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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…
  • Rally Customer Perspective: Q&A with Edgar van Zoelen of Philips

    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility
    Rally
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Edgar van Zoelen is leading a large-scale Agile transformation in Philips’ IT organization, which has already resulted in a 60% average improvement in project lead times and successful consolidation of projects that has led to millions of Euros in cost savings. In just a few years the group has expanded from 7 Scrum teams to more than 120, with approximately 20 Agile release trains under the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®.) Rally has supported Philips' efforts through transformation consulting, services, tool training, and the Rally platform. Why start an Agile transformation at Philips?
  • What is Agile’s Biggest Shortcoming?

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

    All About Agile | Agile Development Made Easy!
    Dave Rooney
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    You're driving down the highway trying to reach a distant destination. You've had delays such as traffic along the way, and you know that you're going to have to "push it" in order to have any hope at all of arriving on time. You start to feel ...
  • Active Product Management

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    8 Apr 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Even after embracing Agile, some organizations still struggle to release software to customers as per their commitments. Here is an approach to help.
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  • Rally Customer Perspective: Q&A with Edgar van Zoelen of Philips

    Rally
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Edgar van Zoelen is leading a large-scale Agile transformation in Philips’ IT organization, which has already resulted in a 60% average improvement in project lead times and successful consolidation of projects that has led to millions of Euros in cost savings. In just a few years the group has expanded from 7 Scrum teams to more than 120, with approximately 20 Agile release trains under the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®.) Rally has supported Philips' efforts through transformation consulting, services, tool training, and the Rally platform. Why start an Agile transformation at Philips?
  • Design Thinking Meets Civic Tech

    Geri Mitchell-Brown
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    As part of our recently announced partnership with Code for America, Rallyers took a leadership role in supporting the annual CodeAcross event here in Boulder, where Rally is headquartered. On a recent snowy Saturday, Code for Boulder—the local all-volunteer Brigade—hosted “Crafting Civic Tech: The Housing Edition.” Veteran Rally Agilists, company founder Ryan Martens, and Rally coach Ronica Roth led the group of more than 50 community members on a six-hour design thinking journey. The goal: identify ways to improve and increase civic engagement among community members and local…
  • Unleash What’s Next

    Tim Miller
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The world’s moving faster than ever, and as a partner to some of the most innovative companies in the world, Rally is at the forefront of change. We bring our world-class SaaS platform and the most experienced coaches and consultants in the industry to help customers navigate today’s challenges — including nimble competitors, changing markets, increasing regulation and faster cycles of innovation.  And like you, we too must adapt to change. Rally has been a pioneer in Agile approaches, with Agile development software that revolutionizes the way companies across the globe accelerate…
  • Agility for Nonprofits Means Better Business, Greater Impact

    Brendan Landry
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    With the constant pressure in the non-profit sector to do more and create more impact, while at the same time continuing to be good steward of resources, it’s become imperative that nonprofits develop a business sense that isn’t typically associated with our sector. Working with Rally has given us a huge advantage in developing team processes and skillsets. Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI) isn’t just fulfilling a great mission; we’re well on our way to becoming an efficient and productive agile team, capable of delivering outstanding results.   "We strongly believe…
  • It’s Time to RallyON!

    Rally
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    We invite you to join us at RallyON 2015, June 15-17 in Phoenix, Arizona. RallyON brings you the best thinking, strategies, and practices to help you capitalize on the new pace of change. Find out how today’s leaders are adapting to the future of work and building organizations that are fast, lean, and nimble. Come to learn, connect, innovate, and be inspired. Join your peers at sessions and workshops to discuss your toughest challenges — and solutions. Get your product or IT delivery engine humming at scale through visibility and planning into your process. Learn how to create an…
 
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    Managed Chaos

  • What is Agile’s Biggest Shortcoming?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mike Cottmeyer
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    In my post about how to form teams, I talk about products… not in their monolithic, holistic state… but as a subsystem within a larger integrated solutions architecture. In other words, big products are just series of small products that work together in an integrated fashion. Each of these smaller products have a backlog, a […] The post 3 Thinking Tools for Minimizing Dependencies Between Products appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • The Evolution of Teams

    Mike Griffiths
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:19 pm
    My other workshop submission for the Agile 2015 Conference is titled “The Evolution of Teams” and examines one team that stopped doing the traditional agile practices is more agile than ever. Agile practices such as daily stand up meetings, sprint...
  • Bend the Spoon

    Mike Cottmeyer
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Bend the spoon is a phrase we use quite a bit here at LeadingAgile. I don’t want to hear what’s happening, I want to hear what we need to make happen… and what we are doing to make it happen. I don’t want to hear why we can’t do something, I want to talk about what […] The post Bend the Spoon appeared first on LeadingAgile.
 
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  • Active Product Management

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Even after embracing Agile, some organizations still struggle to release software to customers as per their commitments. Here is an approach to help.
  • Can Agile and UX Go Hand in Hand with Ease?

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:43 pm
    There's a challenge in blending the UX process with software processes. Here are few challenges that are commonly seen with UX in an Agile environment -- and ways we found to solve them.
  • An Introduction to Agile Project Intake

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Many factors play a part in the success or failure of any Agile initiative. We will present a series of articles to analyze the one factor that we deem most important: the intake of Agile projects.
  • Experiments with Agile Planning Levels

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    One of the fundamental Agile values is, "We value responding to change over following a plan," which has sometimes been misinterpreted to mean that we don’t need to plan an Agile project. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  • Star Wars Day Retrospective

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Spring has sprung. Flowers are in bloom. Clocks have been adjusted to reflect Daylight Savings Time. All of these little indicators point to the undeniable fact that May the Fourth is just around the corner. . . .
 
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  • Developers Should Plan for Now

    claforet
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    As is the case for everyone on Earth, time is a very fickle and scarce resource for a developer. It must be managed carefully in order to ensure that the payoff of time-investment is maximized. There are several practices which assist a developer and a development team to ensure that their time investments are legitimate. In considering time, we live in the moment called “now.” Now is always bright and clear and is wedged between the past (which tends to become murky and stuffy) and the future (which is completely opaque and unfathomable). In terms of the developer’s life,…
  • Taking Back Agile

    dannyacuna
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
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  • daily 4cast: 4/11/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

    Swami Nixon
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Saturday 4/11/2015 Starring: Sun [in Aries] square Moon [in Capricorn] Co-Starring: Moon [in Capricorn] conjunct Pluto [in Capricorn] Moon [in Capricorn] square Uranus [in Aries], North Node [in Libra] Moon [in Capricorn] sextile Neptune/Chiron [in Pisces] Featuring: Venus enters Gemini Slow your roll freedom fighter, there is business to be handled. No, you don’t have to abort your mission, but for the sake of your ultimate objective, it is imperative that you are conscientious of what you’re doing. Although being tied down is the last thing you want to be, you have to make sure…
  • Playing the Product Owner Value Game

    dannyacuna
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
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  • Write user stories, not developer stories

