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  • Done with Definition of Done or Definition of Done Considered Harmful

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

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    Mike McLaughlin
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Football players spend a lot of time studying their Playbooks. And Coaches spend a lot of time creating and updating them. These guys are serious. The stakes are high in the NFL; millions of people are watching. Their stated goal is the same each week; to win. That means they gotta work really well together and know what they’re doing. I think the game of American football is a great example to follow as an Agile team in the corporate world. We all need some help with remembering stuff, and getting it down so we can execute on game day. Even if we’ve done it many times before, it’s easy…
  • How Rally Flowdock Does Support

    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility
    Ville Saarinen
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    On the Rally Flowdock team, everyone does customer support. We don’t have dedicated support people. The people who respond to support@flowdock.com are the ones who develop, market and lead Flowdock. This is surprising for many. We often receive requests to “pass this message on to the development team”. Shouldn’t a software developer spend their time building a better service, not handling customer support? More generally, shouldn’t people spend their time on what they were hired to do, and not waste time doing support? These are common thoughts that lead to the…
  • Big Agile, the Route Less Travelled

    All About Agile | Agile Development Made Easy!
    Mike Griffiths
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Scaling Collaboration not Process is the Key to Enterprise Agility. Agile methods have been found to be extremely effective when used correctly. A reasonable reaction to witnessing any great performance in an organization is to demand more of it. So...
  • Self-Organizing Teams . . . Really?

    Scrum Alliance RSS Feed
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Why aren't self-organizing teams allowed to self-organize?
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  • How Rally Flowdock Does Support

    Ville Saarinen
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    On the Rally Flowdock team, everyone does customer support. We don’t have dedicated support people. The people who respond to support@flowdock.com are the ones who develop, market and lead Flowdock. This is surprising for many. We often receive requests to “pass this message on to the development team”. Shouldn’t a software developer spend their time building a better service, not handling customer support? More generally, shouldn’t people spend their time on what they were hired to do, and not waste time doing support? These are common thoughts that lead to the…
  • Retired Rally Laptops Find New, Happy Homes

    Geri Mitchell-Brown
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    At Rally, we love our Apple laptops. Typically we use them day in and day out for three years or more, after which they enjoy their next phase of life. In 2014, we started a donation program to place them into good use at “retirement homes”—organizations that would appreciate them until their useful life is over. Through the course of last year, we donated 95 MacBooks valued at nearly $30,000 to Colorado nonprofits and educational institutions. I’m happy to share a few of their stories. Boulder Emergency Squad At Rally, Cliff Rosell is a Senior Financial Analyst; but at Boulder…
  • New Features for Speed, Visibility, and Scale

    Steve Wolfe
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Scaling Agile is all about coordinating work across development teams and aligning that work to your top business priorities—so you can deliver value to customers. If you’ve got Agile programs spanning multiple development teams across multiple sites, it’s imperative that you have tools to help you manage the complexities of working collaboratively at scale. Over the past few months, Rally has introduced several new features to help you do just that.   Milestones In November Rally launched milestones, which allow you to connect your most important development work to the critical…
  • 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…
 
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    Managed Chaos

  • Done with Definition of Done or Definition of Done Considered Harmful

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

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

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

    Naresh Jain
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Many teams suffer daily due to slow CI builds. The teams certainly realise the pain, but don’t necessarily take any corrective action. The most common excuse is we don’t have time or we don’t think it can get better than this.   Following are some key principles, I’ve used when confronted with long running builds: Focus on the Bottlenecks – Profile your builds to find the real culprits. Fixing them will help the most. IMHE I’ve seen the 80-20 rule apply here. Fixing 20% of the bottlenecks will give you 80% gain in speed. Divide and Conquer…
  • Selenium Conference 2014 Proposal Data Visualisation

    Naresh Jain
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Related posts: Selenium Conf 2014 Registration Data (as of Aug 15th) Presenting SeConf 2014, the official Selenium Conference in Bangalore on Sep 5th and 6th We are delighted to announce that this year we’ll be hosting the 4th annual (official) Selenium Conference in Bangalore, India.... Selenium Presentation at Agile 2006 conference Recently I co-presented with Alex Ruiz on Agile User Interface Development at the Agile 2006 conference. Alex presented on Abbot...
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  • Big Agile, the Route Less Travelled

    Mike Griffiths
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Scaling Collaboration not Process is the Key to Enterprise Agility. Agile methods have been found to be extremely effective when used correctly. A reasonable reaction to witnessing any great performance in an organization is to demand more of it. So...
  • 5 Steps for Creating High-Performance Teams eBook

    heather
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Certified Scrum Trainer Mark Levison has been around the block, more than a few times, and he was getting frustrated by what he saw happening in Scrum. When Mark is invited into businesses and industries to talk with Scrum teams, it’s typically with the request to help them do Scrum better so they can be more productive. But practicing the mechanics of Scrum is not the answer to high performance. Yes, you’ll get some benefits, but not the most important ones. You can focus on the ceremonies – the daily stand-ups, the sprint planning, the retrospectives – and still…
  • Welcome to the High-Performance Teams Game

    Mark Levison
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Your team is working on the World’s Smallest Online Bookstore, a site that provides the best results (just a few) for every search, not every result on earth. We’re a vulture capital funded company, so if we don’t deliver, our funding will be cut. So begins the opening of the High-Performance Teams Game. My goal is to help you see the effects of choices/tradeoffs on productivity and team cohesion. While some of the benefits of Agile happen at the individual level, there are many things that affect the relationships between team members, and therefore the overall cohesion and…
  • Large Agile Teams

