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  • What’s the Best Conference Talk You’ve Heard?

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    Rally Software
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The tech industry has long used conferences to share ideas, products, practices, and news. In this era of TED talks, YouTube, SlideShare, and livestreaming, it's easier than ever to be in the audience when thought leaders take the stage. The best conference talks -- even if they’re virtual -- elicit a reaction that’s visceral: they make you think and act differently. Whether it’s a jarring statistic, or a humorous anecdote, or a charismatic speaking style, something about the best talks stays with you long after the talk has ended. Ring a bell? That’s the kind of talk we’re after…
  • 3 Thinking Tools for Minimizing Dependencies Between Products

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    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.
  • Agile Adoption in Regulated Environments

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    24 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    The development of medical devices has largely gone unchanged in the last few decades. It has only been recently that it and other heavily regulated industries have considered Agile.
  • Project-Based Learning?

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    gannodg
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    This academic year I have made a commitment to educating my students through the use of project-based learning. There are many different x-based learning approaches out there including problem-based, inquiry-basedetc. I have always had students do some kind of project in their courses, but this year has been altogether different. In particular, I have been actively developing a relationship with the Miami University IT Services group in order to provide my students with an authentic and situated learning experience. What makes this year different than other past experiences is that I have…
  • Bring Calm to Chaos, a success story with Atlassian Tools (creating an JIRA Agile Sprint Board)

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    Jeff Kozloff
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    In the last session of this multi-part series, we spoke about the theory of the solution which involved the creation of 4 separate Scrum Boards using Atlassian JIRA Agile. In this article we will discuss how to actually create the initial Scrum Boards. In this lesson, we will create Scrum Boards on the JIRA project which in an earlier article, we created essential Components for the following solution. OK, lets dive into creating your first (actually 4) Scrum Boards. After successfully logging into JIRA, click on the menu Agile then Manage Boards. In the top right of the Manage Boards…
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  • What’s the Best Conference Talk You’ve Heard?

    Rally Software
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The tech industry has long used conferences to share ideas, products, practices, and news. In this era of TED talks, YouTube, SlideShare, and livestreaming, it's easier than ever to be in the audience when thought leaders take the stage. The best conference talks -- even if they’re virtual -- elicit a reaction that’s visceral: they make you think and act differently. Whether it’s a jarring statistic, or a humorous anecdote, or a charismatic speaking style, something about the best talks stays with you long after the talk has ended. Ring a bell? That’s the kind of talk we’re after…
  • “At Scale” Is For Fortune Cookies

    Stephanie Tanner
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    Have you heard about the fortune cookie meme where you read your fortune cookie and then add the phrase “in bed” to the end of it? For example: You will learn a lot today … in bed. A dream you have will come true … in bed. Funny ... and maybe a little immature. Well in the business world, the same thing works for the phrase “at scale.” Maintain quality … at scale. Coordinate work across development teams … at scale. All things are difficult before they are easy … at scale. The fact is, “at scale” can mean 100 different things based on your context. Are we talking about…
  • Speak at RallyON 2015

    Rally Software
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Continuous improvement may be a fundamental tenet of Agile and Lean disciplines, but making real change in organizations is hard. If you’ve ever read a book, seen a talk, or had a conversation that changed your thinking or behavior, then you know that meaningful change often starts with someone else’s experience and advice. That’s why we’re inviting you to share yours as a RallyON 2015 speaker. RallyON (happening June 15–17 in Phoenix, Arizona) is our annual industry conference where innovative organizations come to learn, lead, and grow. RallyON shares the best thinking,…
  • How It Works: User Stories

    Rob Ward
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Next Tuesday, February 10, our TeamStart webinar series will answer your questions about "Writing Great User Stories." Whether you’re just getting started with Agile or consider yourself an expert, join us to get and give some good Q+A. We’re going to talk about writing compelling stories that focus on business value. Here are a few questions from past "User Stories" webinars: What are some tips for writing a great user story? When do I break down user stories? Who should drive the definition of acceptance criteria? Here's a preview of what you'll learn in the TeanStart webinar. Tips for…
  • How Rally Flowdock Does Support

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

    Rick Austin
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    I’ve started using an analogy to illustrate the importance of product owner teams in larger organizations.  When working with organizations to do an agile transformation, almost always, a tiered model is used for scaling across the organization. The model looks something like this: The top tier is portfolio management which is responsible for investment decisions and […] The post Fueling Delivery Teams appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • Changing Behavior by Asking the Right Questions

    George Dinwiddie
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:16 pm
    My article, Agile Adoption: Changing Behavior by Asking the Right Questions, has been published over on ProjectManagement.com (free registration required). It talks about when managers want change, but don’t want to squeeze the Agile out by force.
 
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  • Project-Based Learning?

    gannodg
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    This academic year I have made a commitment to educating my students through the use of project-based learning. There are many different x-based learning approaches out there including problem-based, inquiry-basedetc. I have always had students do some kind of project in their courses, but this year has been altogether different. In particular, I have been actively developing a relationship with the Miami University IT Services group in order to provide my students with an authentic and situated learning experience. What makes this year different than other past experiences is that I have…
  • Reading Notes: Agile Project Management for Dummies (Chapter 2, Part 1)

    Annye / AnAmishWarmblood
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Chapter 2: The Agile Manifesto and Principles Though the Agile Manifesto was introduced in chapter one, this chapter expands on the manifesto and principles and also outlines a few additional principles that the author uses. The first half elaborates on the manifesto, and explains the individual lines of it. The Agile Manifesto Value One: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Value one allows teams to create, above all, a unified purpose. The author also emphasizes the value of a conversation when compared to spreadsheets, emails, or other documents (people over tools!).
  • Visual Management - where Lean meets Agile