    Nate Adams
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    If your team uses user stories to define requirements, I highly recommend making sure you keep the user at the center of the stories.  Let’s say a user comes to you and says, “We need to enhance the system to make sure we send certain key customers gifts on their birthday.” Developers are technical folks, and it’s natural for them to immediately start thinking about how they’re going to implement this new feature.  Because of this, their first instinct is often to write what I call a developer story rather than a user story.  It will likely sound something…
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  • Scrum, actually

    Gunther
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Scrum, actually, has been around for a while. Scrum emerged in the early 1990’s through the work of Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. They packaged their practices into a cohesive set of rules and roles and named the entirety „Scrum“. The term, actually, was inherited from the ground-breaking 1986 paper The New New Product Development Game. The reference to the game of rugby reflects the importance of team engagement. Scrum, actually, has had a stable core since its first public presentation in 1995. The essential definition of Scrum was codified in the Scrum Guide in…
  • Uncompromised Design by Committee

    petersimoncoyle
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Typically, I use the phrase “design by committee” to be derogatory when a design carries features or details that are at odds.  These details represent competiting views or aims that influenced the design that were never reconciled. Exhibit A – a beautiful (fictional…) embodiment of design by committee, from my second favourite film of 2014 Unreconciled competing aims are often introduced when the design team members and stakeholders are not aligned or pulling in the same direction, damaging the end result.  Although there’s something particularly…
  • Scrum.org Launches New Learning Programs

    dannyacuna
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
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  • Scrum: handling external dependencies

    Martin O'Brien
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    All but the smallest of projects have external dependencies, even in a project that is not using the Scrum Methodology these have the potential to derail or at the very least delay a project. The following points should help to reduce their effect on a project using Scrum: Try to identify and acquire the external dependencies for a Story at the earliest opportunity. These might include: shared resources software licenses outputs from other scrum teams Make sure you have your known external dependencies ready before entering a Sprint Sprint Planning is the last opportunity for the Team to…
  • Taking a Timeout in Agile!

    Brian Lucas
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    By Brian Lucas This one is for Denise.  See I told you so! “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” –Sydney J. Harris Don’t be misled! Agile methods are mainstream! Forrester Research reported in 2010 that “Agile methods rapidly joined the mainstream of development approaches.” Productivity increases are the number one reason organizations adopt agile. For example, a 2012 study reports 91% of respondents cite increased productivity as the reason for adopting agile[1]. In this study, 69.21% report their productivity significantly improved…
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  • Learning Opportunities for All

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

    johanna
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I am doing a google hangout with Marcus Blankenship on April 10. We’ll be talking about estimation and my new book, Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule. The book is about ways you can estimate and explain your estimates to the people who want to know. It also has a number of suggestions for when your estimates are inaccurate. (What a surprise!) Marcus and I are doing a google hangout, April 10, 2015. There’s only room for 15 people on the hangout live.  If you want me to answer your question, go ahead and send your question in advance…
  • Do You Know How to Say No?

    johanna
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Some of my coaching clients have way more to do than they can manage. Some of my project portfolio clients are struggling with how to say no. My most recent Pragmatic Manager newsletter is all about what to do when you have too much to do. Read it at Do You Have Too Much to Do?
  • Why Managers Ask for Estimates and What They Need to Know

    johanna
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    In many of my transitioning to agile clients, the managers want to know when the project will be done. Or, they want to know how much the project will cost. (I have a new book about this, Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule.) Managers ask for estimates because they want to know something about their ability to recognize revenue this year. How many projects can they release? What is the projected effect on revenue; customer acquisition and retention; and on service revenue (training, support, all that kind of service). We pay managers big bucks so…
  • More Ways to Visualize Your Project Portfolio

    johanna
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    Every time I work with a client or teach a workshop, people want more ways to visualize their project portfolios. Here are some ideas: Here is a kanban view of the project portfolio with a backlog: Kanban view of the project portfolio               And a kanban view of the project portfolio with an “Unstaffed Work” line, so it’s clear: Project Portfolio Kanban with Unstaffed Work Line                 If you haven’t read Visualizing All the Work in Your Project Portfolio, you should. It has some…
 
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  • No.

    Jurgen Appelo
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Last week, I had a nice Skype call with a reader who was seeking my advice on becoming an author and speaker, and I gave him some pointers. I normally don’t schedule calls with random people asking for a favor, but this time I made an exception. I had a good reason. The post No. appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Best Creativity Books

    Jurgen Appelo
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    After my lists of mindfulness books and happiness books, here you can find the 20 Best Creativity Books in the World. This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “creativity”, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability. The post Best Creativity Books appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How to Improve OKRs (Flow, not Sync)

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    After failing dramatically with my professional OKRs in the first quarter of this year (hint: I was no exception in my team), I want to take a moment to evaluate how the practice works for me, and how it doesn’t. Let’s do a Perfection Game with OKRs! The post How to Improve OKRs (Flow, not Sync) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How to Be More Productive: The Chunking Technique

    Jurgen Appelo
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    “You’re so productive!” “You’re so disciplined!” “You’re so handsome!” OK, I may have misremembered that last one. But I did receive the first two compliments more than once. I usually accept this positive feedback reluctantly, given my ongoing frustrations about “never getting anything done around here!” The post How to Be More Productive: The Chunking Technique appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One

    Jurgen Appelo
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    For three weeks, I had been working on a new presentation: New stories, new message, new visuals, new format, new jokes… everything was new. Even my hair was new. The idea was to reinvent myself as a public speaker. Raising the bar! The post How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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  • Partnerships & Possibilities – EPISODE 6, SEASON 6: DECISIONS, DECISIONS

    Willem
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    Partnerships & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations EPISODE 6, SEASON 6: DECISIONS, DECISIONS Photo Credit: birdfarm via Compfight cc [Introduction] Sharon and Diana love helping people become effective as teams, and helping teams of people become more effective, especially when it comes to shared leadership and making good team decisions. [03:15] What makes a team a team? Who and what is the team? [04: 45] “Cross-functional” means every skill needed to accomplish the team goal is embedded in the team. [09:50] Lean guides us to ask those closest to the work…
  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 5, Season 6: Haven’t We Heard This Before?

