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  • Is Agile Dead or Can Good Software Development Scale?

    Software Development Musings from the Editor of Methods & Tools
    The Editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    As Agile becomes widely accepted as a software development approach, many large organizations have adopted it, mainly in its Scrum form to reduce development cycle. There might be even a fair share of adopters that are trying really to apply Agile values. If the topic of scaling Agile has been discussed for many years and you can read the excellent books of Graig Larman and Bas Vodde on this topic. We have also recently seen the emergence of proprietary” approaches, like SAFE, to achieve this goal. At the same time, ...
  • 10 Things You Could Do When You’re Done Writing Code

    The Agile Management Blog
    John Krewson
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    So you’re two-thirds of the way through your iteration and there are no more development tasks to complete. Nice work! Understandably, your instinct is to pull another story into the iteration, but doing so has risks and disadvantages. When you add additional work into the iteration, you’re increasing the batch size. This causes additional complication due to increased changes in the code base. It usually results in carryover, which has a demoralizing effect on the team. And it eliminates an opportunity to get feedback on the emergent product before additional work is embarked on.
  • Agile and Predictability

    James Shore
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    29 Sep 2014 James Shore/Blog Over on the AgilePDX mailing list, there's an interesting conversation on making predictions with Agile. It started off with Michael Kelly asking if Agile can help with predictability. Here's my response: It's entirely possible to make predictions with Agile. They're just as good as predictions made with other methods, and with XP practices, they can be much better. Agile leaders talk about embracing change because that has more potential value than making predictions. Software is inherently unpredictable. So is the weather. Forecasts (predictions) are possible in…
  • Impact mapping

    Boost Blog
    Jesse
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Recently Gavin and I were able to attend an Impact Mapping workshop run by Gojko Adzic. We got to spend the day trying out Impact Mapping and seeing how we can apply it to different situations. It’s an excellent tool, so we thought we would give you a run down on the basics and a couple of ways that you can apply it to your projects. What is Impact Mapping? Impact mapping allows us to link deliverables to high level business goals. By doing so we are able to understand the assumptions and motivations that underpin a user story and how each deliverable helps us move towards business…
  • Scrum Communication

    Scrum Alliance RSS Feed
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    I hope I have your attention on this topic -- you know how important it is in communication to have everyone paying attention, listening, and reading from a context perspective!
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    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility

  • No More Business as Usual

    Rally Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When the S&P 500 index was created in 1957, the average expected lifespan of a company on the index was 61 years. By 1980 that lifespan had been cut in half, and in the coming decade it likely will be halved again. What used to be a health index for stable companies is now a thermometer for the fluctuating temperatures of disruptive markets. The S&P is just one indicator of the evolving environment for businesses. Markets are now global and highly responsive. Competition moves at startup speed. Operational efficiency isn’t a nice-to-have, it’s a necessity. Customers, and their…
  • Rally Scores a B Corp Three-peat

    Liz Andora
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
        Why do YOU love Rally? That’s the question we asked all our employees when we found out we earned the Best for the World: Worker Impact award for the third year in a row! We made the list by scoring in the top 10 percent of all Certified B Corporations for employee impact on the B Impact Assessment — a comprehensive evaluation of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Rally scored particularly high in the work environment and compensation, benefits, and training categories.   All Certified B Corps, including well-known companies such as Ben…
  • Agile Volunteering, Rally Style

    Geri Mitchell-Brown
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Rally Onboarding Bootcamp: Class of June 2014 “Rally truly practices what it preaches. Volunteering at There With Care touched my heart and made me proud that the company I work for is helping such a wonderful organization. It was amazing how we pulled together as a team and incorporated our Agile training from earlier in the day into our give-back project.” — Terri Barrowcliff, Customer Relationship Manager, Rally Onboarding Bootcamp, June 2014 During my first year at Rally, we’ve experienced exciting growth as a company. When I started in August 2013, we had about 400 people…
  • Management Tips from Waffle's Andrew Homeyer

    Andrew Homeyer
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post, an interview between Grokky co-founder Dan Abdinoor and Rally engineer Andrew Homeyer, originally appeared at the Grokky blog on September 8. Andrew is product lead and engineering manager of Waffle, a Rally Innovation Labs project created in 2013. Andrew currently manages a team of six and his manager is Rally’s Chief Technology Officer.  Dan: Andrew, please introduce yourself! Andrew: I’m an intrapreneur and engineer. As for titles I sometimes go by Chief Waffle Maker. In truth, I balance my time between leading the team building Waffle.io and…
  • Webinar: DevOps for Agility

    Rally Software
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s fast-moving markets expose threats and opportunities at every turn. Whether you’re a large enterprise or a small startup, it’s no longer enough to simply practice Agile development. To survive — and thrive — in this disruptive environment, you need agility throughout your organization. Join Rally and Chef for a webinar about the role of DevOps in building agility and responsiveness. Learn more about how Rally practices continuous deployment, accelerates application development, and tightens customer feedback loops. Hear how you can institutionalize DevOps and use Chef…
 
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    Managed Chaos

  • Program Committee’s Expectation from a Talk Proposal when Selecting It

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

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

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

    Naresh Jain
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:51 am
    Related posts: Presenting SeConf 2014, the official Selenium Conference in Bangalore on Sep 5th and 6th We are delighted to announce that this year we’ll be hosting the 4th annual (official) Selenium Conference in Bangalore, India.... Presenting Functional Conf 2014, Asia’s Premier and First Conference on Functional Programming We are delighted to announce the first Functional Programming conference in Asia. Functional Conf will be hosted in Bangalore, India on Oct... Finally made it to Ireland to attend XP 2008 Conf After a 4 hr delay in my flights I finally made it to Ireland.
  • Important Conference Updates [SeConf, FunctionalConf, AgilePune, AgileDC...]

    Naresh Jain
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    A quick update on upcoming conferences: Selenium Conf 2014 – 4th Annual Selenium Conference. Draft program schedule is now available at http://seleniumconf.org/#program. Also you’ll notice that the registration for the 4-pre-conference workshops are also open now. We’ve limited seats, grab them now at http://booking.agilefaqs.com/selenium-conf-2014 Functional Conf 2014 – 1st Functional Programming Conference in India. Draft program schedule is now available at http://functionalconf.com/#program. Last few smart registration seats are left. Grab them…
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  • Uh Oh… We Discovered More Stories!

    Dave Rooney
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    As I've said before, I'm a huge fan of Jeff Patton's Story Mapping technique. While Story Mapping goes a long way towards identifying the work that needs to be completed to deliver a viable system, you will inevitably miss some stories. This is a na...
  • Empower Teams to Increase Quality

    BenLinders
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    When an organization is experiencing quality problems with their products, agile software development often isn't the first solution that comes up in people's minds. Often I see people trying to address them using classical waterfall based approaches, only to find out that it will make problems even worse. I recommend agile, not only to deliver working software faster but also with the right quality. This posts shows how empowering the team helps to increase the quality of product. Continue reading →
  • Teams 102

    Mike Cottmeyer
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Much of my personal journey over the past 8 years has involved unpacking some of the more dense concepts we tend to take for granted when we talk about agile. For me, it’s all about understanding the primitives of these approaches and trying to figure out how to apply them in unique ways. I’m deeply […] The post Teams 102 appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • Teams 101

    Mike Cottmeyer
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The notion of forming complete cross functional teams is one of the most well understood concepts in the agile community but maybe one of the least implemented in practice. Many folks adopting agile either don’t understand the importance of teams, or if they do… they don’t have the power to influence the organization to build […] The post Teams 101 appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • JIRA is Not Agile

    Mark Levison
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I’ve heard people say, “We started using Jira and GreenHopper, so we’re Agile now”. Similar things are said of Rally, VersionOne, LeanKit, TargetProcess, etc. In making those declarations, it’s clear that they don’t understand Agile at all. At its core, Agile is a set of Values and Principles: …. ·      Individuals and interactions over processes and tools ·      Working software over comprehensive documentation ·      Customer collaboration over…
 
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  • No More Free Lunches

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    It's easy to take [a] team out to an event and get them involved in doing activities together, or engage them in team-building exercises where they have to work together to achieve a goal, but to really get the team to come together and care for one another is not easily orchestrated. . . . Please read my tale of a team event when we stumbled upon exactly what we had needed.
  • Scrum Is Simple but Not Easy

    5 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I often encounter teams who follow the rituals and processes of Scrum to some degree but do not really understand why they are doing it, nor grasp the power Scrum affords the development of a product. . . .
  • “Oh, No, Not Another Meeting!”