    Dr James Bayley
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    My current role has strategic, project and operational duties. Although these are very different disciplines there is a common management challenge, We don’t need an accurate document, we need a shared understanding @jeffpatton at Agile 2012 In agile project management we use Cockburn’s information radiators but these have a much longer history as “visual management” boards in the Lean management of operations. If you are interested in Visual Management then I strongly recommend this one page guide by Systems2win.
  • Agile game: MoSCoW prioritisation

    aterny
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    I recently developed and presented a one-hour ‘master class’ on MoSCoW prioritisation. It’s not a hugely complicated topic, and one I have written about before. This time, though, I was able to talk people through the process of going from project priorities to increment priorities to timebox priorities, and how prioritisation leads to feature-contingency. As part of that presentation, I created a short exercise to demonstrate how to prioritise, the things you learn in doing so and the importance of having the right people present, including those who set the project vision…
  • "Test-First" Database Development

    philipsymons
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    I’m looking at the practicalities of using Continuous Delivery/Agile techniques where the database is a “high scale” project in Agile terms, and therefore relatively difficult (for more detail about this Agile terminology refer to Scott Ambler’s writings). As well as thinking about the big issues, I want to start putting together some of the pieces to make it work. I’m doing this in Sql Server 2014 Transact-Sql. I’ve started with automated testing of reporting procedures. There may be utilities that can do this; finding suitable tools is part of the…
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  • Bring Calm to Chaos, a success story with Atlassian Tools (creating an JIRA Agile Sprint Board)

    Jeff Kozloff
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    In the last session of this multi-part series, we spoke about the theory of the solution which involved the creation of 4 separate Scrum Boards using Atlassian JIRA Agile. In this article we will discuss how to actually create the initial Scrum Boards. In this lesson, we will create Scrum Boards on the JIRA project which in an earlier article, we created essential Components for the following solution. OK, lets dive into creating your first (actually 4) Scrum Boards. After successfully logging into JIRA, click on the menu Agile then Manage Boards. In the top right of the Manage Boards…
  • Moleskine Crazy

    Jeremy D.
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    I’ve always been a fan of paper. I just enjoy the texture and holding it in my hands. So naturally, I opt to have a notebook of some kind for my daily to-dos. When I was at Symantec, I even went as far as printing a 2-week schedule that captured both of my SCRUM teams to-dos. Towards the end of my time there, I picked up Aaron Draplin’s Field Notes and became pretty productive. Once I left Symantec, I made some tweaks to these little notebooks and created my own version that had a hybrid page spread with ruled pages and blank pages. These aren’t for purchase anywhere as I…
  • My Voice is Public

    Andy Deighton
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    I mentioned a while back that I was interviewed by Vasco Duarte for his Scrum Master Toolbox podcast, and how nervous I was. Well, that episode is now live. I haven’t listened to it myself because I know full well that my voice will be several octaves higher than normal! But I hope you get something from it. Scrum Master Toolbox podcast
  • Sprint 1 - Day 1

    Hymie Gautier
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Started my health journey. This is the results of Sprint 1, Day 1. below are the stats from Sparkpeople. my waking blood glucose was too high, 157 and my starting weight is 278.4 pounds. I made it to the gym and ran 1.85 miles in 22 minutes then I did some strength training on some of the machines.  Since this is the start of Sprint 1 I will set a goal of establishing a routine. I’m going to use my weight loss at the end of the Sprint to help determine my velocity. My goal weight, according to the insurance tables is like 185 but that’s just insane. I’m 6’3″. I…
  • Agile Health Management

    Hymie Gautier
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    I recently had some professional pics taken for my job hunt. The results were a little startling. I look like a walking heart attack. I may, someday, have the courage to post the pics but for now I’m using them for private motivation. I found an Agile approach to weight loss in my googles and, since I preach Agile Development to my clients, I thought it made a lot of sense to manage my quest for health using some of the same project management techniques found in Scrum. I don’t think I’m being particularly original here, it’s been done, but i think it’s a neat…
 
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  • A short note on Time and Patience

    Alistair Cockburn
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Time has patience. And patience has time? I think time has more patience. It is already infinite. Patience should have time. But only for as long as it has patience. Patience needs more than just time. If time contains patience why isn’t patience as infinite as time? To me, time is empty, and uncountable large, say infinite for convenience, although I don’t like’infinite’. I don’t have any relation to infinity. So time does not move. Ergo it has infinite patience. The same cannot be said of patience. Patience is already “with respect to”. So it…
  • Exploratory 360

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

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

    Alistair Cockburn
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Because Customer collaboration over contract negotiation ( ref: http://agilemanifesto.org ) Definition of Done is a contract. Stop it. http://media.zooplus.com/bilder/5/140/3745_anlegepflock_03_2011_5.jpg
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    Alistair Cockburn
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The document should open in a new window in three seconds.If it does not, please click here.
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  • Four Tips for Managing Performance in Agile Teams

    johanna
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    I’ve been talking with clients recently about their managers’ and HR’s transition to agile. I hear this common question: “How do we manage performance of the people on our agile teams?” Reframe “manage performance” to “career development.” People on agile teams don’t need a manager to manage their performance. If they are retrospecting at reasonable intervals, they will inspect-and-adapt to work better together. Well, they will if managers don’t interfere with their work by creating experts or moving people off project teams.
  • Agile Misconceptions: Agile is Just a Project Management Framework

    johanna
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    If you read least week’s post about agile misconceptions, There is One Right Approach, you will like this one. This week’s article is Agile Misconceptions: Agile is Just a Project Management Framework. If you would like more common-sense approaches to agile, sign up for the Influential Agile Leader. We’re leading it in San Francisco and London this year. We offer discounts for multiple people from your organization. Sign up now.
  • Please Help Me Title Essays on Estimation

    johanna
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I have finished the content for Essays on Estimation. But, I need a new title. The book is more than loosely coupled essays. It reads like a real book, with progression and everything. I have a number of ideas. They are (in no particular order): Predicting the Unpredictable: Essays on Estimating Project Costs and Dates Essays on Estimation: Pragmatic Approaches for Estimating Cost and Schedule How Much Will This Project Cost or When Will it be Done? Essays on Estimation Essays on Estimation: How to Predict When Your Project Will be Done Pragmatic Estimation: How to Create and Update Schedule…
  • Agile Misconceptions: There Is One Right Approach

    johanna
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    I have an article up on agileconnection.com called Common Misconceptions about Agile: There Is Only One Approach. If you read my Design Your Agile Project series, you know I am a fan of determining what approach works when for your organization or project. Please leave comments over there. Thanks! Two notes: If you would like to write an article for agileconnection.com, I’m the technical editor. Send me your article and we can go from there. If you would like more common-sense approaches to agile, sign up for the Influential Agile Leader. We’re leading it in San Francisco and…
  • Early Bird Ends Soon for Influential Agile Leader

    johanna
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    If you are a leader for your agile efforts in your organization, you need to consider participating in The Influential Agile Leader. If you are working on how to transition to agile, how to talk about agile, how to help your peers, managers, or teams, you want to participate. Gil Broza and I designed it to be experiential and interactive. We’re leading the workshop in San Francisco, Mar 31-Apr 1. We’ll be in London April 14-15. The early bird pricing ends Feb 20. People who participate see great results, especially when they bring peers/managers from their organization. Sign up…
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  • Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing

    Jurgen Appelo
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    On my final trip last year, I had been looking forward to run in Rio de Janeiro, along Ipanema Beach and Copacabana. But British Airways lost my luggage. I had no running gear and no time to purchase alternative shoes and clothes. I felt a bit sad and disappointed. The post Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Blame Game

    Jurgen Appelo
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    “You did not receive your order? Well, I did all I could. But they aren’t doing their job properly.” “They still haven’t paid your invoice? Strange. They told me last time it would be done.” “The feature is still not working? I don’t understand. I did submit the service request for you.” The post The Blame Game appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How to Write a Book… with Feedback and Options

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    As the author of a book, you make decisions all the time. Do you write about principles or about practices? Do you use the words he and she or the more neutral they? Do you use chapter numbers or not? Do you make your own illustrations, or do you hire someone else? Do you insert jokes, or is your bookkeeper funnier than you are? If you want a good book, you need to make good decisions. The problem is, you often have too little information to know what the good decisions are. There are two ways of dealing with that. The post How to Write a Book… with Feedback and Options appeared first…
  • How to Create a Book’s Front and Back Matter

    Jurgen Appelo
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    So, your book has a great title, a nice cover, good content, and proper design? What about the front and back matter? The what? The front matter and the back matter! That’s all the extra stuff at the beginning and at the end of your book that sits between the cover and the chapters. Oh that, I’ll do all that stuff the day before I publish the book. *EEEEE* Wrong!! A book is only good when it’s good from start to finish. It starts with the cover and it ends with the backside (or the final page in case of an eBook). The post How to Create a Book’s Front and Back Matter…
  • How to Design a Book… Make It an Experience

    Jurgen Appelo
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    I’m reading the book Steve Jobs, the exclusive biography by Walter Isaacson. Granted, I’m not a big fan of Steve Jobs, nor have I purchased any of the products he has offered to the world, but there are reasons to admire him. One thing that I can admire is his well-known passion for design and detail. It is, I believe, a talent (or behavior or competence) that is lacking, sadly, among most self-publishing authors. The post How to Design a Book… Make It an Experience appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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  • 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…
  • Multiple Levels of Done

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    17 Feb 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. Having a “definition of done” has become a near-standard thing for Scrum teams. The definition of done (often called a “DoD”) establishes what must be true of each product backlog item for that item to be done. A typical DoD would be something similar to: The code is well written. (That is, we’re happy with it and don’t feel like it immediately…
  • Using Scrum to Plan Your Wedding

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my ScrumMaster classes I always make the point that Scrum is a general purpose framework that can be applied to projects of all sorts. I’ve seen it applied to building construction, marketing, legal cases, families, restaurant renovations, and, of course, all sorts of product development. One of my favorite examples is using Scrum to plan a wedding. Think about how perfect that is, though. Scrum excels at projects (yes, planning a wedding is project) that are complex and novel. And planning a wedding is both. I came across a great website last week called ScrumYourWedding.com, which…
  • Thoughts on Estimation

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ron Jeffries has a new book out, "The Nature of Software Development". I highly recommend everyone read it--in fact, Ron is one of the few people whose every word I recommend people read. I love how he always gives me something to think about. I don't always agree with him--but that's why I like reading what he has to say. If I always agreed, I'd never learn anything and there'd be no point in that. To celebrate Ron's new book, I asked him to write a guest post for us, which I'm happy to share below. I know you'll enjoy it. Be sure to check out his offer to win one…
  • Don’t Blindly Follow

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Don't blindly adopt anything. Scrum is comprised of a self-organizing team that is given a challenge, and to meet that challenge, works in short, time-boxed iterations during which they meet daily to quickly synchronize their efforts. At the start of each iteration, they meet to plan what they will accomplish. At the end, they demonstrate what has been accomplished and reflect on how well they worked together to achieve it. That's it. Anything else—release planning, burndowns, and so on, is optional. Stick to the above and find the local optimizations that fit your environment.
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  • 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…
  • Enterprise Services Planning Module 4 - Portfolios, Program & Dependencies

    David Anderson
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Enterprise Services Planning is a new modular 5-day training curriculum for managing modern businesses involving lots of knowledge work and creative services. If your organization contains people who must think and make decisions for their living then Enterprise Services Planning is the management training framework that will transform your business. While ideally taken together as 5 days of intensive emersion, ESP training is offered in 4 modules. read more
  • Enterprise Services Planning: Module 3 - Project & Capacity Planning

    David Anderson
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Enterprise Services Planning is a new modular 5-day training curriculum for managing modern businesses involving lots of knowledge work and creative services. If your organization contains people who must think and make decisions for their living then Enterprise Services Planning is the management training framework that will transform your business. While ideally taken together as 5 days of intensive emersion, ESP training is offered in 4 modules. read more
  • Enterprise Services Planning: Module 2 - Enterprise Services

    David Anderson
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Enterprise Services Planning is a new modular 5-day training curriculum for managing modern businesses involving lots of knowledge work and creative services. If your organization contains people who must think and make decisions for their living then Enterprise Services Planning is the management training framework that will transform your business. While ideally taken together as 5 days of intensive emersion, ESP training is offered in 4 modules. read more
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    7 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
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  • Beyond Coding

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

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

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

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

    Ravi Verma
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    This blog is part of a series on “Agile Trojan Horses – Covert Appetizers for Agile Discovery.” This series is intended to help spark conversations that restore focus on agile fundamentals, whet the appetite to discover more about agile, and help apply agile in day-to-day decision-making. One of the elements that I love about Agile and Scrum is the focus on humility, reflection and continuous inspection and adaptation. One of my favorite Agile Principles is #12… At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
  • Psssst! I Can Get You Fixed Cost AND Fixed Dates!!