    Willem
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    Partnerships & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations EPISODE 5: HAVEN’T WE HEARD THIS BEFORE? Photo Credit: renaissancechambara via Compfight cc [Introduction] Many of the issues being raised about gender in the workplace seem to covering old ground – patterns made explicit since at least the 70s. [02:45] We’re hoping that we can take these patterns as givens, and can then move the conversation forward. [03:00] “Fostering Women Leaders: A Fitness test for your top team”. The author seems to not know much about the history of women and gender…
  • 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…
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  • Valuing Your Work as an Agile Coach

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    How should we value our work as agile coaches and consultants? The way I do it is to ask myself if I will have had a positive long-term impact on a team or organization. I’m not particularly interested in short-term impacts. In fact, many coaching engagements could have a negative impact in the short term if I’ve done or suggested anything disruptive. It would be nice if these changes were always easily and directly measurable. Unfortunately, they really aren’t. To measure the impact of my coaching, we would need at least two identical teams, two identical products, and at…
  • Should You Share Details from the Retrospective?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. During a sprint retrospective, team members gather and discuss ways in which they can improve. This should include the ScrumMaster and product owner, as each is part of the team. The team is not limited to finding improvements only within their process. They may, for example, decide they need to improve their skills with a given technology and to seek out training in that area. A…
  • Mile High Agile Keynote

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’m going to be giving the conference keynote this spring at Mile High Agile  in Denver on April 3, 2015. I’ll be talking about the importance of being able to let go of some of our firmly held beliefs in order to move on. Here’s the official session title and description. I hope you can join me at this event! Let Go of Knowing: How Holding onto Views May Be Holding You Back You undoubtedly have a firmly held set of convictions about what is necessary to do agile well. These convictions have served you well—your teams have delivered better products more quickly…
  • How Full to Fill a Sprint

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    An important consideration in commitment-driven planning is how full to fill the sprint. To answer that, we need to understand that a sprint includes three types of time. The first type of time is corporate overhead. Corporate overhead includes everything required to be a good citizen in today’s corporate world. That includes time spent in all-company meetings, reading emails, going to HR sensitivity training classes, and even attending the various meetings for a team’s agile process. The second type of time is plannable time. This is the time that team members can plan to use on…
  • The Difference Between a Story and a Task

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What’s the difference between a user story and a task? Well that’s an easy question, I thought, the first time it was asked of me in a Certified ScrumMaster class. “The difference is …,” I began to reply and realized it wasn’t actually such an easy difference after all. I’d been using the two terms, “user story” and “task” in my classes for years, and they seemed pretty distinct in my head. User stories were on the product backlog and tasks were identified during sprint planning and became part of the sprint backlog. That was…
 
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  • LKNA15 Miami - Enterprise Services Planning - the Future of Kanban

    David Anderson
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Lean Kanban North America takes place in Miami, Florida 8-10 June 2015 at the Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach. This year we are both going "back to our roots" while "looking to the future" with a very specific Kanban practitioner event. If you are already doing Kanban and want to know how to take your practice to the next level, or you are curious how to scale the benefits to your entire organization or a business unit, or you just want to know how to apply Kanban outside of IT and software development, then this is the event for you! read more
  • LKNA15 Miami - The Kanban Practitioner Conference

    David Anderson
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This year we're taking our LeanKanban North America conference back to Miami for the first time in 6 years. It's very much a "back to our roots" event as we held our first Kanban conference in 2009 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Miami's Brickell Key island. This year we're on Miami Beach at the historic Eden Roc Hotel. This year our focus is on practicing Kanban and scaling that practice with Enterprise Services Planning. read more
  • The Meaning of Kanban From the Inside

    David Anderson
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Image:  Kanban from the inside! What does that mean? Perhaps it's about practicing Kanban and it is written by a practitioner? And that would be true! Perhaps it's about understanding Kanban and its community of followers from a community insider? And that would be true too! Or perhaps it is about something deeper, something truly "from the inside", from inside the author? Kanban from the heart? Kanban from the soul? Kanban expressed by a deeply spiritual person with a strong sense of self and a deeply held set of values? read more
  • LeanKanban Training Roadmap 2015 Edition

    David Anderson
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    We've updated the LeanKanban Training Roadmap for 2015 following the introduction of the modular 5-day Enterprise Services Planning class. read more
  • Introducing Enterprise Services Planning

    David Anderson
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    This year, we're officially introducing Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) as a concept and specifically as a management training curriculum. Later this year, I anticipate the launch of Enterprise Services Planning software tools to support the mechanisms and methods taught in our classes. What is Enterprise Services Planning (ESP)? Kanban is now table stakes for many businesses managing enterprise services delivery. They've learned that introducing Kanban to their management system has improved service delivery with typical results showing 400% increase in delivery rate, drops in…
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    The Agile Management Blog

  • How We Can Inspire a Million Children to Become Engineers

    Josh Gough
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    We can all agree that inspiring children to become engineers and scientists is of utter importance. However making a difference on a local level seems intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Learn how you can help us inspire a million children to become engineers by providing just a few hours a month and a safe, collaborative meeting space. The Challenge A few years ago Robert Holler, the president and CEO of VersionOne, challenged VersionOne employees to come up with an idea that would help children in our local community learn about programming and technology. This seemed…
  • Product Backlog is DEEP; INVEST Wisely and DIVE Carefully

    Satish Thatte
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    A product backlog stores, organizes and manages all work items that you plan to work on in the future. While providing agile training, consulting and coaching engagements at VersionOne, our clients often ask how to logically structure, organize and manage their product backlog. Clients also want to know how to prioritize or rank work items. Here is a simple and easy-to-remember phrase that captures the key characteristics of a well-managed product backlog: Product backlog is DEEP; INVEST wisely and DIVE carefully … otherwise, by implication, you may sink (just kidding, but only slightly).
  • Blink: Teams

    Brian Watson
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
                  In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell tells the story of marriage counselors who can tell whether a couple will stay married or get divorced after watching a very short video of the couple talking. The researchers have been able to spot subtle signs of contempt that would eventually lead to divorce. When it comes to scaling enterprise agile, organizations have their own subtle signs of contempt, things I (and any other person, really) can observe that would lead to the conclusion that any attempt at agile will not have long-term success in that…
  • 8 Reasons Why Agile Projects Fail

    Lee Cunningham
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
              It’s no secret agile projects can fail, but do you know the reasons they fail and how to avoid them? I could tell you why I think they fail. Instead, let me share what nearly 4,000 of your colleagues said were the eight reasons why agile projects fail and what you can do about it. #1 Lack of Experience with Agile Methods According to the 9th annual State of Agile™ survey, 44% of the respondents to the survey said they blamed the failure of agile projects on a lack of experience with agile methods. Indeed, agile is first about how you think, but it also…
  • Top 10 Tips for Measuring Agile Success

    Matthew Badgley
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    Choosing the right agile metric to measure agile success is really simple, right? I wish that were the case, but in reality choosing the correct agile metric can be a little tricky. So, how do you get the most out of your agile metrics? I reviewed the 9th annual State of Agile survey, which compiles insights from nearly 4,000 respondents, to find out how agile practitioners are measuring the success of their agile initiatives.   #1 On-Time Delivery According to the State of Agile survey, 58% of the respondents* said they measured the success of their agile initiatives by on-time…
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  • Stop ‘teaching’ students about entrepreneurship…!

