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  • 7 Tips for Meetings That Don’t Suck

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    Jean Tabaka
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In his book, Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan suggests that every organization consists of “tribes” at different stages. At the lowest level is the tribe who thinks, “Life sucks.” From there it goes up to “My life sucks,” then “I’m great,” then “We’re great,” and finally to “Life’s great.” (image: http://finding-marbles.com) Do Your Meetings Suck? When it comes to your meetings, where are you and your tribe on this scale? If your answer is, “Meetings suck,” then sadly, you are not alone.
  • Working Agreements for Huge Meetings

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    Alex Pukinskis
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you been in a meeting lately where people were focused on their laptops, interrupting each other, distracted, or otherwise behaving badly? In Jean Tabaka’s “Leading Collaborative Meetings” class, Jean talks about the importance of working agreements to create the safety that makes productive dialogue possible. When I see people facilitating meetings around here, there are some common working agreements that show up often: “One conversation at a time” helps people hear each other.   “Electronics by exception” enables people to stay focused on the work rather than…
  • Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

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    Scott Sehlhorst
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Your product roadmap a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future.  Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future? Your roadmap is both – but one is more […]
  • The Misinterpreted Developer

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    14 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The term "developer" became so popular in the last decade that it became a synonym for "programmer." That's no surprise, given the way programmers welcomed the tag. However, "developer" has a broader sense in Scrum teams.
  • Half-Halt While Moving Forward

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    Stacia Viscardi
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    Life has been too much work for too long. Not that I’m complaining – I love my job, I love the people I get to work with, I love seeing how technology is applied in so many different ways. Yet, I’ve been missing something. A couple of years ago while driving, I passed an equestrian center; beautiful black horses with feathers on their legs were floating around the pasture. I thought one day I’ll give that place a call. How can you resist a Friesian? Two years later I finally did.So, I’m back in the saddle agaa-aa-in (cue Aerosmith or Gene Autry). While certain things come back from…
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  • Working Agreements for Huge Meetings

    Alex Pukinskis
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you been in a meeting lately where people were focused on their laptops, interrupting each other, distracted, or otherwise behaving badly? In Jean Tabaka’s “Leading Collaborative Meetings” class, Jean talks about the importance of working agreements to create the safety that makes productive dialogue possible. When I see people facilitating meetings around here, there are some common working agreements that show up often: “One conversation at a time” helps people hear each other.   “Electronics by exception” enables people to stay focused on the work rather than…
  • Partnering for Better Communities — Rally Invests in Code for America

    Geri Mitchell-Brown
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    You know that great feeling you get when you meet someone and instantly hit it off? You realize that you know people in common, feel like you could have endless conversations, and get excited about the same things. Over the past few months, that type of connection sparked the partnership we announced today between Rally and Code for America, the organization championing the civic-tech movement. Because of our shared mission and values, we’re combining our talents with technology to better communities nationwide. Bring on the Brigades Furthering our missions. At Rally, we believe empowered…
  • Rally and Dean on Scaled Agile: Get a Simplified System View

    Steve Wolfe
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Everyone knows you need more than a whiteboard and stickies to practice Agile at scale. But the tool you use isn’t the only thing that matters: as Dean has said, “A fool with a tool is still a fool.” The true value of Agile comes at scale, where it delivers benefits more broadly across your organization. Imagine how improved time to market, reduced development costs, and higher quality software will impact the goals your entire organization is trying to achieve. Research studies have shown that, on average, Agile methods yield 470% better ROI than traditional waterfall methods. This…
  • 7 Tips for Meetings That Don’t Suck

    Jean Tabaka
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In his book, Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan suggests that every organization consists of “tribes” at different stages. At the lowest level is the tribe who thinks, “Life sucks.” From there it goes up to “My life sucks,” then “I’m great,” then “We’re great,” and finally to “Life’s great.” (image: finding marbles) Do Your Meetings Suck? When it comes to your meetings, where are you and your tribe on this scale? If your answer is, “Meetings suck,” then sadly, you are not alone. What’s driving this negative meeting culture, and, how can we move to, “My…
  • Why Being Agile Matters

    Rally Software
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you're reading this blog chances are you're more than a little familiar with Agile. Maybe you've been experimenting with Scrum on a project team, or maybe you're doing SAFe™ release trains in your sleep. Maybe you don't even call it Agile anymore -- it's just "the way things get done." Maybe it would surprise you, then, to learn that in many, many offices around the world, there are no standups, no user stories, no sprints, and no retrospectives. While the number of organizations employing Agile is growing -- Computer Economics estimates that 83% of businesses have future plans to…
 
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  • Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

    Scott Sehlhorst
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Your product roadmap a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future.  Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future? Your roadmap is both – but one is more […]
  • 7 Tips for Meetings That Don’t Suck

    Jean Tabaka
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In his book, Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan suggests that every organization consists of “tribes” at different stages. At the lowest level is the tribe who thinks, “Life sucks.” From there it goes up to “My life sucks,” then “I’m great,” then “We’re great,” and finally to “Life’s great.” (image: http://finding-marbles.com) Do Your Meetings Suck? When it comes to your meetings, where are you and your tribe on this scale? If your answer is, “Meetings suck,” then sadly, you are not alone.
  • Tips to Start Agile in a Hostile Environment

    Mishkin Berteig
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comAlthough Agile methods are very popular (particularly Scrum), there are still many organizations or departments which may not yet have official support for adopting Agile methods formally.  In some cases, … Continue reading →
  • Spice up your Agile Retrospectives

    BenLinders
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    In the mini-workshop Experience new exercises to spice up your agile retrospective #RetroValue that I gave at Lean Kanban France teams experienced three different retrospectives exercises. They learned how retrospectives can help them to gain deeper insight in their situation and came up with actions to deal with problems and improve their performance. Continue reading →
  • Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies

    Mike Cottmeyer
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    As usual… I’ve gotten a little sidetracked on my Agile 101, 102… series of posts. I’ve got the 201 post half finished, but haven’t been able to spend the time getting over the hump. That said, I want to divert just a little and talk about agile in general, explore some of what it is, […] The post Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies appeared first on LeadingAgile.
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  • The Misinterpreted Developer

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The term "developer" became so popular in the last decade that it became a synonym for "programmer." That's no surprise, given the way programmers welcomed the tag. However, "developer" has a broader sense in Scrum teams.
  • Finishing All Tasks

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Sometimes it is apparent in software projects that not all the tasks have been completed when the sprint ends. . . . Here is list of some things that might help all of us achieve a much better outcome in our next product increment.
  • Scrum Adaptation in Clinical Data Management Practice

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Agile project management is an attempt to make the process of software development better and more effective, and it has seen increasing popularity and success. Agile project management has also reached the clinical research industry as a need of the hour.
  • The Value of Scrum to Organizations

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Despite numerous anecdotal claims of Scrum successes in many parts of the world, a lack of empirical evidence exists. . . .
  • The Pursuit of Enterprise Agility

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    More than a decade of coaching and training several large organizations on all things Agile has led me to believe that achieving enterprise agility begins with asking the right questions. . . .
 
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  • Half-Halt While Moving Forward

    Stacia Viscardi
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    Life has been too much work for too long. Not that I’m complaining – I love my job, I love the people I get to work with, I love seeing how technology is applied in so many different ways. Yet, I’ve been missing something. A couple of years ago while driving, I passed an equestrian center; beautiful black horses with feathers on their legs were floating around the pasture. I thought one day I’ll give that place a call. How can you resist a Friesian? Two years later I finally did.So, I’m back in the saddle agaa-aa-in (cue Aerosmith or Gene Autry). While certain things come back from…
  • How I Went from Curmudgeon to Kanban; or "the empirical discovery of self and process"

    Stacia Viscardi
    6 Jun 2013 | 7:55 am
    I was teaching a Scrum class a few months ago when it dawned on me. I spoke just as much about Kanban as I did about Scrum. Folks in class were like, “Combine? Canban? Kanban? What?!” I heard myself say things like, “only work on one item at a time”; “pull vs. push”; “derive velocity”; "break through bottlenecks"; “team will work it’s ‘staffing’ out”; “build in time for learning.” I chuckled during this moment of realization. I never thought I would see the day when my attitude toward a project would be one of, “Let’s make a couple of decisions in order to…
  • A Thank You to Technical Persons of all Kingdoms and Species

    Stacia Viscardi
    25 Jan 2013 | 8:14 am
    I’m on Flight 1188, squished up against the window in seat 6F. I watch the other planes take off ahead of the one I’m on, amazed as they make the vertical climb and then level off while billowing black smoke at a few thousand feet before climbing again. It’s our turn and as our multi-ton metal tube of flying prowess goes aloft, it dawns on me what an awesome, most intriguing time we live in. My Don Julio margarita has kicked in, and I’m feeling especially sentimental and thankful for technology folks. You need to know this. Yes, you.I am simply in awe of the various technologies that…
  • CURSOS EN LÍNEA Y PRESENCIALES DE PREPARACIÓN PARA EL EXAMEN DE PMI-ACP EN ESPAÑOL.