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Meetings are important not only as an opportunity to bring teams together but also as a way to avoid unnecessary time loss and costly rework. However, if not properly conducted, they tend to become time-consuming and unproductive. . . .
  • Breaking Down the Agile Manifesto

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Today Agile frameworks are being implemented by a wide variety of organizations. They often begin applying frameworks such as Scrum without fully integrating the principles behind the Agile Manifesto into their culture.
  • Scrum Communication

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    I hope I have your attention on this topic -- you know how important it is in communication to have everyone paying attention, listening, and reading from a context perspective!
 
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    Managing Product Development

  • Is Your Culture Working the Way You Think it Is?

    Johanna Rothman
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Long ago, I was a project manager and senior engineer for a company undergoing a Change Transformation. You know the kind, where the culture changes, along with the process. The senior managers had bought into the changes. The middle managers were muddling through, implementing the changes as best they could. Us project managers and the technical staff, we were the ones doing the bulk of the changes. The changes weren’t as significant as an agile transformation, but they were big. One day, the Big Bosses, the CEO and the VP Engineering spoke at an all-hands meeting. “You are…
  • Podcast with Cesar Abeid Posted

    Johanna Rothman
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Cesar Abeid interviewed me, Project Management for You with Johanna Rothman. We talked about my tools for project management, whether you are managing a project for yourself or managing projects for others. We talked about how to use timeboxes in the large and small, project charters, influence, servant leadership, a whole ton of topics. I hope you listen. Also, check out Cesar’s kickstarter campaign, Project Management for You.
  • Small Internal Releases Lead to Happy Customers

    Johanna Rothman
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    If you saw Large Program? Release More Often, you might have noted that I said, You want to release all the time inside your building. You need the feedback, to watch the product grow. Some of my clients have said, “But my customers don’t want the software that often.” That might be true.  You may have product constraints, also. If you are working on a hardware/software product, you can’t integrate the software with the hardware either until the hardware is ready or that often. I’m not talking about releasing the product to the customers. I’m not talking…
  • Large Program? Release More Often

    Johanna Rothman
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    I’m working on the release planning chapter for Agile and Lean Program Management: Collaborating Across the Organization. There are many ways to plan releases. But the key? Release often. How often? I suggest once a month. Yes, have a real, honest-to-goodness release once a month. I bet that for some of you, this is counter-intuitive. “We have lots of teams. Lots of people. Our iterations are three weeks long. How can we release once a month?” Okay, release every three weeks. I’m easy. Look, the more people and teams on your program, the more feedback you need. The…
  • Management Feedback: Are You Abrasive or Assertive?

    Johanna Rothman
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Let me guess. If you are a successful woman, in the past, you’ve been told you’re too abrasive, too direct, maybe even too assertive. Too much. See The One Word Men Never See In Their Performance Reviews. Here’s the problem. You might be. I was. But never in the “examples” my bosses provided. The “examples” they provided were the ones when I advocated for my staff. The ones where I made my managers uncomfortable. The examples, where, if I had different anatomy, they would have relaxed afterwards, and we’d gone out for a beer. But we…
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    NOOP.NL

  • Mix Mashup

    Jurgen Appelo
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    <promotion> The MIX Mashup is a gathering of the vanguard of management innovators—pioneering leaders, courageous hackers, and agenda-setting thinkers from every realm of endeavor The post Mix Mashup appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Practices, Not Platitudes

    Jurgen Appelo
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I recently took part in a conversation about compensation of employees. Some readers offered criticism on the Merit Money practice, described in my new Workout book, claiming that Merit Money is just another way to incentivize people. The feedback I received was, “Money doesn’t motivate people”, followed by, “Don’t incentivize people” and “Just pay people well”. Let me explain why I think this advice is useless. The post Practices, Not Platitudes appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Ten Thousand Baby Steps

    Jurgen Appelo
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Last week, I added the last songs to my two big Spotify playlists: Euro Dance Heaven (2,520 songs) and Euro Disco Heaven (1,695 songs). I added the first of those songs to my playlists on December 16, 2010. That’s almost four years ago. The post Ten Thousand Baby Steps appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • I’ll Speak for Free If You Write a Review

    Jurgen Appelo
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:17 am
    For book authors, Amazon reviews are very important. Reviews sell books. The difference between 10 and 100 book reviews can mean the difference between obscurity versus visibility. 250 reviews? That’s celebrity status! The post I’ll Speak for Free If You Write a Review appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Results of My First OKRs (Running)

    Jurgen Appelo
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    A popular topic in the new one-day Management 3.0 workshop is the OKRs system for performance measurement. (See Google’s YouTube video here.) Instead of explaining what OKRs are, I will just share with you the result of my first iteration. If you read this, you will get the general idea of how the OKRs system works. The post The Results of My First OKRs (Running) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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    Partnership & Possibilities

  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 2, Season 6

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

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

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

    Administrator
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Photo Credit: freeparking via Compfight ”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/“ If you’re in a particular Agile crowd, “certification” is a dirty word. On the other hand, the Human Resources/People department in your organization looks for certifications on your resume, asks about them in job interviews, and you may get promoted or better compensated party through the accumulation of certifications. Getting “certified” as a user of a tool, or as a signal of skill acquisition may give you a personal boost as well. So, what’s with the dirty word? What’s not to…
  • How do you transform your Agile into the Best Job Ever!

    Administrator
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
      There’s this thing…as Jim (James Shore) and I (Diana) have mentioned before, in the early days of Agile we would visit teams and hear, “This is the best job I’ve ever had. I love this work.” People who were doing Agile (usually Extreme Programming) were excited about it, they shared it with others, who did it, and got excited. But at some point, someone shared it with someone who got excited about it and shared it but didn’t DO it, so their sharing lost a bit of fidelity, like a copy of a copy. Hearing about a thing is not the same as doing a thing. Both the virtuous cycle…
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    Scaling Software Agility

  • My next Boulder SPC Class Oct 21-24, 2014

    Dean Leffingwell
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Hi Folks, I’ll be teaching my next SPC certification in Boulder October 21-24. This is the second US  course I’ll be teaching based on SAFe 3.0 and, the first from a recent update to Leading SAFe 8.1. This should be a fun course; at least I’m excited about teaching from the new baseline! It will probably sell out, but there are a few seats left add of today. You can register here. Hope to see you there. –Dean
  • Lyssa Adkins Opines on SAFe on InfoQ

    Dean Leffingwell
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    http://www.infoq.com/articles/agile-coaches-coach-view-safe
  • Next SPC Certification in Boulder, Sep 9-12. SAFe 3.0!

    Dean Leffingwell
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:02 am
    Hi Folks, I’ll be teaching the next certification in Boulder September 9-12. This is the first course I’ll be teaching based on SAFe 3.0, which will be released July 28. This should be a fun course; at least I’m excited about teaching from the new baseline! You can register here. Hope to see you there. –Dean
  • Just Open: SAFe SPC Certification in Paris, June 2-4, 2014

    Dean Leffingwell
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:03 am
    Hi, I’ll be delivering an SPC Certification in Paris, June 2-4, co-sponsored by Valtech. The class is now open for registration here. Hope to see you in Paris! –Dean
  • Does Agile = Better DW/BI?

