogy I can think of is… I want my dart to hit the dart board, and not necessarily the bull’s eye…. as it calls for a lot of details which apparently is missing during estimation. However, if my dart doesn’t hit anywhere on the dart board… it’s almost like shooting in the dark; a […] The post Evidence-based Estimation appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • My personal “Stop doing” list

    Louis-Philippe Carignan
    10 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    In his book Good to Great, author Jim Collins asks the reader: Do you have a “to do” list? Do you also have a “stop doing” list? He goes on by saying: Those who built the good-to-great companies, however, made as much use of “stop doing” lists as “to do” lists. They displayed a remarkable discipline […] The post My personal “Stop doing” list appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
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    Scrum Inc

  • The Awesome Joe Justice is Now a CST

    Joel Riddle
    5 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The Agile Manifesto applies to all industries. When we read it and its 12 principles, and switch each mention of "software" with "customer visible value", we have an elegant methodology that applies to all business. Scrum Inc. principal hardware consultant Joe Justice was awarded his Scrum Trainer certification early this month at Scrum Gathering Phoenix. Joe will now be certifying not only his own hardware course in Seattle but will be certifying Scrum Inc. public and private classes. The Agile industry has just become a little bit better. Congratulations Joe. Joe consults and coaches teams…
  • How to Launch a Scrum Team

    JJ Sutherland
    1 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Join us as we share how we help clients launch teams. We share our step-by-step backlog for launching new teams or reinvigorating old. Three different perspectives from three Scrum Inc. coaches on what to do, what the common impediments are, how to avoid the worst and conquer the inevitable. Time: 75 minutes Audience: Beginner Suggested Prerequisite: Basic Scrum  You’ll learn how to launch your own teams, by helping to: Create an initial backlog Develop a team working agreement Define Ready and Done Implement a plan for impediment resolution Plan & begin the first Sprint Online…
  • Getting to Done

    JJ Sutherland
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    One of the key principles in the Agile Manifesto is to have working software at the end of every sprint. Yet, only 20% of teams that call themselves ’agile’ actually do this. That is a lot of bad agile. It doesn’t have to be that way. Getting to Done isn't impossible, it just requires discipline and focus. Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland shares share proven and often quite simple ways to move teams from mediocre to great. This online course will teach you how to quickly identify the reasons why teams aren’t getting to done, and tools to eliminate them one by one. Online Course…
  • Scrum in Sales

    Joel Riddle
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Scrum's origins are in software development, but it is often used in other domains. Manufacturing, education, contracting, defense, even non-profit work. One area of early success in adopting Scrum has been sales.  Businesses that have used Scrum for sales say it made a chaotic process transparent, predictive and controllable. We have commonly seen Teams increase their hit rate by 50%. Sales teams at first may be skeptical of the team oriented nature of Scrum. It is very different from a traditional commission-oriented sales and they are often initially hesitant to share leads and…
  • Scrum Inc. at SXSW

    Joel Riddle
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    If you're heading to SXSW, on Monday, March 16th, the Scrum Inc. Team is gathering a group of volunteers to build a car from scratch. No experience in Agile or Automotive Manufacturing needed. The eXtreme Manufacturing Build Party will have self-organizing Scrum teams swarming to put a car together. Ever wondered how Scrum works in the physical realm? Here's your chance to find out! This all-day session will teach you just how powerful self-organizing teams can be. They're only letting us have a limited number of people work on the project, so sign up now! See you in Austin. #SXSW #XMfg…
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