    Intimo
    26 Nov 2012 | 11:48 am
    Estamos muy complacidos de anunciar que a partir de Mayo estaremos ofreciendo cursos, tanto presenciales como en línea, de preparación para el examen de certificación PMI-ACP. Contamos con un grupo de expertos internacionales para impartirlos.Los cursos están diseñados de tal manera que podemos transmitir los conocimientos muy efectivamente en ambos formatos. Los cursos serán impartidos en horarios que se acomodan a las necesidades de las personas, incluyendo días completos y medios días en turnos matutinos, vespertinos y nocturnos.Consideraremos tanto los horarios en Latino América…
  • ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM LACKLUSTER RETROSPECTIVES?

    Intimo
    15 Nov 2012 | 11:09 am
    A retrospective is one of the most important meetings in Agile – it’s the key to continual improvement in how your team operates.   But it’s easy to fall into the trap of dull retrospectives where little is accomplished and everyone is just hoping to move on to the more “practical” stuff.    Here are a few thoughts on how to get your retrospective ship out of the doldrums and back on track.The ScrumMaster (or XP Coach) has a key role in keeping the retrospective relevant and productive.  There are some basics that must be kept in mind: …
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  • Managing in Agile - Managing Team Dynamics and Communication – How to Manage Team Dynamics in Agile - Managing projects with Dislocated Teams- Tips for Non-Collocated Scrum Team Members

    agilepetergoodall
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Because daily in-person conversations are not possible, agile projects with dislocated scrum teams require unique efforts by everyone working on the project. Here are some tips for non-collocated scrum team members to successfully communicate: Use video conferencing technology to simulate face to face conversations: A large percentage of interpersonal communication is visual, involving facial cues, hand gestures etc. Video conferencing enables people to see one another and benefit from non verbal communication as well as a discussion. If possible, arrange for the scrum team members to meet…
  • The realities of trying to do Agile in a CMMI environment

    yveshwang
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Outsourcing is hard. Trying to do agile in a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) level 5 environment is damn near impossible. Without even discussing lean, let’s start by getting the basics down and first examine how one can start thinking about doing Agile with SCRUM in an enterprise development before tackling outsourcing. CMMI defines the what, whereas Agile lets you in on the how. This blog post aim to highlight some of the challenges you will face when bundling Agile with CMMI. To help stay the course and hit the ground running, a simple summary of my key takeaways based on…
  • Digital: Time To Put The Horse Before The Cart?

    vedsen
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    As somebody who has come into the technology world with an education in economics and business, I have always been the one to argue vociferously, that it’s business first and tech after. You must first sort out the business objective, change, process impact and then select or customise the tool to the business needs. Of late, in the digital environment, I am learning to question and often invert this logic. But let’s remind ourselves of what ‘good’ means, in traditional technology projects. The correct flow has always been: Business need –> Process change…
  • Will there be a convergence of approaches to software development?

    murrraycantor
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    As a senior consultant of the Cutter Consortium, I am asked every December to make my predictions for the following year. The request gives me an opportunity to reflect on the current trends development and project them forward. Israel Gat and I have been discussing the big picture of development for a while now. We see the convergence of prescriptive, follow-the-recipe methods such as the various flavors of Agile and Lean and the more foundational, principle-based approaches such as those described by Donald Reinertson. We wrote a joint prediction: Going forward we expect to progress  to…
  • What SCALE to use for sizing?

    Nirbhay Gandhi
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello again, how is everyone doing? Probably packing up bags and getting ready for vacations, right? :-) While on your flight to your holiday destination, while listening to your favorite holiday music, give this article a read, and you will feel proud of yourself, for you learnt about an important piece of agile while vacationing. What a productive vacation!! ;-) In our last article we covered What, Why and Who of sizing, this one focuses on just the HOW part of it. How do we size OR what scale (techniques) to use for sizing the user stories? How to size? Each organization has their own ways…
 
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  • Move to greatness

    random olio
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Greatness. How do we live our life each day and exhibit greatness? Or, is greatness something that b
  • Managing in Agile - Managing Team Dynamics and Communication – How to Manage Team Dynamics in Agile – Limiting Development Team Size

    agilepetergoodall
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    An interesting psychological aspect of team dynamics on an agile project is the number of people on the development team. Development teams usually have between five and nine people. An ideal size is seven people, if you add or remove two people, you can still see benefits. Keeping a development team at between five and nine people provides a team with enough diverse skills to take a requirement from paper to production. Communication and collaboration is easier between small groups of people. Development team members can easily interact with one another and make decisions by consensus. When…
  • The world is going agile. Are you?

    edusysdeepakr
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The world is going agile. Are you? In the face of the global economic turbulence, organizations are forced to become nimble and agile so that they can respond to market changes quickly. Over the last few years, many organizations have adopted adaptive project management methods like Agile to increase the efficiency of their project management function. Among the different Agile frameworks, Scrum in particular has become extremely popular in most of the organizations. While more and more organizations are adopting Scrum as their preferred framework for managing projects, they need to overcome…
  • Agile in Product Management

    edusysdeepakr
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:02 pm
    It is often seen that Agile has been implemented successfully in different projects. But when it comes to Product Management or NPD (New Product Development), many people get sceptical regarding implementation of Agile. Now it has to be understood that Agile is not a methodology which can be used in a cookie cutter way across any organization. A lot of tweaking and customization is required to make it work. So, in product management, a proper assessment is required to see if Agile implementation will improve performance or not. Here also, we need to see if the following two criteria are being…
  • Knowledge of an Agile Leader to enhance efficiency

    edusysdeepakr
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:02 pm
    An Agile leader plays a major role in the performance and output efficiency. Migrating to Agile does not only mean change of process. It means a big change in culture and mind-set, and that is mostly the tough part. People become comfortable with their existing processes. Also, it is very difficult for them to transition to a process that accepts and embraces change. Following an Agile process also means that some people will become redundant, because efficiency increases which leads to increase in productivity with less resources. Again, all the managers aretrained in agileto control…
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  • Exploratory 360

    Alistair Cockburn
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    Strategy: Exploratory 360° At the start of a new project, usually during the chartering activity, the team needs to establish that the project is both meaningful and they can deliver it using the intended technology. They look around them in all directions, sampling the project in all ways to test for viability and meaningfulness. The entire Exploratory 360°for a Crystal Clear project takes a few days up to a week or two if some new and peculiar technology is to be used. Based on what they learn, they decide whether it makes sense to proceed or not.
  • A word is a bed of procrustes for an idea

    Alistair Cockburn
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    Before we have a word, we have a general idea. It is fuzzy. When we create a token for the idea and pass it along to someone else, we cut off the fuzzy, irregular parts of the idea. Then, to make up for the missing sections, we make up another word, to cover another fuzzy idea that overlaps somewhat. Now both words stretch and cut off the original ideas (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procrustes) In addition, now the two words overlap. So when you use one word, you exclude the possibility of using the other word. Since each word brings along a train of associated and related words, using…
  • Why I dont like Definition Of Done

    Alistair Cockburn
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Because Customer collaboration over contract negotiation ( ref: http://agilemanifesto.org ) Definition of Done is a contract. Stop it. http://media.zooplus.com/bilder/5/140/3745_anlegepflock_03_2011_5.jpg
  • Alistairs PhD Dr Filos pdf

    Alistair Cockburn
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
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  • Interview with Alistair 2014 for The Business of IT

    Alistair Cockburn
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Take a listen to this audio interview with “The Business of IT”, which is basically a business analysis zine asking about agile. http://www.blueprintsys.com/thebusinessofit/podcast-alistairc.php The take-away and mystery to the interviewer was my last line, which he calls “a fresh approach on developing Agile software that focuses on building cultural ties between IT & business departments.” :).
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  • Manage Your Project Portfolio is Featured in Colombia’s Largest Business Newspaper

    johanna
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Andy Hunt, the Pragmatic Bookshelf publisher, just sent me an email telling me that Manage Your Project Portfolio is featured in La República, Columbia’s “first and most important business newspaper.” That’s because getabstract liked it!  Okay, my book is below the fold. It’s in smaller print. And, I have to say, I’m still pretty excited. If your organization can’t decide which projects come first, second, third, whatever, or which features come first, second, third, whatever, you should get Manage Your Project Portfolio.
  • Team Competition is Not Friendly

    johanna
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    I once worked in an organization where the senior managers thought they should motivate us, the team members. They decided to have a team competition, complete with prizes. I was working on a difficult software problem with a colleague on another team. We both needed to jointly design our pieces of the product to make the entire product work. After management announced the competition, he didn’t want to work with me. Why? There was prize money, worth hundreds of dollars to each person. He had a mortgage and three kids. That money made a big difference to him. I was still single. I would…
  • When Should You Move from Iterations to Flow?