    Daniel Gullo
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    I have an offer you can’t refuse… You don’t have to be afraid, just because I am Sicilian. I am talking about Product Development here, not “garbage collection”. I know it frustrates you that all this Agile stuff talks about uncertainty and fluffy stuff. I have a secret for you, however. It’s one of the most overlooked aspects of Agile. I will even let you in on this secret for absolutely FREE. Here it goes… In Scrum, there are fixed timeboxes or iterations we call Sprints. You probably knew that. However, what you probably didn’t realize is that if your Scrum Teams establish…
  • Self-Organizing Teams… Really?

    Mike McLaughlin
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    “Why aren’t self-organizing teams allowed to self-organize?” This question came up in a Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) class I was in last week… To clarify, what he went on to say with more specificity was, “Why don’t we let our agile teams self-organize ‘at creation’ when we’re putting together a new team?” He went on to note that, in his experience, this is determined by ‘Management Fiat,’ primarily based on the talent and maturity of the individuals. Hmmm, interesting question… What does Scrum say about this? The best…
  • Agile is NOT For You

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

    Mike McLaughlin
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Football players spend a lot of time studying their Playbooks. And Coaches spend a lot of time creating and updating them. These guys are serious. The stakes are high in the NFL; millions of people are watching. Their stated goal is the same each week; to win. That means they gotta work really well together and know what they’re doing. I think the game of American football is a great example to follow as an Agile team in the corporate world. We all need some help with remembering stuff, and getting it down so we can execute on game day. Even if we’ve done it many times before, it’s easy…
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  • 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.
  • Why do you pay people? No, really?

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

    ashish
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    It’s a constant problem. User Stories are defined by the Product Manager, defining apparently bare minimum functionality, and the estimate given by the Scrum team for the task is way beyond a couple of days, in some extreme cases, going even beyond a Sprint cycle. And the Product Owner is told regularly by the Scrum Master and others that the work needs to be broken down into smaller tasks, not going beyond a couple of days. In such cases, this issue can be a source of frustration for the team, and particularly for the Product Owners. I have heard Product Owners get frustrated to the…
  • Ensuring video conferencing as part of global Daily Scrum

    ashish
    7 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    And of course, this is not restricted only to the Daily Scrum meeting, but other meetings as well where interaction between teams located globally is required. A Daily Scrum is supposed to be a quick meeting, where the attendees of the meeting quickly lay down what has happened since the previous meeting, what will happen till the next meeting, and some of the problems that they are facing. At the same time, the Daily Scrum meeting is not a meeting where people try to discuss the solution of these problems – those problems are supposed to be reviewed and discussed in follow up meetings…
  • Adding details in the user stories and requirements – varies from team to team

    ashish
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The title of this post is a bit broad and could be thought to be confusing. So let me clarify this a bit. People who use Scrum as their development model know a lot about user stories capturing their requirements, but when you get into more detail about how to define user stories, the way that different teams provide details vary tremendously. There are some teams that opt for clear and concise user stories, short and to the point; there are other teams that provide some voluminous details to the user stories, these being quite wordy. Some would think that these stories are overkill, and such…
  • User Stories: Work with the team rather than a one-man effort

    ashish
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    It has been the experience of many teams that the process of writing User Stories is mostly a one-person effort, or rather, a one-role effort. The Product Owner is the one who is expected to write the User Story (or rather, all the User Stories). If there are multiple Product Owners, then they would be expected to distribute the User Stories between them and deliver the same to the team. This has been the expectation of many teams as well – my discussion with many team members is that they expect that the Product Owner will have the entire responsibility of the User Stories. Talking…
  • Work started on a story, but constraints pop-up during the work ?

    ashish
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    This can happen fairly easily. You would think that you have planned tasks to a great degree during initial planning of these tasks, and work has started; but it is a bit impractical to think that for all tasks, the task will go fully as expected. You would come across a situation once in a while where there are new constraints that are discovered during the ongoing task, these constraints needing additional work. In other cases, the constraints were such that they needed time to resolve, before actual work could happen on resolving these constraints. In most of these cases where constraints…
 
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  • Scrum Expert: ScrumImpulz, Bratislava, Slovakia, April 29 2015

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    ScrumImpulz is a one-day conference focused on Scrum that takes place in Bratislava, Slovakia. Local and international experts share their practical experience about the adoption of Agile approaches in software development projects. In the agenda of the ScrumImpulz you could find topics like “Management 3.0 – model for agile leaders”, “The worst fails that can occur in our agile team and how to deal with them”, “Global challenges require responses.read more
  • Scrum Expert: From Software Development to Problem Solving

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Agile and Scrum short iterations should provide software development organization with quicker feedback cycles and help them shifting from building the product right to building the right product. In their book “The Lean Mindset”, Mary and Tom Poppendieck provides an original perspective on this issue. What’s next is to stop thinking about software development as a delivery process and to start thinking of it as a problem-solving process, a creative process.read more
  • Derick Bailey - new ThoughtStream: The 5 Stages Of Entrepreneurial Grief: A Presentation and Video

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    A while back, I wrote a blog post title The 5 Stages of a SaaS Bootstrapper’s Grief. In this post, I add my own take on the 5 Stages of Grief – which are typically talked about in the context of dealing with loss – and apply the stages to entrepreneurial work.read more
  • J.D. Meier's Blog: 101 Proven Practices for Focus

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” -- Zig Ziglar Here is my collection of 101 Proven Practices for Focus.   It still needs work to improve it, but I wanted to shared it, as is, because focus is one of the most important skills we can develop for work and life.read more
  • Xebia Blog: A product manager's perfection....

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    is achieved not there are no more features to add, but when there are no more features to take away. -- Antoine de Saint Exupéryread more
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  • Scrum Expert: ScrumImpulz, Bratislava, Slovakia, April 29 2015

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    ScrumImpulz is a one-day conference focused on Scrum that takes place in Bratislava, Slovakia. Local and international experts share their practical experience about the adoption of Agile approaches in software development projects. In the agenda of the ScrumImpulz you could find topics like “Management 3.0 – model for agile leaders”, “The worst fails that can occur in our agile team and how to deal with them”, “Global challenges require responses.read more
  • Scrum Expert: From Software Development to Problem Solving

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Agile and Scrum short iterations should provide software development organization with quicker feedback cycles and help them shifting from building the product right to building the right product. In their book “The Lean Mindset”, Mary and Tom Poppendieck provides an original perspective on this issue. What’s next is to stop thinking about software development as a delivery process and to start thinking of it as a problem-solving process, a creative process.read more
  • Johanna Rothman : Four Tips for Managing Performance in Agile Teams