    Dean Leffingwell
    13 Feb 2014 | 11:29 am
    Em Campbell-Pretty, a SAFe SPC and scaled agile blogger in Australia, just pointed me to an article she wrote which has just been published in the Cutter It Journal. In the issueDoes Agile=Better DW/BI, she describes how they are applying SAFe to a significant Data Warehousing program. In the article, she focuses more on the values and principles behind SAFe, rather than the practices themselves, which is always refreshing. She also describes some of the challenges unique to data warehousing, though I’m pretty sure many of you will say “we don’t do data warehousing, but we have that…
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    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile

  • Velocity-Driven Sprint Planning

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are two general approaches to planning sprints: velocity-driven planning and commitment-driven planning. Over the next three posts, I will describe each approach, and make my case for the one I prefer. Let’s begin with velocity-driven sprint planning because it’s the easiest to describe. Velocity-driven sprint planning is based on the premise that the amount of work a team will do in the coming sprint is roughly equal to what they’ve done in prior sprints. This is a very valid premise. This does assume, of course, things such as a constant team size, the team is…
  • What Is Quality?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Agile teams build high-quality products. Agile team members write high-quality code. Agile teams produce functionality quickly by not sacrificing quality. Each of these is something I’ve said before. And if you haven’t said these exact things, you’ve likely said something similar. Quality gets mentioned a lot in discussions about agile. And so, perhaps it’s worth clarifying my definition of quality. Of course, others have thought about quality more deeply than I’m capable of. And so, I won’t be providing a new definition of quality here. But I will explain…
  • Handling Requests for Unnecessary Artifacts

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. “Working software over comprehensive documentation.” You’ve certainly seen that statement on the Agile Manifesto. It is perhaps the most important of the Manifesto’s four value statements—working software is, after all, the reason a team has undertaken a software development effort. It is also one of the most misused parts of the Manifesto. This is…
  • Critiquing One of My Own Real User Stories

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In case you haven’t noticed, a few months ago we launched Front Row Agile, a site dedicated to video training courses on agile and Scrum. This has placed me in the role of product owner for the site. And recently, the team on the project criticized my story writing! It was a valid criticism, so I want to share it here. As you’d expect on a video training site, someone who buys a course is asked to review the course after watching it. Unfortunately very few course participants were leaving reviews. In fact, we’d only had one review given. I looked into why this was so and…
  • Don’t Equate Story Points to Hours

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been quite adamant lately that story points are about time, specifically effort. But that does not mean you should say something like, “One story point = eight hours.” Doing this obviates the main reason to use story points in the first place. Story points are helpful because they allow team members who perform at different speeds to communicate and estimate collaboratively. Two developers can start by estimating a given user story as one point even if their individual estimates of the actual time on task differ. Starting with that estimate, they can then agree to…
 
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    James Shore

  • Agile and Predictability

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    29 Sep 2014 James Shore/Blog Over on the AgilePDX mailing list, there's an interesting conversation on making predictions with Agile. It started off with Michael Kelly asking if Agile can help with predictability. Here's my response: It's entirely possible to make predictions with Agile. They're just as good as predictions made with other methods, and with XP practices, they can be much better. Agile leaders talk about embracing change because that has more potential value than making predictions. Software is inherently unpredictable. So is the weather. Forecasts (predictions) are possible in…
  • How Does TDD Affect Design?

    17 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    17 May 2014 James Shore/Blog (This essay was originally posted to the Let's Code JavaScript blog.) I've heard people say TDD automatically creates good designs. More recently, I've heard David Hansson say it creates design damage. Who's right? Neither. TDD doesn't create design. You do. TDD Can Lead to Better Design There are a few ways I've seen TDD lead to better design: A good test suite allows you to refactor, which allows you to improve your design over time. The TDD cycle is very detail-oriented and requires you to make some design decisions when writing tests, rather than when writing…
  • 2013's Conference Videos

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

    8 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    08 May 2014 James Shore/Blog I got involved with Extreme Programming in 2000. Loved it. Best thing since sliced bread, yadda yadda. I was completely spoiled for other kinds of work. So when that contract ended, I went looking for other opportunities to do XP. But guess what? In 2001, there weren't any. So I started teaching people how to do it. Bam! I'm a consultant. Several lean years later (I don't mean Lean, I mean ramen), I'm figuring out this consulting thing. I've got a network, I've got business entity, people actually call me, and oh, oh, and I make a real damn difference. Then Agile…
  • Object Playground: The Definitive Guide to Object-Oriented JavaScript

    27 Aug 2013 | 1:00 am
    27 Aug 2013 James Shore/Blog Let's Code: Test-Driven JavaScript, my screencast series on rigorous, professional JavaScript development, recently celebrated its one year anniversary. There's over 130 episodes online now, covering topics ranging from test-driven development (of course!), to cross-browser automation, to software design and abstraction. It's incredibly in-depth and I'm very proud of it. To celebrate the one-year anniversary, we've released Object Playground, a free video and visualizer for understanding object-oriented programming. The visualizer is very cool: it runs actual…
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  • Kanban Litmus Test - Revisited

    David Anderson
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    The Kanban Litmus Test is our new guidance to help you assess "are we doing Kanban or not?" and to evaluate whether other who claim to be doing have actually reached a stage that would reflect the sort of impact that we saw in early implementations almost a decade ago. read more
  • Enterprise Kanban: Where to Start?

    David Anderson
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    For a corporation setting out on a large scale Kanban implementation, there is the inevitable question of, where to start? Typically, clients want to run a pilot on a single service delivery workflow but which one to choose? Firstly, we must find a service delivery workflow that is appropriate for a kanban system. [See the first post in this series on appropriateness of kanban systems]. To do this, we might view the organization through The Kanban Lens in order to identify suitable services. Secondly, we must assess whether this service is a good choice for a place to start Kanban. read more
  • Kanban: When is it appropriate? (part 1)

    David Anderson
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    In the Kanban Coaching Professional Masterclass, I teach coaches and those leading Kanban initiatives how to assess the appropriateness of the Kanban Method and the appropriateness of applying a kanban system within an organization. This is the first of a series of blog posts on appropriateness and getting started with an enterprise scale Kanban initiative. read more
  • Product Management for Kanban Class Curriculum

    David Anderson
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    The second of our new role-based training classes focuses on replenishing your kanban system. We look at the risk management typically undertaken by product managers. Kanban offers very elegant solutions to the problems of large backlog management and prioritization. For anyone who has to decide what to work on now, what to leave until later and what to discard altogether, this is the class for you. If you want to understand how to select work for your kanban system, how to schedule it, how to sequence it and how to define classes of service to control the flow of work through the system,…
  • Recommendations for Kanban Coaching Professional Masterclass

    David Anderson
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Recent attendees of the Masterclass tell you what they valued and why you should attend... David's approach to training is truly unique. I now have a different lens to view my team's upstream work, current work in progress, and deeper knowledge on how to communicate risk without disrupting the flow of changes throughout the organization.  What David has created with his, Modern Management Framework, is a revolutionary way of thinking for an evolutionary way of change. Jay Paulson   read more
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  • Scaling Agile Your Way: How to Develop and Implement Your Custom Approach (Part 4 of 4)

    Satish Thatte
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    In Part 1 of this four-part blog series, I explained why a cookie-cutter approach will not work as you undertake large-scale agile initiatives.  Each agile project has a unique context: assumptions, situation, team members and their skill sets, organizational structure, management’s understanding and support, maturity of practices, challenges, culture, etc.  In Part 1, I proposed a fairly comprehensive list of 25 scaling agile parameters classified into six scaling aspects:  Teams, Customers/Users, Agile Methods and Environments, Product/Solution, Complexity, and Value Chain (Tables 1-4…
  • 10 Things You Could Do When You’re Done Writing Code

    John Krewson
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    So you’re two-thirds of the way through your iteration and there are no more development tasks to complete. Nice work! Understandably, your instinct is to pull another story into the iteration, but doing so has risks and disadvantages. When you add additional work into the iteration, you’re increasing the batch size. This causes additional complication due to increased changes in the code base. It usually results in carryover, which has a demoralizing effect on the team. And it eliminates an opportunity to get feedback on the emergent product before additional work is embarked on.
  • Corporate Values: Really Valuable, or Really Just a Poster?