    johanna
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    I’m writing part of the program management book, talking about how you need to keep everything small to maintain momentum. Sometimes, to keep your work small, teams move from iterations to flow. Here are times when you might consider moving from iteration to flow: The Product Owner wants to change the order of features in the iteration for business reasons, and you are already working in one- or two-week iterations. Yes, you have that much change. You feel as if you have a death march agile project. You lurch from one iteration to the next, always cramming too much into an iteration.
  • Who Removes Your Obstacles?

    johanna
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    In self-organizing teams, teams remove their own obstacles. It’s a good idea. It can be difficult in practice. In Scrum, the Scrum Master is supposed to facilitate removing the team’s obstacles that the team can’t remove. It’s a good idea. It can be difficult in practice. And, what if you aren’t doing Scrum, or you’re transitioning to agile and you don’t yet have a self-organizing team? Maybe you have an agile project manager. Maybe you have a team facilitator. Not every team needs a titled manager-type, you know. (Even I don’t think that, and I…
  • Make Stories Small When You Have "Wicked" Problems

    johanna
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    If you read my Three Alternatives to Making Smaller Stories, you noticed one thing. In each of these examples, the problem was in the teams’ ability to show progress and create interim steps. But, what about when you have a “wicked” problem, when you don’t know if you can create the answer? If you are a project manager, you might be familiar with the idea of “wicked” problems from   from the book Wicked Problems, Righteous Solutions: A Catalog of Modern Engineering Paradigms. If you are a designer/architect/developer, you might be familiar with the term…
 
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  • See You Next Year!

    Jurgen Appelo
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    My book tour was crazy, exciting, ambitious, and exhausting. The start of the tour now seems a long time ago, even though it was just six months. I had fun with 400 participants, had some great (and some not so great) travel experiences, and collected a good amount of fresh stories. The post See You Next Year! appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Here’s My Management 3.0 Story. What’s Yours?

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    After 4 years of working by myself, I am now the proud manager of a team of seven great people. Two months ago, I had already extended my one-person company Happy Melly One by adding Lisette Sutherland (general management) and Sergey Kotlov (software development). In the last couple of weeks, I asked Lisette and Sergey to conduct job interviews with people around the world for the roles of Internet marketing, content writing, web development, and video editing. The post Here’s My Management 3.0 Story. What’s Yours? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • 35 Best Quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout

    Jurgen Appelo
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:58 am
    For several months, I posted and tweeted quotes from the new #Workout book. I then measured how often they were retweeted and liked on Twitter and on Facebook. And this is the result! The most popular quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout. Enjoy. The post 35 Best Quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Visualizing My Objectives

    Jurgen Appelo
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love the concept of OKRs (Objectives & Key Results) and while experimenting with this idea at Happy Melly, I’m trying to figure out how to adapt the practice to fit my own context. One thing my team members and I have noticed over the last few months is that it’s hard to remember what we have committed to. The post Visualizing My Objectives appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Book Celebration (and Invitation)!

    Jurgen Appelo
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    By now all the different editions of my new book Management 3.0 #Workout are finished and published. The book, easily the most colorful and practical management book in the world, is available as PDF, ePub, Kindle and in a printed edition. And, although writing a book is great fun, finishing a book feels even better! Especially since it’s worth a little celebration. If you’ve read any of my work, you know I love to celebrate. :o) The post Book Celebration (and Invitation)! appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 4, Season 6: Virtual Teams, Real Challenges

    Willem
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Partnerships & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations EPISODE 3: THE DIFFERENT FACES OF LEADERSHIP Photo Credit: martinhoward via Compfight cc [Introduction] FutureWorks is a virtual team. [01:00] In HBR’s newest issue, “Getting Virtual Teams Right” by Keith Ferrazzi. [03:00] You can model three tiers of team members – core, operational, and outer. [05:45] Calculate your team’s virtual distance – factors that exacerbate the challenges for a given team. [09:00] Operational distance as opposed to Physical distance. [10:00] Affinity…
  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 3, Season 6

    Willem
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Partnerships & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations EPISODE 3: THE DIFFERENT FACES OF LEADERSHIP Photo Credit: Victoria Nevland via Compfight cc [introduction] How do things get done on a self-organizing team? It seems like nobody is directing the work… [3:55] As a manager, knowing what leadership roles you need covered on a team would help to populate your teams. [5:30] Look for T-shaped team members, and “Pi-shaped” team members, for bench strength. [9:30] Knowing these roles could help you charter your team. [10:10] Pioneer and Instructor roles are…
  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 2, Season 6

    Willem
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Partnership & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations EPISODE 2: REVISITING INFLUENCE Photo Credit: Send me adrift. via Compfight cc How do  you observe yourself or your colleagues influencing each other? What kinds of influence do you see as critical for lasting positive changes? Leave a comment on this blog or email us at info@futureworksconsulting.com Summary [1:40] Sharon is working with the leadership of a large non-profit with an enormous number of volunteers, who do the real work of the organization. [4:00] Working with volunteers is all about building a sense of…
  • Partnership & Possibilities – Episode 1, Season 6

    Willem
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Partnership & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations EPISODE 1: THE GENDER MERITOCRACY What are you seeing in your organization relating to women’s experience in the workplace? How are you involved in the growing conversation? Leave a comment on this blog or email us at info@futureworksconsulting.com Summary [Intro] Subject of “Women in Agile” still a hot topic at Agile 2014 Conference in Orlando. [03:20] “…this is the first year that the Agile Alliance has been very overt about their anti-harassment policy…” [04:35] Agile…
  • Endless Blessings for Your Team

    Administrator
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Recently, I read an interview between Bernie DeKoven (who has aliases as varied as: Major Fun, The Shaman of Play, and more) and Barry Joseph (Associate Director For Digital Learning, Youth Initiatives, at the American Museum of Natural History). While the whole interview is delightful, and I recommend it, I was particularly struck by the game called “The Out Blessing Game”  or “Endless Blessings. Watch Bernie describe it. I can’t wait to play it with my family. And, I also thought, “What a wonderful game for Closing a Retrospective!” In a team room…
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  • 5 Reasons Product Owners Should Let Teams Work Out of Order

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 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. A product owner hands 10 story cards to the team. The team reads them and hands the fifth and sixth cards back to the product owner. By the end of the sprint, the team delivers the functionality described on cards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7. But the team has not touched the work of cards 5 and 6. And I say this is OK. Standard agile advice is that a team should work on product backlog…
  • Who Picks the Sprint Length on a Scrum Team?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    An important consideration for every Scrum team is how long its sprints should be. Choose a length that’s too long, and it will be hard to keep change out of the sprint. Choose a length that’s too short, and a team may struggle with completing significant work within the sprint or weaken their definition of done to do so. But who is it that gets to select a team’s sprint length? Of course, the answer is the whole team – that collective of ScrumMaster plus product owner plus team members such as programmers, testers, designers, DBAs, analysts and so on. But what if that…
  • ScrumMasters Should Not Also Be Product Owners

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hey, ScrumMaster: Step away from the index cards! You should not be a team’s product owner if you are also the team’s ScrumMaster. Different individuals should fill these two roles, and there are many reasons for this. Let’s consider a few of them in this post. Each Has a Different Focus First, a product owner and ScrumMaster are focused on different aspects of a Scrum project. The product owner spends his or her time thinking about what to build. That should largely be determined independent of the capabilities of the team, which are the concern of the ScrumMaster. That is,…
  • Are Vanity Metrics Really All That Bad?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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 have a bit of a problem with all the hatred shown to so-called vanity metrics. Eric Ries first defined vanity metrics in his landmark book, The Lean Startup. Ries says vanity metrics are the ones that most startups are judged by—things like page views, number of registered users, account activations, and things like that. Ries says that vanity metrics are in contrast to…
  • Agile Needs to Be Both Iterative and Incremental

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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. Scrum, like all of the agile processes, is both iterative and incremental. Since these words are used so frequently without definition, let’s define them. An iterative process is one that makes progress through successive refinement. A development team takes a first cut at a system, knowing it is incomplete or weak in some (perhaps many) areas. The team then iteratively…
 
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    James Shore

  • January 15th in Portland, Oregon: Agile Smack-Down (Debate)

