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  • 30 Hot Books for Your Backlog (September)

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    Jurgen Appelo
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:26 am
    30 Hot Books for Your Backlog… These are my 30 personal reading tips for September! The post 30 Hot Books for Your Backlog (September) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Heart of Agile talk mid 2015.pdf

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    Alistair Cockburn
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:21 pm
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  • Reducing Technical Debt

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    27 Aug 2015 | 7:20 pm
    How do organizations balance releasing the best product against meeting time-to-market need? In other words, what's the best way to deal with technical debt?
  • Agile India 2016 – Call for Proposals

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

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    12 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Over the course of my career, I've found that quality is much more than what the data from test reports can reveal.
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  • Lead the Change: Learn to Drive an Agile Transformation

    Rally
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Isn’t it fun to think about a future that includes driverless cars? The technology behind them is pretty impressive, but it isn’t quite where it needs to be to take over for humans. And in the meantime, we humans continue to be fallible creatures. We need instruction and practice to drive well, and even then, we sometimes get off-course or hit obstacles along the way.    (image: Flickr CC) You know what’s even harder than driving a car? Driving an agile transformation. While agile principles may seem simple to understand, they can be complex to implement at scale. Changing an…
  • Swisscom: Disrupting the TV Industry with Agile

    Rally
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Chances are, you or someone you know has “cut the cord” recently — canceled your cable TV subscription service in favor of the alternatives, like a set-top box, rabbit ears, streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, or Internet-delivered media. Here in the United States, one survey found that more than eight percent of cable TV subscribers had cut the cord last year. One thing you may not have considered is how this cord-cutting, multiplied by the thousands, is radically disrupting the cable and communications industry. Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telcomm company, was mindful…
  • Decisions in Progress and 20,000 Reasons You Should Care

    Suzanne Nottage
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    At a large big room planning (BRP) event run by one of our customers recently, between 400 and 500 people spent two days planning their next 12 weeks of work. The stakes were high, as the health care product they are racing their competitors to deliver must go live by January 1st.  Rally talks about big room planning as the “secret sauce” of agile at scale, and one of the key reasons it's so powerful is because it exponentially cuts down on decision-making cycle time. In short, lots of decisions get made. Fast. I worked with one of the customer's Agile Release Trains (each Train…
  • Run, Don't Walk, to Scale Agile

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

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

    Naresh Jain
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Agile India 2014 Conference was happy to host 1236 Attendees from 28 different countries. The attendees belong to 226 different companies and play 342 different roles. More details… However in Agile India 2015 Conference we hosted 817 Attendees from 26 different countries. The attendees belong to 165 different companies and play 270 different roles. More details… Also there was a proportionate drop in the number of sponsors. 14 sponsors in 2014 as opposed to 11 in 2015. So many people ask us why the numbers dipped? That’s a fair question. Following are the…
  • A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

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

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

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

    Naresh Jain
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you are using Opauth-Twitter and suddenly you find that the Twitter OAuth is failing on OS X Yosemite, then it could be because  of the CA certificate issue. In OS X Yosemite 10.10, they switched cURL’s version from 7.30.0 to 7.37.1 [curl 7.37.1 (x86_64-apple-darwin14.0) libcurl/7.37.1 SecureTransport zlib/1.2.5] and since then cURL always tries to verify the SSL certificate of the remote server. In the previous versions, you could set curl_ssl_verifypeer to false and it would skip the verification. However from 7.37, if you set curl_ssl_verifypeer to false, it complains…
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  • Scrum Alone Is Not Enough – InfoQ and Agile 2015 Interviews

    Agile Pain Relief
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Mark attended Agile2015 in Washington and, as part of his conference commitments, he sat down with ​SolutionsIQ for an Agile Amped podcast about High-Performance Teams, as well as with InfoQ for an on-camera interview to discuss his Scrum Alone Is Not Enough blog series. InfoQ recently interviewed Mark regarding the motivation behind the blog series and how his experience as an Agile expert has formed his viewpoints. You can read the full interview at http://www.infoq.com/articles/scrum-not-enough. And you can view…
  • Teams and their proximity to the final user

    Mike Caspar
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comA great, simple post from Mike Bowler… Time: Teams that are writing code today that will be used by their customers tomorrow are very focused on what the customers actually need. Teams that are writing code today that won’t be seen by a customer for … Continue reading Teams and their proximity to the final user → The post Teams and their proximity to the final user appeared first on Agile Advice.
  • Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Sized Organization Into an Agile Enterprise #agile2015

    Mike Cottmeyer
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    Here is my talk from this AM at the #Agile2015 conference. Enjoy! The Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Size Organization Into an Agile Enterprise from Mike Cottmeyer The post Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Sized Organi...
  • ‘Agile Executive’ – workshop with Kelly Waters on 28 Sep 2015

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

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

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:20 pm
    How do organizations balance releasing the best product against meeting time-to-market need? In other words, what's the best way to deal with technical debt?
  • Roads Less Traveled on Agile’s journey

    14 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I believe that certain factors are necessary to thoroughly to reap the benefits of Agile, but they are unnoticed or rarely discussed during a project's life cycle.
  • Success Through Relationships

    12 Aug 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Our client was getting frustrated by working with us as a distributed team -- until we made the right changes.
  • Quality: What Does It Really Mean?

    12 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Over the course of my career, I've found that quality is much more than what the data from test reports can reveal.
  • Eat the Agile Elephant

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:32 am
    Let's be clear: Agile is here to stay. And because it's not an easy transition, it's best to take it in small steps.
 
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  • Agile Principle 8 - Projects are built around motivated individuals, who should be trusted

    Neil Parkhurst
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Projects are built around motivated individuals, who should be trusted, the 8th principle of Agile.
  • Agile Principle 6 - Close, daily cooperation between business people and developers

    Neil Parkhurst
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:40 pm
    The sixth Agile principle is “Close, daily cooperation between business people and developers
  • Unfolding Plans 131 – A SOWE

    philjackman
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:32 am
    I’ve been thinking about how we create a self-organising work environment.  A SOWE.  I’ve been thinking about it ever since I saw Sugata Mitra’s work at the first Dynamo conference and that was well over a year and a half ago.  How do you get your teams to come together and deliver what is required with the minimal amount of management intervention?  That is the question that I am trying to answer and the environment that I want to create. Bob is working with me on it and we are trying to draw upon the resources at Newcastle University. I suppose though it depends upon what I mean…
  • AgileHubNoord: Session on scaling agile with Anko Tijman

    djdegrood
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:36 am
    On 1 september the AgileHubNoord organised a session on Scaling Agile. During the meeting Anko Tijman gave the presentation that we (Anko, Cesario Ramos and I) did during the testnet event last spring. Reading the comments on the event page  the event was a succes. I saw some good tweets on the subwaymapping technique that was presented. And was positively surprised by the visio drawing that was put online by Steven Nienhuis. So in addition to the powerpoint template in my original post, there is now a visio option as well. Succes with applying.
  • Has anybody seen my RAML? A handy tool for API Design

    mfmbarber
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:46 am
    Having worked with a number of APIs and lathered myself in some rather frightening SOAP I’m a big advocate when it comes to well designed RESTful APIs. Think of SOAP like a whole slab of caramel slice, and you have a fork. It looks delicious. You have the right implement. However it isn’t long before you’ve realised you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. You are a shadow of the person you once were – and napping seems like the only option. Quickly you are overwhelmed. You slouch back in the chair loosening the belt toggle on your jeans. The hot sweats hit. And…
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  • NFL Mens 47 Brand Basic Scrum Premium Tee Of