    Lowell Lindstrom
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    You hear about the agile values and they seem to make sense, but what the heck is a value system? And how do you use value systems in your daily work? Do your values really help you do your job better, or are they really just a poster in your office kitchen? When I say values, I’m talking about beliefs that guide behavior – as opposed to the term value meaning ‘the benefit of what is being produced.’ In software we use both “agile values” and “business value,” but they represent different things. Corporate values have peppered company literature for ages.  These value…
  • 15 Useful Pacts for Agile Teams: An Agile Team Creed

    Jo Hollen
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    The Agile Manifesto values “Individuals and Interactions” over “Process and Tools.”  I suspect it was no accident that this was listed first.  Lack of communication, miscommunication, or the mistaken presumption that communication has occurred, are the root cause of many problems.  Yet, we still focus much discussion on the process and tools. When and how do you conduct a certain Scrum ceremony? Are you practicing pure Scrum? Which agile tools do you use and why? How do you use the tool? What agile metrics are you using and how? What best practices exist? And lots more concerns and…
  • Super-Sized Agile

    Bob Schatz
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post by Bob Schatz of Agile Infusion, LLC The interest in expanding agile development practices is growing at an increasingly faster rate. The good news is that this indicates that companies are seeing positive results in their initial experiences on projects and are looking to further the expansion, even beyond product development. The challenge is recognizing that these early successes required overcoming many obstacles and shifting the mindset of a number of people. And that these things get exponentially harder as you introduce change across the enterprise. The pressure is also put…
 
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  • Adding details in the user stories and requirements – varies from team to team

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

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

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

    Ashish Agarwal
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am
    So far, in previous posts, we have talked about Product Backlog Grooming primarily being used for preparing and optimizing User Stories for the upcoming Sprint. Of course, in addition, it is also used for refining the overall Product Backlog, weeding out those where it is clear that they will not make it into the product, and doing similar activities for optimizing the Product Backlog. As a result, the Product Backlog Grooming session covers both the work for the next Sprint, and also optimizing the overall Backlog. However, a lot of literature and articles focus primarily on the part where…
  • Product Backlog Grooming – Removing team suggested features

    Ashish Agarwal
    15 Feb 2014 | 1:15 pm
    One of the primary items in the Product Backlog Grooming is about having a process whereby the Product Owner and the Scrum team can get together on a regular basis for discussing the items in the Product Backlog and do some of the following: – Removes items that don’t seem relevant – Refines items based on outside information such as changed technical circumstances or industry developments – Proposed technical exploration for items that are technically complex – Looks for estimation of those tasks where the estimation can be difficult, so that such estimates are…
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  • Culture, quarantine, and bringing down Bamboo: my secondment on Confluence build engineering

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

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

    Grace Francisco
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Developing on the Salesforce platform can become complex to manage as your team and your projects grow and mature. At Atlassian, our internal Salesforce development team started five years ago with a single analyst making small changes and customizations to support a single department. Today, it’s a small team of developers, admins, and a program manager supporting multiple departments with varying needs for customizations of our Salesforce deployment. The team manages both types of Salesforce development: integrations and metadata changes from our developers, as well as the visual…
  • One weird trick for powerful Git aliases

    Nicola Paolucci
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    (Yes the title of this post is a pun, apologies!) I have written about aliases before! See for example a collection of my favorite git aliases or peruse my personal list on Bitbucket. Recently at our Summit I showed a simple technique that can really unleash the power of your Git command line. Several people commented that it was very useful and I am happy to elaborate on it some more here. Let me know your genius creations in the comments! (If you’re an old time git wrangler you know this already but it already but if not, read on!) Simple aliases are simple: you just add a line in the…
  • Come hang with the Bitbucket crew at the #df14hack

    Grace Francisco
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Dreamforce is just around the corner and the Bitbucket team will be hanging out and helping with the Git challenge at the $1 Million Dollar Hackathon  on October 10-12. Come join us and we’ll help you get going with Git to make sure you meet the Git requirements for the $1 Million prize. Get a leg up on your competitors for the hackathon and make sure you’re ready to go for the Git challenge requirements. Learn the essentials you need in less than 15 minutes in this handy screencast: You’ll learn: How to set up Git and your Bitbucket account Add teammates Check in…
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  • Fighting Prejudices Against Agile

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

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

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Our goal is to deliver innovative and intuitive user experience for brand marketers to make better budget allocation decisions on a day to day basis. We have created an advanced predictive analytics big data platform on the cloud that crunches large volumes of data, builds and applies models to ...
  • Enalean announces Tuleap 7

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Enalean, provider of Tuleap, the first Open Source Enterprise suite for Application Lifecycle Management, continues its enterprise quality 100% Open Source strategy by releasing Tuleap 7.This new release provides : Interface overhaul, Agile connector into Eclipse, Git industry-proven performance ...
 
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    Agile Voices - Extreme Programming, Scrum, Test Driven Development & Lean aggregator

  • Johanna Rothman : Is Your Culture Working the Way You Think it Is?

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Long ago, I was a project manager and senior engineer for a company undergoing a Change Transformation. You know the kind, where the culture changes, along with the process. The senior managers had bought into the changes. The middle managers were muddling through, implementing the changes as best they could. Us project managers and the technical staff, we were the ones doing the bulk of the changes. The changes weren’t as significant as an agile transformation, but they were big.read more
  • Agile Advice - Working With Agile Methods (Scrum, XP, Lean): Foundations of Excellence

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comI was thinking about the concept of becoming excellent at something.  My son is a budding artist.  He and I had a conversation a few months ago about talent or aptitude.  I said to him that I felt that aptitude is only latent: you need to put effort into something in order to expose your talent.read more
  • thekua.com@work: Do we need a Tech Lead?

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    A common question I hear is, “Is the Tech Lead role necessary?” People argue against the role, claiming a team of well functioning developers can make decisions and prioritise what is important to work on. I completely agree with this position in an ideal world. Sadly the ideal world rarely exists. read more
  • TV Agile: Best Practices for a Culture of Continuous Improvement

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    Doing Kanban for the sake of doing it is unsexy and has usually rather low value. Introducing kanban means working towards the vision of a culture of continuous improvement. Surprisingly, the cultural change does not happen magically after a change agent pushed the practices of Kanban into a company. The cultural change already starts by […]
  • DevAgile.com: Fighting Prejudices Against Agile

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Adopting new software development approaches like Agile and Scrum is always a challenge. There is a natural tendency for part of an organization to resist changing and some prejudices exist against Agile, mainly due to a lack of knowledge.
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  • Agile Tools - Tom Perry: Time After Time

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Last year I led an effort to implement time tracking for our teams. A quick warning is probably in order here:read more
  • Scrum 4 You: Der krumme Ski oder wie Scrum in die Hardware zurückkam

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Könnt ihr euch noch an diese geraden Ski-Bretter erinnern, die schier nicht mehr zu bewältigen waren, wenn sie eine gewisse Länge überstiegen? Nur mit viel Kraft und technischem Geschick kam man heil den Berg hinunter.read more
  • Scrum Expert: Are Prejudices Stopping your Agile Efforts?