    ScottAmbler
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    I recently wrote a detailed article about Large Agile Teams that was a detailed walkthrough of how to structure agile teams of various sizes.  I suspect that this is the most comprehensive online discussion of this topic.  The article addressed the following topics: Organizing Agile Teams.  The article starts with a summary of the results of some industry research that I've done regarding the size of agile teams, showing that agile techniques are in fact being successfully applied on a variety of team sizes.  It then goes into detail describing the organization…
  • The Agile Manifesto – Essay 1: Value and Values

    Mishkin Berteig
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comWhat is Agile? In 2001, 17 people got together for a world-changing discussion about software development. They tried to find the common values and principles by which people could do … Continue reading →
 
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  • 2015 New Year's Retrospective

    Stacia Viscardi
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    Stale retrospectives? Has your team stalled in group think mode? Do they say, 'Yeah, same stuff went well/sucked as last time'? Maybe it's time for RetroFresh!  :)Seriously, freshen up your retrospectives, and use the new year to help! Many of us reflect and set new goals this time of year anyway, so harness that tendency to frame your next retrospective to your team's advantage. I tried this yesterday, and a team that had been stuck in the creative rut for the past two sprints livened up and came up with all sorts of ideas to improve. It started with one simple question: What kind…
  • 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…
 
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  • How to Implement Cross Cutting Concern using AOP in Scala

    Ayush Mishra
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:18 pm
    In this blog, I have explained that how easily we can implement Cross Cutting Concern such as logging using Aspect Oriented Programming in Scala. These concerns have nothing to do with core business logic. Aspect Oriented Programming is used for encapsulating cross-cutting concerns into re-usable modules. Here we used AspectJ weaver to weave precompiled aspects into project output First we defined an annotation style aspect scala code:- /** * around execution of Sum */ @Around("execution(@com.<wbr />knoldus.aspect.Loggable * *.*(..))") def aroundSum(joinPoint:…
  • Fiducia IT AG speeds up training time for mainframe developers

    @spadani1
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    With its new training program based on the IBM Rational software, Fiducia has dramatically increased
  • Working Software, Choosing Happiness: Ramblings on the Third Agile Principle

    hhfleming
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale. In software development… It needs to work… but… It doesn’t have to be “feature complete”.  I think many people believe they’re going to get projects done faster when they “go agile” but that isn’t really the way we think about work.  Typically people have in their head that a project includes a very specific, predefined set of features (scope) that has to get done by a deadline (time) with a typically…
  • The New Software Paradigm

    Robert James
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    There is a fundamental shift in the way software development is being done around the world and companies need to adjust their thinking and programs to adapt to this new paradigm. The traditional approach to acquiring a software system was to prepare an RFP with a Performance Requirements document and the vendor would deliver a system to meet these requirements. With a traditional software life cycle approach change orders can be extremely expensive and maintenance contracts are questionable as to whether you are getting your monies worth. Whether the software is for Control Centers,…
  • Agile Stakeholder Management Training @ HP

    Daskalov
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    A moment from the training at HP – great audience, some screen issues, and a topic to build on
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  • Off to a great team start with Tuckman, Lencioni and Ofman!

    RuudRiet
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:07 am
    When you start as Scrum Master on a new team, they are usually just a collection of individuals that together have the skill set necessary to fulfil the goal of the team. In order for that group to become high-performing, you have to let them turn into a team. Yes, you read it right, you cannot turn them into a team, they have to do that themselves. The only thing you can do about it to facilitate the process they need, so it can speed up a bit. Tuckman Bruce Tuckman has made a model about the process a group goes through from newly formed group to high-performing team. He describes five…
  • Notes on Scrum Alliance Product Owner Training

    ASBIV
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    I spent two days this week getting certified as a scrum product owner through Scrum Alliance (find out more about all this here if you’re interested: https://www.scrumalliance.org/). The company where I work in software development and sales has been using the Agile methodology with Scrum for almost nine years (they were just starting this at the same time that I began working here) but we have only recently been getting training and education from other parts of the industry.  Many people (including me) have received training from Pragmatic Marketing (check them out here:…
  • Disconnected

    passionframework
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    James is disconnected from his family because of extreme work load.. He is been working in a start up which has pressurized dead line to raise funds. His founder Maria is ambitious, go getter and she ensures her team works late hours.. One day James get a call from his home., his wife Flora calls him.. Flora ‘James.. want to keep you informed .. am leaving’ James ‘Ok.. see you then..’ James rushes to his team who are now having conflicts among themselves.. James ‘Never fight.. Always brain storm and find solutions’ The team member ‘Monish ‘Sir..
  • Developing the Product Roadmap

    richardjwalls
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    What’s a Product Roadmap? At its most basic the Product Roadmap shows what features will be delivered when; in other words the order of delivery. it will be typically made up of a number of releases, the more frequent the better. What’s a release? A release is a coherent set of user stories that together deliver something of value to the business and / or its customers. Release can be large or small. Agile promotes small, rapid, frequent releases. What does the Product Roadmap look like? The Product Roadmap is primarily formed of a set of sprints each with an objective, and each…
  • Bringing Joy to the World of Work

    mwsummers
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    In 2008 I was inspired by Richard Sheridan of Menlo Innovations, and their human focused approach to work. Following his key note at the Berlin Scrum Gathering I think a good focus for everything I do this year would be to bring Joy to the world as I interact with it. Potential Areas of Interest for the Year Following a bit of brainstorming with Helen Meek around potential sessions for conferences, we came up with six possible topics, but actually they are also areas of focus for reading, research and writing. Risk Release Forecasting Motivation Coaching Transformation ScrumMastering Risk I…
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  • We Need Planning; Do We Need Estimation?