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    16 Dec 2014 James Shore/Calendar The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) is hosting a debate about Agile between me and Frank D'Andrea in January. Adam Light is hosting. It's going to be a fun, lively event with plenty of thought-provoking moments. Here's the blurb: Join us for the TAO Agile Smack-Down, a thought-provoking discussion and debate of the good, bad, and ugly ways to implement Agile methodologies. Adam Light will moderate a rousing dialog between Frank D'Andrea, VP Software Development at Tater Tot Designs, and James Shore, author of The Art of Agile Development. Our panel will…
  • 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…
  • 2013's Conference Videos

    15 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    15 May 2014 James Shore/In-the-News I spoke at several conferences in 2013 and I've finally taken the time to track down all the conference videos. Here you go: Agile Fluency™ Model at NDC 2013 The promise of Agile is simple and compelling: a team that effortlessly surfs the wave of business possibility, changing direction to meet the needs of a changing market. So why do so few teams achieve that ideal? Lack of fluency. Agile may be simple, but it's far from easy, and it takes years of practice to do well. We'll look at four phases of Agile fluency, what you can expect from each phase,…
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    Agile Coaching

  • Beyond Coding

    Rachel Davies
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Software development on anything more than a pet projects is a collaborative activity. To enable a group of developers to make any headway, some details inevitably need to be hammered out together. However, you probably find that getting agreement within a group of opinionated developers can be difficult at the best of times. Most software developers haven't had training in "soft skills" and you may find it hard to know where to start when a difficult question needs to be thrashed out. Here are some pointers to areas that you might want to explore beyond the realm of programming…
  • Workplace Design: Creating a Home from Home

    Rachel Davies
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Last week one of our stakeholders brought his pug dog, Lola, along to our product review meeting. “Watch out, she likes feet!” he joked but she remained quiet and well behaved throughout the meeting. Unruly is not the only place I’ve come across where dogs have been accommodated at work, another had a dog basket in their main board room. I appreciate not everyone likes dogs around but I like working for a company that’s not too stuffy to allow people flexibility to make our workplace more homely. We’re lucky at Unruly to have a dedicated People & Places team who work closely…
  • Broadening Developer Horizons

    Rachel Davies
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    XP is an approach that helps us to deliver valuable software iteratively, to apply it we need to setup our teams to make releasing change to customers as easy as possible. We avoid waiting around for individual team members to make changes, by applying classic XP practices -- Collective Code Ownership and Pair Programming. Each pair of developers is free to change any code that they need to without anyone vetting their changes, they ensure that all tests pass and keep code relatively clean by refactoring as they go. We share knowledge across the team by rotating pairs daily. If a pair runs…
  • Good Enough Software Design? Try Testing DX of your Code

    Rachel Davies
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:59 am
    Every day writing code we make many design decisions about naming and encapsulation of functionality. Our primary concern is to express our code in a way that can easily be understood at a later date so changes can be made cleanly. To this end, we've learned to organise our code into smaller elements that can be composed neatly to support system behaviours, as where code gets complicated misunderstandings can happen. When trying to figure out code quality, developers normally lean on software to analyse code complexity and test coverage. Perhaps we might learn more about how good our…
  • The Folly of Scaling Agile

    Rachel Davies
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:37 am
    I’m jotting down a few notes on Scaling Agile software development as Bucharest Agile group invited me to talk about doing this. I have already warned them that I am very skeptical about attempts to apply agile practices on large endeavours. While preparing for our conversation, I thought it might be helpful for me to blog about the reasons why I’m not a fan of Scaling Agile as this may make our conversation easier to follow and help the group to come up with some questions.When we apply Agile principles, we strip away process so that software developers can work more collaboratively with…
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    The Agile Management Blog

  • ‘Twas The Night Before Sprint Planning

    Daniel Gullo
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    We hope you enjoy this holiday poem on Sprint Planning. It was an early holiday gift to the Agile Management Blog from Daniel Gullo, owner/principal of Apple Brook Consulting. Thanks, Daniel! ‘Twas the night before Sprint Planning, and all through the Team Not a member was worried about the upcoming theme. The Stories were refined and the Backlog was set; Poker had been played without a single bet. Appropriately sized and estimates all sound; Acceptance Criteria to establish firm ground. The ScrumMaster and Product Owner had just finished a call, To talk about ordering and a potential…
  • Secret Sauce of Running a Great Scrum Team

    Jeff Sutherland
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    In this guest post by Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum and CEO of Scrum, Inc., you will learn five reasons why 49% of agile projects fail – and how you can avoid it. My book, “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time,” was published in October. Over the last six weeks, I’ve been touring the U.S. and Europe telling the story of all the influences that culminated in the creation of the first Scrum team over 20 years ago. No matter where I go, people ask me what the secret is to running a good Scrum. The secret sauce of running a great Scrum Team is Getting to…
  • Agile Teams Should Sprint, But in the Same Direction as Enterprise PPM Strategy

    James Chan
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
      Guest post by James Chan, director, technical presales at CA Technologies Catch James Chan’s talk on AgileLIVE Wednesday, December 10, 2014: “Portfolio Strategy + Agile Execution: Coordinating, Not Competing.” Details at http://pm.versionone.com/AgileLIVE-2014-CA-PPM. I think we can all agree that agile techniques have made their way into large enterprises. As agile adoption crosses the threshold into large enterprises, agile teams sometimes begin to struggle with determining the items of highest business value when delivering syndicated enterprise solutions.
  • Getting The Most Out of Your Agile Testing

    Kevin Dunne
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Guest post by Kevin Dunne, product specialist for QASymphony Getting the Most Out of Your Agile Testing Testing—even in agile environments—is almost always constrained. Testers and developers may feel beholden to legacy software investments or stuck with status quo methodologies. Or, they’re just too busy testing to re-evaluate their processes and tools. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design must encompass the testing function. And when it does, you can expect a higher-quality product and faster timeframes. Blurring the Lines Picture a manufacturing plant with…
  • 5 Steps to Cultivating an Agile Culture

    Brian Irwin
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    We’ve all heard the maxim change is difficult.  The reasons that change is hard are far too numerous to discuss in a single blog posting.  My intent here is to specifically focus on organizational agile transformations and the difficulty of changing culture.  Additionally, I want to leave you with some hope.  While it is difficult, it is not impossible.  There are steps that you can take as an individual that can help the organization as a whole move in the right direction. The 2013 VersionOne State of Agile Survey indicates the top three reasons cited by practitioners for adopting…
 
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    managewell.net

  • Why do you pay people? No, really?

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    I think the only reason why we (must) pay people is so they bring ideas to the workplace. New, big, fresh, stolen, borrowed, bold, controversial, unscientific, unproven, risky, weak, potential gamechangers, disruptor of status quo, creative, ridiculous, audacious (big hairy audacious is even better), slayer of mindless bureaucracy, harbingers of change...just about anything will do as long as they bring something to the workplace, as opposed to just being a plug-and-play part in the giant corporate machinery whose daily activities are pretty much pre-decided as per the giant process manual.
  • Four things I learnt as a volunteer…

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    I have been a passionate volunteer since last 20+ years. During this time, I have had wonderful opportunities of volunteering with global organizations such as IEEE, ACM, PMI and various Agile community groups like AgileIndia, while also had opportunities to volunteer with small, but not unimportant, causes, such as my apartment association and my community social. Why, I even volunteered to spend 16 months in icy continent of Antarctica — something no one in their right senses would ever do! (and here is the TEDx talk I delivered on it.) While some experiences lasted longer (and…
  • Week 1 of my Lean Consulting Startup

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    TL;DR: I started my consulting startup earlier this week after seven years of groundwork in a Lean Startup fashion. Here's the story that led to week one. Continue reading →
  • Get me 200 rejections and let’s talk…

    TV
    26 May 2014 | 8:36 pm
    If the only reason you 'think' is so that you could think along what others are thinking, you might as well not think at all! Life is too precious to be lived in 'more of same' format. Continue reading →
  • Three questions every program manager must ask

    TV
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Suppose you are the new program manager assigned to a program. How would you go about finding your way inside the complex maze of a program, its stakeholders, sponsors, component teams and various vendors? Continue reading →
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    Atlassian Blogs » Blog Category » Developer

  • Webinar recap: virtualized agile

    Laura Daly
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A big thank you to Mike Hansen and Mark Kilby at Sonatype for hosting our first customer webinar. They shared the Sonatype story and how the team tackles agile development on a daily basis with a completely distributed team. Our customers are what make Atlassian awesome, and we love hearing their success stories. Here’s a link to watch the webinar again and share with your team. Keep reading for the top 10 questions and answers. Enjoy! Mike & Mark’s Q&A Top Ten: Q1: You mentioned that product managers are not responsible for the management of the project resources. Who is…
  • Announcing an open source Puppet Module for Sonatype Nexus