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Adopting new software development approaches like Agile and Scrum is always a challenge. There is a natural tendency for part of an organization to resist changing and some prejudices exist against Agile, mainly due to a lack of knowledge. This article discusses these misconceptions and provides some tips on how to overcome these prejudices to get Agile adoption on track in your organization. Author: Kevin Dunne, QASymphony, http://www.qasymphony.com/ Adopting Agile may be the next big thing for your team, but adopting new practices always presents challenges for any organization.read more
  • Ben Linders: Waarom Agile?

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Agile werken kan je helpen om organisatiedoelen te bereiken. Agile tot een doel verheffen werkt meestal niet, het doel is om resultaten te bereiken, niet om agile te worden. Het is belangrijk om goed te weten waarom je de agility van je organisatie wilt vergroten en wat je met een agile werkwijze verwacht te bereiken. Continue reading →
  • Scrum Expert: Agile Brazil, Florianópolis, Brazil, November 5–7 2014

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Agile Brazil is a three-day conference that is the largest event about Agile and Scrum in Brazil. It features keynotes and practical presentations with local and international Agile experts.read more
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    Software Development Musings from the Editor of Methods & Tools

  • Quote of the Month October 2014

    The Editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Minimalism also applies in software. The less code you write, the less you have to maintain. The less you maintain, the less you have to understand. The less you have to understand, the less chance of making a mistake. Less code leads to fewer bugs. Source: “Quality Code: Software Testing Principles, Practices, and Patterns”, Stephen Vance, Addison-Wesley
  • Is Agile Dead or Can Good Software Development Scale?

    The Editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    As Agile becomes widely accepted as a software development approach, many large organizations have adopted it, mainly in its Scrum form to reduce development cycle. There might be even a fair share of adopters that are trying really to apply Agile values. If the topic of scaling Agile has been discussed for many years and you can read the excellent books of Graig Larman and Bas Vodde on this topic. We have also recently seen the emergence of proprietary” approaches, like SAFE, to achieve this goal. At the same time, ...
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast September 2014

    The Editor
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban) software testing and software quality, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & Tools software development magazine. Future of Web Apps, September 29-October 1 2014, London, UK STARWEST, October 12-17 2014, Anaheim, USA Register and save up with code SW14MT JAX London, October 13-15 2014, London, UK Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference,…
  • Coding Dojos, Agile Metrics and Specifications in Methods & Tools Fall 2014 issue

    The Editor
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Fall 2014 issue that discusses better coding with Coding Dojos, Lean Agile metrics, the difference between requirements and specifications, software testing, java code conventions and project management open source tools. Methods & Tools Fall 2014 contains the following articles: * The Coding Dojo – a Forum for Improving your Coding Skills * Lean Agile Metrics for Scaled Agile Systems * Something Old, Something New: Requirements and Specifications * CatJS…
  • Quote of the Month September 2014

    The Editor
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    The important thing is not your process, the important thing is the process for improving your process. Source: Henrik Kniberg, http://blog.crisp.se/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/20130820-What-is-Agile.pdf
 
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  • Supporting Millions of Pretty URL Rewrites in Nginx with Lua and Redis

    Dan Ackerson
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Alexandre Duret-LutzAbout a year ago, I was tasked with greatly expanding our url rewrite capabilities. Our file based, nginx rewrites were becoming a performance bottleneck and we needed to make an architectural leap to that would take us to the next level of SEO wizardry. In comparison to the total number of product categories in our database, Stylight supports a handful of “pretty URLs” – those understandable by a human being. Take http://www.stylight.com/Sandals/Women/ – pretty obvious what’s going to be on that page, right? Our web application, however, only…
  • 3 Reasons Why Your Team Needs Rituals

    Matthias Marschall
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Nathan BorrorIt’s the same every morning: you get up and grab your morning coffee. No matter whether you brew it at home or fetch it on the road, your morning coffee is a ritual you never want to miss. A ritual is a practice everyone knows how to do. It’s conducted regularly or on well defined occasions. Rituals help to create an identity for a group of people: nations, sports clubs or teams. How can rituals help form a high performing team? Rituals Act as Social Glue Rote repetition of team tasks creates a feeling of togetherness. Often you see teams invent their own, sometimes…
  • How Hubot Automation Crystallized Trust within our Development Team

    Dan Ackerson
    20 Feb 2014 | 12:33 am
    “Hey Dan, could you deploy the coolPics branch to test? Sorry for the bother :(” “No problem, man. Tell me the SHA and I’ll deploy it.” I had been having this conversation 4-5 times a day for a couple of weeks now. Being a huge fan of continuous integration, I wondered how to automate this. Why shouldn’t the developers be able to push whatever they wanted to test? A colleague, overreading this back-and-forth in our HipChat room, told me to take a look at Hubot. It was custom made for automating rote tasks like webapp deployments. One weekend later, I was…
  • Test Driven Chef Cookbooks With Meez

    Matthias Marschall
    6 Feb 2014 | 12:12 pm
    When cooking a new dish, things get out of control if you try to manage too many things at once You might face a similar situation when trying to write a new Chef cookbook. Getting your arms around all those tools and frameworks needed to write solid, tested cookbooks gets you spinning. You need to install Food Critic, Chef Spec, Berkshelf – and the list goes on. This set up can easily take up to half a day or more. French Chefs arrange all the ingredients which they’ll need well before they start cooking. They call this set up procedure „Mise en place“, or in short „Meez“.
  • DevOps Dudes: Aligning Goals

    Matthias Marschall
    31 Jan 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Their bosses should’ve decided on a shared goal before they declared that DevOps organization… See the older DevOps Dudes cartoons: The DevOps Dudes DevOps Dudes: Meerkat
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    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software

  • QA Test Case Management with Axosoft

    Jonathan Silva
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Test cases – it’s what QA guys and gals write when they aren’t testing. We figure some of our customers need a little boost when trying to incorporate their QA folks into the Axosoft tool, so here are a couple suggestions that might make life easier for the lovely faces at Quality Assurance.   Summon the Custom Items Tab Surprise! You have a secret item type that you may not be using. It’s not enabled by default, so let’s first help you find this before we touch on test case management. First (assuming you’re both the admin and subscribed to our flagship product: Axosoft…
  • Business of Software Conference

    Jonathan Silva
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Ah yes, the Business of Software Conference. We’re pretty spoiled here at Axosoft, our company generously offers every employee the opportunity to attend one all-expense-paid conference per year. This year, 6 of us decided to fly eastbound to the great seaside city of Boston for BoS Conference. If you aren’t bothered by an amateur’s enthusiasm, this lovely little video I put together (with the help of my mobile device) should provide a peek into the experience. Otherwise, keep scrolling to indulge in some highlights.   Let your outcomes drive your dev We unanimously agreed that the…
  • What’s New in 14.3?