    johanna
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    As I write the program management book, I am struck by how difficult it is to estimate large chunks of work. In Essays on Estimation and Manage It!, I recommend several approaches to estimation, each of which include showing that there is no one absolute date for a project or a program. What can you do? Here are some options: Plan to replan. Decide how much to invest in the project or program for now. See (as in demo) the project/program progress. Decide how much longer you want to invest in the project or program. Work to a target date. A target date works best if you work iteratively and…
  • Discovering Your Leadership Posted

    johanna
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    I published a new Pragmatic Manager this past weekend. It’s called Discovering Your Leadership. It has a pointer to the Influential Agile Leader event that Gil Broza and I are leading in San Francisco and then in London. You can still get early bird pricing, until Feb 15. Don’t miss this opportunity—we’re only leading it twice this year.
  • Does Agile Apply to Your Project?

    johanna
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    I have a new column posted at projectmanagement.com. It’s called Does Agile Apply to Your Project? (You might need a free registration.)  
  • Does Agile Work Because We are Optimistic?

    johanna
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    I read the Business Week opening remarks, How Optimism Strengthens Economies.  See this quote at the end: the group of people who turn out to be most accurate about predicting how long it will take to complete tasks—and how likely they are to succeed—are the clinically depressed. Optimists underestimate how difficult it will be to succeed. But that self-deception is precisely what makes them willing to take more risks and invest in a better future, while the pessimists slouch toward self-fulfilling failure.  Pessimistic people are more accurate with their estimation. Optimists…
  • Change the Indispensable Employee Mindset

    johanna
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Years ago, I was the expert for two specific products in a small development organization. When it came time for my manager to divide up the work, I always got those products to add features to, or maintain. That was fine for a while, until I got bored. I went to my boss with a request for different work. “Who will do the work if you don’t?” My boss was concerned. “Steve or Dave will. They’re good. They can take over for me.” I knew my colleagues. They could do the work. “But, they’ll have to learn what you do.” “I know. I can…
 
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  • Don’t Let the Incompetent Keep You Waiting

    Jurgen Appelo
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
    I don’t like it when people keep me waiting. I reply to all emails within 24 hours. I pay my bills within two weeks, often within days. Last week, when one of my team members needed credit card information that I didn’t have with me, I did my best to send it within an hour. Web orders for my book? I validate shipping addresses within hours, and we send people’s orders within 48 hours. Invoices? I usually send them twice per month, or earlier when people ask for them. The post Don’t Let the Incompetent Keep You Waiting appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • I Curse My Customers

    Jurgen Appelo
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Let me tell you a little secret: Every now and then, I curse my customers. OK, it’s not really a secret, probably. I think the neighbors can hear it when I do. But that’s the way it is. I curse them. I curse them because I care. The post I Curse My Customers appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • 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.
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  • Focus on Benefits Rather than Features

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    20 Jan 2015 | 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. Suppose your boss has not bought into trying an agile approach in your organization. You schedule a meeting with the boss, and stress how your organization should use Scrum because Scrum: Has short time boxes Relies on self-organization Includes three distinct roles And based on this discussion, your boss isn’t interested. Why? Because you focused on the features of Scrum…
  • If it needs to happen: Schedule it!

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The following is a guest post from Lisa Crispin. Lisa is the co-author with Janet Gregory of "Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams" and the newly published "More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team". I highly recommend both of these books--in fact, I recommend reading everything Lisa and Janet write. In the following post, Lisa argues the benefits of scheduling anything that's important. I am a fanatic for doing this. Over the holiday I put fancy new batteries in my smoke detectors that are supposed to last 10 years. So I put a note in my calendar…
  • How I Work, and Use Scrum Personally

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been asked a few times to comment on how I work, what it is I do to stay highly productive, and how I use Scrum at a personal level to make that happen. I tend to work in one-week sprints and will start each sprint on Saturday or Sunday. As a consultant, I travel a lot and so my schedule is irregular. Some weeks it is easier to plan the coming week on Saturday rather than Sunday, usually based on when I’m on a plane and how long the flight is. The Tool: Things To manage everything I am personally involved in, I use a product called Things from Cultured Code. It’s got a…
  • 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…
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  • Agile is NOT For You

    Daniel Gullo
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Guest post from Daniel Gullo, Apple Brook Consulting You are talking with two consultants about how to transform your organization into an Agile development company so that you can go faster and keep ahead of your competitors. You explain to them that your stakeholders have a need to know what is going on and to that end, there are reports that need to be created. Furthermore, your product is governed by Sarbanes-Oxley controls, which absolutely MUST be followed. Funding for your projects is allocated two to three years in advance and is based on detailed estimates, which are in turn derived…
  • The ‘Agile Playbook’

    Mike McLaughlin
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Football players spend a lot of time studying their Playbooks. And Coaches spend a lot of time creating and updating them. These guys are serious. The stakes are high in the NFL; millions of people are watching. Their stated goal is the same each week; to win. That means they gotta work really well together and know what they’re doing. I think the game of American football is a great example to follow as an Agile team in the corporate world. We all need some help with remembering stuff, and getting it down so we can execute on game day. Even if we’ve done it many times before, it’s easy…
  • My Life as an External Agile Coach (Part 3 of 3)

    Susan Evans
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    Here’s the last article in a three-part series from Susan Evans. As we ring in the New Year, this post describes a day in Susan’s life as a Product and Agile Consultant for VersionOne with various client engagements, travel and a family at home. [Back to Part 1: “99 Problems But Coach Ain’t One”] [Back to Part 2: “My Time to Evolve as an Agile Coach”] Working for VersionOne as a Product and Agile Consultant has been a dream come true. All of my Job Satisfaction Acceptance Criteria have been met, and I couldn’t be happier. Being an agile consultant…
  • My Time to Evolve as an Agile Coach (Part 2 of 3)