    Peter Leschev
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    TL;DR We’ve open-sourced a Puppet module to help manage the configuration of Sonatype Nexus instances. Check it out! The Build Engineering team at Atlassian has been running Sonatype Nexus instances for a few years now. We use Nexus for storing our public and private artifacts on https://maven.atlassian.com/ (which receives 2.6 million requests/day), publishing to maven central and the various proxies that we have spread out across the world to support our build grid, and our global development teams. Sonatype’s support has been absolutely fantastic when we’ve hit hairy…
  • CI at scale, simplified with Bamboo 5.7

    Sten Pittet
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whether you’re deep into CI or just getting started, planning for scale should always be considered. So today we’re excited to announce Bamboo 5.7 with new features to help you manage your servers as you scale up CI. Expiry has been extended to Deployments The biggest benefit to using a CI system is how frequently you can build and deploy your applications.  Of course, over time many artifacts, results, and logs are created that build up and become a space hog on your servers. Bamboo has helped you manage your server space with Build Expiry but artifacts and logs would still be…
  • Culture, quarantine, and bringing down Bamboo: my secondment on Confluence build engineering

    David Ma
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s this idea floating around: an idea that builds are the devil. That they’re unreliable, tedious and confusing. I won’t try to refute this… but my secondment has taught me that builds are so much more! I began at Atlassian as a developer on the Confluence development team where my work primarily involved delivering features such as Confluence-JIRA integration and the Confluence Space IA (Left Sidebar). So when I was approached about joining the Confluence build engineering team for 3 months I didn’t know what to expect. Confluence build engineering was…
  • 2 days, 200 customers, and conclusive results: the new user testing

    Ruth Buchanan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    At Atlassian, we’re always trying to increase the ways we can get meaningful customer feedback. We’re constantly trying new methods to understand our customers, and learning what we can do better. At Summit, our annual user conference in September, we reached out to customers in a new way: the Test Lab. User testing, Summit-style Summit brought over 2100 customers from all kinds of backgrounds–developers, project managers, technical writers, designers, product owners, and admins. Finding target audiences for user testing enterprise software can be tough going; but at…
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    Agile Voices - Extreme Programming, Scrum, Test Driven Development & Lean aggregator

  • Agile Tools: Push v. Pull: Part 2

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Full of new enthusiasm courtesy of his impromptu mentor Rex, Peter was eager to try some of them out in the next race. He went home and immediately proceeded to write down some ideas for “pulling” with instead of pushing the team, like Rex had advised.read more
  • Jimmy Bogard: AutoMapper 3.3 feature: open generics

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    One of the interesting features of AutoMapper 3.3 is the ability to map open generic types. Open generics are those that don’t supply type parameters, like: var openType = typeof(IEnumerable<>); AutoMapper had some limited support for certain built-in open generics, but only the collection types. This changed in version 3.3, where you can now map any sort of open generic type:read more
  • AvailAgility - Karl Scotland: Insights from a Kanban Board

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    I was working with a team this week, part of which involved reviewing their kanban board and discussing how it was evolving and what they were learning. There was one aspect in particular which generated a number of insights, and is a good example of how visualising work can help make discoveries that you might not otherwise unearth.read more
  • Agile Product Owner: Kicking off the new year with SAFe in Brussels and London

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    In January, I’ll be speaking at two events in London and Brussels:read more
  • Scrum Breakfast: Why are you doing Scrum?

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    I am often asked questions like, "What do I do in Scrum when my team is spread across three locations?" My answer is usually something like, "you will suck." "Don't tell me that! That's insulting! I have to do that." At this point, I smile to myself and think, "that may be true, but you will still suck."Why do I have conversations like this?read more
 
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    Software Development Musings from the Editor of Methods & Tools

  • Software Development Linkopedia December 2014

    The Editor
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Here is our monthly selection of interesting knowledge material on programming, software testing and project management.  This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about slow programming, technical career paths, Agile QA, Scrum backlog refinement meetings, being a better test manager, java BDD, mixing Waterfall and Agile, the TDD cycle and dealing with bad Java code. Blog: The Case for Slow Programming Blog: Coding, Fast and Slow: Developers and the Psychology of Overconfidence Blog: Climbing off the CTO ladder Blog: What Does QA Do on the First Day of a Sprint?
  • Quote of the Month December 2014

    The Editor
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    Stories shouldn’t be small because they need to fit into an iteration, but because the world shouldn’t end just because a story turns out to be wrong. Stories are based on assumptions about business value, and those assumptions might turn out to be right or wrong.The key questions for story sizing shouldn’t be about the iteration length, but about how much business stakeholders want to invest in learning whether a proposed change will actually give them what they assumed. Source: Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories, Gojko Adzic and ...
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast November 2014

    The Editor
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban) software testing and software quality, 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. SPTechCon, February 8-11 2015, Austin, USA Use code SHAREPOINT for a $200 conference discount off the 3 and 4-day pass NorDevCon, February 27 2015, Norwich, UK QCon London, March 2-6 2015, London, UK Exclusive 50 pounds Method &…
  • Quote of the Month November 2014

    The Editor
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen. Source: Edward V. Berard (1993) Essays on object-oriented software engineering. Volume 1, Prentice Hall
  • Software Development Linkopedia November 2014

    The Editor
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Here is our monthly selection of interesting knowledge material on programming, software testing and project management.  This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about Agile coaching and management, positive quality assurance, product managers and owners, enterprise software architecture, functionnal programming, MySQL performance and software testing at Google. Blog: Fewer Bosses. More Coaches. Please. Blog: Advice for Agile Coaches on “Dealing With” Middle Management Blog: Five ways to make testing more positive Blog: 9 Things Every Product Manager…
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    Agile For All

  • Why You’ll Want to Attend Humanizing Work 2015

    Richard Lawrence
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Every year, we put on a conference just for agile practitioners who’ve been in one of our classes. Check out this 90 second video to see what makes the Humanizing Work Conference so special: We hope you’ll join us at the next Humanizing Work Conference in July 2015. If you haven’t been in one of our classes yet, there are plenty of opportunities to attend a public CSM or CSPO, or contact us about a private Agile for Teams class for your organization. Sign up for our conference newsletter to keep up with the latest news and to be notified when registration opens in January:…
  • Agile Homeschool Update

    Richard Lawrence
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Last year, I wrote about how we use an agile approach for homeschool. Since then, we’ve refined our approach. This school year, we updated our board to reflect some of those changes. A few things to note about our board: We have a Scheduled swim lane at the top for calendar items that will affect how much other schoolwork we can plan in a day. Usually music lessons, bike practice, and field trips end up here. These cards don’t move, they just help everyone avoid overcommitting. There’s a swimlane for things that need to be done together. In the morning, everyone will agree…
  • Looking Back at the Past Two Years

    Bob Hartman
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I want to start this post by thanking Eric Englemann (yes, that is him on the right!), the CEO of one of our awesome clients, Geonetric. Almost two years ago he took a huge risk and completely changed their corporate structure. But he didn’t stop there, he committed to letting the world know how they were doing along the way. He and others in his company have been extremely open about their results, including how they were doing one year after the big change and again last month. Well, two years ago Agile For All underwent a big change as well. It went from a single-member LLC where I…
  • Cynefin and Story Splitting

    Richard Lawrence
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Cynefin as of June 2014 – From Dave Snowden, released under CC BY 3.0 As I was preparing for my Agile Denver session on Unscaling, which leaned heavily on the Cynefin Framework, I reread Liz Keogh’s excellent post, “Cynefin for Devs.” I realized that I use my story splitting patterns in a few different ways depending on the domain, and I’ve never been explicit about this (which probably confuses people I’m coaching). Unless you’re already familiar with Cynefin, go read Liz’s post. I’ll wait. Here’s how story splitting looks different for each Cynefin domain:…
  • Agile Denver Session Notes: Unscaling

    Richard Lawrence
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    For those who attended last night’s Agile Denver meetup, here are the slides and some additional resources for you… For those who couldn’t make it, my slides aren’t intended to tell the whole story on their own, but you may be able to get some value from them. The most common question I’m getting from people who see just the slides is about the source for the charts on pages 10-12. The line chart is from J. Richard Hackman and is simply math—the number of unique links between individuals in a group of size N is N(N-1)/2. My stacked bar chart was an argument…
 
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    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software

  • Axosoft Integration with Zendesk

    Sara Breeding
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    We’re excited to announce the start of a beautiful new friendship with Zendesk! Axosoft Scrum and Axosoft Bug Tracker integrate easily with Zendesk to seamlessly connect your support and development workflows. We’re hoping your first reaction is to go into a zen-like buddha position (see image above for reference) and soak in the awesomeness! But your second thought might be, why would Axosoft integrate with Zendesk? After all, Zendesk is a customer service and support ticketing software and so is Axosoft Help Desk. Well, here at Axosoft, we embrace diversity, even when…
  • What’s New in Axosoft 14.5?