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    I’ve been talking with clients recently about their managers’ and HR’s transition to agile. I hear this common question: “How do we manage performance of the people on our agile teams?”read more
  • Leading Agile: 3 Thinking Tools for Minimizing Dependencies Between Products

    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 team, and the team can produce a working, tested, increment of the product on regular intervals… you get the idea.read more
  • Scrum Expert: Product Owner Survival Camp, Vienna, Austria, March 19-20 2015

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Product Owner Survival Camp in Vienna is a two days of practical workshops of Product Owner.read more
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  • The Virtue of Purgatory in Software Development

    The Editor
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Having some decade of experience in software development behind me, I had the time to accumulate a lot of mistakes. One of the recurring patterns in these failures was the ambition to solve code issues too quickly. This was especially the case when the problem was related to code that I wrote, which made me feel responsible for the situation. Naturally, I had also often think that my code couldn’t be bad and somebody must have changed it after I deliver it, but this is another story ;O) When you detect ...
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast February 2015

    The Editor
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:38 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. QCon London, March 2-6 2015, London, UK Exclusive 50 pounds Method & Tools discount with promo code “softdevconf50″ Wearables TechCon, March 9-11 2015, Santa Clara, USA Use code WEARIT for a $200…
  • Software Development Linkopedia February 2015

    The Editor
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Here is our monthly selection of interesting knowledge material on programming, software testing and project management. This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about software and system modeling, programmer psychology, managing priorities, improving software architecture, technical user stories, free tools for Scrum, coding culture and integrating UX in Agile approaches. Web site: Fundamental Modeling Concepts The Fundamental Modeling Concepts (FMC) primarily provide a framework for the comprehensive description of software-intensive systems. Blog: The Ten…
  • Quote of the Month February 2015

    The Editor
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:47 am
    The worrying thing about writing tests is that there are numerous accounts of people introducing tests into their development process and.. ending up with even more junk code to support than they had to begin with! Why? I guess, mainly because they lacked the knowledge and understanding needed to write good tests: tests, that is, that will be an asset, not a burden. Reference: Bad Tests, Good Tests, Tomek Kaczanowski, http://practicalunittesting.com/btgt.php
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast January 2015

    The Editor
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:37 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. SPTechCon, February 8-11 2015, Austin, USA Use code SHAREPOINT for a $200 conference discount off the 3 and 4-day pass NorDevCon, February 27 2015, Norwich, UK Early birds tickets until February 13. QCon…
 
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  • 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…
  • Be an Expert in a Year – Growing the Agile Way

    Peter Saddington
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    The guys over at Expert Table Tennis had a great idea. What would it take to become an expert? Dedication? Heart? Perseverance? The Expert in a Year Challenge took part during 2014 and followed the progress of novice table tennis player Sam Priestley, as he attempted to go from beginner to expert in just one year and break into the top 250 players in England. Sam (the subject of the experiment) has been playing recreational ‘ping-pong’ in his kitchen with his flatmates for a few months. He then decided to buy himself a table tennis robot to practice with. He then, with the help of his…
  • Agile and Scrum training the Agile For All way

    Bob Hartman
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Take a moment to consider the last time you were in any sort of training environment. Were the tables set up “classroom style” so everyone faced forward in rows? Did the instructor read a lot of PowerPoint slides? Perhaps the room was even dark so everyone could see the PowerPoint better. Maybe you were lucky and you even had a workbook that was 500 pages long to go along with the training! <please feel free to gag at this point> Yes, we’ve all been there, and it’s horrible. It is one reason why many adults avoid any sort of educational opportunities –…
  • Life Change Starts with Clarity

    Peter Saddington
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Clarity starts with understanding YOU first… then the problem. There are moments where each one of us have wished for significant life change – this could be related to our current circumstances, our jobs, our vocations, our relationships, and even something about ourselves. Our constant desire for improvement and life change is a natural consequence of being human as all of us desperately want to see forward momentum and progress. We want to see that “breakthrough” because there’s something within all of us that speaks to us deeply about how things today are not…
  • The Value of Planning Together

    Peter Saddington
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Yes! I love hearing great stories like this from our clients and students! If you’ve taken part in any of our Scrum classes, then you know we highly value the power of face-to-face communication. The emergent power of real-time collaboration allows us to uncover one of the most detrimental nuances of the work we do in software development: ASSUMPTION. We begin with the idea from the Agile Manifesto (principle #5), which reminds us that, “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.” To be…
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    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software

  • Storytelling for Brands: Can Marketers be Eloquent Storytellers?

    Sara Breeding
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    If it looks like marketing, acts like marketing, smells like marketing…it’s marketing! So, what’s a marketer to do? This is the dilemma for all of us who are trying to tame the beast that is “content marketing.” How can we get people to engage with our brand, share our content, and maybe buy whatever the hell it is that we’re selling – without being salesy? This is counter-intuitive to a lot of traditional marketing best practices that I’ve learned. But wait a second… I hate being sold to, yet I have an online shopping addiction. So how do brands convince us to…
  • Axosoft Software Review (Spoiler Alert: It ROCKS!)

    Tania Katan
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    They like us! They really like us! Axosoft is kicking agile ass and helping software developers make a name for themselves in 2015… HUZZAH! We know what you’re thinking, This is Axosoft’s blog, of course they’re gonna toot their own horn, duh.”  So don’t listen to us, listen to the leading reference for project managers, Project-Management.com Axosoft enables users to plan for their product with the tools that can collect all details and information. With the right product backlog, the team can start the needed project, release, version and sprints and…
  • What’s New in Axosoft 14.6?

