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  • Is It Ready?

    All About Agile | Agile Development Made Easy!
    Rick Austin
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    In an agile transformation, one of the first things we work towards is to create an ability to deliver in a predictable manner. As described in our compass and our journey, there is a clear path for organizations that embark on an agile transformation. By becoming predictable, an organization can make and keep promises. In […] The post Is It Ready? appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

    Managed Chaos
    Naresh Jain
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:08 am
    In software world we call this speculative generality or YAGNI or over engineering. IMHO we should not be afraid to throw parts of your system out every 6-8 months and rebuild it. Speed and Simplicity trumps everything! Also in 6-8 months, new technology, your improved experience, better clarity, etc. will help you design a better solution than what you can design today. Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting that we do a sloppy job and rewrite the system because of sloppiness. I’m recommending, let’s solve today’s problem in the simplest, cleanest and most…
  • Run, Don't Walk, to Scale Agile

    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility
    Rally
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Rally customers have always been front and center at RallyON conferences — filling the audience and the speaking agenda with their experiences, knowledge, and ideas. But at this year's RallyON 2015 conference, our customers were so engaged they nearly blew up the conference app. Since their commentary did such a great job of capturing the essence of what we heard and learned at RallyON, we thought we'd share a few of the conference’s customer stories about Agile at scale — in our customers' own words. The Seagate Story Seagate is a leading producer of data storage solutions.
  • ‘Agile Executive’ – workshop with Kelly Waters on 28 Sep 2015

    All About Agile | Agile Development Made Easy!
    Kelly Waters
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Hi everyone, I recently ran my first ever public workshop – a 1 day workshop called ‘Agile Executive’ which focuses on topics to help managers and executives that are embarking on or part of an agile transformation. I am running another session on 28th September – details below… ‘Agile Executive’ Creating an organisation that is […]
  • Applying Common Sense to the Agile Framework

    Scrum Alliance RSS Feed
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    I'd like to share some steps that I've followed over the years to create Agile teams, resolve conflicts and problems, enhance communication, and improve the working environment.
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    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility

  • Run, Don't Walk, to Scale Agile

    Rally
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Rally customers have always been front and center at RallyON conferences — filling the audience and the speaking agenda with their experiences, knowledge, and ideas. But at this year's RallyON 2015 conference, our customers were so engaged they nearly blew up the conference app. Since their commentary did such a great job of capturing the essence of what we heard and learned at RallyON, we thought we'd share a few of the conference’s customer stories about Agile at scale — in our customers' own words. The Seagate Story Seagate is a leading producer of data storage solutions.
  • The Rookie vs. the Veteran: How to Take Agile to the Next Level

    Ryan Polk
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    How does a 120-year-old insurance company get more value out of its agile transformation in 2 years than a high-tech company that’s been practicing agile for 14 years? Well, it has something to do with bad habits that form when organizations don’t scale agile beyond the team level. Or they coordinate work to include the business and program management roles but don’t focus on best practices and continuous improvement to maintain results. Here are some common traps organizations can fall into around team-level agile: The Easy Road It’s human behavior to take the path of least…
  • Failure Modes of an Agile Transformation: Congruency

    Jean Tabaka
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    To this point, I’ve covered topics around failure in leadership and failure in workflow. It’s now time to dig a bit deeper into the question, “How does your organization “show up?” That is, “What’s the overall sense of how people take ownership for their behavior in the transformation?” What healthy alignments emerge among the teams? When a leader chooses to ignore the importance of behaviors and relationships, I refer to this as a failure in congruency. What do I mean by congruency? To take a geometric perspective, envision polygons that have similarities in the number of…
  • You Asked, the Agile Aficionados Answered

    Rally
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Getting onboard with Agile methods across your organization is no small task. To do it well requires knowledge, culture change, and practice — lots of practice — at all levels. Rally is fortunate to have some of the most experienced practitioners in the industry. Their broad experience working onsite with customers and their deep knowledge of Agile practices, organizational culture, and human behavior only excites in them a deeper curiosity and eagerness to learn. As you can imagine, this makes them great advice-givers and storytellers! Recently we assembled a few of these Agile…
  • What Did You Miss? Real Stories, Insights, and Courage From RallyON Keynotes.

    Christine Hudson
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    “Your goal is to get to the top of the mountain and you’re riding your bike, competing to get there first … and you get passed by a motorcycle. You’ve just experienced the type of disruption that many industries are experiencing.” — Angela Tucci, Rally chief revenue officer Rally CTO and founder Ryan Martens, CEO Tim Miller, and CRO Angela Tucci welcomed us to  RallyON!™ 2015 by reminding us how disruption is game-changing — and how the pace of change is accelerating. Customer expectations, competitive shifts, and regulatory changes are all part of the disruption. So is…
 
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    Managed Chaos

  • A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

    Naresh Jain
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:08 am
    In software world we call this speculative generality or YAGNI or over engineering. IMHO we should not be afraid to throw parts of your system out every 6-8 months and rebuild it. Speed and Simplicity trumps everything! Also in 6-8 months, new technology, your improved experience, better clarity, etc. will help you design a better solution than what you can design today. Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting that we do a sloppy job and rewrite the system because of sloppiness. I’m recommending, let’s solve today’s problem in the simplest, cleanest and most…
  • Agile India 2016 – Call for Proposals

    Naresh Jain
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:55 am
    Agile India volunteers have started working on Agile India 2016 Conference. We are planning to host the conference at the same venue (Hotel Chancery Pavilion) in Bangalore from 14th – 21st Mar 2016 (8 Days.) We are now open for proposals to following conference themes (and here are their theme chairs): Research Camp (March 15th) – Jyothi Rangaiah and Ashay Saxena Lean Startup (March 16th) – Nitin and Tathagat (ad interim) Enterprise Agile (March 17th) – Evan Laybourn and Ravi Kumar DevOps and Continuous Delivery (March 18th) – Joel Tosi and S Sivaguru Agile in…
  • Discount Code: Open Web & jQuery Conference – 22-25th July Bangalore

    Naresh Jain
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    The jQuery foundation is making their first trip to Bangalore to bring together experts from across the field of front-end development to bring you up-to speed on the latest open web technologies. Get the inside scoop on front-end development, code architecture and organization, design and implementation practices, tooling and workflow improvements, and emerging browser technologies. We hope that you can use this opportunity to share ideas, socialize, and work together on advancing the present and future success of the front-end eco-system. More details: http://jqueryconf.in Online…
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10 + cURL 7.37.1 – CA Certificate Issue & curl_ssl_verifypeer Flag

    Naresh Jain
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you are using Opauth-Twitter and suddenly you find that the Twitter OAuth is failing on OS X Yosemite, then it could be because  of the CA certificate issue. In OS X Yosemite 10.10, they switched cURL’s version from 7.30.0 to 7.37.1 [curl 7.37.1 (x86_64-apple-darwin14.0) libcurl/7.37.1 SecureTransport zlib/1.2.5] and since then cURL always tries to verify the SSL certificate of the remote server. In the previous versions, you could set curl_ssl_verifypeer to false and it would skip the verification. However from 7.37, if you set curl_ssl_verifypeer to false, it complains…
  • 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…
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  • ‘Agile Executive’ – workshop with Kelly Waters on 28 Sep 2015

    Kelly Waters
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Hi everyone, I recently ran my first ever public workshop – a 1 day workshop called ‘Agile Executive’ which focuses on topics to help managers and executives that are embarking on or part of an agile transformation. I am running another session on 28th September – details below… ‘Agile Executive’ Creating an organisation that is […]
  • Transparency – Two Way Visibility

    David Koontz
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    What does the value of Transparency really mean?Nextgov: How do you define transparency?Fung: My definition is quite a bit different from the conventional wisdom about transparency. A transparency system is designed to allow people to improve the quali...
  • Is It Ready?