    Jonathan Silva
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Wondering what’s new in Axosoft version 14.5? Well, here it is: Print functionality Sharable Dashboards Zendesk Integration More UX improvements Reporting Boosts: There are two things that should improve your reporting efforts: printing and sharing dashboards. We have replaced the PDF shortcut with a print button that will print anything you have on the screen. Print Print Print That means you may include any filter, any grouping, or any view (including Card View) for your hard copy needs. The only limit is the size of your printer’s paper, so don’t go chopping trees down here. You can…
  • UserConf 2014

    Allen Pell
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    A chain of events was triggered at Axosoft when our CEO, Hamid Shojaee, asked, “What if we had everyone in the company responding to chat requests? Would this be a good or bad idea and why?” One of our support team members, James, responded by sharing a video from UserConf 2012, where Wufoo’s Kevin Hale discussed the idea of All Hands on Support. We took time the very next day for our entire company to watch this video and talk about it.   As a result, Axosoft recently flew the entire support team and our Product Owner to San Francisco for UserConf 2014. It was a killer conference,…
  • Friendly Rivalry in the Silicon Desert Part 2

    Sara Breeding
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    If you haven’t already, read Part 1 of the Friendly Rivalry in the Silicon Desert. Out of the blue, on October 21st, AppointmentPlus initiated a new challenge: a flag football face off! Our fearless leader Hamid Shojaee did not hesitate to respond, “We never back down from a challenge. So it’s on!” And after some intense pre-game smack talking, the game was on! Take a look at the pre-game coverage on AZTechBeat. Was this the biggest upset in AZ Tech Flag Football history? That’s not for me to decide. We heard guys like Steve Booze saying they were going to beat…
  • Friendly Rivalry in the Silicon Desert Part 1

    Sara Breeding
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    A little friendly competition has been unfolding over the past few months between Axosoft and neighboring AZ tech company AppointmentPlus – or AppointmentMinus as we like to affectionately refer to them. It all started back in August when AppointmentPlus challenged Axosoft to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This was certainly the thing to do at the time, and nearly all Axosoft employees had already completed the challenge. In good spirit, our company donated $1,000 to the ALS cause and planned our response to AppointmentPlus. Footage from Axosoft’s Nerf attack on AppointmentPlus As…
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    Agile For All » Blog

  • Why You’ll Want to Attend Humanizing Work 2015

    Richard Lawrence
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Every year, we put on a conference just for agile practitioners who’ve been in one of our classes. Check out this 90 second video to see what makes the Humanizing Work Conference so special: We hope you’ll join us at the next Humanizing Work Conference in July 2015. If you haven’t been in one of our classes yet, there are plenty of opportunities to attend a public CSM or CSPO, or contact us about a private Agile for Teams class for your organization. Sign up for our conference newsletter to keep up with the latest news and to be notified when registration opens in January:…
  • Agile Homeschool Update

    Richard Lawrence
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Last year, I wrote about how we use an agile approach for homeschool. Since then, we’ve refined our approach. This school year, we updated our board to reflect some of those changes. A few things to note about our board: We have a Scheduled swim lane at the top for calendar items that will affect how much other schoolwork we can plan in a day. Usually music lessons, bike practice, and field trips end up here. These cards don’t move, they just help everyone avoid overcommitting. There’s a swimlane for things that need to be done together. In the morning, everyone will agree…
  • Looking Back at the Past Two Years

    Bob Hartman
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I want to start this post by thanking Eric Englemann (yes, that is him on the right!), the CEO of one of our awesome clients, Geonetric. Almost two years ago he took a huge risk and completely changed their corporate structure. But he didn’t stop there, he committed to letting the world know how they were doing along the way. He and others in his company have been extremely open about their results, including how they were doing one year after the big change and again last month. Well, two years ago Agile For All underwent a big change as well. It went from a single-member LLC where I…
  • Cynefin and Story Splitting

    Richard Lawrence
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Cynefin as of June 2014 – From Dave Snowden, released under CC BY 3.0 As I was preparing for my Agile Denver session on Unscaling, which leaned heavily on the Cynefin Framework, I reread Liz Keogh’s excellent post, “Cynefin for Devs.” I realized that I use my story splitting patterns in a few different ways depending on the domain, and I’ve never been explicit about this (which probably confuses people I’m coaching). Unless you’re already familiar with Cynefin, go read Liz’s post. I’ll wait. Here’s how story splitting looks different for each Cynefin domain:…
  • Agile Denver Session Notes: Unscaling

    Richard Lawrence
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    For those who attended last night’s Agile Denver meetup, here are the slides and some additional resources for you… For those who couldn’t make it, my slides aren’t intended to tell the whole story on their own, but you may be able to get some value from them. The most common question I’m getting from people who see just the slides is about the source for the charts on pages 10-12. The line chart is from J. Richard Hackman and is simply math—the number of unique links between individuals in a group of size N is N(N-1)/2. My stacked bar chart was an argument…
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    LeadingAgile

  • Trust me… Agile just won’t work here…

    Isaac Hogue
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    I usually smile when I hear a statement like this: “Our culture is way too …” fill in the blank “Agile just won’t work here!” Why do I smile?  I find that people are typically referring to a common belief that in order to be “agile” an organization’s culture needs to be one of “trust”.  The belief is that an organization should trust its people to: (1) make the right decisions, and (2) do their best to deliver products and services that will make the business succeed. All good stuff, very good in fact. But, good or not, its a really steep hill to climb for an…
  • Are We Succeeding With an Enterprise Transformation?

    Isaac Hogue
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Over the past few years I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work with over 65 different teams in various levels of small, medium, and large businesses. In each case I was either leading the teams or advising the teams on how to become more adaptive. When I joined LeadingAgile, I was thrilled to have access to the systems and tools that Mike and Dennis had employed and discovered while working with the hundreds (if not thousands) of teams that they had coached over the years. One of the first tools that I encountered was a set of adoption attributes that we could share with a team to would…
  • Time To Up The Accountability Of Your Agile Teams

    Tim Wise
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:23 am
    In my last entry, I talked a bit about what accountability means to me. Check it out to create a shared understanding between us before reading on… In this continuation, I will begin to dive into structures that support accountability at scale. For now, there seems to be enough material at the scrum team level and then subsequently at the scaled level. Here’s the delivery team level for ya. Intro Most of the companies I have worked with in the past several years are in the small (multi-millions) to very large (multi-billion) dollar range. Complexity, maturity, and age of the organizations…
  • Don’t Give Partial Credit

    Andrew Fuqua
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:05 pm
    What do you do with stories that don’t finish before the end of the sprint? Do we get partial credit? I’m asked that a lot. Everyone wants to know whether to split the story and what to do with the points. Don’t give partial credit for unfinished stories or make untestable splits. Don’t Bother Splitting Unfinished, Untestable Stories Move unfinished, untested stories to the next sprint, without splitting. What benefit would come from splitting? Sometimes people tell me that in the future they will need to know what work was done in this sprint, so that’s why they…
  • The Napoleon Corporal

    Derek Huether
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    In my previous post, Replacing Backlog Grooming, I wrote about leveraging a Product Owner (PO) Team instead of the “Scrum” team in Progression Workshops (backlog grooming). To clarify, the members of the PO teams are mainly populated by a Product Owner (Product Lead) and facilitator (could be a Scrum Master), but from there we’ll include others like a development lead, a testing lead, and an architect. We use the team construct over a single person because we’re operating at scale, with multiple delivery teams.  The Leads and Architects are thinking bigger-picture…
 
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    OutSystems Blog

  • Ovum’s take – Make sure your Rapid App Delivery (RAD) solution can keep up

    Sean Allen
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    We talk a lot about how a Rapid Application Delivery (RAD) solution like OutSystems Platform can enable IT organizations to deliver custom mobile and web applications more efficiently than traditional methods. But it occurred to me as I was reading a recently published On the Radar by analyst firm Ovum how much the success of a RAD platform depends on the provider’s ability to keep pace with change. The report states: In Ovum’s view, the core value proposition of OutSystems offering has stayed the same: rapid programming-free application development and deployment capability, with the…
  • Mobile Application Development Without Compromise

    Michael Vizard
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    After a lot of irrational exuberance that led to a lot of chaos involving the development of mobile applications in the enterprise, more rational approaches to building these applications rapidly are finally starting to gain sway. The majority of IT organizations initially approached mobile application development one application at a time. The reason for this has to do more with failing to realize how pervasive mobile computing would be across the enterprise. The end result has led to everything from low developer productivity to outright project failure. In fact, a recent survey of over 200…
  • Four important lessons learned from 100,000 mobile users