    Susan Evans
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    This article is the second in a series about Susan Evans’ journey from an internal agile coach to an external agile coach. In this part, Susan will cover how she used the agile principle of reflecting on effectiveness and adjusting accordingly by making changes for the better. [Back to Part 1:  “99 Problems But a Coach Ain’t One”] I strongly believe that if there’s anything in my life that I’m unhappy about, it is only up to me to do something about it. So when I found myself considering a complete career change, I knew it was time to inspect the situation and…
  • 99 Problems But a Coach Ain’t One (Part 1 of 3)

    Susan Evans
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    This article is the first of a three-part series that provides insight into what it’s like to walk a mile in an agile coach’s shoes. Susan’s journey starts as an internal coach and then evolves to her current role as an external consultant. I was a rockstar for the first nine months to a year as an internal agile coach helping to improve various areas in application lifecycle management (ALM). Once the easy issues were resolved and we were left with the hard executive and cultural changes, then my returns were diminished and it became harder to see how I was making a…
 
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    managewell.net

  • What 16months of stay at Antarctica taught me?

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

    TV
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    On my recent visit to a wonderful new luxury hotel in town, I found it very interesting that an artist's work was commissioned right outside the restroom. It seemed, at least to me, that the only reason that painter, or rather her talent, was of any particular importance to the hotel designers was if she could paint something that fitted the small wall that welcomed people to the restroom. Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    Agile Software Development

  • Agile Analysis and Self-Selecting Teams in Methods & Tools Winter 2014 issue

    6 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Winter 2014 issue that discusses Agile Analysis, Self-Selecting Teams, Collaborative DSL, TDD with Mock Objects, BDDfire
  • Fighting Prejudices Against Agile

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Adopting new software development approaches like Agile and Scrum is always a challenge. There is a natural tendency for part of an organization to resist changing and some prejudices exist against Agile, mainly due to a lack of knowledge.
  • Agile & Lean Metrics in Methods & Tools Fall 2014 issue

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Fall 2014 issue that discusses better coding with Coding Dojos, Lean Agile metrics, the difference between requirements and specifications, software testing and pr ...
  • Agile Java Developer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    A leading financial software house is seeking a skilled Senior Java Developer to design and develop algorithmic trading platforms and trade execution systems. These white-label platforms are used by over 175 trading firms, including investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers around the world.
  • Scrum Master, MarketShare, Los Angeles, CA

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Our goal is to deliver innovative and intuitive user experience for brand marketers to make better budget allocation decisions on a day to day basis. We have created an advanced predictive analytics big data platform on the cloud that crunches large volumes of data, builds and applies models to ...
 
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    Software Development Musings from the Editor of Methods & Tools

  • Quote of the Month January 2015

    The Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    Principles Trump Diagrams. Most of the problems in using the 1988 spiral model stemmed from users looking at the diagram and constructing processes that had nothing to do with the underlying concepts. This is true of many process models: people just adopt the diagram and neglect the principles that need to be respected. Source: The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model, Barry Boehm,, Jo Ann Lane, Supannika Koolmanojwong & Richard Turner, Addison-Wesley
  • Software Development Linkopedia January 2015

    The Editor
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:58 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 managing software developers, software architecture, Agile testing, product owner patterns, mobile testing, continuous improvement, project planning and technical debt. Blog: Killing the Crunch Mode Antipattern Blog: Barry’s Rules of Engineering and Architecture Blog: Lessons Learned Moving From Engineering Into Management Blog: A ScrumMaster experience report on using Feature Teams Article:…
  • Software Architecture Articles of 2014

    The Editor
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    When software features are distributed on multiple infrastructures (server, mobile, cloud) that needs to communicate and synchronize, having a sound and reactive software architecture is a key for success and evolution of business functions. Here are seven software architecture articles published in 2014 that can help you understand the basic topics and the current trends in software architecture: Agile, Cloud, SOA, Security… and even a little bit of data modeling. * Designing Software in a Distributed World This is an overview of what is involved in designing services that use distributed…
  • Agile Analysis, Self-Selecting Teams, TDD & BDD in Methods & Tools Winter 2014 issue

    The Editor
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Winter 2014 issue that discusses Agile Analysis, Self-Selecting Teams,Collaborative Development of Domain-specific Languages, TDD with Mock Objects, BDDfire. Methods & Tools Winter 2014 contains the following articles: * Analysis on Analysts in Agile * Self-Selecting Teams – Why You Should Try Self-selection * Collaborative Development of Domain-specific Languages, Models and Generators * TDD with Mock Objects: Design Principles and Emergent Properties *…
  • 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?
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  • Viktor Frankl’s Meaning Triangle for Organizations

    Peter Saddington
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Viktor Frankl was an incredible human being, having survived the Holocaust and establishing logotherapy, a type of psychotherapy. His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, details his development of his theory around meaning and suffering. And he was a student of suffering as he and his fellow prisoners walked through horrifying conditions. What he discovered, though, was how some of his colleagues were able to not only survive but grow in the process. His conclusion – that the most basic human motivation is the will to meaning, and as Nietzsche put it, He who has a why to live for…
  • 3 Requirements for Creating a Culture of Leadership & Innovation

    Peter Saddington
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Innovation begins with the heart… a heart of leadership The Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, released their findings that identify which organizations have the best leadership practices and what we can learn from them. According to Hay Group’s study, the Best Companies for Leadership create workplace environments and processes that enable innovation to thrive. In fact, all of the Top 20 companies reported that their leaders regularly celebrate innovation, compared to just 49 percent of other companies. But you knew that already right? The most fascinating discovery,…
  • Splitting Stories in Chinese (or, 用户故事切分招数)