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

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

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

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

    ashish
    5 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about some of the benefits of ensuring that the User Stories are as small and discrete as possible, such as increased accuracy of estimation, better Velocity, helping the Product Owner do a better prioritization, and numerous other benefits. In this post, we shall look at some of the problems one faces with ensuring that the Product Owner is able to deliver such discrete User Stories without creating turmoil in the team. This post is based on some real-life experiences with different Scrum teams. The…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    In my previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about how to break down the User story into smaller slices that still provide benefits to the User. This breakup would also enable the Product Owner to be able to look at much smaller sections of User Stories and be able to set the right priority for each of these User Stories. In this post, will talk about some of the benefits of trying to break down the User Stories into smaller User Stories. This kind of push to break down the User Stories into smaller such stories would have some benefits,…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about using a functionality based method for breaking down the Use Cases into multiple smaller User Cases, rather than trying to break it down by Application Layers, even if Application Layers seems easier to do, or even seems more logical. This post will explore the concept of trying to help users in terms of breaking down User Stories, more the principles of how to do so rather than a list of steps that could be run. This is subjective to some degree, one cannot have bullet points for this sort of…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts – Part 1), we talked about trying to break down the User Story into smaller more discrete parts, such as separating the positive and the negative parts of the logic into separate User Stories. In this post, we will talk about more such ways of breaking down User Stories, including some methods that are not really recommended. – One method that could be used for splitting is breaking down the desired functionality along the lines of the various layers of the software. For example, if you have to define the User…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts

    ashish
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    It seems like one of the most obvious statements to make; after all, when you are getting any kind of instructions on the Scrum methodology, one of THE things said is to ensure that the User Stories are short, defining descriptive tasks. It is paramount that the User Story does not describe a large process or function, which covers multiple steps or workflows. However, in many cases, the reason why a User Story needs to be short is not described clearly, and is pretty important to understand why (including some reasons about what happens when the User Story tend to be long). Many teams have…
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  • Happy birthday, Git! Cheers to 10 years

    Justine Davis
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Dear Git, Watching you grow up over the last 10 years has been quite the journey. When your creator, Linus Torvalds, first announced you were coming into this world after only three days of coding, we had no idea how big of an impact you would have on all of our lives. You allow teams everywhere to have a ‘Git-er-done’ attitude so they can work faster and collaborate better, you put dollars back into pockets with cheap local branching, and make it possible to work offline just about anywhere. You have grown to be the most popular in your class and we are so proud! You have helped…
  • Easier to manage, faster builds with Bamboo 5.8

    Sepideh Setayeshfar
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    You may have few plans on your Bamboo dashboard, or many pages of projects that make you appreciate the Quick Search feature, but regardless of how busy of a dashboard you have, a faster cleaner build pipeline is what we all aim for. Bamboo 5.8 provides better agent management and smarter tasks that both lead to a faster, easier-to-manage build structure. Ready for less queue time and Docker tasks? Read on to learn more. Use Docker as an agent capability Docker is the open platform for building, shipping and running applications anywhere leveraging Docker container technology. We…
  • Working to be the change that you (the customer) seek

    Sean Cramer
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Who loves feedback? I can tell you that we do. We love it so much that we’ve created a team dedicated to seeking, synthesizing, and taking action on feedback from our customers. We call it the ‘Voice of the Customer’ team – i.e., the Voice of You. Recently, we’ve been sending emails and adding feedback prompts in our products with a single question: “On a scale from 0 to 10, how likely are you to recommend the product to a colleague?” And we use your answers to calculate our Net Promoter Score (NPS). What is Net Promoter Score According…
  • Webinar Recap: Git at Scale for Growing Teams

    Justine Davis
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last week, Kelvin Yap, Product Marketing Manager for Atlassian’s Developer Tools, presented why people love Git and how Stash and Stash Data Center help professional teams scale their use of Git. If your team has concerns about security, scalability, and maintaining high performance and are struggling to choose a Git solution that addresses your concerns, this webinar is for you. Watch and share the recorded webinar now! In 20 quick minutes you’ll learn: Why Git usage is growing so quickly Benefits of Git for professional teams How Stash helps your team collaborate and build…
  • Join us for a DevOps webinar with our friends at Datadog

    Spencer Frasher
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Join us on March 10th at 2:00 PM EST for a webinar dedicated to ‘Conversation-Driven DevOps’. At its heart, the goal of DevOps is better communication between the dev and operations teams at an organization. Some of the tools that help achieve this include version control, chat, and monitoring. By moving the conversations around development and operations out of email and into chat, everyone can see exactly what is going on at every step of the way. In this session you will learn about the tools and strategies available to: Automate system notifications Convert conversations to…
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    Agile Software Development

  • Impact-Driven Scrum & #NoEstimates in Methods & Tools Spring 2015 issue

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Spring 2015 issue that discusses Impact-Driven Scrum, Code Review, #NoEstimates,Self-Selecting Teams, Software Laws, Kanboard and ConQAT.
  • Scrum Alliance Opens 2015 State of Scrum Survey

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Scrum Alliance, the largest, most established and influential professional membership organization and certifying body in the Agile community, announces the opening of its biennial State of Scrum Survey, which gives the Scrum community deeper insight into the progress and adoption of Agile a ...
  • 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 ...
 
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    Software Development Musings from the Editor of Methods & Tools

  • Give the Power to the Programmers

    The Editor
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    Delegation of power to programmers is a smart idea. It is provably and measurably smarter than leaving the power with managers to design the developer’s work environment, and with IT architects to design the technology that we should program. Devolving the power to create a better working-environment, and to design the technology for our stakeholders, is better because developers are closer to the action, are more informed in practical detail and they can rapidly and frequently, test and measure, that their ideas really work. Video producer: http://33degree.org/
  • CoderTrust

    The Editor
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    At a time when the crowdfunding and microfinance initiatives are growing in different domains, it is also important to ask ourselves what we could do to make the (software development) world a better place. In this domain, I would like to share with you the initiative of CodersTrust that works currently with software developers in Bangladesh and India but plans to expand its activity to other areas of the world. The goal of CodersTrust is to “democratizes access to education by creating an entirely new education infrastructure to serve the demand ...
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast March 2015

    The Editor
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban), software testing and software quality, software architecture, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & Tools software development magazine. Mini XP Day Benelux, April 3 2015, Mechelen, Belgium Agile ME Summit, April 12 2015, Dubai, UAE Mobile Dev + Test Conference, April 12-17 2015, San Diego, USA ProgSCon London, April 17 2015, London, UK…
  • Quote of the Month March 2015