    Sean Allen
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    It’s time IT meets their mobile users where they’re at – and give them what they need. At OutSystems, we are continually working to make that easier for you, that is why Justin James’ presentation at NextStep 2014 rang so true. Justin shared lessons he and his team learned from building an app for 100,000 mobile users and I wanted to share these four lessons. Wodify is a SaaS offering for CrossFit “box” (or gym) owners and their athletes. (WOD meaning workout of the day.) The all-in-one software gives owners the tools to run their business and athletes the ability to log their…
  • New mobile trend statistics identify mobile app dev challenges in enterprises

    Zahid Jiwa
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    It’s not unusual for a company to have a love/hate relationship with mobile apps. Business users love the prospect of having another revenue generator and means of engagement, but nobody – especially IT – likes lengthening development queues and facing talent shortages. And, let’s be honest that’s exactly what mobile app developers in the enterprise are experiencing. According to research by Opinion Matters, 85% of organizations surveyed have a mobile backlog of between one and 20 applications. Meanwhile, the demands on development teams are increasing while the skills…
  • Putting Users First

    Mário Araújo
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    For many years, IT organizations invested millions of dollars in enterprise systems and databases (like SAP, Oracle, SQL Server and recently salesforce.com) and created an overwhelming level of enterprise IT complexity. Much of this was built from the bottom up – designing and selecting the right “back-end” servers, databases and “front-end” systems. How about the user? Where did the user fit in all this? Well, users were doomed to change their ways in order to fit the newly implemented systems. They had to go through a painful learning process that would teach them to muddle…
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

  • The ROI of Multiple Small Releases

    David Koontz
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    In a few minutes how do you explain the benefits of multiple incremental releases to someone new to this agile mindset?  I'm convinced that if I try to use words (which is typically the case when caught in a hallway conversation) or even words and a few quick sketches - I will not do justice to the complex concept.  Why?  Because this concept deals with multiple what if scenarios that play out in long timeframes with little feedback.So needing to have this conversation today, I had the time to do a search for some help.  And I found this wonderful article and video with a…
  • Puzzle Game:: The Impossible Room

    David Koontz
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    My progress in The Impossible Room - iOS app puzzle game by Maruf Nebil.“Only one room Only one way Key is alive Leave or stay"Spoiler Alert --- some puzzles are solved below.Day 1.Collected Items ————paper scraplamp shadescrewdrivertesla bookUSB cordBook Shelf  - opens Screwdriver-------------------------------------Aristotle  384 BCERoger Bacon  1214 - 1292Leonardo Da Vinci  1452 - 1519Copernicus  1473 - 1543Galileo  1564 - 1642Newton  1642 - 1727Faraday  1791 - 1867Tesla  1856- 1943Alan Turing  1912 -…
  • Agile outside of Software

    David Koontz
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Agile in your schools, an announcement from Agile Learning Centers. Our Agile Learning Centers are growing and we're preparing to support the launch of several more ALCs this summer! Rumor has it that we may be going international.Read on to find enrollment information for our two full-time schools in NYC and Charlotte, film screenings, and some really juicy featured blog posts from our growing community of Agile Learning Facilitators.ALC NYCLearn about our enrollment process hereAttend a Parent Interest Night to begin exploring enrollment options for the current year and/or the 2015-16…
  • Finally - Disruptive Innovation in Construction

    David Koontz
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Otis did a wonderful thing back in the 1850s and sparked the verticalization of cities.  Ever wonder why Paris is such a wonderful feeling city?  It's because most of it was built before there were elevators.  So the practical building was limited to about 5 floors.  And the top floors were the cheeper rent, because you had to huff your groceries up all those stairs.So here's what lack of true innovation does to an industry... it sets it's sights on just the one single solutions.  That is to make vertical buildings with duplicate floor plans, story after story for 100…
  • Coal in your bug tracking stocking this Christmas?

    David Koontz
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    What is your plan for being a better developer next year?  What's the technique that will repay your efforts many fold?  Testing - automated test to be specific.  There are all types of automated testing.  The agile mind set thinks of testing first, not in a reactive manner, but as a preventative and design effort.For three years, The Container Store has been using application performance management (APM) technology from AppDynamics to locate bugs in the website, target them immediately and fix them.Sometimes there's a slowdown in a particular region. Other times it's from…
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    Boost Blog

  • Nathan Donaldson – Thoughts, stories and ideas

    Rebecca Jones
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Our Managing Director Nathan has started a blog with regular posts about Agile and ways to improve workflow within your company. Check out the full blog here.     Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 43 – Agile Training

    Rebecca Jones
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:03 pm
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  • The Board – Episode 42 – User Stories

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In Episode 42 of The Board, we talk about: What a user story is Some of the difficulties people find The importance of breaking down user stories The new concept of Job Stories read more here Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 41 – Velocity

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    In Episode 41 of The Board, we talk about: Velocity and what it means to us How we have seen it used well and misused This blog post by Mike Cohn Story Points are still about effort  Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 40 – Developing Cross-Functional Teams

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    In Episode 40 of The Board, we talk about: Developing cross-functional teams Some of the difficulties and benefits associated with becoming a cross functional team Related Posts: No Related Posts
 
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #8

    Heather
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    A collection of links to interesting research from the world of neuroscience and behavioural psychology that can be applied (or not) to Agile Teams.   10 of The Most Counter-Intuitive Psychology Findings Ever Published (Christian Jarrett) – some surprising, and debatable, results The 10,000 Hours Myth: Practice Predicts Only 12% of Performance (PsyBlog) The Inner Workings of the Executive Brain (Andrew Blackman) The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations (Judith E. GlaserRichard D. Glaser) – why negative comments and conversations stick with us longer than positive ones…
  • Agile Quick Links #27

    Heather
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: Don’t Give Partial Credit (Andrew Fuqua) We Don’t Hire Product Owners Here (Rich Mironov) Using Lego to capture raw data for Cycle Time and Process Cycle Efficiency (Dave Nicolette) Scaling Scrum – What People Are Not Talking About! (Jeff Sutherland) Kanban Thinking and the Kanban Method (Karl Scotland) Every little thing (Glen Waters) – small frequent changes are often more effective than big changes Are You Too Old To Succeed? (Doris Belland) 10 Realistic Ways to Keep Your Overflowing Inbox Under Control (Belle Cooper)…
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #7

    Heather
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    Cyberloafing at Work Makes You More Productive (PsyBlog) – web surfing (in moderation) can boost your performance at work How guessing helps you learn, even if you guess wrong (Christian Jarrett ) Productivity for the Depressed (JBrains) – guidelines to deal with burnout and depression A review of Susan Greenfield’s “Mind Change” (Vaughan Bell) Secrets of the Creative Brain (Nancy Andreasen) – where does genius come from, and does IQ or mental illness have anything to do with it The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations (Judith E. Glaser and Richard D. Glaser)…
  • Agile Quick Links #26

    Heather
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: Replacing Backlog Grooming (Derek Huether) 6 Things to Look for When Recruiting for Agile Teams (Evan Leybourn) How to deal with underachievers (Sami Honkonen) – Did you hire an underachiever, or did you hired an achiever and turned him into an underachiever? Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) – Less is more. You don’t need more structure, you need less when becoming larger. The Dimensions of Choosing a Scaling Approach (Paul Boos) Using Agile Approaches to Improve Teaching, Learning and Education in Developing Nations (InfoQ)…
  • Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2014 (GOAT#14)

    Heather
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Agile Pain Relief is proud to be the Platinum sponsor for Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2014. On November 24th, an expected 200+ Scrum and Agile professionals will gather in Gatineau for a one day conference that will feature two keynote speakers, 16 professional presentations, and coaches clinic among the opportunities. The conference’s keynote speakers this year will be Christopher Avery and Richard Cheng. Christopher is a sought-after speaker, author, and business advisor on responsible leadership, teamwork, and agile change for companies like GAP, Wells Fargo, and eBay, known for…
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    Agile Scout

  • Take Back Your Mornings – Set a Routine [Infographic]

    peter
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
  • The Diamond “Status Flight” for Delta – A Small Tale

    peter
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Boeing A330 This very nice A330 plane is where I spent just under 20 hours… Flying can be complicated. Flying can be stressful. But, for the seasoned traveler, you understand where the best places to fly into are, where the food is, and where all the Delta Sky Lounges are… Sometimes though, to keep your elite status, you have to fly a “Status Flight” so you can just get the miles so you can reap the rewards the next year. I’ve met with many ‘up-in-the-air’ type of people who have had amazing stories to tell around their “Status Flight.”…
  • A Personality Profile Isn’t Enough!