    Jonathan Silva
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    We’re excited to announce Axosoft’s Version 14.3 Release! Here is what you can expect in the newest version: Teams: Make team management a breeze by organizing your users by teams and sub-teams. SMS settings: Let Axosoft send you text notifications on your mobile devices. UX boost:  Drag and drop images into text fields, copy and paste images into large text fields, see user gravatars in card view and more. Teams This is a big one.  Many of our customers (that’s you!) need the ability to group users together in the system to manage their progress more easily, gain better…
  • Axosoft at the Agile2014 Conference

    Sara Breeding
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    We traveled to Orlando, Florida last week for the Agile 2014 conference. It was a blast! As Arizonans we are no strangers to the heat, but dry heat is an entirely different experience than being immersed in 80% humidity. Upon arrival in Orlando, we braced ourselves for the balmy weather and were much relieved to arrive at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. For those of you who have never been, Gaylord Palms is like a biosphere: a temperature controlled, naturally lit, plant thriving oasis! We were happy to set up in the expo hall right in front of the entrance doors. If you were…
  • Talking Scrum with the Founder of Axosoft

    Sara Breeding
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Recently, our founder Hamid Shojaee sat down with MSDN Magazine to talk about Axosoft’s $1 bug tracker, passion for Scrum, and  the company’s future. Hamid has guided Axosoft to becoming the #1 Scrum software for developers by focusing on the core features Scrum teams need to ship great software on time and on budget. Read what he had to say about Scrum and Axosoft below! Learn Scrum in under 10 minutes with this video! Q With the #1 Scrum product and video, it’s clear Axosoft is really invested in this framework. Why did you decide to go “all in” on Scrum? A Because Scrum…
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  • Teams 102

    Mike Cottmeyer
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Much of my personal journey over the past 8 years has involved unpacking some of the more dense concepts we tend to take for granted when we talk about agile. For me, it’s all about understanding the primitives of these approaches and trying to figure out how to apply them in unique ways. I’m deeply interested in not only how this stuff works, but why it works… and more importantly, why it fails when it fails.  The time I spent with VersionOne was very formative for me. My gig with V1 was a blend of training, coaching, and helping our customers understand and implement the…
  • Teams 101

    Mike Cottmeyer
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The notion of forming complete cross functional teams is one of the most well understood concepts in the agile community but maybe one of the least implemented in practice. Many folks adopting agile either don’t understand the importance of teams, or if they do… they don’t have the power to influence the organization to build them. Often, there just aren’t enough people with the right kinds of skills and experience to get every team everything they need… so they compromise. What happens when we compromise this foundational principle of agile? Assuming for a moment we actually have…
  • Reframing to Reduce Risk

    Robert Henson
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    From what I have been able to decipher in my career businesses are around to make money. The way they make money is by offering goods and services to people willing to pay for them. Each business has their idea of the best way to deliver these goods and services they believe in some way sets them apart. Most businesses I have come across have come to settle on an approach that allows them to work on individual separately managed projects resulting in an increment of business value being delivered. Something similar to this: Organize around projects Present the work that needs to be done in…
  • Release Planes versus Release Trains

    Derek Huether
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    There is a lot of talk these days about SAFe.  I have a lot of respect for what Dean Leffingwell has done but there is a minor use of language that has been bugging me in recent days. Just as I disagree in using farm animals to describe people on a Scrum team, I believe the Release Train metaphor is dated and has its limitations. I believe, when doing Agile at scale, a Release (Jet) Plane offers a better representation of the complexity of enterprise level delivery processes. When I think of a train, I think Amtrak in the NorthEast Corridor, the DC Metro, or School House Rock.  I…
  • Telling Executive Stories

    Richard Hensley
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Delivery teams manage and deliver value supported by the tool user stories. These teams tell stories about who, what, why, and acceptability using standard form, “As a <persona>, I want <capability> so that <delivered value> occurs,” and behavior acceptance form, “Given < context>, when <action occurs>, then < consequence >.” These stories form the foundation of repeatable delivery and management of value. While these forms support delivery team conversations well, they are inadequate to support the richer conversation needed by executives to manage…
 
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  • Refurbishing a Mail Slot and Doobell

    Ben Rady
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    When I moved into my house, the mailbox was in pretty sorry shape. It was corroded, and the mail flap was stuck open. On top of that, it had an integrated doorbell that didn't work. Lastly, the entire border of the mailbox was covered with an ugly and aging caulk job, complete with rotting natural fiber insulation that had been there since god-knows-when.   The first thing I did was try to get the doorbell working. Here you can see the original cloth insulated wires that were probably installed when the house was built in 1929.      Surprisingly, the wires still seemed to be…
  • Why The Post Scarcity Society Will Not Be Star Trek

    Ben Rady
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:02 am
    As a technologist, I often think about Marc Andreesen's assertion that software is eating the world. It's a very provocative statement, but I can't really disagree with it. Whether we like it or not, we are building a new society in which labor is devalued. Thought workers are quickly becoming the only essential employees for many organizations. The middle class, who up until now has been dependent on their ability to trade labor for capital, is being destroyed. Hope has been offered by the idea that we may be building a "post-scarcity society." One in which trading…
  • Vim's undo list isn't a list. It's a tree.

    Ben Rady
    29 Jan 2014 | 5:00 am
    Vim's undo list isn't a list. It's a tree...meaning that it keeps track of all the edits you make after having "undone/redone" something. Putting this power to use can be a bit daunting, unless you keep a couple of simple vim commands handy. First, let's create an example to work with. Make a new buffer and type three things (switching back to normal mode after each line to produce three separate changes). You should wind up with something like this: first second third Now let's say I undo the change that created "third", and then change…
  • Lines of Code is the Best Software Productivity Metric

    Ben Rady
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Lines of code is a great metric for productivity. Not only is it not broken, I would argue that's it's clearly the best. The important question to ask about this metric is "How does programmer productivity relate to value delivered to a customer?" If you want to measure what programmers produce, lines of code added is the only metric that makes sense. Firstly, it's objective. It's easily obtained from source code repository logs. Many existing tools already can measure and track it. It can be applied to almost any programming language. Finally, because their workflows are (usually) so highly…
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    9 Sep 2013 | 10:16 am
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    OutSystems Blog

  • Putting Users First

    Mário Araújo
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    For many years, IT organizations invested millions of dollars in enterprise systems and databases (like SAP, Oracle, SQL Server and recently salesforce.com) and created an overwhelming level of enterprise IT complexity. Much of this was built from the bottom up – designing and selecting the right “back-end” servers, databases and “front-end” systems. How about the user? Where did the user fit in all this? Well, users were doomed to change their ways in order to fit the newly implemented systems. They had to go through a painful learning process that would teach them to muddle…
  • OutSystems Platform 9 Launches!!

    Sean Allen
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    After listening to customers and the market, countless development hours, sleepless nights, and an obscene amount of caffeine, we are absolutely thrilled to announce general availability of OutSystems Platform 9. With this release, we have realized the vision (and more) that we shared with our customers at NextStep in Lisbon this year. We’ve made huge and significant strides in making the creation, deployment and management of modern apps easier than ever before. “So, uses-too-many-adjectives-guy, what’s really new?” I’m glad you asked… First, we’ve merged the best and tossed…
  • Analyst firm IDC validates benefits of OutSystems Platform – Speed, Agility and Open Architecture

    Sean Allen
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Respected analyst firms like IDC have model-driven application platforms on their radar. Why? Because high-productivity application platforms like OutSystems are fundamentally changing the way IT approaches delivering innovative business solutions, like mobile and customer-facing applications. In a recent vendor profile, IDC analyzes OutSystems technology, competitive edge and market potential to help you decide if our platform is the right choice for your organization’s application development needs. Here are a few of the report’s highlights: OutSystems technology is a differentiator in…
  • VMware vCloud Air and OutSystems – Building Beautiful, Cross Platform Applications

    Sean Allen
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Today at VMworld, VMware introduced the expansion of its VMware vCloud® Air™ hybrid cloud platform, adding new capabilities to support mobile-cloud applications. Previously known as VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™, vCloud Air is designed to enable enterprise and application developers to better support the dynamic needs of modern, liquid businesses. As part of today’s announcement, we are pleased to be working with VMware to provide OutSystems Platform as a solution to rapidly create, deploy and manage enterprise mobile and web applications on vCloud Air. A successful mobility program,…
  • Why the Device in Your Pocket Is Taxing the CIO