    Rick Austin
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    In an agile transformation, one of the first things we work towards is to create an ability to deliver in a predictable manner. As described in our compass and our journey, there is a clear path for organizations that embark on an agile transformation. By becoming predictable, an organization can make and keep promises. In […] The post Is It Ready? appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • Microservice Trade Offs

    Martin Fowler
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Many development teams have found the microservices architectural style to be a superior approach to a monolithic architecture. But other teams have found them to be a productivity-sapping burden. Like any architectural style, ...
  • Story Splitting: Where Do I Start?

    Andrew Fuqua
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:16 am
    I don’t always follow the same story splitting approach when I need to split a story. It has become intuitive for me so I might not be able to write about everything I do or what goes through my mind or how I know. But I can put here what comes to mind at the […] The post Story Splitting: Where Do I Start? appeared first on LeadingAgile.
 
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  • Applying Common Sense to the Agile Framework

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    I'd like to share some steps that I've followed over the years to create Agile teams, resolve conflicts and problems, enhance communication, and improve the working environment.
  • Just-in-Time Agile for Presales

    16 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    As an enterprise Agile coach, I was recently asked to work on a request for proposal (RFP) with a seven-member team whose past experience had raised many pain points. Here is how we addressed those problems using Agile practices.
  • Toward Better Daily Stand-Ups

    16 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    Daily stand-up meetings are one of the best practices of Scrum. Here are some of the best practices that I have found to help teams make the stand-up meetings more effective and efficient.
  • ​Are We Agile Enough for Change?

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    Our generation has seen the greatest technological advancements. But how mature are we at handling such change? I propose that Agile can help, at both the individual and the organizational levels.
  • Minimize Risks by Following Scrum Principles

    15 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    Risks to projects should be identified, assessed, and addressed based on the probability of an occurrence and the impact in the event of the occurrence. Based on my experience, I strongly believe that each Scrum principle has built-in risk management capability.
 
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  • A Tool to Fix the One Thing Agile Does Not Explain

    Todd Haugen
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Agile, agile, agile, that’s all I hear.  Ridiculous. When did not being a robot blindly following a set of rules become so unusual?  Seriously, applying critical thought to your work everyday should not be the exceptional bar it should be the min bar.  If you don’t ask yourself everyday what is and is not working and then fixing the not then you cannot call yourself an engineer. I have been practicing agile development for a long time.  I started using a form of it when I started my company in the late 90s.  Then I was one of the first to use it at Microsoft to run a…
  • Cricket Themed Retrospective Revisited

    jayhyett
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    I was thinking of a different themed retrospective for one of the teams I’ve been working with recently. We’ve been together for roughly three months and majority of the retrospectives we’ve had have been following the what’s working, what’s not and what puzzles us pattern. I remembered the Cricket World Cup themed retrospective I facilitated with another team earlier this year, and with the Ashes currently in full swing I thought we’d give another cricket themed session ago and make some changes to it. What’s involved? First off we drew a cricket…
  • Why AgilePx?

    Stephen Callaghan
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:03 pm
    A number of people have asked me in recent times,”Why AgilePx?” and its prompted me to properly put down in writing what has been swirling through my head for years! ” “ I grew up on the west coast of Scotland in a small village in Ayrshire just a mile away from the haunting castle of Portencross. It mean means literally just that – “Port and Cross” – where “It is said that Portencross Castle was the last resting place of the great kings of Scotland. Legend has it that they were transported via the castle on their way to Iona, for…
  • I have a GREAT idea!!!....

    nineinchninja
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:46 pm
    I was recently asked what to do when a stakeholder or client asks for a feature or user story that e
  • Velocity or Results?

    csiska
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Agile team results, delivered, is the measure of the Agile team.  What got delivered was negotiated with the stakeholders. Need more results?  Get a bigger team. Or share the load with more teams. Team Velocity is just a number, a function of how well the team predicts.  If the team is graded on keeping up Velocity, then choosing a smaller pile of work and using bigger numbers becomes a valuable tactic.  In the long run, higher turnover may be in your future. When pressure is placed on a project measure, expect that measure to be gamed.  People (including managers) are human.  Part of…
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  • I have a GREAT idea!!!....

    nineinchninja
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:46 pm
    I was recently asked what to do when a stakeholder or client asks for a feature or user story that e
  • A Professional Organization Defines Quality

    Gunther
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    An often observed problem of Scrum adoptions is the isolated way that Scrum Teams operate, being or acting as if detached from the wider organization. There are several possible causes, one of them being the disconnect between people creating standards and people implementing upon those standards. An organization that thrives and depends on software products and services can be expected to have a definition of product quality in place, and to express such definition through standards, guidelines, rules, service levels and other expectations. Scrum Development Teams, consisting of…
  • 6 Month Review of the Scrum Method

    Peter
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:51 am
    The Allen Lab has using the Scrum method for 6 months. It is been remarkably productive. With two gr
  • e-Learning Scrum Course for PSM I Test (Professional Scrum Master)

    Eduardo Rodrigues Sucena
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Some people ask me about e-Learning Scrum Course and this week I reviewed the MPlaza e-Learning Scru
  • What Building Teams Can Learn from Scrum

    archinate
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    “The more you overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.” – Mr. Scott, Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise Much of my professional upbringing can be characterized as falling within the boundaries of traditional architectural practice.  I started out working in a small design-build practice which required hands-on construction.  I then moved on to working on large international projects at NBBJ.  Early on, I became enamored by the latest and greatest trends in BIM and computational design.  I was driven to make my own tools, software, and…
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  • Interview with Alistair 2015 on Software Requirements Specifications

    Alistair Cockburn
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Short interview with me on user stories and use cases versus Software Requirements Specification https://www.healthcareguys.com/2015/07/23/the-differences-between-user-stories-and-software-requirements-specification-srs-interview-with-dr-alistair-cockburn/ The Differences between User Stories and Software Requirements Specification (SRS) – Interview with Dr. Alistair Cockburn Posted on July 23, 2015 in Education, Research This is the fifth post in the series in which I have interviewed several Agile experts to reveal the differences between user stories and software requirements and their…
  • One word obscures another

    Alistair Cockburn
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:47 am
  • What do I call the Heart of Agile methodology?