    The Editor
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    Competencies versus Roles: We’ve seen a positive move toward emphasizing competencies in a team rather than roles or titles. As teams make that change, we see fewer “It’s not my job” excuses and more “How can I help?” conversations. Team members will continue to have core competencies in some areas more than others, but they may not identify as strongly with a particular role. For example, saying, “I am a tester” really means, “I perform mainly testing activities because that is my primary passion and strength. I can provide leadership ...
  • Impact-Driven Scrum, Code Review & #NoEstimates in Methods & Tools Spring 2015 issue

    The Editor
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Spring 2015 issue that discusses Impact-Driven Scrum, Code Review, #NoEstimates,Self-Selecting Teams, Software Laws, Kanboard and ConQAT. * Impact-Driven Scrum Delivery * Code Review: Why It Matters * #NoEstimates – Alternative to Estimate-Driven Software Development * Self-Selecting Teams Part 2 – Keeping the Momentum * Laws for Software Development Teams * Kanboard – Open Source Kanban Board * ConQAT – The Continuous Quality Assessment Toolkit 50…
 
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    Agile For All

  • Laloux Cultural Model and Agile Adoption

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

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

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

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

    Bob Hartman
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Peter playing his trumpet! In case you missed the press release, Peter Green, Adobe Systems Agile Transformation Leader, will join our Agile For All team on March 16th. I am personally excited about Peter’s amazing contributions to the Agile community and his enterprise level experience. I’m also excited to say that Peter isn’t the only one joining the team! See below for more details on all of the exciting news. For those of you that don’t know him, Peter led a grass roots Agile transformation at Adobe from 2005 to 2015, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His…
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    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software

  • What’s New in Axosoft 15.1?

    Jonathan Silva
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    We’re delighted to announce that the release of Axosoft 15.1 includes an expansion of the All Items tab! Before we jump right in, feel free to check out our list of defect fixes. Otherwise, here’s a breakdown of what’s new: Add any item type under All Items Apply your Filters to each item type Export from All Items Dashboard beautification Video summary: The All Items tab now has more of the same functionality as other item tabs. For example, you now have the ability to Add any item type. Just make sure you specify the item type first: Options abound! Editing…
  • Working on NodeGit

    John Haley
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    We’re always looking for cool new things to work on at Axosoft and this culminates annually in our 30-day-projects. In last year’s 30-day projects a bunch of us started working on a new way to interact with git. One of the things we wanted was a tool that was cross-platform. All of us have different working styles and none of us want to compromise the quality of our tools. So we decided to try something new and different; we decided to make a cross-platform git app using some cool new technologies. We looked into building a git client using nw.js (formerly node-webkit) and…
  • My Kid Codes Better Than Your Honor Student!

    Tania Katan
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    What if your 7-year-old could learn how to modify (“mod”) the award winning game Minecraft®? How awesome would it be for your 10-year-old to learn universal coding concepts? What if your 14-year-old could create his/her own game? This May, Axosoft opens its doors to CodaKid, the super dynamic Arizona based computer programming and video game academy, for children ages 6 to 14. CodaKid is armed with the staff and curriculum that will empower your kids to do all of the above and more! There’s no one who understands the value in coding and designing better than David Dodge, the…
  • What Happens When Thousands of People Come Together?

    Tania Katan
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Seth Lane is a little boy who was born without an immune system. He needs our earnest hopes and healing energy today. If you didn’t catch the compelling video of little Seth on AZ Central, you’ll want to. The Axosoft team sending warm thoughts to Seth from sunny Scottsdale, AZ! Seth sits in his hospital bed, hooked up to tubes, puffy from medication and bruised; yet somehow, when he looks into the camera to tell us what he loves, he seems buoyant! He loves Fireman Sam from Paw Patrol and the color yellow. Despite his circumstances, 5 year-old Seth is reaching out and asking us for a…
  • New Study Finds Bright Future for Help Desk Solutions

    Brett Goldman
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    A new report by the help desk research and analysis consultancy Software Advice shows that a majority of companies are looking to improve or expand their help desk offerings.  Among companies who plan to change their spending, 84% stated their intention to increase investment in help desk software. The majority cited their need to add new features to keep up with the increasing service expectations of customers, as the most common reason for increasing their investment. This increase in investment is further fueled by a desire to improve the customer experience in order to stay ahead of…
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    Agile For All » Blog

  • Laloux Cultural Model and Agile Adoption

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

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

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

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

    Bob Hartman
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Peter playing his trumpet! In case you missed the press release, Peter Green, Adobe Systems Agile Transformation Leader, will join our Agile For All team on March 16th. I am personally excited about Peter’s amazing contributions to the Agile community and his enterprise level experience. I’m also excited to say that Peter isn’t the only one joining the team! See below for more details on all of the exciting news. For those of you that don’t know him, Peter led a grass roots Agile transformation at Adobe from 2005 to 2015, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His…
 
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  • Making Sure They Do It the “Right Way”

    Dave Prior
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:21 pm
    In a Certified Scrum Product Owner class I was teaching recently we got to the part about how it was up to the teams to figure out the best way to solve the business problems presented in the User Stories. We discussed the logic behind this and everyone seemed to be in agreement that it made sense that the people who do the design/coding/testing on a daily basis were the ones most familiar with the technology, the environment and the context of the needs of the end user and that it made sense for them to find the best way to meet the needs of the end user. It was all going just fine until one…
  • Good Enough

    Rick Austin
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Last week I was talking to the founder of a company regarding their ability to continue growing their existing products as well as creating an ability to innovate more quickly. One of the core challenges expressed in this conversation was the need to create fast feedback loops for new ideas. Driving innovation through the more predictable delivery capability was not providing the fast feedback needed and was creating disruption for the part of the organization charged with continuing to grow existing products. It was clear that an innovation lab of some sort would remove those disruptions…
  • Are You Really Done, Done?

    Robert Sfeir
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    One of the principles of agile is to Deliver Working Software: Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale. What that principle doesn’t tell us is: who are we delivering the software to exactly? Of course the answer is (and should be) it depends! A small team would deliver software directly to the consumers. In larger organizations, and specifically ones going through an agile transformation, the delivery of working software has different meanings. For example: your team builds the front end of a…
  • Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective

    Michael Robillard
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    While there are many books and much research on organizational development, this system view combined with some validated learning over time is a powerful way to look at organizational challenges as a coach/consultant. Let’s take a closer look to define these areas then apply some validated learning from my own experience. Business Outcomes – the outcomes desired from the business strategy selected Org Structure – the structure of power and authority to facilitate decision making Incentive Systems – rewards for individual and group performance Work Systems – how…
  • A Little Risk Goes A Long Way

    Tim Wise
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Risk is a big topic, but generally for beginning agile teams (or any team) it can be calculated in a minimalist way as dependencies. To me, dependencies represent a binary probability. Either they are resolved or not. When paired with value, risk becomes super important to look at because it can tell you how much of that value is in danger. Specifically, we can use it to make informed decisions about investment. Regarding value For now, I will take a look at value through the lens of Net Present Value (NPV) because the program I am currently coaching is already using it. I am not advocating…
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  • Ovum Decision Matrix: MADP – Why You Should Care