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

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

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

    Peter Saddington
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    The guys over at Expert Table Tennis had a great idea. What would it take to become an expert? Dedication? Heart? Perseverance? The Expert in a Year Challenge took part during 2014 and followed the progress of novice table tennis player Sam Priestley, as he attempted to go from beginner to expert in just one year and break into the top 250 players in England. Sam (the subject of the experiment) has been playing recreational ‘ping-pong’ in his kitchen with his flatmates for a few months. He then decided to buy himself a table tennis robot to practice with. He then, with the help of his…
  • Agile and Scrum training the Agile For All way

    Bob Hartman
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Take a moment to consider the last time you were in any sort of training environment. Were the tables set up “classroom style” so everyone faced forward in rows? Did the instructor read a lot of PowerPoint slides? Perhaps the room was even dark so everyone could see the PowerPoint better. Maybe you were lucky and you even had a workbook that was 500 pages long to go along with the training! <please feel free to gag at this point> Yes, we’ve all been there, and it’s horrible. It is one reason why many adults avoid any sort of educational opportunities –…
  • Life Change Starts with Clarity

    Peter Saddington
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Clarity starts with understanding YOU first… then the problem. There are moments where each one of us have wished for significant life change – this could be related to our current circumstances, our jobs, our vocations, our relationships, and even something about ourselves. Our constant desire for improvement and life change is a natural consequence of being human as all of us desperately want to see forward momentum and progress. We want to see that “breakthrough” because there’s something within all of us that speaks to us deeply about how things today are not…
  • The Value of Planning Together

    Peter Saddington
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Yes! I love hearing great stories like this from our clients and students! If you’ve taken part in any of our Scrum classes, then you know we highly value the power of face-to-face communication. The emergent power of real-time collaboration allows us to uncover one of the most detrimental nuances of the work we do in software development: ASSUMPTION. We begin with the idea from the Agile Manifesto (principle #5), which reminds us that, “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.” To be…
  • Viktor Frankl’s Meaning Triangle for Organizations

    Peter Saddington
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Viktor Frankl was an incredible human being, having survived the Holocaust and establishing logotherapy, a type of psychotherapy. His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, details his development of his theory around meaning and suffering. And he was a student of suffering as he and his fellow prisoners walked through horrifying conditions. What he discovered, though, was how some of his colleagues were able to not only survive but grow in the process. His conclusion – that the most basic human motivation is the will to meaning, and as Nietzsche put it, He who has a why to live for…
 
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  • 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 team, and the team can produce a working, tested, increment of the product on regular intervals… you get the idea. There are tons of reasons that make this approach a great way to build software. Code ownership is less complex. Branching strategies simplify. We have…
  • 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 we are doing to make reality conform to our will. If it’s impossible… bend the spoon. Some people are wired to bend the spoon, some are not. When I walk down a busy sidewalk, I kinda expect traffic to flow around me. When my wife walks down the same sidewalk, she dodges the oncoming traffic. My wife sees the world as…
  • Fueling Delivery Teams

    Rick Austin
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    I’ve started using an analogy to illustrate the importance of product owner teams in larger organizations.  When working with organizations to do an agile transformation, almost always, a tiered model is used for scaling across the organization. The model looks something like this: The top tier is portfolio management which is responsible for investment decisions and what initiatives continue to move forward. The middle tier is representative of the Product Owner role in Scrum and is where we often create program teams, sometimes called product owner teams. The bottom tier is where…
  • What Is An Agile Team and How Do You Form Them?

    Mike Cottmeyer
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    An agile team is not just any random group of people. An agile team is not a group of business analysts doing a daily standup to coordinate their work. It’s not a group of developers that meet every other week to do sprint planning. It’s not a project team with folks matrixed across two or more other agile teams. An agile team is a cross-functional group of people that have everything, and everyone, necessary to produce a working, tested increment of product. These people are dedicated to the team, and as a rule, do not move between or across teams as demand ebbs and flows. I’m going to…
  • The One Immutable Law of Adopting Agile

    Mike Cottmeyer
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    I have three non-negotiables when it comes to running an agile transformation. If we are unwilling to create clear, well-articulated backlogs… if we are unwilling to form complete cross-functional teams… and if we are unwilling to produce working, tested software on regular intervals… we probably shouldn’t even get started. Without these three pre-conditions it is unlikely that adopting agile practices (or even an agile culture) will make much of a dent in terms of how you put product into market.That said, the number one thing that gets in the way of creating clear,…
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  • 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…
  • Native vs Web vs Hybrid: Which Mobile Architecture is Right for Your App?

    Rodrigo Coutinho
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Picking the right mobile architecture for your apps can amount to a million dollar decision. And there isn’t a one-size-fits-all architecture to solve all mobile problems. Based on our years of experience helping our enterprise customers deliver mobile applications, our team of mobile app experts have compiled a guide to help you select the right mobile architecture. The guide includes a decision tree and a set of simple instructions that help explain the benefits and tradeoffs of each type of mobile approach. We thought everyone could benefit from this expertise, so we are sharing it with…
  • Rapid Application Development: Moving the Problem to the Right

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

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

  • Breaking up User Stories into smaller Shorter versions: Correct vs incorrect validations

    ashish
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    It’s a constant problem. User Stories are defined by the Product Manager, defining apparently bare minimum functionality, and the estimate given by the Scrum team for the task is way beyond a couple of days, in some extreme cases, going even beyond a Sprint cycle. And the Product Owner is told regularly by the Scrum Master and others that the work needs to be broken down into smaller tasks, not going beyond a couple of days. In such cases, this issue can be a source of frustration for the team, and particularly for the Product Owners. I have heard Product Owners get frustrated to the…
  • Ensuring video conferencing as part of global Daily Scrum

    ashish
    7 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    And of course, this is not restricted only to the Daily Scrum meeting, but other meetings as well where interaction between teams located globally is required. A Daily Scrum is supposed to be a quick meeting, where the attendees of the meeting quickly lay down what has happened since the previous meeting, what will happen till the next meeting, and some of the problems that they are facing. At the same time, the Daily Scrum meeting is not a meeting where people try to discuss the solution of these problems – those problems are supposed to be reviewed and discussed in follow up meetings…
  • Adding details in the user stories and requirements – varies from team to team

    ashish
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The title of this post is a bit broad and could be thought to be confusing. So let me clarify this a bit. People who use Scrum as their development model know a lot about user stories capturing their requirements, but when you get into more detail about how to define user stories, the way that different teams provide details vary tremendously. There are some teams that opt for clear and concise user stories, short and to the point; there are other teams that provide some voluminous details to the user stories, these being quite wordy. Some would think that these stories are overkill, and such…
  • User Stories: Work with the team rather than a one-man effort

    ashish
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    It has been the experience of many teams that the process of writing User Stories is mostly a one-person effort, or rather, a one-role effort. The Product Owner is the one who is expected to write the User Story (or rather, all the User Stories). If there are multiple Product Owners, then they would be expected to distribute the User Stories between them and deliver the same to the team. This has been the expectation of many teams as well – my discussion with many team members is that they expect that the Product Owner will have the entire responsibility of the User Stories. Talking…
  • Work started on a story, but constraints pop-up during the work ?