    Alistair Cockburn
    23 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Think I’ll call it: “Do This: Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve.” That should about do it. So if someone asks you, “What is the Heart of Agile”? Say, “Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve” “How do we get started with it?” “Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve” “Are we in compliance with the Heart of Agile or with the Heart of Agile (ahem)Methodology?” “Do you Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve?” So instead of creating a name for a thing that isn’t the thing, let’s name the thing…
  • What to do instead of bad responsive design

    Alistair Cockburn
    13 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    What to do about bad Responsive design? Short answer: Design for the device. I get to use really good mobile apps – they are clean, easy to read, easy to use. (Examples abound. Orbitz is a handy one). Whoever designed those understood the medium, its affordances and limitation, and designed for that. Big screen is different – different medium, different affordances. Good designs on the big screen are very different than good designs on the small screen. Responsive design is the lazy designers way to make designs that fit no screen well. Kind of like 1-size-fits-all clothes that…
  • Level 2 thinking

    Alistair Cockburn
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Level 0 : doing what you’re doing, including chatting. Eg, kick a ball; talk with someone Level 1 : notice what you’re doing, think about it. “I’m kicking this ball, it makes me happy to kick a ball, even though that wasn’t a very good kick” Level 2 : discuss or think about the thinking about, discuss or think about the structure and the meaning of the discussing about and thinking bout. I don’t think there is a Level 3, because the act of doing Level 2 is either Level 0 or Level 1, the act of discussing that you’re thinking about the thinking…
 
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  • Who Should be Your Product Owner?

    johanna
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    In agile, we separate the Product Owner function from functional (development) management. The reason is that we want the people who can understand and evaluate the business value to articulate the business value to tell the people who understand the work’s value when to implement what. The technical folks determine how to implement the what. Separating the when/what from how is a great separation. It allows the people who are considering the long term and customer impact of a given feature or set of features a way to rank the work. Technical teams may not realize when to release a…
  • Embracing the Zen of Program Management

    johanna
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    The lovely folks at Thoughtworks interviewed me for a blog post, Embracing the Zen of Program Management.  I hope you like the information there. If you want to know about agile and lean program management, see Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization. In beta now.
  • Great Review of Predicting the Unpredictable

    johanna
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    Ryan Ripley “highly recommends” Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule. See his post: Pragmatic Agile Estimation: Predicting the Unpredictable. He says this: This is a practical book about the work of creating software and providing estimates when needed. Her estimation troubleshooting guide highlights many of the hidden issues with estimating such as: multitasking, student syndrome, using the wrong units to estimate, and trying to estimates things that are too big. — Ryan Ripley Thank you, Ryan! See Predicting the Unpredictable:…
  • 7 Tips for Valuing Features in a Backlog

    johanna
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    Many product owners have a tough problem. They need so many of the potential features in the roadmap, that they feel as if everything is #1 priority. They realize they can’t actually have everything as #1, and it’s quite difficult for them to rank the features. This is the same problem as ranking for the project portfolio. You can apply similar thinking. Once you have a roadmap, use these tips to help you rank the features in the backlog: Should you do this feature at all? I normally ask this question about small features, not epics. However, you can start with the epic (or theme)…
  • Product Manager, Product Owner, or Business Analyst?

    johanna
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Do you have a title such as product manager, product owner, or business analyst? We hear  these titles all the time. What does each do? Here is how I have seen successful agile projects and programs use people in these positions. Note that I am discussing agile projects and programs. The product manager creates the roadmap. She has the product vision over the entire life of the product. Typically, what’s In the roadmap are larger than epics—they are themes or feature sets.  Product management means thinking strategically about the product. You might require several projects or…
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  • Estimates on Split Stories Do Not Need to Equal the Original

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It is good practice to first write large user stories (commonly known as epics) and then to split them into smaller pieces, a process known as product backlog refinement or grooming. When product backlog items are split, they are often re-estimated. I’m often asked if the sum of the estimates on the smaller stories must equal the estimate on the original, larger story. No. Part of the reason for splitting the stories is to understand them better. Team members discuss the story with the product owner. As a product owner clarifies a user story, the team will know more about the work they…
  • Not Everything Needs to Be a User Story: Using FDD Features

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    21 Jul 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. User stories are great. When you’ve got users, that is. Sometimes, though, the users of a system or product are so far removed that a team struggles to put users into their stories. A sign that this is happening is when teams write stories that begin with “As a developer...” or “as a product owner....” There are usually better approaches than writing…
  • It’s Summer, Find Something to Celebrate

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s July—find something to celebrate with your team. Unless your “down under,” you’re probably enjoying nicer weather than you have the rest of the year. We’re half way through the year, which means it’s a good time to look back on how far your team has come. If you have retrospective notes, look back at the notes from six months ago. It’s sometimes amusing for a team to look back and see how insignificant an issue seems now that seemed huge back then. Six months of steady progress can do that. One team I worked with was feeling really down…
  • Prioritize and Optimize Over a Slightly Longer Horizon

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A lot of agile literature stresses that product owners must prioritize the delivery of value. I’m not going to argue with that. But I am going to argue that product owners need to optimize over a slightly longer horizon than a single sprint. A product owner’s goal is to maximize the amount of value delivered over the life a product. If the product owner shows up at each sprint planning meeting focused on maximizing the value delivered in only that one sprint, the product owner will never choose to invest in the system’s future. The product owner will instead always choose to…
  • You Don’t Need a Complicated Story Hierarchy

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Consultants and tool vendors seem to have a penchant for making things complicated. It seems the more complicated we make things, the more our clients need us. And that sells tools and services, I suppose. On the other hand, I find unnecessary complexity extremely frustrating. It’s like the novel I read this week by a first-time author. It was good, but it had too many minor characters who complicated the plot and made the book hard to follow. The same thing happens when people introduce complicated hierarchies or taxonomies for user stories like this: You don’t need this. When…
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  • Enterprise Services Planning Management Summit

    David Anderson
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    A new conference! A new format! A new movement! London 28 September The Enterprise Services Planning Management Summit is designed for managers in all types of professional services to come together and share their challenges managing modern 21st Century business in a complex world of disruptive change and ever shifting customer demands and expectations. read more
  • Team Kanban Practitioner

    David Anderson
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Lean Kanban University is introducing a new entry level Kanban class for Team Kanban together with a certification and professional credential, TKP, Team Kanban Practitioner. This new class becomes the entry level on the "alternative path to agility" and reflects the market reality that most Kanban starts shallow and at the team level. read more
  • Kanban - the alternative path to agility

    David Anderson
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The Kanban Method was conceived as an alternative path to agility - as a means to improve responsiveness and adaptability without any significant revolution or reorganization in your way or working or political structure of your business. Lean Kanban University has recently introduced a series of training classes developed and evolved from older, tried and tested curriculum to ease adoption of Kanban and communicate the full scope and scale of what is possible when you fully embrace Kanban as a way to manage your modern professional services business. read more
  • ESP compared to Kanban Method

    David Anderson
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    I've been giving some careful thought to why it became necessary to create the concept of Enterprise Services Planning. At the most fundamental level, ESP was necessary to provide a container for the collection of things we were teaching that were beyond kanban systems and beyond the scope of the Kanban Method. These were the things that enabled the optimal and effective use of kanban systems - topics such as: probabilistic forecasting and statistical analysis; qualitative risk assessment; real option theory; connecting strategy to operational mechanisms such as Kanban capacity…
  • Kanban Cadences

    David Anderson
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:14 am
    Recently, I've taken a new approach to teaching The Kanban Method. The new Lean Kanban "Practicing the Kanban Method" class is built around the 7 Kanban Cadences - the cyclical meetings that drive evolutionary change and "fit for purpose" service delivery. Two of these meetings are relatively new additions to the method: Risk Review added in 2014 as a response to Klaus Leopold formalizing Blocker Clustering in 2013; and Strategy Review as an emergent response to the concept of "fit for purpose" and the need to sense the external environment, in order to be…
 