    Zahid Jiwa
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:54 am
    Business is now more global, more immediate and more mobile than ever before. Mobile technology enables employees to always be in touch with the office, the customer and the business opportunity.If I’m on a train, at a client site, working from home, or travelling between meetings, I can be as productive as if I was at my desk. But today, mobility is about much more than just communication on-the-go. It’s about technology that enables the extended enterprise to connect and collaborate, linking customers, partners and employees to valuable online information services, from any device,…
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    Software Configuration Management and Agile Software Development

  • Issue Based Development and why you should care.

    jonathanjesse
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    AccuRev has been touting issue based development for some time now, but the timing is right to revisit this topic for two reasons. First, with the AccuRev v6.2 release just around the corner, I wanted to re-cap the significant, issue based development enhancements that have been delivered in the last 2 AccuRev releases, as well as preview the latest set of features that will be delivered in v6.2 next month. Secondly, over the last 12 months we have helped quite a few existing and new customers adopt issue based development practices to accelerate their agile development, and I wanted to share…
  • GitCentric 2014.1 update

    jonathanjesse
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Borland proudly announces GitCentric 2014.1.  This latest release frees developers to use Git without compromising the benefits of an enterprise-class Software Change and Configuration Management (SCCM) platform. GitCentric allows the power and flexibility of Git to be enhanced with security, audibility, and development process visualization.   Users now have the tools necessary to browse a repository and respond to change.  The Source Tree page enables review of files associated with a specific commit (new, deleted, or modified), the Branches page helps determine the state of divergent…
  • Making Git in the Enterprise a Reality

    AccuRev
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:40 am
    Developer:  I love using Git.  It’s so easy to work with, and I can code quickly with it!  I’d like to use Git for our XYZ project. Manager: I realize that you really like using Git, but we need to figure out how we can let you use Git and still manage the security and scalability issues with it in our enterprise environment. Does this sound like your software development organization? Just about every software developer has heard of Git, the open-source version control system that’s easy to setup and use, powerful, distributed and most importantly, fast. You may love using Git,…
  • Developing Legacy Software Doesn’t Mean you Can’t Also be Agile

    AccuRev
    13 Nov 2013 | 12:38 pm
    Having spent a significant amount of time in various engineering and development organizations, I have had an opportunity to encounter a variety of challenges ranging from overseeing multiple development projects, to managing offshore outsourcing, to reacting to and addressing increased competition and evolving customer requirements.  With a couple of those challenges along side the task of developing legacy software and a desire to adopt an Agile development methodology, it may seem like the odds have not been in my favor. Over time, I have come to an understanding of how to balance the…
  • When is software really “done?”

    AccuRev
    26 Aug 2013 | 8:18 am
    During a meeting I recently attended with a services company, the topic of their definition of “done” during their software development process came up. For them, software was considered done when developers checked in their functional code and it had passed basic unit testing criteria. This discussion really got me thinking…how are other companies defining “done” for their software development process. And more importantly, do they truly understand the impact their definition has on their overall quality and software delivery process? When I think about done, I think in terms…
 
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    Learn Software Development

  • Adding details in the user stories and requirements – varies from team to team

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

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

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

    Ashish Agarwal
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am
    So far, in previous posts, we have talked about Product Backlog Grooming primarily being used for preparing and optimizing User Stories for the upcoming Sprint. Of course, in addition, it is also used for refining the overall Product Backlog, weeding out those where it is clear that they will not make it into the product, and doing similar activities for optimizing the Product Backlog. As a result, the Product Backlog Grooming session covers both the work for the next Sprint, and also optimizing the overall Backlog. However, a lot of literature and articles focus primarily on the part where…
  • Product Backlog Grooming – Removing team suggested features

    Ashish Agarwal
    15 Feb 2014 | 1:15 pm
    One of the primary items in the Product Backlog Grooming is about having a process whereby the Product Owner and the Scrum team can get together on a regular basis for discussing the items in the Product Backlog and do some of the following: – Removes items that don’t seem relevant – Refines items based on outside information such as changed technical circumstances or industry developments – Proposed technical exploration for items that are technically complex – Looks for estimation of those tasks where the estimation can be difficult, so that such estimates are…
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    Boost Blog

  • The joy of timeboxed meetings

    Gavin
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I can clearly remember my first ever meeting. I was excited about being a part of it. It was an important meeting with a select group of key decision makers, business owners, major stakeholders, and me. My manager was ill that day so I was injected in to the meeting to represent the web team. I knew nothing about what we were to discuss, and certainly had no preparation time, so I was a seat filler. But still, it was a big meeting and a first for me, so I was enthusiastic even if I was little more than meeting meat. This enthusiasm dwindled throughout the next four hours as I witnessed people…
  • CSS Calc: Creating fluid layouts with more precision

    Michael
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Recently I have been using the “calc()” css property to add more precision to the fluid layouts I’m working on. If I wanted a combination of fixed & flexible width columns incorporated into my designs, I can simply use “calc()”. In the past, creating this layout was highly difficult, but this has been made easy with “calc()”. First, You set up the width of the fixed column, then you make the width of the fluid object 100%, then you subtract the styles that make up the total width of the fixed width object. .fixedWidthElement {   width:…
  • Impact mapping

    Jesse
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Recently Gavin and I were able to attend an Impact Mapping workshop run by Gojko Adzic. We got to spend the day trying out Impact Mapping and seeing how we can apply it to different situations. It’s an excellent tool, so we thought we would give you a run down on the basics and a couple of ways that you can apply it to your projects. What is Impact Mapping? Impact mapping allows us to link deliverables to high level business goals. By doing so we are able to understand the assumptions and motivations that underpin a user story and how each deliverable helps us move towards business…
  • The Board Episode 30

    Kirstin
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    In Episode 30 of The Board, we talk about: Defining velocity (as discussed in Mike Cohn’s blog) Signs you’re doing Agile wrong Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board Episode 29

    Kirstin
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    In Episode 29 we talked about: The evils of multitasking Wikispeed kickstarter Business analyst role in Scrum Value stream mapping (a post by Alan Shalloway) Related Posts: No Related Posts
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    Agile Ottawa

  • October Agile Ottawa Event – Estimation

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

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

    Caroline Sauve
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    The volunteer organizers of Agile Ottawa have been busy bees over the summer as we prepare for another year of Agile Ottawa meetup events.  In addition, our group is taking on a greater leadership role in organizing the Gatineau Ottawa Agile … Continue reading →
  • GOAT 2014 Call for Speakers – Appel aux conférenciers

    ellengrove
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2014 Call for Speakers The Gatineau  Ottawa Agile Tour (#GOAT14) is a one day conference around the theme of Agility applied to software development, management, marketing, product management and other areas of today’s businesses. This year’s event … Continue reading →
  • Software Methodologies Experiment – The Marshmallow Challenge

    sbourk
    26 May 2014 | 10:07 am
    This is a summary of this meetup held on May 13, 2014 at YouILab Ellen, Glenn and Caroline started the night with Agile 101s on different software methodologies. Once Glenn pulled out his outstanding explanation of Waterfall, Ellen made a … Continue reading →
 
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    Practical Agility

  • Uh Oh... We Discovered More Stories!