    tercgusrati1985
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:11 pm
    NFL Mens 47 Brand Basic Scrum Premium Tee Of ITIL v3 Foundation certified education course initiates the student to the basic  of IT Service Management that are illustrated  in Version 3 of the IT basic courses. The course includes lectures, detailed discussions, exercises and quizzes with integrated examination. ITIL v3 is the general and extensively acknowledged way to the IT service administration in the globe. ITIL offers a consistent group of finest ways, executed from both the public and private sectors globally. IT Service Management also known as ITSM obtain huge advantages…
  • MLB Chicago Cubs Mens Scrum Basic Tee with Team

    crewomtota1987
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:52 pm
    MLB Chicago Cubs Mens Scrum Basic Tee with Team Logo Methods The chicago cubs are coming off a very disappointing period filled with dropping and frustration. From the frustrations with ace pitcher Carlos Zambrano to the troubles with Lou Piniella and his retirement. It was an all round undesirable 2011 period with the Cubs. I know personally, that I had high hopes for the cubs likely into last year. They were picked to be one of best teams in the Nationwide League and had been one particular of the apparent favorites to compete for a division title. The cubs ended up underachieving and place…
  • Scrum Simplified

    saurabhsharmagp
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:35 am
    It is said that Scrum is easy to learn but difficult to master, people also say that transition to Scrum is very difficult. I would say keep all these things aside and lets concentrate on Scrum. Scrum is one of the Agile Methodology and its very popular, you would be surprised to know that all the big companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM etc. are using Scrum these days. Scrum is not a short form for anything so where the term “Scrum” came from?. It came from “Rugby”, where a holistic approach is used, a team tries to go the distance as a unit, passing the ball back and…
  • AgileHubNoord: Session on scaling agile with Anko Tijman

    djdegrood
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:36 am
    On 1 september the AgileHubNoord organised a session on Scaling Agile. During the meeting Anko Tijman gave the presentation that we (Anko, Cesario Ramos and I) did during the testnet event last spring. Reading the comments on the event page  the event was a succes. I saw some good tweets on the subwaymapping technique that was presented. And was positively surprised by the visio drawing that was put online by Steven Nienhuis. So in addition to the powerpoint template in my original post, there is now a visio option as well. Succes with applying.
  • Challenges faced in adopting agile across enterprise

    Chethan.Srinivas
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Agility, Being nimble, Innovation, Execution excellence, Delivering value, Business outcome, Customer success, Employee satisfaction, Value to stake holders… are things that are on top of the mind of every CXO of an enterprise. Globally across industries, customer needs, business realities are changing at phenomenal pace and with continuous technological evolution, enterprises to be successful has to respond with high degree of agility by welcoming changes to requirements, instilling sustainable development environment for early and continuous delivery of valuable software. In…
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  • Heart of Agile talk mid 2015.pdf

    Alistair Cockburn
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:21 pm
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  • Interview with Alistair 2015 on Software Requirements Specifications

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

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

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

    Alistair Cockburn
    13 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    What to do about bad Responsive design? Short answer: Design for the device. I get to use really good mobile apps – they are clean, easy to read, easy to use. (Examples abound. Orbitz is a handy one). Whoever designed those understood the medium, its affordances and limitation, and designed for that. Big screen is different – different medium, different affordances. Good designs on the big screen are very different than good designs on the small screen. Responsive design is the lazy designers way to make designs that fit no screen well. Kind of like 1-size-fits-all clothes that…
 
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  • The Product Roadmap is Not the Project Portfolio

    johanna
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    I keep seeing talks and arguments about how the portfolio team should manage the epics for a program. That conflates the issue of project portfolio management and product management. Several potential teams affect each project (or program). Starting at the right side of this image, the project portfolio team decides which projects to do and when for the organization. The product owner value team decides which features/feature sets to do when for a given product. That team may well split feature sets into releases, which provides the project portfolio team opportunities to change the project…
  • My Agile 2015 Roundup

    johanna
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Agile 2015 was the week of Aug 3-7 this year. It was a great week. Here are the links to my interviews and talks. Interview with Dave Prior. We spoke about agile programs, continuous planning, and how you might use certifications. I made a little joke about measurement. Interview with Paul DuPuy of SolutionsIQ. We also spoke about agile programs. Paul had some interesting questions, one of which I was not prepared for. That’s okay. I answered it anyway. The slides from Scaling Agile Projects to Programs: Networks of Autonomy, Collaboration and Exploration. At some point, the Agile…
  • How to Use Continuous Planning

    johanna
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    If you’ve read Reasons for Continuous Planning, you might be wondering, “How can we do this?” Here are some ideas. You have a couple of preconditions: The teams get to done on features often. I like small stories that the team can finish in a day or so. The teams continuously integrate their features. Frequent features with continuous integration creates an environment in which you know that you have the least amount of work in progress (WIP). Your program also has a steady stream of features flowing into the code base. That means you can make decisions more often about…
  • Reasons for Continuous Planning

    johanna
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    I’m working on the program management book, specifically on the release planning chapter. One of the problems I see in programs is that the organization/senior management/product manager wants a “commitment” for an entire quarter. Since they think in quarter-long roadmaps, that’s not unreasonable—from their perspective. There is a problem with commitments and the need for planning for an entire quarter. This is legacy (waterfall) thinking. Committing is not what the company actually wants. Delivery is what the company wants. The more often you deliver, the more…
  • Who Should be Your Product Owner?

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

    Jurgen Appelo
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:26 am
    30 Hot Books for Your Backlog… These are my 30 personal reading tips for September! The post 30 Hot Books for Your Backlog (September) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Success and Failure (Get Your Free Celebration Grid Poster!)

    Jurgen Appelo
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Success and Failure – The Celebration Grid The post Success and Failure (Get Your Free Celebration Grid Poster!) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Time for a Speaking Break, and a Writing Streak

    Jurgen Appelo
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    When I travel a lot, I dream of being back home for a while so that I can “get things done”. My God, the traveling is a giant productivity killer! However, when I am home for a couple of months, I yearn for new events, conferences, and gatherings. Because, even for an introvert like me, working alone can feel so… alone. The post Time for a Speaking Break, and a Writing Streak appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Interview with Dave Gray about The Connected Company

    Jurgen Appelo
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Last year, I read the book The Connected Company by Dave Gray, and I gave it five stars. As an experiment, I decided to reach out to Dave with a couple of questions, and he graciously took time to reply. The post Interview with Dave Gray about The Connected Company appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Crater of Unhappiness

    Jurgen Appelo
    27 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    Many years ago, during a trip through the USA, a friend and I visited Meteor Crater, a giant crater left behind by a meteorite. At the bottom of the crater, there are some remains of a small airplane. We were told that, many years ago, the plane had unintentionally flown into the space contained within the crater, and was then unable to get out. The post The Crater of Unhappiness appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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  • Budget When You Can’t Estimate

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    I've written before that we should only estimate if having the estimate will change someone's actions. Normally, this means that the team should estimate work only if having the estimate will either: enable the product owner to better prioritize the product backlog, or let the product owner answer questions about when some amount of functionality can be available. But, even if we only ask for estimates at these times, there will be some work that the team finds extremely hard or nearly impossible to estimate. Let's look at the best approach when an agile team is asked to estimate…
  • An Iterative Waterfall Isn’t Agile