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  • 10th Annual State of Agile Survey is Open!

    admin
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s hard to imagine that we’re celebrating the 10th year of the State of Agile™ survey! The annual survey has become the largest, longest-running, and most comprehensive survey serving the agile community. Last year nearly 4,000 of your peers shared what they’ve learned through their agile experiences. The survey gives agile software professionals around the world the opportunity to provide insights on a wide range of agile topics including the benefits of agile, top tips for scaling agile, how to measure agile success, and the most popular agile project management tools. This…
  • Three Leadership “Musts” for DevOps

    Stacey Louie
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
                      A middle-of-the-night phone call is never a good thing – especially when the director of technology operations is on the other end. It was 2:00 a.m. in the summer of 2003 when I was abruptly awakened from my phone’s vibration. My nightmare started as the director of technology operations reported that the system was down with no resolution in sight. A company system outage is comparable to cutting off blood flow to the brain. When the system is down, there’s no cash and the business starts to die. No matter the size or…
  • How to Collaborate in DevOps Software Development

    John Kosco
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
                  DevOps Software Development is new to many organizations and figuring out how to best collaborate can be challenging. One of the recurring roadblocks experienced by the organizations we serve revolves around collaboration. What are some of the difficulties they face and how can DevOps address these to help deliver great software and build systems that scale and last? At Blue Agility, we have been leading large-scale agile transformations to help our clients align business and IT, achieve faster time-to-market, and remain competitive in the…
  • DevOps Culture and the Informed Workspace

    Steve Ropa
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
                  While the DevOps culture has been heavy focused on what tools to use, little thought has been giving to what type of workspaces is needed. Ever since the early days of agile, the importance of an informative workspace has been known. Many of the practices around working together, pair programming and the Onsite Customer from Extreme Programming were to enable the rapid flow and visualization of how the team is doing. Other aspects, such as the Big Visual Chart, were included to keep the information flowing. We have made great progress in this…
  • Five Tips for Improving Communication

    Laurie Douglas
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Communication is the key to solving problems and successfully collaborating, but many of us still have difficulty communicating with particular team members. Why? Because the words we use mean different things to different people in different contexts. Matt Badgley, an agile product consultant at VersionOne, recently gave a presentation at Agile Day Atlanta about communication techniques you can use to solve problems and improve team meetings. VersionOne: Why is it important to focus on the words we use? Matt: We all know that collaboration is the key to success. Ultimately, solving a problem…
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  • Learning to Lead Without Authority

    TV
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:14 pm
    In 2007, I experienced a career-altering moment. After being in the general manager role for Sniffer's India R&D center (subsequently acquired by NetScout) for four years, my new SVP of Engineering asked me if I would accept being a functional manager for my current direct reports. As a good company man, I consulted with all involved leaders and my direct reports, and enthusiastically said yes, while, to be honest, not completely grasping the importance of the opportunity.
  • 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.
 
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    Methods & Tools Editor

  • Software Development Conferences Forecast July 2015

    The Editor
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile project management ( 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 & […]
  • Software Development Linkopedia July 2015

    The Editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:50 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 retrospectives, remote teams, Agile testing, Cloud architecture, exploratory testing, software entropy, introverted software developers and Scrum myths. Blog: 7 Best Practices for Facilitating Agile Retrospectives Blog: How Pairing Powers […]
  • Quote of the Month July 2015

    The Editor
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Many users blame themselves for errors that occur when using technology, thinking that maybe they did something wrong. You must reverse this belief if you want to be an effective tester. Here is a rule of thumb: If something unexpected occurs, don’t blame yourself; blame the technology. Source: Tap Into Mobile Application Testing, Jonathan Koh, […]
  • A Journey: Agile, Culture & Transformation

    The Editor
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    Three years after writing “An Agile Adoption & Transformation Survival Guide: Working with Culture”, Michael Sahota shares the highlights of what he has learned. Some of it is around thinking tools such as the Laloux Culture Model and some of it is around his inner journey to reach a place where he could really help […]
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast June 2015

    The Editor
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile project management ( 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 & […]
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    Agile For All

  • The Context for Agility

    Peter Green
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Some people learn best by reading. Others prefer video. So, I’ve created a video of my blog post: The Future of Agile, Changing the World of Work. The video puts agility into its historic context, examining the generational waves of new and better ways for organizations to approach their work in a world of increasing pace of change, complexity and interconnectedness. Lean emerged in the 1970s, Agile in the 1990s, Lean Startup in the current decade, and Organizational Agility and Leadership patterns are just beginning to emerge. It seems that it takes a generational turnover for these…
  • The Wheel of Change Retrospective

    Peter Green
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive coaches. In his book Triggers, Goldsmith introduces a framework for change that he calls the “Wheel of Change“. This framework provides a great template for a Sprint Retrospective or any similar review for a team or larger group.   Draw and label the four quadrants on a whiteboard or poster paper, and have each participant add at least one sticky in each quadrant. Group and label the stickies in each quadrant to see what patterns emerge, then dot vote the groups in each quadrant to see what ideas have the most…
  • Reducing the Load on the Product Owner

    Peter Green
    18 Jul 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Product Owners have it tough. They need to spend time and energy working to understand the needs of customers and users. They need to work with the development team to prioritize and decompose Product Backlog Items into small user stories with acceptance criteria. Finally, they need to work with key stakeholders within the business to get budget, garner support for their efforts, and align on how the work of their scrum team aligns with the larger vision and strategy of the organization. Not only does this create a tremendous amount of stress for the Product Owner, but it leaves no slack…
  • Early Agile Scaling at Adobe

    Peter Green
    11 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Scaling agile is a hot topic these days. I’ve recently given a presentation at a few local user groups about the experience of scaling agile at Adobe. The presentation describes early scaling as well as our experience helping a large shared technology group adopt a model using the Spotify Approach as a template. Below is a synopsis of the early scaling approach which naturally emerged at Adobe. Viral Agile Adoption vs. Mandated Agile Adoption Agile at Adobe was a grass roots effort. There was never a mandate from an executive that “thou shalt use Scrum”, and I think that…
  • 5 Key Skills Great Product Owners Have

    Richard Lawrence
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    Being Product Owner is hard. Actually, that’s not quite true. Anybody can make a list of things to build, call it a backlog, and bring it to a few meetings every month. Being a great Product Owner is hard. Development skills are essential, but it doesn’t matter how fast your team delivers and how good your quality is unless you’re delivering the right thing every day. Identifying and expressing that “right thing” at every level of detail is a big job. To improve our CSPO classes and our PO coaching, Bob and I made a tree of the skills that the best Product Owners use. While there…
 
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    Agile Web Development & Operations

  • Knife EC2: Manage Amazon EC2 Instances With Chef

    Matthias Marschall
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:48 pm
    r. nial bradshaw Chef enables you to automate your infrastructure. It provides a command line tool called knife to help you manage your configurations. Using the knife EC2 plugin you can manage your Amazon EC2 instances with Chef. knife EC2 makes it possible to create and bootstrap Amazon EC2 instances in just one line – if you go through a few setup steps. In this article, I want to show you how to setup your Chef installation and AWS configuration so that you can easily bootstrap new Amazon EC2 instances with Chef’s knife. Prepare SSH Access To Your Amazon EC2 Instances…
  • Kanban vs Scrum vs Agile