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

    Tiago Simões
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    Visual programming has been an unfulfilled prophecy for years. As so many other areas, like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or speech recognition, when the hype was high, the underlying technology wasn’t there yet. But that was not its only problem… Several Misfires For visual programming, the hype peaked in the early 90s with CASE tools. And, as with all trends ahead of their time, the repercussions of its failure were years of underinvestment, little innovation, and lingering skepticism. UML (Unified Modeling Language), with its promise of bringing sanity to…
  • The 5 application development myths you need to ditch in 2015

    Michel Ozzello
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    It seems that as the market evolves and some of the old trends vanish in thin air, a new set of myths pops up and percolates throughout organizations big and small. So today, although we’re already a couple of months into 2015, I want to write about the top 5 app dev myths you should leave behind this year in order to be truly successful. #1 – We don’t build anything, SaaS is enough! I keep hearing companies say they don’t need to develop any app to address their business needs because they can find everything “off the shelf” through SaaS. What’s worse, they think…
  • Change Management Simplified – Grant Me Your User Feedback!

    Sean Allen
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    In a never-ending attempt to reduce the amount of time it takes to get changes incorporated into apps, OutSystems has up-leveled your ability to properly capture context and user feedback directly – across all devices. Whether it be a QA engineer that spots something that doesn’t quite look right or a business user that just wants that OneMoreThing™, the days of crude screenshots, emails, spreadsheets, and steaming abyss of unfindable requests are over. Use your tablet to let your development team know exactly what you want. Draw on the screen. Add a voice note (“I would…
  • How I Built a Texting App and Connected to a Government Database – in 24 Hours

    Pedro Queirós
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    I like hackathons. And one of the main reasons I like them is the limited time period the organizers enforce. I take particular satisfaction in delivering production quality and relatively large apps in less than 24 hours. I can do this because a large portion of the work is done with the help of a RAD tool – OutSystems Platform. This hackathon was called “Govathon.” The City of Atlanta brought together government officials with problems and developers that could craft solutions to these problems. I was one of these developers. Following is my timeline with some short videos showing…
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    Learn Software Development

  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    5 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about some of the benefits of ensuring that the User Stories are as small and discrete as possible, such as increased accuracy of estimation, better Velocity, helping the Product Owner do a better prioritization, and numerous other benefits. In this post, we shall look at some of the problems one faces with ensuring that the Product Owner is able to deliver such discrete User Stories without creating turmoil in the team. This post is based on some real-life experiences with different Scrum teams. The…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    In my previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about how to break down the User story into smaller slices that still provide benefits to the User. This breakup would also enable the Product Owner to be able to look at much smaller sections of User Stories and be able to set the right priority for each of these User Stories. In this post, will talk about some of the benefits of trying to break down the User Stories into smaller User Stories. This kind of push to break down the User Stories into smaller such stories would have some benefits,…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about using a functionality based method for breaking down the Use Cases into multiple smaller User Cases, rather than trying to break it down by Application Layers, even if Application Layers seems easier to do, or even seems more logical. This post will explore the concept of trying to help users in terms of breaking down User Stories, more the principles of how to do so rather than a list of steps that could be run. This is subjective to some degree, one cannot have bullet points for this sort of…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts – Part 1), we talked about trying to break down the User Story into smaller more discrete parts, such as separating the positive and the negative parts of the logic into separate User Stories. In this post, we will talk about more such ways of breaking down User Stories, including some methods that are not really recommended. – One method that could be used for splitting is breaking down the desired functionality along the lines of the various layers of the software. For example, if you have to define the User…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts

    ashish
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    It seems like one of the most obvious statements to make; after all, when you are getting any kind of instructions on the Scrum methodology, one of THE things said is to ensure that the User Stories are short, defining descriptive tasks. It is paramount that the User Story does not describe a large process or function, which covers multiple steps or workflows. However, in many cases, the reason why a User Story needs to be short is not described clearly, and is pretty important to understand why (including some reasons about what happens when the User Story tend to be long). Many teams have…
 
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

  • Topics for Lunch-N-Learn

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

    David Koontz
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    How does the brain process visual clues to the environment and synthesize meaning about an ever changing landscape?  Tom Wujec explains the creation of mental models and why AutoDesk invest in visual management techniques to plan their strategic roadmaps.Don't worry... the mind will do all the work.  It will fill in the missing details, and abstract the patterns into the concept.  Here's an exercise, Squiggle Birds by David Gray, to experience this. See Also:Visual Management BlogVisual Thinking - WikipediaDavid Gray on Visual ThinkingUltimate Wallboard Challenge 2010 …
  • The Simplest Systems Thinking Exercise - How to Make Toast.

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

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

  • Agile transition – workshopping the roles

    Noel Viehmeyer
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    When going through an Agile transition, companies face all kinds of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is getting everyone on board and excited about the transition. During the transition at my previous employer in Berlin I talked to many colleagues who raised concerns. I did lots of one-to-one meetings trying to get to the root of it and I figured, that most of them were worried because they didn’t know how being Agile would change their role and responsibilities. In this blog post, I’d like to share a method a colleague of mine introduced, which helped us to get a…
  • The case for organisational democracy

    Rebecca Jones
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Check out our CEO Nathan’s new Blog post. Over the past four years we have worked to make our workplace democratic. This is because organisational democracy has helped Agile flourish in our business. In my travels, however, organisational democracy meets with a lot of skepticism – it seems to bring to mind the dysfunctions of our political systems and the spectre of constant voting. To shed some light on organisational democracy, it’s relationship with Agile, and how it works in our business, in the next few posts I will address: why Agile needs organisational democracy the…
  • ‘Product ownership is a team sport’

    Noel Viehmeyer
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Yesterday I went to see Shane Hastie’s presentation on Product Ownership. It was interesting to meet some of Wellington’s agile coaches and I enjoyed the presentation a lot. Having said that, I was a bit surprised that some of Shane’s ideas and statements didn’t cause more controversy. Having just moved to NZ two weeks ago, I kept the questions to myself at the time, however having had a longer think about it there are some thoughts I’d like to express. The main topic of Shane’s presentation was introducing the audience to the idea that good product ownership requires a team…
  • The Board – Episode 47 – Scaling Agile

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    In Episode 47 of The Board, we talk about: Scaling Agile Ways in which smaller teams can scale Agile Lean Full Transcript Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 46 – Agile Tools

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    In Episode 46 of The Board, we talk about: Which Agile tools we use to help us succeed Our opinions on the different ways we use to communicate within our team Tools and platforms that we use to track our sprints   Full Transcript Kirstin Donaldson: Hello, and welcome to The Board. This is our 46th episode after our aborted attempt to do a 45th episode last week. [laughs] We had some Internet issues, but we’re back and we’re live. Today we’re going to be talking about Agile tools and platforms. The first bunch of things we are going to talk about, we briefly discussed…
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    Practical Agility