    ashish
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    This can happen fairly easily. You would think that you have planned tasks to a great degree during initial planning of these tasks, and work has started; but it is a bit impractical to think that for all tasks, the task will go fully as expected. You would come across a situation once in a while where there are new constraints that are discovered during the ongoing task, these constraints needing additional work. In other cases, the constraints were such that they needed time to resolve, before actual work could happen on resolving these constraints. In most of these cases where constraints…
 
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

  • 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…
  • Puzzle Game:: The Impossible Room

    David Koontz
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    My progress in The Impossible Room - iOS app puzzle game by Maruf Nebil.“Only one room Only one way Key is alive Leave or stay"Spoiler Alert --- some puzzles are solved below.Day 1.Collected Items ————paper scraplamp shadescrewdrivertesla bookUSB cordBook Shelf  - opens Screwdriver-------------------------------------Aristotle  384 BCERoger Bacon  1214 - 1292Leonardo Da Vinci  1452 - 1519Copernicus  1473 - 1543Galileo  1564 - 1642Newton  1642 - 1727Faraday  1791 - 1867Tesla  1856- 1943Alan Turing  1912 -…
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  • It’s got to be mobile first, no question

    Bradley
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Some very interesting stats. It just seems obvious to go Mobile first with your websites these days. Also I stumbled upon this very interesting 2014 talk by World Internet Project founder, Jeff Cole. He offers insights on the Internet to New Zealand audiences. Link: Trends and impact of the internet (RadioNZ) Fun fact taken from this talk. New Zealand is at the absolute top of the world in internet penetration being at 95%. The U.S is at 88%. Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • There is no fold

    Bradley
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    I really stand by this! I believe there is no fold and you shouldn’t really worry too much about how long your page is. If you can be smart about it you should spend time with your customer to the point where they can be more convinced of your product. That’s where your call to action should be. Check out this great post by Luke Wroblewski. I think he nails it. Link: There is no fold Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • InfoQ interview: Building a Freedom-centered organisation

    Rebecca Jones
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    While at Agile2014 in Orlando last year Nathan was lucky enough to be interviewed by Shane Hastie for InfoQ. In the interview they talked about Agile in China, what it means to be a Freedom Centered Company and Democratic organisation. Check out the full interview here and for more blog post from Nathan make sure to follow his blog. Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 44 – Estimating

    Rebecca Jones
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    In The Board we talk about various Agile topics. This week we talked about Estimating. We discussed what story points are and and gave tips on how to make estimating stories easier. We also talked about why we estimate stories and long range planning. Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • Loving Evernote

    Rebecca Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    For years I’ve used Evernote, poorly. Every where I go I run into people who swear their lives would disentegrate without it! I could never fit it into my workflow, no matter how I tried. The other day I came across the post Using Evernote (the right way). Great to have another way to think about this. I’m determined to find the love :-). Related Posts: No Related Posts
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  • March 10 – Business Value Game

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

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

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

    Caroline Sauve
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    October meetup has been posted for Agile Ottawa… Mark Levison (@mlevison) of Agile Pain Relief will be our main presenter and is tackling the tricky topic of “Estimation”. Agile 101 session will come to us thanks to Bill Bourne (@abbourne) … Continue reading →
  • Agile Ottawa – September Event – Announcement and Links

    Caroline Sauve
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Thanks to Phil Green (twitter: @pg5150) for his engaging workshop on “User Story Mapping” this week.  Thank you also to all who came out and participated in the event… we had a packed house and a great time. As promised, here are some … Continue reading →
 
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    Practical Agility

  • People and Resources... again.

    Dave Rooney
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Despite the protestations of many people, the term resource continues to be widely used as a synonym for person. I've written about it before, but I'd like to explain again why I feel so strongly about the issue. This is lumber, specifically spruce. Suppose I took one of the 2x4s from the pile, put it back and took another. I could be reasonably certain that both 2x4s had close to the same
  • You Won't Believe this Absurdly Wrong Design Decision!

    Dave Rooney
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:50 pm
    I'm often asked if the principle of emergent design used by many agile teams really makes sense. Usually the question comes from someone who is heavily involved in the design process, such as an architect or senior developer. That person may have spent years designing software, and is somewhat uncomfortable with the idea that the hard work done up front can be adequately replaced by allowing
  • Uh Oh... We Discovered More Stories!

    Dave Rooney
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    As I've said before, I'm a huge fan of Jeff Patton's Story Mapping technique. While Story Mapping goes a long way towards identifying the work that needs to be completed to deliver a viable system, you will inevitably miss some stories. This is a natural outcome of the discovery process that is inherent to software development. When you discover that some functionality is missing or
  • How to Enable Estimate-Free Development

    Dave Rooney
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Most of us have been there... the release or sprint planning meeting to goes on and on and on and on. There is constant discussion over what a story means and endless debate over whether it's 3, 5 or 8 points. You're eventually bludgeoned into agreement, or simply too numb to disagree. Any way you look at it, you'll never get those 2, 4 or even 6 hours back - they're gone forever! And to what
  • "How Thin is Thin?" An Example of Effective Story Slicing

    Dave Rooney
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Graphene is pure carbon in the form of a very thin, nearly transparent sheet, one atom thick. It is remarkably strong for  its very low weight and it conducts heat and electricity with great efficiency. Wikipedia If you have spent any time at all working in an Agile software development environment, you've heard the mantra to split your Stories as thin as you possibly can while still
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • 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…
  • Agile Quick Links #30

    Heather
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: Your Agile Project Needs a Budget, Not an Estimate (Debbie Madden) The Key To Happiness At Work That Has Nothing To Do With Your Actual Job (Alena Hall) Remote Working – 3 Year Retrospective (Jon Cowie) Why few organizations adopt systems thinking (Sam Honkonen) You Need Feature Teams to Produce Features (Johanna Rothman) How Rally Flowdock Does Support (Ville Saarinen) Pair Programming Economics (Olaf, Trust Artists) Key Principles for Reducing Continuous Integration Build Time (Naresh Jain) Defending Scrum Against Stupid Arguments (Tim…
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #10