    Matthias Marschall
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    raaphorst When inflexible and wasteful software development processes are making your organization inefficient, it’s time to introduce an agile methodology. Kanban vs Scrum then becomes an essential question: Which agile software development methodology is better suited for my own situation? And is Kanban agile? What about Scrum vs agile? Confusion is spreading… Let’s have a look how to sort out all those questions. Scrum – A Fundamental Shift Scrum is a well defined process framework for structuring your organization. Introducing Scrum is quite a change for a team not…
  • Enable Your Teams to Rapidly Ship and Operate Quality Software

    Dan Ackerson
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Steve JurvetsonHow often do your development teams release to production? Who gets the alert in the middle of the night when everything crashes and burns? Do these questions make you uncomfortable or rather their answers? Or maybe you are already discussing changes to your current deploy process? Because it sucks, right? If you’re honest, it will always suck because it constantly needs to be adapted to the current business requirements. Enter the “Platform Team”: a group of build & deploy experts that jumpstart your teams down the road to operational success while…
  • Supporting Millions of Pretty URL Rewrites in Nginx with Lua and Redis

    Dan Ackerson
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Alexandre Duret-LutzAbout a year ago, I was tasked with greatly expanding our url rewrite capabilities. Our file based, nginx rewrites were becoming a performance bottleneck and we needed to make an architectural leap that would take us to the next level of SEO wizardry. In comparison to the total number of product categories in our database, Stylight supports a handful of “pretty URLs” – those understandable by a human being. With http://www.stylight.com/Sandals/Women/ you have a good idea what’s going to be on that page. Our web application, however, only does URLs…
  • 3 Reasons Why Your Team Needs Rituals

    Matthias Marschall
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Nathan BorrorIt’s the same every morning: you get up and grab your morning coffee. No matter whether you brew it at home or fetch it on the road, your morning coffee is a ritual you never want to miss. A ritual is a practice everyone knows how to do. It’s conducted regularly or on well defined occasions. Rituals help to create an identity for a group of people: nations, sports clubs or teams. How can rituals help form a high performing team? Rituals Act as Social Glue Rote repetition of team tasks creates a feeling of togetherness. Often you see teams invent their own, sometimes…
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    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software

  • Use ybSync to Connect Axosoft to Your Google Calendar

    Patrick Wright
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    YbSync is a tool that allows users to connect their Google Calendars to Axosoft and keep them in sync. YbSync has a lot of options that allow users to configure how ybSync syncs your data: choose which Axosoft items get synced with Google Calendars and choose to have notifications added to your Google events. Administrators have the ability to set up default syncing options for the rest of their users. Users always have the ability to change the default options. In this post we will demonstrate how to get started with ybSync, and we’ll walk you through the following steps: Enable API…
  • As a Developer, How Can I Use Axosoft?

    Jonathan Silva
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    Devs: when it comes to Axosoft, we want you to get in, get out, and back to doing your thing. You really only need to do three actions to contribute to your team: Log in Log your time Update workflow steps The three actions above give your team a clear understanding of what’s going on. Allow us to break down these three lovely bullets further and get you on your way. Log In You’re logged into your Axosoft account–yes! If this is your first time, then you’ll be prompted to take a tutorial (which we recommend taking). If you prefer to learn by experience, then you can also hit…
  • What’s New in Axosoft 15.3?

    Jonathan Silva
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Ah, plans… They say luck favors the prepared. Axosoft Version 15.3 adds to those prepping efforts. The Release Planner introduces a new way to approach resource allocation for your sprints and releases. Here’s my voice describing the planner with visual detail: Release Planner To start this tour, click the Release Planner tab; the planner will appear on the right and your items will be in the workspace on the left. Workspace on the left. Release Planner on the right. The workspace will be filtered by your Organize Panel selection along with any additional filters, grouping, or…
  • Learn How to Make New User Onboarding Easier

    Ashley McMahon
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    3 Ways to Make Onboarding Easier The search for a new software product is hard enough. I get it, I’ve been through it and I’ve helped people through it. Here at Axosoft I am a part of our Sales team so I help people go through this process every day. I have also worked in software support, training and account management in the past so I completely understand the challenges of how to best set a team up for success. Once you find the product that you think is the answer to all your problems, you have to convince your team it was the right choice. So how do you enlighten those folks and get…
  • Integrate Your Axosoft Account with Hundreds of Apps using Zapier

    Brett Goldman
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
      Zapier is a powerful automation service that can fetch data from hundreds of supported applications and post to your Axosoft account.  You can also have new items in your Axosoft database trigger updates and post the new data to any of Zapier’s applications.  Each automation point is called a ‘Zap’ and they’re incredibly easy to set up and maintain. To start ‘Zapping’ now or read more about how it works, check out our Zapbook at any time. Of course, we use Axosoft for all of our Development and Support teams’ needs (and yes, even Sales and…
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    Agile For All » Blog

  • The Context for Agility

    Peter Green
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Some people learn best by reading. Others prefer video. So, I’ve created a video of my blog post: The Future of Agile, Changing the World of Work. The video puts agility into its historic context, examining the generational waves of new and better ways for organizations to approach their work in a world of increasing pace of change, complexity and interconnectedness. Lean emerged in the 1970s, Agile in the 1990s, Lean Startup in the current decade, and Organizational Agility and Leadership patterns are just beginning to emerge. It seems that it takes a generational turnover for these…
  • The Wheel of Change Retrospective

    Peter Green
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive coaches. In his book Triggers, Goldsmith introduces a framework for change that he calls the “Wheel of Change“. This framework provides a great template for a Sprint Retrospective or any similar review for a team or larger group.   Draw and label the four quadrants on a whiteboard or poster paper, and have each participant add at least one sticky in each quadrant. Group and label the stickies in each quadrant to see what patterns emerge, then dot vote the groups in each quadrant to see what ideas have the most…
  • Reducing the Load on the Product Owner

    Peter Green
    18 Jul 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Product Owners have it tough. They need to spend time and energy working to understand the needs of customers and users. They need to work with the development team to prioritize and decompose Product Backlog Items into small user stories with acceptance criteria. Finally, they need to work with key stakeholders within the business to get budget, garner support for their efforts, and align on how the work of their scrum team aligns with the larger vision and strategy of the organization. Not only does this create a tremendous amount of stress for the Product Owner, but it leaves no slack…
  • Early Agile Scaling at Adobe

    Peter Green
    11 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Scaling agile is a hot topic these days. I’ve recently given a presentation at a few local user groups about the experience of scaling agile at Adobe. The presentation describes early scaling as well as our experience helping a large shared technology group adopt a model using the Spotify Approach as a template. Below is a synopsis of the early scaling approach which naturally emerged at Adobe. Viral Agile Adoption vs. Mandated Agile Adoption Agile at Adobe was a grass roots effort. There was never a mandate from an executive that “thou shalt use Scrum”, and I think that…
  • 5 Key Skills Great Product Owners Have