    Richard Lawrence
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Thanks to Bob Jiang for the translation (with feedback from Evelyn Tian and Daniel Teng). This poster is also available in English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. You’re welcome to print copies for personal use. For more information, see our story splitting resources page. The post Splitting Stories in Chinese (or, 用户故事切分招数) appeared first on Agile For All.
  • Running Agile at Home

    Peter Saddington
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Agile is merely a philosophy of how to change the way we think about delivering value. Powerful ideas have grown from the original philosophy, namely frameworks, like Scrum and Kanban. Manufacturing, product development, service development, sales, marketing, and yes, even management can benefit from the ideas espoused from Agile. Having helped all sorts of companies use the backbone of Agile to help them transform their delivery mechanisms has been not only one of the most fun things to do as a career, but we can take this stuff home too! [Richard Lawrence has written on this before: Agile…
  • On 2015 and Beyond!

    Peter Saddington
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Agile in 2015 As we look into 2015, there is a lot of excitement, a lot of opportunity, and a lot of fun ahead of us. I’m glad to be a part of it as I begin rolling into the Agile For All fold. We have a lot of great stuff happening, obviously our retinue of services have now been bolstered by even more expertise and our service offerings will continue to grow for our current and future clients. Here’s what you can expect from us moving into 2015: The highest quality Agile/Scrum/Management training out there More experimenting on how to service our clients even better More content…
 
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    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software

  • What’s New in Axosoft 14.6?

    Jonathan Silva
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Happy 2015 Axosoft users! We’re greeting the year with a smaller release as we prepare for a few ambitious releases later this year. Here’s what’s new in Version 14.6: Centralized Pick Lists and List Types Updated importing Daily Scrum update Of course, we squashed some bugs along the way. Check out our Version History page for a list of bug fixes in this release.   Let’s elaborate on feature updates! First, you’ll notice we’ve centralized all pick lists and list types when you go to Tools / Fields / List Types. Pick lists and list types such as status, billing type, and…
  • Automate Bug Reporting with TestLodge & Axosoft

    TestLodge
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Software testing takes time. Much of this time is often spent writing bug reports for failed tests. Integrating Axosoft with TestLodge can save you and your team time by improving this process. TestLodge Test Management is an online test case management tool that allows you to store and manage test plans, test cases, requirements, and more. QA teams love using TestLodge because it helps them stay organized and ensure their testing process is smooth and documented with ease. Axosoft integrates easily with TestLodge, allowing you to automatically create bug reports in Axosoft whenever a test…
  • 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,…
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  • Viktor Frankl’s Meaning Triangle for Organizations

    Peter Saddington
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Viktor Frankl was an incredible human being, having survived the Holocaust and establishing logotherapy, a type of psychotherapy. His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, details his development of his theory around meaning and suffering. And he was a student of suffering as he and his fellow prisoners walked through horrifying conditions. What he discovered, though, was how some of his colleagues were able to not only survive but grow in the process. His conclusion – that the most basic human motivation is the will to meaning, and as Nietzsche put it, He who has a why to live for…
  • 3 Requirements for Creating a Culture of Leadership & Innovation

    Peter Saddington
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Innovation begins with the heart… a heart of leadership The Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, released their findings that identify which organizations have the best leadership practices and what we can learn from them. According to Hay Group’s study, the Best Companies for Leadership create workplace environments and processes that enable innovation to thrive. In fact, all of the Top 20 companies reported that their leaders regularly celebrate innovation, compared to just 49 percent of other companies. But you knew that already right? The most fascinating discovery,…
  • Splitting Stories in Chinese (or, 用户故事切分招数)

    Richard Lawrence
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Thanks to Bob Jiang for the translation (with feedback from Evelyn Tian and Daniel Teng). This poster is also available in English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. You’re welcome to print copies for personal use. For more information, see our story splitting resources page. The post Splitting Stories in Chinese (or, 用户故事切分招数) appeared first on Agile For All.
  • Running Agile at Home

    Peter Saddington
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Agile is merely a philosophy of how to change the way we think about delivering value. Powerful ideas have grown from the original philosophy, namely frameworks, like Scrum and Kanban. Manufacturing, product development, service development, sales, marketing, and yes, even management can benefit from the ideas espoused from Agile. Having helped all sorts of companies use the backbone of Agile to help them transform their delivery mechanisms has been not only one of the most fun things to do as a career, but we can take this stuff home too! [Richard Lawrence has written on this before: Agile…
  • On 2015 and Beyond!

    Peter Saddington
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Agile in 2015 As we look into 2015, there is a lot of excitement, a lot of opportunity, and a lot of fun ahead of us. I’m glad to be a part of it as I begin rolling into the Agile For All fold. We have a lot of great stuff happening, obviously our retinue of services have now been bolstered by even more expertise and our service offerings will continue to grow for our current and future clients. Here’s what you can expect from us moving into 2015: The highest quality Agile/Scrum/Management training out there More experimenting on how to service our clients even better More content…
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    LeadingAgile

  • How Do I Prioritize Work?