    Heather
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:11 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. Brain Time (David Eagleman) – It’s not what you think Crowdsource Your Performance Reviews (Eric Mosley) How to debunk falsehoods (Tom Stafford) High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Decay (Psy Blog) 10 Ways That Brain Myths Are Harming Us (Christian Jarrett) Insightful Thinking 101 (W. R. Klemm) – creativity is slow painstaking process How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders (Psy Blog) There’s a…
  • Scrum Alone is Not Enough

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

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

  • One Example of How to Use an Agile Tool with Balance

    peter
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    So many tools… which one to choose? Check out our great list of Agile Tools Using an Agile or Scrum tool like many that we have in our list and those reviewed can be a challenge. We’ve helped many companies utilize their ALM’s well, and we’ve even helped even more remove the challenges that Agile tools can create… and let’s be honest, sometimes the problems they create. I, for one, am tool agnostic, any client that’s worked with me will tell you the same. My adage when it comes to any type of tool usage is this: The effectiveness of any tool is the…
  • Complex Requirements [LOL]

    peter
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:18 am
  • Agile Training [LOL]

    peter
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
  • VMEdu Inc [ScrumStudy] – Spamtastic!

    peter
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    These guys don’t quit. This is like the 5th time I’ve received emails from them telling me I can make a shit-ton if I use them…   Hello Peter, I represent VMEdu Inc (US based company), a leading learning platform dealing with professional training and certifications. We are funded by Sequoia Capital – the leading PE fund in the Silicon Valley, which has also funded companies such as Apple, Google, Cisco, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, AirBnB etc. *REALLY?*HHMM The VMEdu platform is a one-stop shop for training providers where they can assign coursework to students, buy…
  • Delivering a Baby [LOL]

    peter
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
 
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • New Article - Forecasting from Defect Signals

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    On large software development and acquisition programs, testing phases typically extend over many months. It is important to forecast the quality of the software at that future time when the schedule calls for testing to be complete. In this article, originally published in CrossTalk, Paul Below shows how Walter Shewhart’s Control Charts can be applied to this purpose, in order to detect a signal that indicates a significant change in the state of the software. This signal detection is then used to improve mapping of project progress to forecast curves and thereby improve estimates of…
  • Making Project Decisions Early is Risky Business

    Keith Ciocco
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    At QSM, we have one of the largest industry databases in the world of completed software projects. The data comes from our clients with their permission and this data has been the backbone of our software estimation business for over 35 years. We can see what is reasonable on software development projects as it relates to cost, team size, effort, duration, size, and reliability. Because of our experience we are often asked about risk factors and estimation accuracy early in the project lifecycle. We explain that increased accuracy comes with having historical data and good sizing…
  • Getting a Good Start in Software Estimation

    John Staiger
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:37 am
    How in the world does landing on an aircraft carrier relate to software estimation? Anyone who has ever experienced the terror joy of landing a jet on an aircraft carrier, especially on that dark, stormy night with no moon and a pitching deck, appreciates the importance of a good start. Your line-up is critical, as is your airspeed, angle-of-attack and attention to the "ball" – that tiny little yellow dot between the rows of green lights. As a former Bombardier/Navigator in the Grumman A6E Intruder, I have teamed with pilots on over 300 landings, all of which I have lived through. My job…
  • Webinar Replay - Avoiding Disaster in IT Outsourcing: A Quantitative Solution for Vendor Management

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    If you were unable to attend our recent webinar, "Avoiding Disaster in IT Outsourcing: A Quantitative Solution for Vendor Management," a replay is now available.In the Forbes article “Now Every Company is a Software Company,” David Kirkpatrick argues “regardless of industry your company is now a software company, and pretending that it’s not spells serious peril.”As organizations in nearly every industry sector transform into software companies, many executives, project managers, and procurement departments are being thrust into the role of managing IT vendors on software…
  • New QSM Software Estimation Workshop Series

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    QSM is pleased to announce the launch of a new workshop series focused on addressing the challenges organizations encounter when implementing software estimation processes. The series offers eight customizable workshops that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual company and its business goals.Workshops include product training for users of QSM's SLIM Suite, as well as estimation fundamentals that are tool agnostic:Essential Software Estimation: Gain the fundamentals of software estimation. Software Product Size Estimation: Learn how to use the most practical sizing…
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    Agile World

  • 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.
  • Scrum Australia 2014 : Build great products with Scrum + Design Thinking + Lean Startup

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

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

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

  • Google Play Services 7.0 Is Rolling Out With Partial Support For Trusted Voice [APK Download]

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:48 am
    Google Play Services 7.0 Is Rolling Out With Partial Support For Trusted Voice [APK Download] by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Cody Toombs Google just announced all of the great new APIs developers would be able to play with from the Google Play services, and now we’ve got some apks to check out. As usual, there aren’t a lot of user-facing features in the GMS package, so don’t expect to... The post Google Play Services 7.0 Is Rolling Out With Partial Support For Trusted Voice [APK Download] appeared first on Tech Gadget…
  • U.K. Box Office: 'Exotic Marigold' Sequel Topples 'Fifty Shades'

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:48 am
    U.K. Box Office: 'Exotic Marigold' Sequel Topples 'Fifty Shades' by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Alex Ritman The British retiree comedy humbled the erotic adaptation in its third week. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post U.K. Box Office: 'Exotic Marigold' Sequel Topples 'Fifty Shades' appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Tuning in to the real pain of customers

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:48 am
    Tuning in to the real pain of customers by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Carol Carpenter In my product management and marketing experience, I discovered that I carry a deep bias about our product capabilities and why it’s special — before a launch. On a whiteboard, in a spec, or in a usability lab, our product can and will change the world. Post-launch,... The post Tuning in to the real pain of customers appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • David Ellison's Skydance Names Anne Globe Chief Marketing Officer

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:48 am
    David Ellison's Skydance Names Anne Globe Chief Marketing Officer by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Pamela McClintock The veteran executive did a long stint at DreamWorks Animation. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post David Ellison's Skydance Names Anne Globe Chief Marketing Officer appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Five Areas Every e-Commerce Business Should Monitor Using Log Data

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:48 am
    Five Areas Every e-Commerce Business Should Monitor Using Log Data by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By contributor If you’re responsible for an e-commerce website, I guarantee you’ve been asked about, told about, or wondered about what kind of information and events you should be logging. Important things are happening all the time, and you need to know what’s going on! Right? Are they bad things,... The post Five Areas Every e-Commerce Business Should Monitor Using Log Data appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
 
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