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    I’ve noticed something disturbing over the past two years. And it’s occurred uniformly with teams I’ve worked with all across the world. It’s the tendency to create an iterative waterfall process and then to call it agile. An iterative waterfall looks something like this: In one sprint, someone (perhaps a business analyst working with a product owner) figures out what is to be built.  Because they’re trying to be agile, they do this with user stories. But rather than treating the user stories as short placeholders for future conversations, each user story…
  • Quickly Help Users Identify Their Needs

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many projects bog down during requirements gathering. This is dangerous because it wastes valuable time, often setting up a project to be late. To avoid this problem, I like to engage users and stakeholders in very lightweight story-writing workshops. Before anyone arrives in the meeting room, I will prepare the room by making sure there are pens and index cards within reach of every chair in the room. Even if you will be using a tool to maintain your product backlog, pen and paper are great for this type of early brainstorming. I then write on a whiteboard or large sheet of paper: As a…
  • New Features on PlanningPoker.com

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The PlanningPoker.com team has been quite busy. A couple of months ago, they launched a brand new design and mobile support. Since then, they have continued to improve the site based on your feedback. Now, they’ve launched PlanningPoker.com’s first set of premium features. While these premium features do require a monthly fee, the base game will always be free. Visit PlanningPoker.com to see these new features in action: Import and export from JIRA and other backlog tools Add and edit story details and acceptance criteria within the game Monitor remaining team velocity while…
  • Are 64% of Features Really Rarely or Never Used?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    A very oft-cited metric is that 64 percent of features in products are “rarely or never used.” The source for this claim was Jim Johnson, chairman of the Standish Group, who presented it in a keynote at the XP 2002 conference in Sardinia. The data Johnson presented can be seen in the following chart. Johnson’s data has been repeated again and again to the extent that those citing it either don’t understand its origins or never bothered to check into them. The misuse or perhaps just overuse of this data has been bothering me for a while, so I decided to investigate it.
 
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  • How ADLM Gobbles Up DevOps

    Dennis Ehle
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
              In the 1980’s and 90’s, the business software landscape was dominated by a diverse list of cutting-edge companies such as Best Software, i2, Brock Control Systems, Mapics, Ross Systems, Infinium, FBO Systems, Manugistics and MSA (of course I could go on and on). Now long gone, these and hundreds more really great companies have been gobbled up or rendered obsolete by the rising class of ERP giants. In this article I’ll explain why history will repeat itself leading to the extinction of most DevOps tools as leading ADLM platforms continue to assert…
  • Agile 2015 Conference Highlights: Saluting Enterprise Agility

    Jo Hollen
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    I am just returning from a fantastic week at the 2015 Agile Alliance Agile conference held from August 3-7 just outside Washington D.C. and wanted to share some highlights with those who were unable to attend. This conference attracts international interest and was attended by over 2300 participants, including both experienced practitioners looking to refine their game, as well as novices seeking to join in and reap the powerful benefits of this mainstream set of values and principles that we call “agile”. As a title sponsor, VersionOne featured the latest innovations in its Enterprise…
  • The Trouble with NFRs

    Mike Carew
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Introduction The use of Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) as a way of scaling Agile brings the need to identify Non Functional Requirements (NFRs) throughout the value stream. This need to deal with NFRs is also seen in DAD and LeSS, we have always known that NFRs are key to software success. In some cases the NFRs will be implied, you have a legal requirement to deliver software that is fit for purpose. You also need to comply with any relevant legislation such as the UK Data Protection Act. In other cases NFRs are explicit. They will be called out such as requirements for web site colour…
  • The 7 Best DevOps Books

    Steve Ropa
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
                  With the relative newness of DevOps, there are not yet a ton of DevOps books; some would argue that there are even fewer that are worth reading. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of the 7 best DevOps books based on four criteria: the number of ratings from Amazon, the average Amazon rating, number of ratings from GoodReads and the average GoodReads rating. Both Amazon and GoodReads use a scale of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best. We did all the legwork digging through Amazon and GoodReads to determine how many reviews each book…
  • How to Become a Software Craftsman

    Steve Ropa
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
                  How to become a Software Craftsman has become a huge subtext in the software community and the development conversation. One of the things that I’ve been exploring is how do we get there? How do we go from where we are to becoming  true software craftsmen? It’s not this magical “Oh, we’re agile, we put posters of the manifesto everywhere, so now we’re agile and we’re software craftsmen.” It takes work, and it takes activities. I’ve been doing a lot of exploration into this and believe I have…
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  • One expert in the Scrum team – Part 2

    ashish
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This is a continuation of the Part 1 of this article (Expert in the Scrum team – Part 1); the topic of this series of articles is interesting and different from some of the other articles that have appeared here. When you have such a skilled expert within the team that he / she tends to over-awe every other member of the team, and this can lead to some problems in terms of stifling the enterprise and initiative of the rest of the team members. The previous post went through some of the problems that this can lead to, as well making such a person as the singular leader of the team to the…
  • One expert in the Scrum team – Part 1

    ashish
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    You all know the situation. There is one person who sits above everybody else, and this could be a Scrum team or any other team. Everybody knows that this is the go to guy (and he or she could be for real, not somebody who thinks they are above but are just at the same level as the others), and does this lead you to an awkward position in the team? Well, yes. It can lead to an awkward position within the team. Here is this person who has apparently all the answers, or the team is so awed by this person that they don’t really take too much initiative. You might have seen this before…
  • Spending time planning in current Sprint for the next Sprint

    ashish
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This is one of those concepts where most experts are in agreement. When a project schedule is divided into multiple Sprints, the work done for a Sprint is typically set in the initial meetings, where the team does task estimation (am not getting into details in this post) for the tasks to be done in the current Sprint, and then the team does actual work during the Sprint, with the Daily Scrum meeting being a place where the progress and work remaining is determined. However, it is not that each Sprint is totally isolated from the other Sprints, and I hope that nobody gets this assumption. The…
  • Getting infrastructure done in the first couple of Sprints

    ashish
    30 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Just because a project is being done using the Scrum methodology does not mean that some of the regular work that needs to happen in a project will not happen. Whether you do Waterfall or Scrum, or some other Agile methodology, a lot of the initial work for the project will need to happen and needs to be planned as a part of the schedule. There are many such activities that need to happen, whether these are project design related, or infrastructure related. Some of the infrastructure related stuff include: – Setup the servers needed for development such as the source safe, build…
  • Scrum: Potentially shippable at Sprint end ? Truly ?

    ashish
    28 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    There is always a dichotomy between theory and practice (or is there for most teams). One of the prime examples that I have seen in several Scrum teams is about this concept of the end product of each Sprint cycle fitting a term called being ‘potentially shippable’. During the training, and the literature, and articles all mention that at the end of each Sprint, the concept should be that you could pick up the product that has been completed, and ship it to the customer. Whoa, I can hear some scream. How can that be ? We would finally be ready to ship at the correct time of the…
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  • Codegeist 2015: Enhance the tools you use

    Jill Rosok
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’re happy to announce Atlassian’s 8th add-on developer competition. Add-ons allow you to extend JIRA and other Atlassian products with even more functionality. You can find over 1,800 add-ons in the Atlassian Marketplace Have an idea about how to make JIRA, Confluence, HipChat, or Bitbucket even better? Build an add-on or find a developer who can bring your add-on idea to life. Get started Whether you’re an experienced add-on developer or trying something new, now is the time to build your add-on and share it with the community. All participants will get $75 worth of AWS…
  • Meet the new Atlassian developer blog

    Sarah Goff-Dupont
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Well, sort of new. In case you missed it, we’ve moved our developer blog and are no longer publishing to this category. But never fear: our developers are still pumping out plenty of code samples and nitty-gritty technical goodness. So head on over to the shiny new Atlassian developer blog and talk tech with us. See you there! Check it out   The post Meet the new Atlassian developer blog appeared first on Atlassian Blogs.
  • Announcing an open source Puppet Module for Sonatype Nexus

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

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

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

  • AvailAgility - Karl Scotland: Are we tabby cats trying to emulate cheetahs?