    Isaac Hogue
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    Value is a funny thing.  In enterprise agile coaching, I’m frequently encountering teams that are trying to either (1) complete every single project at the same time because they are all equally valuable, or (2) using a nebulous unit of sorts (say a 100 point scale) to indicate how valuable a work item may be. In the first case, its usually pretty straight forward to identify that all of the projects are not truly equal in importance and we limit the number of work items to the actual capacity of the delivery system. In the second case, a team has typically taken my advice and is now…
  • Scrum: Committing While Discovering

    Isaac Hogue
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    One of the more common themes that I come across while working with teams is the question of “how can we make a sprint commitment if we are still discovering how to solve for a story or set of stories?” This is a great question. I may have lost some of you already due to my use of commitment and scrum in the same sentence :) Hang with me if you will for a moment and then share your thoughts. First a bit about my perspective on commitment and scrum: I feel that making a commitment in scrum helps to maintain transparency for both the delivery teams and also the stakeholders. I think…
  • What It Takes to Develop an Agile Transformation Strategy

    Mike Cottmeyer
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Okay… this is going to be a precursor to a more fully developed whitepaper, but I want to see if I can tightly articulate the LeadingAgile approach to designing and executing an enterprise agile transformation. This post is going to focus on the ‘what’ and leave out the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ for the time being. We’ll get back to those as the conversation progresses. Any agile transformation starts by understanding of what the end state of your organization looks like and how that organization will coordinate to produce integrated value for your customers. We do not believe that…
  • Some Thoughts on LeadingAgile Going Into 2015

    Mike Cottmeyer
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    One nice thing about being in the consulting industry is that you typically end up with a little downtime around the holidays. Most of our customers slow down, and even if people are still working, there often isn’t much appetite for change. For me, the year can get pretty noisy and it’s really tough to get contiguous time to sit and think. I’ve grown to appreciate this time of year as a time to get my thoughts in order, figure out what’s important, and decide how I want to move forward. It’s really a sort of built in time to retrospect on the year past and plan a little for what…
  • 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…
 
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    OutSystems Blog

  • Rapid Application Development: Moving the Problem to the Right

    Sean Allen
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    We hear it all the time: As the development queue grows, so does the pressure on IT to deliver. Managers and executives want mobile applications yesterday, and IT is struggling to simply keep its head above water. As a result, many IT organizations are on a mission to reduce development time. Unfortunately, we’ve found that this only serves to move the problem to the right, so to speak. Let me explain. Initially, at least, the choke point in application delivery appears to be the development team. Months pass, the backlog grows and the business demands to know why apps haven’t seen the…
  • The Evolving Market for Rapid Mobile App Development Tools

    Sean Allen
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    The mobile landscape is changing rapidly, with users demanding an ever more robust and evolving experience on any mobile device, from anywhere. As a result, enterprises are faced with an increasing mobile backlog, which is directly affecting enterprise revenue and productivity. A recent survey by Opinion Matters, sponsored by OutSystems, found a broad-ranging, increasing shortage of skilled mobile developers. Analyst firm Gartner recently published a new market guide, Gartner Market Guide for Rapid Mobile App Development Tools, (Richard Marshall, Nick Jones and Jason Wong, November 19, 2014),…
  • Forrester Wave Report: OutSystems Named a Leader in Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms for Rapid Developers

    Sean Allen
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The Rapid Application Delivery (RAD) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) markets are littered with solutions that attempt to solve various challenges application development and delivery (AD&D) organizations face today. So when Forrester recently released their Wave report on Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms, we were pleased to read their advice on navigating this space and choosing an appropriate solution. The analyst firm highlights the value of PaaS as it applies to three different use cases or developer types. We at OutSystems are proud to have been recognized as a Leader for rapid…
  • 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…
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    Boost Blog

  • Loving Evernote

    Rebecca Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    For years I’ve used Evernote, poorly. Every where I go I run into people who swear their lives would disentegrate without it! I could never fit it into my workflow, no matter how I tried. The other day I came across the post Using Evernote (the right way). Great to have another way to think about this. I’m determined to find the love :-). Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • Working documentation – The perfect complement to working software

    Rebecca Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
      The Agile Manifesto is often challenging for organisations and individuals starting their Agile journey. In my experience, the Agile value that causes the most confusion and generates the greatest discussion is: Working software over comprehensive documentation The reason for the confusion is that this value reminds us of so many undocumented or poorly documented projects which were thrown together and then became a nightmare to maintain and extend. Documentation is important, right? The key to understanding this Agile value is that we value working software overcomprehensive…
  • Reduce risk by limiting work in progress

    Rebecca Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
      Limiting working in progress (WIP) shortens the lead time for features. It reduces context switching and batch size, greatly improving productivity. Limiting WIP also helps the team and individual team members achieve higher quality by concentrating resource and attention. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? Teams and organisations often find themselves ‘thrashing’ – working very hard on a large number of items or projects without making progress. It is impossible for us to determine the quality of work that is very nearly finished rather than completely finished. And failure to…
  • Jim Highsmith offers a 2015 prescription for adaptive CIO leadership

    Rebecca Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Jim Highsmith’s article focuses on adaptation across the business, not just within IT. I like his idea about value versus the ‘iron triangle’ of scope, schedule and cost. Read the full article here Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • Don’t let ‘fair’ keep you from success

    Rebecca Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    In software development, as in life, fashions change. In-house teams get dis-established and contractors are brought in by external vendors. Later the situation is reversed, and reversed again, in an endless cycle. There are many organisations that have blended teams with a mix of internal and external resource. We are working with a number of groups like that at the moment across China and New Zealand. There is one thing that I think is severely restricting the ability of these teams to deliver value – a lack of training. They want to become agile (or at least get the benefits of being…
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • Scrum Alone is Not Enough

    Mark Levison
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:11 pm
    To be successful with Scrum in the long term you need more than the basic framework. This is intentional. Scrum provides the structure as a starting point, but it’s designed to work well when applied with other effective patterns. Like the Design Patterns movement of the late ’90s, a pattern can be used by itself or with others. E.g. the Command Pattern and the Memento Pattern can be combined to build an effective undo/redo system. Scrum is only one pattern for one team. It gives you the bare minimum framework that could possibly work, however in many contexts you will need to…
  • Agile Quick Links #29