    Richard Lawrence
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    Being Product Owner is hard. Actually, that’s not quite true. Anybody can make a list of things to build, call it a backlog, and bring it to a few meetings every month. Being a great Product Owner is hard. Development skills are essential, but it doesn’t matter how fast your team delivers and how good your quality is unless you’re delivering the right thing every day. Identifying and expressing that “right thing” at every level of detail is a big job. To improve our CSPO classes and our PO coaching, Bob and I made a tree of the skills that the best Product Owners use. While there…
 
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  • Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Sized Organization Into an Agile Enterprise #agile2015

    Mike Cottmeyer
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    Here is my talk from this AM at the #Agile2015 conference. Enjoy! The Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Size Organization Into an Agile Enterprise from Mike Cottmeyer The post Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Sized Organization Into an Agile Enterprise #agile2015 appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • LeadingAgile Turns Five

    Mike Cottmeyer
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:50 pm
    I didn’t want the day to pass without noting LeadingAgile is celebrating our five year anniversary today. It’s super surreal to me that we have been in business for five years. It’s truly been the combined efforts of a very talented group of people that has gotten us this far. I sincerely appreciate all the effort, of all the folks… both past and present… that have worked at LeadingAgile. I appreciate all the awesome companies that put their trust in us to help guide their agile transformations. It’s been a hell of a ride. Thanks for being a part of…
  • Agile2015 Talk: Product Owner Team – Why? 

    Dean Stevens
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    Agile2015 is just a week away. I will be presenting my talk on Product Owner Teams: Leading Agile Program Management and want to share some thoughts ahead of time on the problem we are solving with the PO Team. I summarize the Goals in a couple of bullet points: Provide Agile Teams with the support, guidance and coaching they need to get the job done Improve and accelerate your product delivery by improving your Agile Transformation I focus the talk on four key Objectives: Provide clarity through a well defined feature backlog Hold Agile Teams accountable for making and meeting commitments…
  • Is It Ready?

    Rick Austin
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    In an agile transformation, one of the first things we work towards is to create an ability to deliver in a predictable manner. As described in our compass and our journey, there is a clear path for organizations that embark on an agile transformation. By becoming predictable, an organization can make and keep promises. In essence, we are working to stabilize the value delivery system. There are many things that can contribute to an unstable value delivery system. Ready backlog is one of these. The following diagram illustrates three fundamental elements of agile. Clarity means that we have a…
  • Why Timeboxing Sucks For Your New Agile Teams

    Tim Wise
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    Ever heard these from teams before regarding timeboxing? “What we do won’t fit into a 2 week window” “The nature of our work is too creative for a timebox” <<<Fill in your variation here>>> If you work with agile teams, some variation of these statements will be familiar. I consistently hear new teams say this over and over when I form new sets of teams. Here’s the deal, the problem is not the time box. In fact, the time box is exposing problems you need to solve! Let’s check out some examples of the team’s timeboxing…
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    OutSystems Blog

  • Online Registration App Built with OutSystems Boosts Mercy Ships Volunteer Applicants by 20 Percent

    Cory Creamer
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    Mercy Ships serves developing countries all over the world. When we set out to overhaul our volunteer application process, we knew we had unique requirements, which would likely mean we’d have to custom build our online registration app. We wanted to make our HR department more efficient, but also wanted to make the application process easier and, hopefully, more accurate. Each year we use the skills of 1,200 volunteers, and up until recently, each of those submissions were filled out and processed by hand. Between difficult-to-decipher handwriting, poor quality scans or faxes and data…
  • OutSystems Online Training 2.0 – More Options, More Expertise!

    Joao Fernandes
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    In the two years since we launched our free online training page, we’ve been paying attention to feedback from our developers and community members. So we’ve been working behind the scenes to enhance the online training experience and make it even easier to learn OutSystems Platform. Here’s what’s new… Different Training Offers for Different Needs Getting up to speed fast with a new technology is critically important. For this reason, we have three different ways you can start learning with OutSystems Platform: Online Training: Developers can get started right away and…
  • Making Sense of the Mobile Development Tools Landscape

    Miguel Lopes
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    The demand for enterprise mobility continues to grow with no signs of slowing down. Every customer-centric company has projects underway to transform the digital experience and delight users. Because every customer has a mobile device in their pocket, there has never been a better time to concentrate IT efforts on creating apps with mobile context and value. With the market for mobile application development still maturing, the plethora of tools available to help address your enterprise app portfolio needs can be overwhelming. So, we took some time to really understand what tools are…
  • 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…
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

  • Retromat:: A well planned Retro

    David Koontz
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Retrospective at GameStop based upon Corinna Baldaug's Retromat.Retro process phases: Set the Stage, Gather Data, Generate Insight, Decide what to Do, Close the RetroREF: http://plans-for-retrospectives.comSet the Stage: give time to “arrive” and get into the right mood and focus upon the goalGather Data: reflect upon what happened, create a shared pool of informationGenerate Insight: why did things happen this way? What patterns can we observe? Decide What to Do: Pick what to work on, plan concrete steps of actionClose the Retro: reflect upon the retrospective, how could it improve? What…
  • On my ToDo book shelf

    David Koontz
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    A wish list of books I'd like to read... Passionate Performance  by Lee J. Colan This quick read cuts through the clutter to offer practical strategies to engage the minds and heart of your employeees. Learn why this is such a powerful advantage for your organization. Read it and conquer your competition! Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World   by General Stanley McChrystalA NEW APPROACH FOR A NEW WORLDMcChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom and remade the Task Force, in the midst of a grueling war, into something new: a…
  • How could we measure Team Happiness?

    David Koontz
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    Do you believe that what you measure you will get?  If so you want to start to measure team happiness.  So what techniques do we have to measure something so ephemeral?The health care industry has studied measuring pain and have very good data on their ability to measure and administer pain drugs upon a subjective self report.  Maybe we could do the same in knowledge worker teams and work groups.Team Happiness Net Promoter Score sheetHere's a riff upon the classic Net Promoter Score for measuring team happiness. "How likely is it that you would recommend our team to a…
  • Transparency - Two Way Visibility

    David Koontz
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    What does the value of Transparency really mean?Nextgov: How do you define transparency?Fung: My definition is quite a bit different from the conventional wisdom about transparency. A transparency system is designed to allow people to improve the quality of decisions they make in some way, shape or form, and it enables them to improve their decisions to reduce the risks they face or to protect their interests. Some of those decisions are about political accountability but some are in private life, like what food to buy or what doctor to go to.-- Archon Fung, professor at Harvard…
  • Scrum Immersion workshop at GameStop - Case Study

    David Koontz
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Here's a overview of a Scrum Immersion workshop done at GameStop this month. A case study example.Normally these workshops start with the leadership (the stakeholders or shareholders) which have a vision for a product (or project). This time we skipped this activity.The purpose of the Workshop is to ensure alignment between the leadership team and the Agile Coaches with regards to the upcoming scrum workshop for the team(s). Set expectations for a transition from current (ad-hoc) practices to Scrum. Explain and educate on the role of the Product Owner.Expected Outcomes:Create a transition…
 
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    Agile Ottawa

  • Agile Scaled Framework

    Simon
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    Scaling agile methods is controversial topic in the community. Do we even know what it means? Does it make sense in our organization’s context? This meetup will introduce four agile frameworks designed to scale, and then compare their features. Disciplined Agile Delivery … Continue reading →
  • March 10 – Business Value Game