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
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  • Sonar: SonarLint for Visual Studio 1.2.0 Brings Code Fixes to the IDE

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:36 am
    SonarLint for Visual Studio version 1.2.0 was released this week. In this version we focused on improving the user experience by adding code fading and fixes. Code fading makes some issues less obtrusive, and code fixes are concrete suggestions for solving specific issues in the code. This means that when an analyzer identifies an issue in the code, the IDE can propose an automatic fix for it.read more
  • TargetProcess - Edge of Chaos Blog: Agile Software Development Process: 90 Months of Evolution

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:43 am
    Three years ago I wrote an article that describes the changes in our Agile software development processes from 2008 to 2012. Three more years have passed by and our processes were not set in stone. Here I want to provide you with 90 months of changes in our product development practices, company culture, structure and engineering practices. Hope you will find it interesting and learn from our mistakes.read more
  • Powers of Two - Rob Myers: How to Know if TDD is Working

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:10 pm
    How will you know if TDD is working for your teams, program, or organization?I've noticed that small, independent teams typically don't ask this.  They are so close to the end-points of their value-stream that they can sense whether a new discipline is helping or hindering.read more
  • George Dinwiddie’s blog: Framing the Question

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:25 pm
    “I need this project done by date D and within cost budget C. Now calculate an estimate on the project.” A friend of mine used this example to illustrate anchoring bias in estimation. Note, however, that he doesn’t make the question explicit. Further conversation revealed that he had in mind that the date and cost should be the output of the estimation. With that assumption, that statement preceding the request will definitely anchor the answer, and realizing that this bias is likely will call into question whatever estimate is given.read more
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  • TargetProcess - Edge of Chaos Blog: Agile Software Development Process: 90 Months of Evolution

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:43 am
    Three years ago I wrote an article that describes the changes in our Agile software development processes from 2008 to 2012. Three more years have passed by and our processes were not set in stone. Here I want to provide you with 90 months of changes in our product development practices, company culture, structure and engineering practices. Hope you will find it interesting and learn from our mistakes.read more
  • George Dinwiddie’s blog: Framing the Question

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:25 pm
    “I need this project done by date D and within cost budget C. Now calculate an estimate on the project.” A friend of mine used this example to illustrate anchoring bias in estimation. Note, however, that he doesn’t make the question explicit. Further conversation revealed that he had in mind that the date and cost should be the output of the estimation. With that assumption, that statement preceding the request will definitely anchor the answer, and realizing that this bias is likely will call into question whatever estimate is given.read more
  • About SCRUM - Hamid Shojaee Axosoft: Secret Menu: Test Case Management II

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    In a previous post, we talked about two ways customers approach test case management. In this post, we’ll focus on doing test case management with Axosoft Wiki. QA teams approach testing in three main ways with Axosoft:read more
  • Scrum Expert: The Essential Skill of a Good Product Owner

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:17 am
    There are many books and trainings that describe what good Product Owner should be in Scrum team. I have been a Product Owner for more than 5 years now. During this time I learned that there is only one skill that is essential to good Product Owner. I am ready to share it with you together with few “stories from the trenches” that will illustrate it.Video producer: http://www.agileturas.lt/
  • Leading Agile: Personal Agility Canvas

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
      personal agility canvasread more
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  • Software Development Conferences Forecast August 2015

    The Editor
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile project management ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban), software testing and software quality, software architecture, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & […]
  • Software Development Linkopedia August 2015

    The Editor
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Here is our monthly selection of knowledge on programming, software testing and project management. This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about commitment & estimation, better software testing, the dark side of metrics, scrum retrospectives, databases and Agile adoption. Blog: Against Estimate-Commitment Blog: Write Better Tests in 5 Steps Blog: Story Point […]
  • Quote of the Month August 2015

    The Editor
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:39 am
    Acknowledging that something isn’t working takes courage. Many organizations encourage people to spin things in the most positive light rather than being honest. This is counterproductive. Telling people what they want to hear just defers the inevitable realization that they won’t get what they expected. It also takes from them the opportunity to react to […]
  • How to Predict the Release of Your Project Without Estimating

    The Editor
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    We often hear that estimating is a must in project management. “We can’t make decisions without them” we hear often. This video shows examples of how you can predict a release date of a project without any estimates, relying only on easily available data. Learn how you can follow progress on a project at all […]
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast July 2015

    The Editor
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile project management ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban), software testing and software quality, software architecture, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & […]
 
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    Agile For All

  • Does Your Culture Require Your Demise? Pig & Chicken 3 [Agile Safari]

    Jake Calabrese
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Tweet the Agile Safari Cartoon! Pig & Chicken Part 1 is about letting teams focus and figure out how to do the work. Pig & Chicken Part 1 (the ‘classic’) the pigs are supposed to represent the team and the chickens are supposed to be “everyone else.” In the past, some people compared the chickens to management, and it led to people saying “we have to keep the chickens out” (and much worse). Pig & Chicken Part 2 is about being all in as an organization, so everyone is in sync with the top priorities of learning and delivering value. In Pig & Chicken Part…
  • Scrum as an agent of culture change

    Peter Green
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:23 pm
    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Attributed to Peter Drucker by Dick Clark, former CEO and Chariman of Merck Peter Drucker invented most modern management practices. He was an in-demand coach to hundreds of top leaders in the world’s largest organizations. When he suggested that “culture eats strategy for breakfast” to Dick Clark, he wasn’t actually promoting an either/or mindset. He was pointing out that the amount of time most executives spent working on strategy paled in comparison to the amount of time they spent working on culture. Drucker…
  • 80/20 Product Ownership Updates

    Richard Lawrence
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    A few updates on 80/20 Product Ownership, my online course that teaches you how to slice your work at every level of detail to get value and learning faster… New Bonus Units Not only do participants get lifetime access to the content, but I also try to make the course more valuable over time based on feedback I get from participants and clients. To that end, I’ve added two new bonus units to the course: “Killing Sprint Zero,” which looks at the practice of Sprint 0, how it delays value and learning, and how you can minimize or eliminate it. “Reporting Release…
  • Reinventing Organizations Video now with Korean subtitles

    Peter Green
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Thanks to Hahn Ryu of D.CAMP, our video describing Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organizations and its application for lean and agile adoption is now available with Korean subtitles. To view the subtitles, just click on the “CC” button in the playback bar and choose Korean, as illustrated in this picture by the blue arrow:     D.CAMP is a startup campus in Seoul that is passionate about helping new companies develop healthy, productive cultures from the very start. This is particularly important in a culture like Korea where the notion of rank is deeply…
  • The Context for Agility

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

  • Secret Menu: Test Case Management II

    Jonathan Silva
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    In a previous post, we talked about two ways customers approach test case management. In this post, we’ll focus on doing test case management with Axosoft Wiki. QA teams approach testing in three main ways with Axosoft: The bulk pass QA team works through the same series of test cases before release Testing as a workflow Teams segment their testing phases via a series of workflow steps Testing all in one workflow step Teams use a “Ready for Testing” step to work through all testing for each item In all three cases, you need to have your test cases written up in Axosoft Wiki. So if…
  • As a Product Owner, How Can I Use Axosoft?