    Heather
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: How to Form a Habit, A Scientific Approach (Joe Stych) Physics of Test Driven Development (James Grenning) The True Cost of Bad Managers – and Why You Need Really Great Ones (Patty Azzarello) Natural Course of Refactoring – a Refactoring Workflow (Mariusz Sieraczkiewicz) Working Agreements for Huge Meetings (Alex Pukinskis) Diversify – Creating a Hackathon with 50/50 Female and Male Participants (Sofie Lindblom) The Art of Giving and Receiving Advice (David A. Garvin, Joshua D. Margolis) Scaling Agile? Think Out, Not Up (Johanna Rothman)
  • 5 Steps for Creating High-Performance Teams eBook

    Heather
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Certified Scrum Trainer Mark Levison has been around the block, more than a few times, and he was getting frustrated by what he saw happening in Scrum. When Mark is invited into businesses and industries to talk with Scrum teams, it’s typically with the request to help them do Scrum better so they can be more productive. But practicing the mechanics of Scrum is not the answer to high performance. Yes, you’ll get some benefits, but not the most important ones. You can focus on the ceremonies – the daily stand-ups, the sprint planning, the retrospectives – and still not…
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #9

    Heather
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    A collection of links to interesting research from the world of neuroscience and behavioural psychology that can be applied (or not) to Agile/Scrum Teams. Here’s The Psychological Key to Early Academic Achievement (PsyBlog) ISTJ? ENFP? Careers hinge on a dubious personality test (Benjamin Winterhalter) Two Common Misconceptions About Learning (Rhett Allain) Do People Prefer The Good News or The Bad News First? (PsyBlog) Rapport-building interrogation is more effective than torture (Christian Jarrett) Mindfulness Mitigates Biases You May Not Know You Have (Nicole Torres) What Is Fatigue?
  • Welcome to the High-Performance Teams Game

    Mark Levison
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Your team is working on the World’s Smallest Online Bookstore, a site that provides the best results (just a few) for every search, not every result on earth. We’re a vulture capital funded company, so if we don’t deliver, our funding will be cut. So begins the opening of the High-Performance Teams Game. My goal is to help you see the effects of choices/tradeoffs on productivity and team cohesion. While some of the benefits of Agile happen at the individual level, there are many things that affect the relationships between team members, and therefore the overall cohesion and…
 
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • Managing Project Risk through Early Defect Detection

    Taylor Putnam
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    With the most recent spurt of inclement weather, there is really no denying that winter is here.  After awaking to about 4 inches of snow accumulation, I begrudgingly bundled myself up in my warmest winter gear and proceeded to dig out my car.  Perhaps the brisk air woke me up faster than usual because as I dug a path to the car, I began to think about software testing, specifically how effective early testing can reduce the chances of schedule slippages and cost overruns.  Allow me to explain.Being an eternal optimist, I was grateful that the snow I was shoveling and later…
  • Webinar - Avoiding Disaster in IT Outsourcing: A Quantitative Solution for Vendor Management

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    On Thursday, Jan 29th at 1:00 PM EST, QSM's Joseph Madden will present "Avoiding Disaster in IT Outsourcing: A Quantitative Solution for Vendor Management."In the Forbes article “Now Every Company is a Software Company,” David Kirkpatrick argues “regardless of industry your company is now a software company, and pretending that it’s not spells serious peril.”As organizations in nearly every industry sector transform into software companies, many executives, project managers, and procurement departments are being thrust into the role of managing IT vendors on software projects, yet…
  • Resource Demand Management - Are the Right People Working on the Right Thing?

    Laura Zuber
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    I am excited about the resource demand management capabilities in our newest SLIM-Estimate release (8.2). Software project estimates can now provide a breakout of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staffing requirements by role by month. The staffing profile below shows how different roles, or skills, are required at different points in the schedule, based upon a particular development methodology. You can see that 6 FTE Programmers are needed by the month of May. Producing a high-level, scope-based estimate early in the software development lifecycle with detailed resource demand data helps the PMO…
  • 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,…
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  • Amplify Your Agile by Walking on the Moon

    Steve Gilbert
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Guest Post by Steve Gilbert OK, you are thinking, what the heck does a Police song from the 1979 have to do with Agile Marketing? We all know the genius of Sting, the iconic songwriter, but was he really 35 years ahead of the curve for agile? Well let’s see. Here are 20 words from the chorus describing the mixed feelings one might have while venturing into outer space…. Giant steps are what you take Walkin’ on the moon I hope my leg don’t break Walkin’ on the moon Now that the unforgettable and fabled tune is solidly stuck in your head, are you able to make the…
  • Pairs Agile Marketing

    Jim Ewel
    14 Dec 2013 | 11:57 am
    Courtesy of Menlo Innovations, LLC The developers who gathered in Snowbird, Utah in 2001 to write the original Agile Manifesto represented many different approaches to improving programming productivity: Scrum, Extreme Programming, Dynamic Systems Development Methodology (DSDM), Adaptive Software Development, Pragmatic Programming, etc. Other than rejecting the traditional waterfall methodology, they had little in common. It’s amazing, really, that they were able to agree on anything in 3 days, much less something as crisp and influential as the Agile Manifesto. Since 2001, Scrum has…
  • Interview with John Mardlin

    Jim Ewel
    11 Jun 2013 | 8:09 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to interview John Mardlin of PMRobot. John’s video isn’t very clear (some kind of problem with his camera), but he has some very interesting things to say about how to (and not to) bring Agile Marketing into an organization, and his own experiences using Agile Marketing from his background in formal project management. The post Interview with John Mardlin appeared first on Agile Marketing.
  • The Transformation Agenda