    Simon
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:03 pm
    When Tuesday, March 10 2015 at 18:00 Where Microsoft Canada Co, 100 Queen Street, Suite 500, Ottawa, ON Agenda  18:00 Pizza 18:30 Business Value Game 20:00 End of Session / Game Session Summary Objectives: learn how to assign business value to … Continue reading →
  • February Meetup Recap

    ellengrove
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    Here’s the play-by-play recap of Tuesday’s meetup, in case you missed it or want to take the fun back to your organization. Agile 101: Scrum Meetings: Myth or Fact “The Scrum Master should be in charge of running the Sprint … Continue reading →
  • Feb 10 2015: An Agile Ottawa Film Festival

    ellengrove
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:26 pm
    For our February meetup, we’ve got a great lineup of films about Agile. We’ll kick off the evening with a curated selection of very short videos covering a variety of Agile topics including how to be a great Product Owner, … Continue reading →
  • October Agile Ottawa Event – Estimation

    Caroline Sauve
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    October meetup has been posted for Agile Ottawa… Mark Levison (@mlevison) of Agile Pain Relief will be our main presenter and is tackling the tricky topic of “Estimation”. Agile 101 session will come to us thanks to Bill Bourne (@abbourne) … Continue reading →
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  • Scrum Without Removing Impediments Isn’t Scrum

    Mark Levison
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Mechanical Scrum Versus True Scrum – What’s the Difference? Recently I was talking to a friend about their company’s implementation of Scrum. They don’t see the point. Before Scrum was implemented, they often had to wait an hour or more to access a test machine.  After several years of using Scrum, it’s still a problem. The same company has its test servers in another country and there are often network issues that cause the running tests to fail. These were problems before they started using Scrum, and nothing has been done to address them since. Scrum only works when we use it to…
  • Vision to User Stories – What is the Best Flow?

    Mark Levison
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    In a recent Product Owner Course I was asked to provide a picture of the flow from Vision to User Stories, with all the steps in between. I think the attendee was hoping for something like: There are a couple of challenges.  Scrum, being a framework, doesn’t tell the Product Owner or the Dev Team (aka Doers) how to do their work. As a result, none of these particular tools are required and some excellent ones (such as Personas and Impact Mapping) are missing from this simple picture. The deeper problem is that a picture like this implies a strict linear flow. But there is no standard flow…
  • Portfolio Management – Idle Teams

    Mark Levison
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    (Continued from Portfolio Management Part 1 in the Scrum Alone is Not Enough series.) Imagine that the Portfolio Management group is giving the individual Product Owners a budgetary envelope of an approximate size. As Product Owners, we expect to make small bets on individual User Stories that will deliver value to the customer. The Portfolio Management group wants to make mid-sized bets (>1 Team Sprint) that will deliver value to the customer. But let’s say the current Sprint is one in which some Team members don’t really have a lot to do. This is the type of scenario that often…
  • Agile Quick Links #32

    Heather
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: Agile Commercial Contracts (Kris Lander) How Agile Has Changed Test Management (Ben Linders) Two Years of Pair Programming (Matt Cholick) Remotely Agile: The Buddy System (Mark Kilby) The Collective Memory of the Team (Robert Galen) If You Can’t Measure It, You’d Better Manage It (Henry Mintzberg) Practical Agile: More With Less (Elad Sofer) Lean Decision Filter: Should I finish what I’m working on or help the team ready new work items? (Yuval Yeret) The Dog and the Frisbee (Andrew G Haldane) – Trying to make Agile clever and…
  • Portfolio Management

    Mark Levison
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
    (Presented as Part 3 in the Scrum Alone is Not Enough series.) As mentioned in the introduction to the Scrum Alone is Not Enough series, Scrum is simply the framework and, to work best, other tools and patterns need to be incorporated to build the most effective systems. Portfolio Management is one of those things that should be seriously considered. Agile Portfolio Management is the art of deciding which big picture items the business wants its Scrum Teams to invest in over the next few months, so a Product Owner can understand the priorities and the Team can work on them in appropriate…
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • Averages Considered Harmful

    Paul Below
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Arithmetic mean (aka average) is often a misleading number. One reason for this is that mean is sensitive to outliers. A very large or a very small value can greatly influence the average. In those situations a better measure of center is the median (the 50th percentile). But there is a second huge pitfall awaiting anyone using average for estimating or benchmarking: software size.Even though we know that software size has a major influence on the key metrics (e.g., effort, duration, productivity, defects) many people insist on reporting and comparing and using the average value. Let’s…
  • Webinar Replay - What's New in SLIM-Suite 9.0

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    A foundation of the SLIM philosophy is to know what your team is capable of producing and never promise to deliver more than those finite limits. Leveraging a history of completed project core metrics enables you to quantify your capabilities, and not only provide a defensible basis of estimation, but support statistical analysis for project benchmarking and identifying performance improvement opportunities.QSM's newest release of SLIM-Suite, version 9.0, provides a number of enhancements to simplify and organize completed project data in SLIM-DataManager and manage data set definitions and…
  • New Article: An Updated Software Almanac

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Industry expert Phillip Armour highlights the importance of the QSM Software Almanac: 2014 Research Edition in his recent article for Communications of the ACM.Software projects can be so complicated and so different from each other that predicting whether they will succeed or fail can be as difficult as forecasting the weather or picking winning stocks. Will the project entirely fulfill its goals? Will it deliver some value at a higher cost or later than desired? Or will it just crash and burn leaving the exhausted survivors to lick their wounds, bury the dead bodies, and shred the…
  • New Article: Full-Circle Estimating

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    While creating estimates is a fundamental step toward improving productivity on software development projects, it is not enough. In "Full-Circle Estimating," recently published on Projects at Work, Doug Putnam and Taylor Putnam-Majarian present a full-circle model that organizations can apply to track actual performance against estimates, reforecast when significant changes occur, and then continually refine the process through post-mortem assessment.Doug Putnam is co-CEO for Quantitative Software Management (QSM). He has 35 years of experience in the software measurement field and has been…
  • Upcoming Webinar - What's New in SLIM-Suite 9.0

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    On July 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT, QSM's Laura Zuber presented What's New in SLIM-Suite 9.0.A foundation of the SLIM philosophy is to know what your team is capable of producing and never promise to deliver more than those finite limits. Leveraging a history of completed project core metrics enables you to quantify your capabilities, and not only provide a defensible basis of estimation, but support statistical analysis for project benchmarking and identifying performance improvement opportunities.QSM's newest release of SLIM-Suite, version 9.0, provides a number of enhancements to…
 
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    Tech Gadget Talk

  • Amy Schumer to Jon Stewart on 'Trainwreck' Shooting: “It Broke My Heart”

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Amy Schumer to Jon Stewart on 'Trainwreck' Shooting: “It Broke My Heart” by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Ryan Gajewski “The second this happened, you want to act,” she said about helping enact stricter gun control. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Amy Schumer to Jon Stewart on 'Trainwreck' Shooting: “It Broke My Heart” appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Pez Candy Animated Movie in the Works

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Pez Candy Animated Movie in the Works by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Rebecca Ford Cameron Fay has been hired to write the script. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Pez Candy Animated Movie in the Works appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Amy Schumer: Meaningful Gun Control Is Possible