    Jonathan Silva
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Your product should always be your priority. Your company’s product requires a vision, and many agile teams look to the Product Owner to set that vision. Whether you use the term Product Owner or another term such as Product Manager, we’re here to share how you might use Axosoft in that role. Let’s start with a few key outcomes Product Owners strive to accomplish: Maximize the number of features that can be completed within a release. Decrease the time it takes to turn feedback into prioritized backlog items. Decrease the time it takes for feature requests to be understood by the…
  • Secret Menu: Creating Project Templates in Axosoft

    Laura Hinsley
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Does your team have a standard set of tasks that need to be done for every new project you take on? Does the process of re-creating those tasks each time feel immensely tedious? Have no fear! I’m about to help you simplify that process… When it comes time to start a new project, please don’t dread the thought of having to input repetitive tasks into Axosoft. Axosoft allows you to template projects along with their associated tasks and then save them (I call them “ghost” projects but they’re more boo-tiful then they are scary! See what I did there?!). You can even make the template…
  • Black Girls Code Project Humanity Hackathon

    Sara Breeding
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Yesterday, the inspiring story of Black Girls Code aired on NPR. If you don’t know who Black Girls Code are and why they are so important; listen up, these young women have something important to say! Recently, Lawdan and I were lucky enough to attend Black Girls Code Project Humanity Hackathon to help judge pitches. All the girls in attendance were 12-17 years old and spent 3 days concepting, planning and wireframing apps for social justice. The apps that emerged were primarily focused on bullying, stereotypes, and environmental issues, speaking volumes to the issues that this…
  • So Much Girl Power in One Room

    Sara Breeding
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    We just recently hosted our first #ItWasNeverADress STEAM Conference, and it was beyond anything I had hoped for. We brought in amazing speakers, educators and role models like David Dodge, Hilary Harp, Melissa Medvin, Evan Clark, Hilary Weber, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Kaitlin Vortherms, Lauren McBurnett and our own team (Tania Katan, Lawdan Shojaee, and myself, Sara Breeding) to give workshops and presentations on everything from Coding to Confidence Building. Our goal was to educate and inspire these girls to pursue STEAM fields. Looking back on the event, I think I learned as much…
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  • Reinventing Organizations Video now with Korean subtitles

    Peter Green
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Thanks to Hahn Ryu of D.CAMP, our video describing Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organizations and its application for lean and agile adoption is now available with Korean subtitles. To view the subtitles, just click on the “CC” button in the playback bar and choose Korean, as illustrated in this picture by the blue arrow:     D.CAMP is a startup campus in Seoul that is passionate about helping new companies develop healthy, productive cultures from the very start. This is particularly important in a culture like Korea where the notion of rank is deeply…
  • The Context for Agility

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

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

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

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

    Dave Prior
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
      personal agility canvas Introduction A few years ago I was at an Agile conference standing around with a bunch of CSTs and CSCs and one of the CSTs said: “The other day in class, this guy asked me if he was Agile enough… can you believe that? What a stupid question. Who would ask something like that?” Um… me… all the time. Even though I have now been working in Agile for almost as long as I worked in waterfall, I find myself often worrying that someone is going to find me out, or that my waterfall practices are so deeply engrained that  I can’t even…
  • How to Use an A3 in an Agile Transformation

    Derek Huether
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    What is an A3 An A3 is more than an 11 x 17 inch piece of paper that is structured into several sections and not all A3’s are created equal. An A3 is a structured problem solving and continuous improvement approach, first employed at Toyota and typically used by Lean manufacturing practitioners. What your A3 looks like depends upon the situation. The example below consists of the following pattern, as part of an Agile Transformation: Current Situation & Problem Root Cause Analysis / Conclusion Goal Corrective Action After we agree on the four steps, we’re going to…
  • An Aggressive But Realistic Delivery Date?

    John Mason
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    I recently received an email asking about release planning. The sender wanted help understanding how to move ideas through the flow to create a mature backlog. The note went on to ask how to properly “estimate, prioritize and reach an aggressive but realistic delivery date”. My immediate thought was, this is agile: total project story points divided by team velocity yields the duration of the project. And delivery date then only depends on when you start and how well you manage risks and dependencies. If you want an “aggressive” or what I’ve come to understand as “overcommitted”…
  • Roadmapping with Enterprise Agile – Balancing Capacity Against Demand

    Isaac Hogue
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    Frequently I’m asked: There is a seemingly endless set of good ideas that are demanding capacity in our organization, how do we make our demand and capacity visible so that we can create a roadmap that will best balance demand against capacity? This is the key question that most organizations are struggling to answer while trying to create an actionable roadmap.  I have a couple of basic rules that I use to help keep the answer simple. Identify a common unit of measure for quantifying demand and capacity, and Identify a unit of time that best represents the period of time that will be…
  • No More Sucky Demos

    Andrew Fuqua
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Ever seen a sucky demo? One that doesn’t start on time, with technology issues, too many people in the room, people on the phone not on mute, confusion over what stories will be demo’d and who will demo them? Let’s have no more sucky demos. Here are some thoughts on how to make that happen. Plan It! Decide which stories need to be demo’d well in advance of the demo. Some teams decide this before or during sprint planning. Go a little further and specify the demo script in advance, sort of the Acceptance Criteria for the completed demo. Just add that to the story…
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  • From Channel9: Speed of RAD Meets the Simplicity of Azure

    Miguel Lopes
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:38 am
    The following is a post by Miguel Lopes, Vice President of Product Management for OutSystems. This article originally appeared on Microsoft’s Channel9 Blog.   If you like the benefits of simplicity and scalability you get with Microsoft Azure, you’ll love the speed you can get with OutSystems Platform, an advanced, complete Rapid Application Delivery (RAD) platform that’s now available on Azure. Let’s face it: The days of building enterprise apps for the homogeneous corporate desktop are numbered, if not over. For IT, this shift has created an app logjam as it…
  • Unleash the power of SAP with Rapid Application Development

    Roy van de Kerkhof
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    This article was originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse on June 19, 2015. A lot of companies are struggling with the question how to unlock the vast resources of their SAP installation for mobile development. Should we wait for the technologies SAP promises in its roadmaps or are there alternatives? SAP has been around for a long time and during its time it has proven to be a secure, reliable and robust transactional system. Frankly, it is unrivaled as a system-of-record and will stay that way for many years to come. The technology behind it is mature and has proven to be able to guarantee data…
  • Creating Custom Apps on Top of SAP? Well, Your Life Just Got Easier.