    Jim Ewel
    3 Jun 2013 | 2:00 am
    One of the toughest jobs for any marketer is to repair a damaged brand. Sometimes, it’s not repairing damage, but simply changing the attributes that the market associates with the brand. In early 2008, Howard Schultz of Starbucks was faced with this challenge. Starbucks, while a well recognized brand, had become associated with cookie-cutter coffee houses and mediocre expresso drinks. Their stock had fallen by almost half, and Howard Schultz, the founder, had returned as CEO after several years away from running the day-to-day business. Schultz re-invigorated the Starbucks brand…
  • Guest Post: Roadmaps for Agile Marketing

    Jim Ewel
    23 May 2013 | 4:36 am
    Agile marketing owes the world of software development a debt for the origination of agile methodologies.  Agile software development is quite mature and much thought has gone into modifying its processes to suit the needs of individual teams and organizations. Though Agile Marketing is relatively new, the benefit of showing up late to the game is that agile marketers get to pick and choose the best moves from the players who’ve been at it longer.  That’s how agile marketing has learned from agile development, but there are still more tricks to be learned from the software…
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  • Daily Standup Vs. Daily Standup

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

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

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

    Utpal Vaishnav
    25 Jan 2014 | 1:33 am
    This is the wrong question. The right question is, “What knowledge, skill, tool, framework or support will enable you to write better code than what you’ve written?” So what do you mean by better code and why should you care? Better Code does not always mean well structured, well documented, reusable code. Many a time, Better Code simply means, the code that does what is expected and does it well for most of its consumers. In past 14 years, I’ve worked with many passionate, crazy and talented software engineers who are fanatical about producing their best code.  Some…
  • Scrum Teams and The “F” Word

    Utpal Vaishnav
    7 Dec 2013 | 7:18 pm
    What’s the “F” word in Scrum? Not [F]un. Not [F]ire. Not [F]ailure. What is it? Most scrum teams deal with software engineers so they are concerned more about engineering challenges than anything else in all what they do. In Daily Scrums. In Review Meetings. In Retrospectives. Often, they don’t pay active attention to important “F” word. Don’t get surprised when I say that the “F” word is their “FEELINGS!” Don’t get surprised. Techie guys don’t tend to speak more about their feelings. Essentially, they are left…
 
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  • Melbourne: Upcoming Agile trainings and conferences

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    The Agile community is getting ready for a new and exciting year ahead.  Several interesting and fascinating Agile trainings, conferences and workshops have been scheduled. Here is the first list: February 1 - Advanced Agile Master Class with Alistair Cockburn. 17-19 February 2 - Certified LeSS (Large Scale Scrum) Practitioner with Bas Vodde. 24-26 February. March 3 - 1st Conf, 16 March 2015. For people starting out with agile. Alistair Cockburn keynote. 4 - Workshops for 1st Conf, including Introduction to Kanban, and Management 3.0 … with more coming. July 5 - LAST Conference 2015.
  • Scrum Australia 2014 : Build great products with Scrum + Design Thinking + Lean Startup

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    I had the privilege of speaking at Scrum Australia 2014 conference couple of months ago. It was a fascinating experience to stand in front of such an energetic and knowledgeable audience and share ideas.  Scrum Australia team had put a lot of effort and energy in getting good speakers not only from Oceania but from abroad as well.  I enjoyed every bit of this conference for 2 days. The title of my topic was “Building products that customers love by strengthening Scrum with Design Thinking and Lean Startup methods” . I believe that we need to combine various methods, and use…
  • 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…
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  • SAG Awards: Sarah Hyland Stuffs Face with Pizza on Red Carpet

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    SAG Awards: Sarah Hyland Stuffs Face with Pizza on Red Carpet by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By THR Staff ‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland isn’t one to stay hungry. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post SAG Awards: Sarah Hyland Stuffs Face with Pizza on Red Carpet appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Google Updates Its Android Compatibility Definition Document For Lollipop

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    Google Updates Its Android Compatibility Definition Document For Lollipop by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Liam Spradlin Google’s compatibility definition document (CDD) is meant to provide guidelines, requirements, and recommendations to Android device manufacturers who want their devices to be “compatible” with the latest release of Android, allowing them... The post Google Updates Its Android Compatibility Definition Document For Lollipop appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • CyanogenMod 12 Has A New Boot Animation And It Is Very…White

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    CyanogenMod 12 Has A New Boot Animation And It Is Very…White by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Jacob Long Prepare your eyes and ears, because CyanogenMod is introducing a new boot animation in today’s nightlies (for CM 12 builds). Your eyes need to be ready because this time, the background is... The post CyanogenMod 12 Has A New Boot Animation And It Is Very…White appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Sundance: Scientology Film Subjects Called “Brave,” Get Standing Ovation

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    Sundance: Scientology Film Subjects Called “Brave,” Get Standing Ovation by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Borys Kit The controversial film premiered to a Hollywood crowd Sunday. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Sundance: Scientology Film Subjects Called “Brave,” Get Standing Ovation appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • The Nexus Player Is Now Available At US Retailers: Best Buy, Newegg, And Amazon

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    The Nexus Player Is Now Available At US Retailers: Best Buy, Newegg, And Amazon by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Michael Crider Google’s first retail Android TV device, the Nexus Player, hasn’t been met with the same kind of demand as last year’s new Nexus phone or tablet, or even its little brother the... The post The Nexus Player Is Now Available At US Retailers: Best Buy, Newegg, And Amazon appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
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