    peter
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    I was speaking with the founder of a company the other day about a new potential hire and her personality survey results (they use one of many different personality surveys) – my initial comment to him was simply this after seeing the results: Interesting… You see, after working with his team and increasing awareness organization-wide of each person’s natural aptitudes and communication styles, it became incredibly clear that any new hire that walked in would have to fit the bill, not just functionally, but also from the cultural results that the entire team collectively…
  • On Joining Agile for All – Peter Saddington

    peter
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    My new home :) Many people have asked me for the reasons behind letting my company, Action & Influence, be acquired by another Agile consultancy. It’s been a very interesting ride… as the emails, DMs, LinkedIn messages, etc continue to pour in. Lots of comments and likes. Me like! The Agile community is a small community, in some pockets, very tight-knit. These types of major changes don’t go unnoticed and that’s ok. To make it clear, I’m really interested in only two things: I want to be better. I want to improve my game as an organizational consultant and…
  • Delta Upgrades – What a Waste

    peter
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    As a Diamond Medallion [RESERVE] Million Miler+ … … … I always get a shit-ton of upgrade certificates that go to waste every freaking year. They really need to allow me to trade them in or something. This year… I have 10 going to waste. But! I do have two free companion tickets… that are almost IMPOSSIBLE TO USE. Trust me, I’ve tried. They put so many limitations on it, it’s ridiculous.
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • The 2014 QSM Software Almanac: Seven Insights that Matter

    Doug Putnam
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    It is no coincidence that this year’s release of the 2014 QSM Software Almanac has been coined the Research Edition. The data, research, insights, analysis and trends packed into the 200+ page book truly make it the ultimate resource for software development and estimation. That said, I thought I’d share just a few of the highlights from this year’s Almanac as a little teaser to what you’ll find when you download the full (and free) resource.Project failure is more common than you think.  In the QSM database of 10,000 projects, 26% of reporting projects were more than 20% over…
  • A Practical Guide to the Estimation Center of Excellence Webinar Replay and Q&A Highlights

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    QSM's recent webinar, Organizational Success; A Practical Guide to the Estimation Center of Excellence, presented by J.D. Ottenbreit, featured a lively Q&A session from our audience. Here are the highlights:Q: You mentioned that data is critical to an Estimation Center of Excellence, what if we don’t have any good data yet? A: The first thing I would say is that you need to chart a course to begin getting it. Your organization is most certainly creating data, but from an estimation standpoint you need to look for the very basic things like effort or hours spent on a project,…
  • A Software Metrics Snow Job

    Phil Armour
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    I like to ski.  I mean really like to ski.  I've done it for a long time and I fancy I'm quite good at it.  I Iike to have the latest gear too.  So I have this Ski Tracks app on my iPhone see.  It's very cool.  When I start skiing for the day I set it going and it records every run I make: the altitude, the speed.  Heck, it even tracks your runs on a map that you can export and relive on Google Earth.  Really. Ski Tracks also summarizes your days' efforts showing the total number of runs, the total vertical skied, the maximum altitude, the time…
  • Webinar - Organizational Success: A Practical Guide to the Estimation Center of Excellence

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    On Thursday, Dec. 4 at 1:00 PM EST, QSM's J.D. Ottenbreit will present "Organizational Success: A Practical Guide to the Estimation Center of Excellence."High performing companies already know that superior software estimation is not only possible, but essential to gaining and keeping a competitive edge while simultaneously helping to protect IT investments and drive positive project outcomes. One way to enable proven best practices with the estimation discipline is to formalize an Estimation Center of Excellence (ECoE). While most organizations have unique features and challenges,…
  • Announcing the QSM Software Almanac: 2014 Research Edition

    Doug Putnam
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    After many months of research, I’m pleased to announce that today QSM has released the 2014 version of its Software Almanac.  A follow-up to the previous version released in 2006, this 200+ page book includes more than 20 articles on topics such as metrics, agile methodology, long term planning, and trends in software development.  The Almanac is one of the few research compendiums that studies how software development has evolved since 1980.  The source of this research is the QSM Metrics Database, which contains data from over 10,000 completed software projects from…
 
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    Agile World

  • Correlation does not imply causation

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    After every Agile conference, agilists return back to work with tons of new ideas.  They get excited about these new ideas and would be looking forward to roll them out sooner than later. However, based on my past experiences, I have realized that many ideas could do more harm than being helpful.  This is not because ideas we hear at conferences aren’t good, however, what we assume as the “idea” behind success may not be the “one” causing the success. Popular ideas being borrowed in the Agile community include the Spotify’s  tribes/guilds, Google’s 20% innovation…
  • How to make wall-related decisions in Distributed Agile projects

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    I authored the following article for Cutter which got published today. So, it is hot out of the press. The subject that every distributed Agile team is questioning is the topic of setting up visual walls. Conflicts arise when purists argue in support of setting up visual boards across all locations, while the distributed teams consider it an inconvenience. Many companies don't realize the importance of making the right decisions related to visual walls. Typically, wall setup is left to the ScrumMaster. These companies don't realize that this "single-handed" decision could result in loss of…
  • If you are start up, think beyond one user

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    As I am coaching and mentoring a few start ups in Melbourne and elsewhere, I have noticed common pattern of issues across the board. All start up founders are really enthusiastic and dream of becoming rich –> Nothing wrong with it All start up founders have a strong idea in mind ---> Nothing wrong with it Most start up founders believe that their idea would take over the world, even though they have never tested beyond one user   ---> Something wrong with it Recently read a story about startup failure “Patient Communicator”.   The founder built fantastic…
  • Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Last week, I had the opportunity to speak about Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) at Agile PM meet up group  in Melbourne.  It was really an honor to speak with such an incredibly experienced, knowledgeable audience. At the end of the session, we had very engaging Q&A. As part of the session, I shared some of the challenges of  scaling Agile and possible solutions as well. One of the solution being, applying the Large Scale Scrum(LeSS).  Based on my experience of working on several large scale Agile projects, I have come to realize the following 4 types of challenges common…
  • What is Loyalty ?

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    No one plans to fall sick isn't it? Similarly, when I caught some flu couple of years ago, we were eager to see a doctor. Being new to our suburb, googled around to find a nearby medical center. Took an appointment with "any available GP," visited and got better. After some time, it was my wife's turn. When she wasn't keeping well, she too called the medical center, took an appointment with "any available GP" and felt better. Apparently she visited a different GP than mine. She recommended me to see him next. Over the course of time, we noted his name and started getting appointment…
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    Tech Gadget Talk

  • What's Up with Playfair?

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    What's Up with Playfair? by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By jason@dixongroup.net (Jason Dixon) Within the last hour I stumbled across a tweet from Dan Ryan mentioning a new hosted Graphite + StatsD service called Playfair. As you might expect, this piqued my interest. Immediately, I thought of Hosted Graphite and wondered how this compares with their offering. Would it have its own dashboard? Was it a DigitalOcean-backed Graphite instance (admittedly, something I’ve considered trying to package up myself)? I hopped over to their website and looked…
  • What Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Said About 'The Interview' This Week

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    What Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Said About 'The Interview' This Week by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Sean Eckhardt They also tackled the CIA torture report read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter TV The post What Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Said About 'The Interview' This Week appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Are We Ready to Kill Thresholds?

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Are We Ready to Kill Thresholds? by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By jason@dixongroup.net (Jason Dixon) I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter from various sources that adaptive fault detection is going to be The New Shit ™ and that static thresholds are virtually useless because they lack context. While I agree that some of the more advanced techniques sound amazing (and make no mistake, I’m really excited about the possibilities here), it’s foolish to think that thresholds as a measure of fault conditions are useless. Toufic Boubez gave…
  • Simplifying Mobile App Data Management with DynamoDB's Fine-Grained Access Control

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Simplifying Mobile App Data Management with DynamoDB's Fine-Grained Access Control by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Werner Vogels Speed of development, scalability, and simplicity of management are among the critical needs of mobile developers. With the proliferation of mobile devices and users, and small agile teams that are tasked with building successful mobile apps that can grow from 100 users to 1 million users in a few days, scalability of the underlying infrastructure and simplicity of management are more important than ever. We created DynamoDB…
  • Graphite Tip - Mixing Lines and Stacks

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Graphite Tip - Mixing Lines and Stacks by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By jason@dixongroup.net (Jason Dixon) One of Graphite’s shortcomings is that it’s not easy to construct a composite chart of both lines and area sections. In fact, it’s not possible at all unless you’re willing to stack your areas. But if you are dealing with data where it makes sense to stack them, and you want to correlate that with something else as a line series, here’s an example demonstrating how you can do it. The example below contains a function…
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