    Sean Allen
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    SAP customers can finally breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to digitizing the increasingly mobile customer journey. Our new enterprise edition of OutSystems for SAP enables organizations to quickly and easily build advanced, end-to-end applications that make the most of your custom SAP implementation and that run across all devices and screens – including web. For decades, organizations have been trying to bend SAP to the will of the business, resulting in broken upgrade paths and an increasingly complex mess of custom code. This was generally done with ABAP programming, a skill…
  • Online Registration App Built with OutSystems Boosts Mercy Ships Volunteer Applicants by 20 Percent

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

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

    Wolfgang Wiedenroth
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Kanban: Verstehen. einführen, anwenden Endlich ist es da! Das derzeit wahrscheinlich aktuellste Buch zum Thema Kanban ’Kanban from the Inside’ von Mike Burrows ist jetzt auf Deutsch erhältlich. Seit Beginn des Jahres habe ich, gemeinsam mit Florian Eisenberg an der Übersetzung gearbeitet. Ich habe wirklich eine Menge gelernt. Nicht nur, wie viel Arbeit hinter solch einer Übersetzung steckt, sondern auch hier und dort noch etwas über Kanban. Mike hat mit seiner Art und Weise Kanban über die 9 Werte von Kanban zu beschreiben, eine sehr zugängliche Art gefunden die Kanban Methode und…
  • Start where you are now with Kanban

    Wolfgang Wiedenroth
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    Three weeks ago I started to work at a new client. The first two days at the client I had the chance to coach a bunch of different teams. All with different challenges, though working in the same company, they all got their individual first experiment to start with. IT Operations Being bombarded with tasks by the product department, the IT Operation team had to find a way to get an overview of all the tasks demanded and a working prioritization scheme. VISUALIZE YOUR WORK First thing we did was to visualize the input queue in their ticketing system. We decided to give the…
  • Kanban Leadership Retreat 2014 – Cascais, Portugal #klrpt

    Wolfgang Wiedenroth
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    Every year since the first Kanban Leadership Retreat in Iceland, 2011, David J. Anderson invites the Kanban community to a nice place somewhere in Europe to discuss, share experiences and advance the Kanban Method. This year, we met in beautiful Cascais. Although I couldn’t attend all sessions at the retreat, it would be way too much. That’s why I want to focus on my top three. Here they come: 3. Fitness for Purpose The last session I attended was proposed by David J Anderson. It wasn’t called Fitness for Purpose, but it was one topic in the session, which stuck with…
  • Ignite Talk at LKNA14 – Why should I measure and where should I start do so?

    Wolfgang Wiedenroth
    18 May 2014 | 9:33 am
    I had the pleasure to give a ignite talk at Lean Kanban North America 2014(LKNA14) in San Francisco. It was the first time I had to talk in front of such a big crowd and on stage. It really was a fun and exciting learning experience. Find my slides below.
  • Evolving Scrum with Kanban #2 – Measure What?

    Wolfgang Wiedenroth
    4 Feb 2014 | 3:03 am
    In the second in this series of blog posts, I would like to tell you about my journey into metrics; what difficulties I had, what I learned about the use of metrics, and how metrics will help to improve the chance of successul change. The third Kanban practice tells us to “Measure and Manage Flow”. When I started to use Kanban, I had my dificulties with this. First, I wasn’t sure whether it would be okay to measure performance of my team (hint: it’s about measuring the performance of the system, not the team) and second of all, I just didn’t know where to start. Nonetheless,…
 
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    Learn Software Development

  • One expert in the Scrum team – Part 2

    ashish
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This is a continuation of the Part 1 of this article (Expert in the Scrum team – Part 1); the topic of this series of articles is interesting and different from some of the other articles that have appeared here. When you have such a skilled expert within the team that he / she tends to over-awe every other member of the team, and this can lead to some problems in terms of stifling the enterprise and initiative of the rest of the team members. The previous post went through some of the problems that this can lead to, as well making such a person as the singular leader of the team to the…
  • One expert in the Scrum team – Part 1

    ashish
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    You all know the situation. There is one person who sits above everybody else, and this could be a Scrum team or any other team. Everybody knows that this is the go to guy (and he or she could be for real, not somebody who thinks they are above but are just at the same level as the others), and does this lead you to an awkward position in the team? Well, yes. It can lead to an awkward position within the team. Here is this person who has apparently all the answers, or the team is so awed by this person that they don’t really take too much initiative. You might have seen this before…
  • Spending time planning in current Sprint for the next Sprint

    ashish
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This is one of those concepts where most experts are in agreement. When a project schedule is divided into multiple Sprints, the work done for a Sprint is typically set in the initial meetings, where the team does task estimation (am not getting into details in this post) for the tasks to be done in the current Sprint, and then the team does actual work during the Sprint, with the Daily Scrum meeting being a place where the progress and work remaining is determined. However, it is not that each Sprint is totally isolated from the other Sprints, and I hope that nobody gets this assumption. The…
  • Getting infrastructure done in the first couple of Sprints

    ashish
    30 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Just because a project is being done using the Scrum methodology does not mean that some of the regular work that needs to happen in a project will not happen. Whether you do Waterfall or Scrum, or some other Agile methodology, a lot of the initial work for the project will need to happen and needs to be planned as a part of the schedule. There are many such activities that need to happen, whether these are project design related, or infrastructure related. Some of the infrastructure related stuff include: – Setup the servers needed for development such as the source safe, build…
  • Scrum: Potentially shippable at Sprint end ? Truly ?

    ashish
    28 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    There is always a dichotomy between theory and practice (or is there for most teams). One of the prime examples that I have seen in several Scrum teams is about this concept of the end product of each Sprint cycle fitting a term called being ‘potentially shippable’. During the training, and the literature, and articles all mention that at the end of each Sprint, the concept should be that you could pick up the product that has been completed, and ship it to the customer. Whoa, I can hear some scream. How can that be ? We would finally be ready to ship at the correct time of the…
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

  • Cultivating Collaboration via intense partnerships to solve problems.

    David Koontz
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    I'm presenting this workshop at DFW Scrum.DFW Scrum Meeting Aug. 18th 2015It’s said that two heads are better than one, in reference to problem solving. We will use Tangram puzzles to simulate this experience, and via structured debriefs of these exercises, discover the powerful behaviors of awesome collaboration, and the negative warning signs of poor collaboration. We will jump right into simulation exercises, come prepared to have FUN and learn by doing.  No lecture - if you want a lecture… go here: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=+collaboration+pair+programming+lecturesHere are…
  • Retromat:: A well planned Retro

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

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

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

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

  • The invite for speakers to present at the Ottawa Gatineau Agile Tour 2015 is officially out!

    Simon
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The 2015 Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour event’s organizing committee is working hard to prepare the upcoming conference on November 23rd. We’re inviting anyone with Agile experience to propose a session for the conference. The submission proposal deadline is Sept 30. … Continue reading →
  • September 8, Experience report – Kanban

    Simon
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    1. What’s an “Experience Report”? A gathering where like-minded individuals share via short talks their success stories (or failure) and extract the source of that success (or failure). 2. How does this work? Interested participants will be given the opportunity to … Continue reading →
  • Agile Scaled Framework

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

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

    ellengrove
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    Here’s the play-by-play recap of Tuesday’s meetup, in case you missed it or want to take the fun back to your organization. Agile 101: Scrum Meetings: Myth or Fact “The Scrum Master should be in charge of running the Sprint … Continue reading →
 
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  • Call for GOAT15 Speakers

    Heather
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The Call for Presentations for GOAT 15 has just opened. The 2015 edition of the Gatineau-Ottawa Agile Tour, affectionately known as GOAT, will take place on November 23rd, and be a value-packed conference for the 300+ professionals expected to attend this year. Would you like to present a case study or a report on your experience implementing Lean or Agile within your business or workplace? Have you discovered a workshop so useful that you would like to share it with others? Would you like to take the opportunity to share your knowledge on Lean or Agile? If yes, Agile Ottawa organizers would…
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #13

    Heather
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:02 am
    A collection of links to interesting research from the world of neuroscience and behavioural psychology that can be applied (or not) to Agile/Scrum Teams. Can Your Brain Really Be Full? (Fiona Kumfor, Sicong Tu) How To Get Rid of Negative Thoughts (PsyBlog) Observations From a Tipless Restaurant (Jay Porter) – how tipping promotes bad service Psychology students are seduced by superfluous neuroscience (Christian Jarrett) Do these eight things and you will be more creative and insightful, neuroscientists say (Brigid Schulte) This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your…
  • Scrum Alone Is Not Enough – InfoQ and Agile 2015 Interviews

    admin
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Mark attended Agile2015 in Washington and, as part of his conference commitments, he sat down with ​SolutionsIQ for an Agile Amped podcast about High-Performance Teams, as well as with InfoQ for an on-camera interview to discuss his Scrum Alone Is Not Enough blog series. InfoQ recently interviewed Mark regarding the motivation behind the blog series and how his experience as an Agile expert has formed his viewpoints. You can read the full interview at http://www.infoq.com/articles/scrum-not-enough. And you can view the video from the Agile Amped podcast here. We will post…
  • Scrum Without Removing Impediments Isn’t Scrum

    admin
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Mechanical Scrum Versus True Scrum – What’s the Difference? Recently I was talking to a friend about their company’s implementation of Scrum. They don’t see the point. Before Scrum was implemented, they often had to wait an hour or more to access a test machine.  After several years of using Scrum, it’s still a problem. The same company has its test servers in another country and there are often network issues that cause the running tests to fail. These were problems before they started using Scrum, and nothing has been done to address them since. Scrum only works when we use it to…
  • Vision to User Stories – What is the Best Flow?