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

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

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

    Dave Rooney
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    I've been part of a discussion on Twitter about the vices of imposed Agile adoptions versus the virtues of the approach put forth by Daniel Mezick, OpenAgile Adoption. Regardless of the arguments for or against each approach, creating this dichotomy misses the point. In May 2012, organizational change consultant Maureen Cunningham gave a talk at Agile Ottawa about Change. She used a number of
  • An Existence Proof and The Value of Coaching

    Dave Rooney
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I found a tweet I saw this morning rather disconcerting: An embedded #agile coach billing $2500 a day for 221 days can in theory generate this much per yr: $552,500. Q: What does the client get? — Daniel Mezick (@DanielMezick) August 12, 2014 The clear implication is that coaches, like all consultants, follow the mantra, "If you can't be part of the solution, there's plenty of money to be made
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #5

    Heather
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Knowing your Myers-Briggs type is almost as common as knowing your credit score – maybe even more so. It’s widely considered to be the most frequently used personality test, but evidence – or, rather, lack thereof – suggests that it’s totally meaningless and organizations should stop using it. CEOs get paid too much, according to pretty much everyone in the world. But how much do you think they actually get paid, versus should get paid? Recent research says that, globally, we’re very naive about the actual disparity between what we think is fair…
  • Agile Quick Links #24

    Heather
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain (PSYBlog) “As a, I want, So that” Considered Harmful (David Evans) The Workplace Behaviour That is Unexpectedly Worse Than Bullying (PSYBlog) Actions, Results, Wishes, Goals (Ilan Kirschenbaum) Apple Shows How to Really Treat Employees – Even When They Depart (Eric Chester) The Song of the Introvert (Rands in Repose) Why going to Strange Loop was important to me (Robert Roland) Exposing Hidden Bias at Google (Farhad Manjoo) The Secret to Raising A Well-Behaved Teen –…
  • JIRA is Not Agile

    Mark Levison
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I’ve heard people say, “We started using Jira and GreenHopper, so we’re Agile now”. Similar things are said of Rally, VersionOne, LeanKit, TargetProcess, etc. In making those declarations, it’s clear that they don’t understand Agile at all. At its core, Agile is a set of Values and Principles: ·      Individuals and interactions over processes and tools ·      Working software over comprehensive documentation ·      Customer collaboration over contract negotiation ·      Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the…
  • Agile Quick Links #23

    Heather
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: Learning How to Exert Self-Control – the Marshmallow Man explains what you can learn from five year olds (Pamela Druckerman) Refactoring Legacy Applications: A Case Study (Chen Ping ) Examining the Force of Habits, Seen and Unseen (Rick Nauert) THE NEW STUFF COLUMN: What’s Just Come in? (Jim Benson) 10 killer ways to tame your email inbox (Chris Bailey) Chaos Engineering @ Netflix – good summary of improving fault tolerance (Bruce Wong) Kill Your Performance Ratings (David Rock, Josh Davis, and Beth Jones) Grit: The Secret…
  • Agile Quick Links #22

    Heather
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Some reading that Agile folk will be interested in: Flow Is For Sissies (Andrew Fuqua) Scrum: Tracking Impediments (James Rosko) Ready Column: Breaking Out Projects (Jim Benson) How Women Can Help Build Better Agile Teams (Pawel Brodzinski ) Why the Ideal Line Is a Slippery Slope – aka be careful of your Sprint Burndowns (Ram Srinivasan) Don’t Estimate Stories In Sprint Planning (Andrew Fuqua) Why your team should appoint a “meta-knowledge” champion  (Mell, J., van Knippenberg, D., & van Ginkel, W.) Done Column: How Does Your Work Make You Feel? (Jim Benson) We…
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    Agile Scout

  • The Power of Certification

    peter
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The Power of Certification
  • You Create the Ceiling for Your Organization

    peter
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    One of the biggest reasons why some organizations can’t seem to grow and have hit the proverbial ceiling for scalability is because their leaders have stopped growing themselves. I can remember the first time I heard one of my mentors share this with me and it hit me like a freight train to my chest: The organization will not be able to grow past you as it’s leader. The context of the conversation was my ability to balance the day-to-day needs of my organization and the time allotted for continuing education for myself so that I could be personally challenged, fed into, and led…
  • Corporate Birthdays Fail

    peter
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Corporate Birthdays Fail
  • Let it Go. #pmiacp

    peter
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    As a recovering PMP, and someone who got the PMI-ACP, I understand the pull to get these types of certifications. Whenever people ask me about “Which certification I should get?” I always respond in the same manner: Get certifications for WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. If you want to work for a company that supports and encourages waterfall (and you want to work there), then get your PMP or PMI certifications! If you want to work for companies that love agile, then go for certifications there. It’s your choice! Once again, I’m asked to make a decision: Renew my PMI-ACP, or let…
  • Business Success is about Instilling HOPE

    peter
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    “I hope to pursue a fulfilling career as a change agent within my company and beyond. Thanks so much for showing me the possibility!” – S. Hsu Hope If you are a manager, when was the last time that you inspired and instilled hope into your team? If you work for a manager, when was the last time your manager inspired you? I hope the answer is “daily.” If not, why? Are we not all built to create? Seth Godin says that we all were created to create. If we don’t have opportunities to create, to be inspired in our work, to hope for something better as we grow,…
 
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • Probability, Baseball, and Project Estimation

    Paul Below
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    How is baseball analysis like software project management?  One way is the ability to continually update estimates and forecasts, as the situation and our knowledge change.  As Larry Putnam Jr recently wrote, “project estimation should continue throughout the entire project lifecycle”. Walter Shewhart, the father of Statistical Process Control, explained it like this:“…since we can make operationally verifiable predictions only in terms of future observations, it follows that with the acquisition of new data, not only may the magnitudes involved in any prediction…
  • New Article: Estimate Before, During, and After the Software Project

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    A common misperception is that an estimator’s job is done after a software project’s parameters are set. On the contrary, software estimation should be conducted throughout the project lifecycle to reflect inevitable changes and to improve estimates on other projects. In this article, originally published in Projects at Work, Larry Putnam Jr. identifies three ways to maximize estimating efforts — before, during and after your project is complete.Read the full article!
  • From Proposal to Project Webinar Replay and Q&A Highlights

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    QSM's recent webinar, From Proposal to Project: Getting Resource Demand Early, presented by Andy Berner and Keith Ciocco, featured a thoughtful Q&A session from our audience. Here are the highlights:Q: Which PPM products does SLIM work with right now? A: We're working with customers to see what products they're interested in. It's adaptable to multiple PPM systems and we'd like your input on which ones we should deliver for you early. We can work with you so you can build a customized input to your own system. So the framework is very general and is released as part of the SLIM product.
  • The "Typical Software Project" Over Time

    Katie Costantini
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    What does a typical software project in the QSM historical database look like, and how has “what’s typical” changed over time? To find out, we segmented our IT sample by decade and looked at the average schedule, effort, team size, new and modified code delivered, productivity, language, and target industry for each 10 year time period. The QSM benchmark database represents: 8,000+ Business projects completed and put into production since 1980.Over 600 million total source lines of code (SLOC).2.6 million total function points.Over 100 million person hours of effort.600+ programming…
  • Is Better Software Productivity Always the Right Goal?

    Donald Beckett
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Some years ago, the large systems integrator I worked for brought in a new CEO in an attempt to jump start the company.  We had lost our position as number one in the industry and leadership had become stagnant and ingrown.  The new CEO, who did not have a software background, liked to promise that we could deliver our projects “Faster, Better, and Cheaper."  That sounds wonderful, but is rapid process improvement in three dimensions really possible?  The short answer is “No” – at least not in the short term.  Here’s why.To deliver a software project faster…
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    Agile World

  • How to make wall-related decisions in Distributed Agile projects

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

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

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

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

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Recently  I read an article in the news paper about improving the speed of passport delivery to citizens.  This is the news published in Times of India. It seems that passports are getting delayed as the police verification is taking a lot of time. In order to improve the speed, the passport office is planning to incentivize the police.  That is, if  the police completes their verification within 21 days, then would get more money else they are penalized by reducing the incentive.  I felt that this is one of the most dumbest idea ever implemented !! Here is the quote…
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