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Amy Schumer: Meaningful Gun Control Is Possible by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Katie Wilson Berg “These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I promise they won’t be my last.” read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Amy Schumer: Meaningful Gun Control Is Possible appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Zurich Film Festival Gala Screenings to Include Lance Armstrong Biopic

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Zurich Film Festival Gala Screenings to Include Lance Armstrong Biopic by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Scott Roxborough Stephen Frears’ ‘The Program’ and the latest from Catherine Hardwicke and Noah Baumbach are among the titles set to screen at the Swiss event. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Zurich Film Festival Gala Screenings to Include Lance Armstrong Biopic appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Jackie Chan Says Prison was Good for Son, Wants to Work With Him as They Mend Relationship

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Jackie Chan Says Prison was Good for Son, Wants to Work With Him as They Mend Relationship by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By The Associated Press The elder Chan also says the script for a ‘Karate Kid’ sequel is still being written as Will Smith isn’t yet comfortable with it. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Jackie Chan Says Prison was Good for Son, Wants to Work With Him as They Mend Relationship appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
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    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile

  • Estimates on Split Stories Do Not Need to Equal the Original

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It is good practice to first write large user stories (commonly known as epics) and then to split them into smaller pieces, a process known as product backlog refinement or grooming. When product backlog items are split, they are often re-estimated. I’m often asked if the sum of the estimates on the smaller stories must equal the estimate on the original, larger story. No. Part of the reason for splitting the stories is to understand them better. Team members discuss the story with the product owner. As a product owner clarifies a user story, the team will know more about the work they…
  • Not Everything Needs to Be a User Story: Using FDD Features

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    21 Jul 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. User stories are great. When you’ve got users, that is. Sometimes, though, the users of a system or product are so far removed that a team struggles to put users into their stories. A sign that this is happening is when teams write stories that begin with “As a developer...” or “as a product owner....” There are usually better approaches than writing…
  • It’s Summer, Find Something to Celebrate

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s July—find something to celebrate with your team. Unless your “down under,” you’re probably enjoying nicer weather than you have the rest of the year. We’re half way through the year, which means it’s a good time to look back on how far your team has come. If you have retrospective notes, look back at the notes from six months ago. It’s sometimes amusing for a team to look back and see how insignificant an issue seems now that seemed huge back then. Six months of steady progress can do that. One team I worked with was feeling really down…
  • Prioritize and Optimize Over a Slightly Longer Horizon

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A lot of agile literature stresses that product owners must prioritize the delivery of value. I’m not going to argue with that. But I am going to argue that product owners need to optimize over a slightly longer horizon than a single sprint. A product owner’s goal is to maximize the amount of value delivered over the life a product. If the product owner shows up at each sprint planning meeting focused on maximizing the value delivered in only that one sprint, the product owner will never choose to invest in the system’s future. The product owner will instead always choose to…
  • You Don’t Need a Complicated Story Hierarchy

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Consultants and tool vendors seem to have a penchant for making things complicated. It seems the more complicated we make things, the more our clients need us. And that sells tools and services, I suppose. On the other hand, I find unnecessary complexity extremely frustrating. It’s like the novel I read this week by a first-time author. It was good, but it had too many minor characters who complicated the plot and made the book hard to follow. The same thing happens when people introduce complicated hierarchies or taxonomies for user stories like this: You don’t need this. When…
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    Scrum.org Community Blog

  • The Scrum Master as a Facilitator

    Barry Overeem
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:41 pm
    The role of a Scrum Master is one of many stances and diversity. A great Scrum Master is aware of them and knows when and how to apply them, depending on situation and context. Everything with the purpose of helping people understand and apply the Scrum framework better. In a series of blog posts I […] The post The Scrum Master as a Facilitator appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Change is specific to your Organization…let your organization own their change.

    David Dame
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Through my years of trial and error,  I have learned there is no one size fits all solution to transitioning organizations to agile…context is king! Every model is based on different organizational contexts. Each model’s context has its own starting and ending point. There’s no guarantee that your organization is at the same starting point […] The post Change is specific to your Organization…let your organization own their change. appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • The Scrum Master as a Manager

    Barry Overeem
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    The role of a Scrum Master is one of many stances and diversity. A great Scrum Master is aware of them and knows when and how to apply them, depending on situation and context. Everything with the purpose of helping people understand and apply the Scrum framework better. In a series of blog posts I […] The post The Scrum Master as a Manager appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Top Five Causes of Failed Agile Projects

    Erik Weber
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    VersionOne does an annual “State of Agile Development” survey and publishes the results for the cost of your email address.  Thanks VersionOne!  I recently read through the 9th annual survey results for 2015, and there’s lots of good, useful data there.  For now I want to highlight the top five reasons agile adoption fails, and […] The post Top Five Causes of Failed Agile Projects appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • The Scrum Master as a Servant-Leader

    Barry Overeem
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    The role of a Scrum Master is one of many stances and diversity. A great Scrum Master is aware of them and knows when and how to apply them, depending on situation and context. Everything with the purpose of helping people understand and apply the Scrum framework better. In a series of blog posts I […] The post The Scrum Master as a Servant-Leader appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
 
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    Scrum Inc

  • The Big M Build Party

    Joel Riddle
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Scrum Inc.'s Joe Justice and Joel Riddle delivered a build party at SME's The Big M conference the first week in June. Special thanks to Dan Greening, Jonathan Watrous, and Ila Lee. If you are interested in sponsoring or holding a build party at your next event, visit our Build Party Page. The post The Big M Build Party appeared first on 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

    Joel Riddle
    1 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    How to Launch a Scrum Team We share our step-by-step backlog for launching new teams or reinvigorating old ones. Three different perspectives from three Scrum Inc. coaches on how to launch a Scrum team and how to overcome the most common impediments. Estimated time for this course: 75 minutes Audience: Advanced Suggested Prerequisites: Scrum Framework, Team Upon completion you will: Know how to create an initial backlog Learn to develop a Team Working Agreement Know how to establish a Team Definition of Ready and Done Understand how to implement a plan for impediment resolution Be able to…
  • Scrum for Hardware: Full Scale Manufacturing

    Joel Riddle
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
    Scrum for Hardware: Full Scale Manufacturing Scrum for full-scaling manufacturing is an Agile discipline that combines Scrum with modular architecture and Lean/XP practices. This framework enables those who work with hardware to enjoy the same benefits that agile software Teams have enjoyed for decades. Estimated time for this course: 60 minutess Audience: Advanced Suggested Prerequisites: Scrum for Hardware, Scrum Framework, Lean, XP Upon completion you will: Understand Scrum for Hardware as the next evolutionary step in manufacturing Learn four Scrum for Hardware techniques to…
  • Scrum Fundamentals

    Joel Riddle
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:17 am
    Scrum Fundamentals Scrum Fundamentals is designed to help get new teams up and running and more experienced Teams back on track. If want to get more out of Scrum than you are getting, this course can fine tune your current practices by explaining the “why” behind the "what." Be sure to download The Basics of Scrum for a quick read on the basic building blocks of Scrum. Estimated time for this course: 80 minutes Audience: Beginner Suggested Prerequisites: None Upon completion you will: Understand the Scrum Framework Understand Scrum's 3 Roles, 5 meetings, and 3 out-puts (3-5-3)…
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