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

  • How Cyber Secure Is the Software in Your Car?

    Joe Madden
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    This past July marked the first cyber security recall in automotive history.  Fiat Chrysler issued a formal voluntary recall of 1.4 million vehicles after security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to WIRED how they could exploit a software vulnerability in Chrysler’s Uconnect dashboard computers and remotely hack into a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee over the Internet, taking over dashboard functions, transmission, steering and brakes.  Most notably, they did so from their basement while WIRED author Andy Greenberg was driving the vehicle on the highway!Though…
  • New Article - 10 Steps to Better Metrics

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    An effective software measurement program is a long-term investment, not a quick fix. In this article originally published in Projects at Work, Carol Dekkers identifies 10 steps to ensure your organization's metrics deliver a positive return on that investment, from more accurate cost and schedule estimation, to streamlined processes and better insights into current and future commitments.Read the full article!
  • New Book - Understanding Software Estimation, Negotiation, and Demand Management: An Executive Primer

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    QSM is pleased to announce the release of a new book, Understanding Software Estimation, Negotiation, and Demand Management: An Executive Primer. Historically, only 20% of software projects are completed successfully and with software becoming critical to nearly every company and industry, having such a high rate of failure is simply unacceptable anymore. It is for this reason that QSM has compiled this collection of articles that will aid anyone from project managers to CIOs in implementing software estimation, negotiation and demand management methods efficiently to reduce costs. Larry…
  • Averages Considered Harmful

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

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

  • Stories, Narratives and Brand Promises

    Jim Ewel
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:06 am
    Greg Satell writes one of my favorite blogs, DigitalTonto. Through his blog, Greg introduces me to new thinking and authors who are new to me. His latest post includes a prime example: John Hagel’s distinction between Stories and Narratives. Stories versus Narratives Stories can be very powerful in marketing. They convey an idea about a product or service in ways that are memorable, appeal to emotion and encourage retelling. Narratives, however, can be even more powerful, as they provide a context for multiple stories and for our own contributions. Here’s how John Hagel describes…
  • Marketing Capability Layers

    Jim Ewel
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    I love Scott Brinker’s Chief Marketing Technologist blog. Not many people know this, but a blog post by Scott in 2010 was the inspiration for this blog. I constantly find that Scott produces thoughtful, well written content.  The latest post on his blog, by guest writer Sam Melnik, is a great example of this kind of inspiring and thoughtful content. The post is titled “Don’t buy marketing technologies, build layers instead”, and the key paragraph for me was this statement: Don’t buy point solutions or marketing technologies in a vacuum. Instead, build capability…
  • Agile Marketing for Small Teams

    Jim Ewel
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    I received a number of great comments on my last post, Organizing an Agile Marketing team. Several people commented that the organization presumed a large organization, aimed at business to business (B2B) marketing, with long lead times. To that, I plead guilty. What if you have only enough resources for a small team? And what if you’re not marketing to businesses, but to consumers? How does that change the organization? My Taxonomy For the purpose of this post, I’m going to divide marketers into four groups based on a 2×2 grid: whether you’re marketing to businesses…
  • Organizing an Agile Marketing Team

    Jim Ewel
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    How do you organize an Agile marketing team? Is the organization different than that of traditional marketing organizations? I think the answer is yes, it is different, both because of the use of Agile and also because modern marketing is very different from traditional marketing and demands a different organization.  Here are my thoughts: Infrastructure and Analytics One of the inspirations for this post is an article about The 9 Marketing Disciplines of Great SAAS Companies. Bill Macaitis, the former CMO of Zendesk and current CMO of Slack, argues that the first  and largest marketing…
  • How to Define Actionable Metrics

    Jim Ewel
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Are you focused on actionable metrics or vanity metrics?  I’ve mentioned one of my favorite books, Eric Ries’s The Lean Startup, in previous posts and I’ve also referred to his distinction between vanity metrics and actionable metrics. For those who haven’t read the book or aren’t familiar with the term, vanity metrics are those that might make you feel good, but don’t result in action. Here are some common examples: Pageviews Attendees at an event Twitter followers Facebook likes How to Identify Actionable Metrics – Begin With Your Business Model If…
 
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    Tech Gadget Talk

  • Rebuild 3: Gangs Of Deadsville Is A Zombie-Themed Base-Builder That You Might Actually Want To Play

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Rebuild 3: Gangs Of Deadsville Is A Zombie-Themed Base-Builder That You Might Actually Want To Play by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Michael Crider When you read the words “zombie-themed base-builder,” some of the more hilariously awful games on the Play Store come to mind, including this classic gem of wanton intellectual property theft. But don’t close the tab just yet: Rebuild 3 is a zombie of a different off-green hue.... The post Rebuild 3: Gangs Of Deadsville Is A Zombie-Themed Base-Builder That You Might Actually…
  • Venice: 'Beasts of No Nation' Director Cary Fukunaga Talks About the Power of Movie Audiences

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Venice: 'Beasts of No Nation' Director Cary Fukunaga Talks About the Power of Movie Audiences by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Ariston Anderson Newcomer Abraham Attah talks about how he was cast in the key role of a child soldier recruited and trained by Idris Elba’s warlord. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Venice: 'Beasts of No Nation' Director Cary Fukunaga Talks About the Power of Movie Audiences appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Sony's Xperia Z5 Series Pricing Surfaces Across Europe — From €549 For The Z5 Compact To €799 For The Z5 Premium, Even More In The UK

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Sony's Xperia Z5 Series Pricing Surfaces Across Europe — From €549 For The Z5 Compact To €799 For The Z5 Premium, Even More In The UK by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Rita El Khoury Sonyis one of the very rarecompanies who know how tobalance the right level of features betweensmaller and larger devices. Their newly announced Z5 serieshas a very powerfulZ5 Compact, a good Z5, and a slightly fluffed up Z5 Premium, all without compromising onprocessor, RAM, or camera performance.... The post Sony's Xperia Z5 Series Pricing…
  • Lenovo's VIBE P1 And P1m Bring 5000mAh And 4000mAh Batteries And Fast Charging To The Midrange (But Not To North America)

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Lenovo's VIBE P1 And P1m Bring 5000mAh And 4000mAh Batteries And Fast Charging To The Midrange (But Not To North America) by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Rita El Khoury I love this smartphone era we’re going through. Two years ago, something like Lenovo’s new P1 or P1m would have cost a fortune, but now these devices are launching in the low to midrange, with prices that could awe and tempt the best of us. As... The post Lenovo's VIBE P1 And P1m Bring 5000mAh And 4000mAh Batteries And Fast Charging To The Midrange (But…
  • Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko Set For Honors at Outfest's Legacy Awards