  • It's Just a Feature for Feature Port

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

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

    Dave Rooney
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    You're driving down the highway trying to reach a distant destination. You've had delays such as traffic along the way, and you know that you're going to have to "push it" in order to have any hope at all of arriving on time. You start to feel something strange in the steering wheel. The car seems to be pulling to one side and the steering is rather "mushy". It dawns on you that you're
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb - The Power of Shared Understanding

    Dave Rooney
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I spend quite a bit of my coaching time helping teams improve how they determine what needs to be built in order to satisfy a business need. I warn them right from the start that they're going to hear me repeat the same term many, many times before they get rid of me. That term is "Shared Understanding". There's a thinking tool that I use to help people understand what shared understanding
  • The 100% Utilization Myth

    Dave Rooney
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Many organizations in which I've coached are concerned when the people on their teams aren't being "utilized" at 100% of their capacity. If someone is at work for 8 hours per day, minus an hour for lunch and breaks, that's 7 hours of potential capacity. Some organizations are progressive enough to see that the organization's overhead of administrative activities lowers that value to 6 hours
 
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • Agile Quick Links #31

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

    Mark Levison
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:43 pm
    (Continued from Kanban Portfolio view and the 3 core rules. This is the conclusion of Part 2 in the Scrum Alone is Not Enough series.) 2. Limit Work In Progress We know from queuing theory, psychology of multi-tasking, and empirical evidence (Rally study, my summary of the Rally Study) that more Work in Progress means less work gets done overall. This leads to the second Kanban rule: Limit Your Work in Progress. Work that hasn’t been deployed, shipped, or otherwise delivered to a customer has no real value. Value is only realized when the work is available for use by the customer. The…
  • State of Scrum Survey

    Heather
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    State of Scrum Survey 2015 How are you using (or not using) Scrum in your organization and projects? That’s what the Scrum Alliance, ProjectManagement.com and ProjectsAtWork want to find out with their annual “State of Scrum” survey. Who is using Scrum, how are they using it, and why are they using it… and if they’re not, why not? Please take a few moments to complete the survey. Two participants will win a $500 Amazon.com gift card. The results will be compiled and presented later this year, and all respondents who request the report will receive a copy. Your…
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #11

    Heather
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    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. The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders (PsyBlog) Why job interviewers should focus on the candidates, not selling their organisation (Alex Fradera) Five Big Discoveries About Personal Effectiveness (David Rock) – from 2013 but still useful How to Triple What You Can Remember (PsyBlog) The Underlying Psychology of Office Politics (Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic) Recruiters think they can tell your personality from your resume (Alex…
  • Kanban Portfolio View

    Mark Levison
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:24 pm
    (Presented as Part 2 in the Scrum Alone is Not Enough series.) Do you know what projects your Team is working on? Do you know what the Teams around you are working on? Does everyone in your organization know? In almost every organization that I visit, the answer is a resounding no. Scrum may have been implemented at the Team level but nothing is being done beyond that. Is there any dark work being done? Is it a high priority? Without a clear picture, individual Teams and Team members don’t know what the overall priorities are, so they won’t know if a favour that someone asks for is in…
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    Agile Scout

  • Forget SMART Goals, Go VAGUE

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

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

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

    peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Taking notes is kind of an art form. I continually remind my students that taking notes is essential to having them retain information… but there are certain benefits to the way you take notes. Take a look [CLICK TO MAKE LARGER]:
  • To Be a Good ScrumMaster You Must Be Canadian [LOL]

    peter
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    Thanks to Peter Green for the lolz.
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • New Article: Failing with the Best Intentions

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Enterprise application capacity planning is a difficult juggling act. On one side of the equation you have business demand, looking for innovative technology to help improve business performance and increase profitability. The IT organization stands on the other side of the equation, responsible for satisfying these demands. The capacity of this team is limited by the organization’s facilities, the number of developers and their specific skills, and the infrastructure and tools they use. This leaves the business and technology executives in the unenviable position of trying to balance the…
  • New Webinar Series - Agile Estimation: Beyond the Myths

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    When it comes to agile, there are common myths and misconceptions about estimation.  In the first of this two-part webinar series (which can be viewed independently or together), presented on April 22 at 1:00 PM EDT,  QSM’s Andy Berner will offer corrections to these, such as: Why we still need to estimate duration on agile projects Why setting expectations based on scope is still important, even as we “embrace change” Why you still need to plan for work on requirements, even though it’s not all “upfront” While some longstanding principles about software estimation…
  • Twin-SPIN Presentation: Does Agile Scale? - A Short Case Study

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    On Thursday, April 9, QSM's Pam Simonovich will present Does Agile Scale? - A Short Case Study, hosted at the University of Minnesota.This presentation uses completed project data as an example to show that when organizations make a conscious decision to adopt Agile methods in conjunction with other traditional development methodologies, these approaches can be effectively scaled and implemented for larger projects and enterprises – to a point.With Agile becoming more commonly implemented in software development organizations, it is reasonable to wonder whether Agile development delivers…
  • Webinar Replay - QSM's Software Sizing Infographic: A Visual Aid for Understanding Software Size

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    If you were unable to attend our recent webinar, QSM's Software Sizing Infographic: A Visual Aid for Understanding Software Size, a replay is now available.Software size, the amount of functionality in a given software release, is arguably the most critical of the five core metrics of software estimation. There is little point in tracking effort, duration, productivity and quality if you are unable to quantify what you are building. Yet, despite its critical importance, software sizing is often a difficult concept for many to understand and use properly in the estimation process. In this…
  • Staffing a Successful Estimation Center of Excellence

    Victor Fuster
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    When an organization wants to proactively manage their software activities from inception through development and sustainment, an enterprise software estimation or acquisition Center of Excellence (COE) is a great solution.  A significant portion of our professional services business at QSM is helping companies design and stand up enterprise COE operations. There are three main components to a successful COE implementation.  They are:People – Finding people with the right characteristics and developing their skills;Business Processes – developing the right business…
 
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    Agile World

  • Coaching intervention during a team conflict

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

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

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

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:52 am
    Here is a short article for Zephyr’s guest blog Scrum recommends 3 roles, the Product Owner, Scrum Master and the team.  There is no dedicated role as a tester (or QA) if you are following pure Scrum. Agile also recommends that the team members are expected to be cross functional with T-shaped skills popularly known as “Generalized Specialists”. However, the challenge I have seen in many projects is how “generalized” one could be while performing the role. Most of the projects are, so budget and time constrained that everyone is part of the rat race. They just want to get…
  • 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.
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    Tech Gadget Talk

  • 'Slap Shot': Where Are The Charlestown Chiefs Now?