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko Set For Honors at Outfest's Legacy Awards by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Chris Gardner The duo join a starry list of past recipients that includes Hilary Swank, Lee Daniels, Adam Shankman and Armistead Maupin. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko Set For Honors at Outfest's Legacy Awards appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
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    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile

  • Budget When You Can’t Estimate

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    I've written before that we should only estimate if having the estimate will change someone's actions. Normally, this means that the team should estimate work only if having the estimate will either: enable the product owner to better prioritize the product backlog, or let the product owner answer questions about when some amount of functionality can be available. But, even if we only ask for estimates at these times, there will be some work that the team finds extremely hard or nearly impossible to estimate. Let's look at the best approach when an agile team is asked to estimate…
  • An Iterative Waterfall Isn’t Agile

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    I’ve noticed something disturbing over the past two years. And it’s occurred uniformly with teams I’ve worked with all across the world. It’s the tendency to create an iterative waterfall process and then to call it agile. An iterative waterfall looks something like this: In one sprint, someone (perhaps a business analyst working with a product owner) figures out what is to be built.  Because they’re trying to be agile, they do this with user stories. But rather than treating the user stories as short placeholders for future conversations, each user story…
  • Quickly Help Users Identify Their Needs

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many projects bog down during requirements gathering. This is dangerous because it wastes valuable time, often setting up a project to be late. To avoid this problem, I like to engage users and stakeholders in very lightweight story-writing workshops. Before anyone arrives in the meeting room, I will prepare the room by making sure there are pens and index cards within reach of every chair in the room. Even if you will be using a tool to maintain your product backlog, pen and paper are great for this type of early brainstorming. I then write on a whiteboard or large sheet of paper: As a…
  • New Features on PlanningPoker.com

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The PlanningPoker.com team has been quite busy. A couple of months ago, they launched a brand new design and mobile support. Since then, they have continued to improve the site based on your feedback. Now, they’ve launched PlanningPoker.com’s first set of premium features. While these premium features do require a monthly fee, the base game will always be free. Visit PlanningPoker.com to see these new features in action: Import and export from JIRA and other backlog tools Add and edit story details and acceptance criteria within the game Monitor remaining team velocity while…
  • Are 64% of Features Really Rarely or Never Used?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    A very oft-cited metric is that 64 percent of features in products are “rarely or never used.” The source for this claim was Jim Johnson, chairman of the Standish Group, who presented it in a keynote at the XP 2002 conference in Sardinia. The data Johnson presented can be seen in the following chart. Johnson’s data has been repeated again and again to the extent that those citing it either don’t understand its origins or never bothered to check into them. The misuse or perhaps just overuse of this data has been bothering me for a while, so I decided to investigate it.
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    Scrum.org Community Blog

  • ENTERPRISE AGILE TRANSFORMATION PART 1: The Story of B.B. Watts Lawn Service

    Ravi Verma - The Org Whisperer
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:15 am
    WALT’S CHALLENGE    One of my friends – Walt, is the HOA President for a community of about 500 homes. Although it is a safe and beautiful community, they are undergoing a transition – many of the residents are empty-nesters who want to sell their homes, down-size and move to their retirement homes. The community […] The post ENTERPRISE AGILE TRANSFORMATION PART 1: The Story of B.B. Watts Lawn Service appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Announcing the Product Owner Open assessment

    Gunther Verheyen
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:51 pm
    The Scrum Guide begins the description of the role of the Product Owner as follows: The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the Development Team. How does a Product Owner do this? Which instruments does Scrum offer to achieve this? How can a Product Owner make good use […] The post Announcing the Product Owner Open assessment appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Today’s Customer Is Not Going To Be The Same As Tomorrow’s Customer

    David Dame
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love… I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been. Similarly, an organization must focus the business around tomorrow’s customer, not today’s customer. The organization must continually learn from its customers to guide the business. It is imperative that the […] The post Today’s Customer Is Not Going To Be The Same As Tomorrow’s Customer appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Fanatic Discipline

    Mehmet Yitmen
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    In Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen’s book Great by Choice, a comparison is made between two expeditions to Antarctica in 1911. One of the expeditions mentioned is that of Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian who was first to step on the South Pole. The other is the tragic expedition of Robert Falcon Scott, which happened […] The post Fanatic Discipline appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Is Your Scrum Team a Set of Pawns or Players?

    Barry Overeem
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    Previous week I used the Spotify Squad Health Check model to assess a teams situation and condition. One of the cards the game contained caused quite a lot of discussing during the retrospective and also gave me some thoughts afterwards, namely: Pawns or Players Is Your Team a Set of Players? We are in control […] The post Is Your Scrum Team a Set of Pawns or Players? appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
 
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    Scrum Inc

  • Scrum Metrics: Get 4x Velocity

    Joel Riddle
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:51 am
    Get Hyper-Productive with Scrum Metrics Hyper-Productive Metrics are tools that help closely examine Teams and conduct experiments to improve their productivity. They can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses, but more importantly they allow the evaluation of Teams in flight. Sprint-by-Sprint these metrics can guide the Team towards ever-greater productivity. These metrics are also applicable across Teams Often it is difficult for management to determine the productivity of one Team versus another as Story Point value can vary from Team to Team. On Wednesday, August 26th, Jeff…
  • Hyper-Productive Scrum Metrics

    Joel Riddle
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Hyper-Productive Metrics Hyper-Productive metrics are designed to help Scrum Masters carefully tune their teams into a hyper-productive state. Hyper-Productivity is defined as a 400% increase in Velocity over the baseline Velocity with corresponding quality. The baseline Velocity (100%) is established for a team during their first Sprint. Estimated time for this course: 105 minutes Audience: Advanced Suggested Prerequisites: Velocity, Scrum Master Upon completion you will: Be versed on the 10 KPIs that make up the Hyper-Productive metrics Understand the reasons for having more metrics…
  • Scrum of Scrums

    Joel Riddle
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    Scrum of Scrums The Scrum of Scrums is a scaling mechanism. Scrum scale fractaly and by doing so limits the number of communication pathways needed to transmit information relevant to the success of the enterprise. The Scrum of Scrums is analogous to the team level Daily Scrum. Except for the Scrum of Scrums is a virtual team composed of the Scrum Masters from a number of individual scrum teams. The Scrum Masters meet and communicate impediments, progress, and any cross team coordination that needs to happen. Estimated time for this course: 5 minute Audience: Intermediate Suggested…
  • Jeff Sutherland on Aggressive Scrum

    Joel Riddle
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Aggressive Scrum The 2015 Chaos Report from the Standish Group shows only 39% of Agile teams are successful – that means that 61% of them are not meeting the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto. Aggressive Scrum focuses on using Scrum practices to actually deliver value Sprint after Sprint - i.e. Aggressive Scrum is Scrum that works! Like a synchronized bike team where the leader cleaves the air, a successful Scrum team follows tried-and-true principles to realize value. Agile doesn’t mean doing whatever you want; it means working together toward a common vision and…
  • The Big M Build Party

    Joel Riddle
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Scrum Inc.'s Joe Justice and Joel Riddle delivered a build party at SME's The Big M conference the first week in June. Special thanks to Dan Greening, Jonathan Watrous, and Ila Lee. If you are interested in sponsoring or holding a build party at your next event, visit our Build Party Page. The post The Big M Build Party appeared first on Scrum Inc.
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