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    'Slap Shot': Where Are The Charlestown Chiefs Now? by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Dave McCoy, Liz Isenberg As the NHL playoffs get started, we look back at hockey’s greatest cinematic contribution and catch up its most profane team. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post 'Slap Shot': Where Are The Charlestown Chiefs Now? appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Tribeca 2015: IFC Midnight Picks Up 'Stung'

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Tribeca 2015: IFC Midnight Picks Up 'Stung' by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Gregg Kilday Killer wasps invade a garden party in Benni Diez’s film. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Tribeca 2015: IFC Midnight Picks Up 'Stung' appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Live Blogging DevOps Connect @RSAC

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Live Blogging DevOps Connect @RSAC by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Alan Shimel We will be live blogging the DevOps Connect: SecDevOps event from RSA Conference on Monday, April 20th. Stay tuned for updates The post Live Blogging DevOps Connect @RSAC appeared first on DevOps.com. Source:: DevOps The post Live Blogging DevOps Connect @RSAC appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • How to password-protect your Mac–and keep other people from using it

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    How to password-protect your Mac–and keep other people from using it by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By pcadvisor@idg.co.uk (Topher Kessler) Since you use your Mac on a regular basis, it has most likely become a treasure box full of your personal information that you might wish to keep as private as possible. This may especially ring true for your portable MacBook that you bring around different... The post How to password-protect your Mac–and keep other people from using it appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Ben Stiller Announces Penelope Cruz for 'Zoolander 2'

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    Ben Stiller Announces Penelope Cruz for 'Zoolander 2' by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By THR staff The actress joins the comedy sequel, which opens Feb. 12, 2016. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Ben Stiller Announces Penelope Cruz for 'Zoolander 2' appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
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    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile

  • Valuing Your Work as an Agile Coach

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    How should we value our work as agile coaches and consultants? The way I do it is to ask myself if I will have had a positive long-term impact on a team or organization. I’m not particularly interested in short-term impacts. In fact, many coaching engagements could have a negative impact in the short term if I’ve done or suggested anything disruptive. It would be nice if these changes were always easily and directly measurable. Unfortunately, they really aren’t. To measure the impact of my coaching, we would need at least two identical teams, two identical products, and at…
  • Should You Share Details from the Retrospective?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. During a sprint retrospective, team members gather and discuss ways in which they can improve. This should include the ScrumMaster and product owner, as each is part of the team. The team is not limited to finding improvements only within their process. They may, for example, decide they need to improve their skills with a given technology and to seek out training in that area. A…
  • Mile High Agile Keynote

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’m going to be giving the conference keynote this spring at Mile High Agile  in Denver on April 3, 2015. I’ll be talking about the importance of being able to let go of some of our firmly held beliefs in order to move on. Here’s the official session title and description. I hope you can join me at this event! Let Go of Knowing: How Holding onto Views May Be Holding You Back You undoubtedly have a firmly held set of convictions about what is necessary to do agile well. These convictions have served you well—your teams have delivered better products more quickly…
  • How Full to Fill a Sprint

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    An important consideration in commitment-driven planning is how full to fill the sprint. To answer that, we need to understand that a sprint includes three types of time. The first type of time is corporate overhead. Corporate overhead includes everything required to be a good citizen in today’s corporate world. That includes time spent in all-company meetings, reading emails, going to HR sensitivity training classes, and even attending the various meetings for a team’s agile process. The second type of time is plannable time. This is the time that team members can plan to use on…
  • The Difference Between a Story and a Task

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What’s the difference between a user story and a task? Well that’s an easy question, I thought, the first time it was asked of me in a Certified ScrumMaster class. “The difference is …,” I began to reply and realized it wasn’t actually such an easy difference after all. I’d been using the two terms, “user story” and “task” in my classes for years, and they seemed pretty distinct in my head. User stories were on the product backlog and tasks were identified during sprint planning and became part of the sprint backlog. That was…
 
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    Scrum.org Community Blog

  • Scaling Engagement Agility

    David Dame
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    “To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” – Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup To create Organizational Agility you need to find the harmony between People, Process, and Tools.  Agile speaks of putting people first, however from my experience, people are the poor step child to process and tools.  People should be the […] The post Scaling Engagement Agility appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • A scaled scrum tactic – “Team of Teams”

    Hiren Doshi
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    A program team of over 40 people decided to move to Agile from their traditional development practices. The program was old and had been in existence for over 6 years. In these 6 years they had released multiple versions of their software product to their customers. In the rush to satisfy the customers they had ignored […] The post A scaled scrum tactic – “Team of Teams” appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Are you a Scrum Master or a Project Manager?

    Daniel Sloan
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    Do you hold the job title of Scrum Master in your organization? In most big companies today, this role is still misrepresented as a Project Manager, which is hindering the pursuit of organizational Agility and hurting the professionals who are genuinely attempting to make this challenging job change. If you are one of these people, then it […] The post Are you a Scrum Master or a Project Manager? appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Culture Change – An important ingredient for organizational Agility

    Hiren Doshi
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:44 am
    To imbibe Agility in an organization which is a state of high responsiveness, speed, and adaptiveness organizations should promote a new organizational culture of openness, transparency, respect for people, constant learning, improving, and constant adaptation. Even with so much of awareness, cultural change seems to be one of the major hurdles impeding organization’s success. Culture […] The post Culture Change – An important ingredient for organizational Agility appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • A Scrum Master toolbox (literally)

    Louis-Philippe Carignan
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    When reading the role of the Scrum Master in the Scrum guide, one of the core competencies is to facilitate meetings. While in a meeting, a Scrum Master might want to visualize what the team is thinking or expressing. Or he might want to enhance the collaboration through an activity. Colored Post-It, markers, tape and […] The post A Scrum Master toolbox (literally) appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
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  • Getting to Done

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

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

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

    Joel Riddle
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    If you're heading to SXSW, on Monday, March 16th, the Scrum Inc. Team is gathering a group of volunteers to build a car from scratch. No experience in Agile or Automotive Manufacturing needed. The eXtreme Manufacturing Build Party will have self-organizing Scrum teams swarming to put a car together. Ever wondered how Scrum works in the physical realm? Here's your chance to find out! This all-day session will teach you just how powerful self-organizing teams can be. They're only letting us have a limited number of people work on the project, so sign up now! See you in Austin. #SXSW #XMfg…
  • Scrum Inc. Partners with Hubert Smits

    Joel Riddle
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    During my fifteen years working as a Scrum trainer I’ve contributed to a few concepts on Scaled implementations that have been adopted by the larger Agile community. My first words of advice: bundle external experience with internal champions. Also, find the smartest people within the enterprise. I learned this during one of my most successful and largest Agile Transformation. It was with the CISCO Voice Technology Group[1] (VTG). I was one of three people who had the opportunity to help VTG think about how to best transform their operations. This was an extremely complex change involving…
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