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  • Are You Doing Portfolio Management, or Issuing Hunting Licenses?

    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility
    Alex Pukinskis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Do you have a set of budgeting, funding, and approval processes so complex that nobody knows how they all work? Is the easiest way to get something done at your company to escalate to a senior executive, or go straight to a developer? The other day, I was helping a customer untangle their approval/funding/budgeting processes. Now, this may not sound like the most delightful afternoon, but it was hot outside, and we were all ready to do it. The company already has adopted some parts of SAFe -- they’re doing mid-range planning once per quarter in a big meeting, and getting better and…
  • 7 Mistakes During the Daily Stand-up Meeting

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    22 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    A couple of days back, a team member from a different Scrum team was complaining in the Scrum of Scrums that the daily stand-up meeting was a waste of time. . . .
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  • Clients Matter, Services Don't

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    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility

  • Are You Doing Portfolio Management, or Issuing Hunting Licenses?

    Alex Pukinskis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Do you have a set of budgeting, funding, and approval processes so complex that nobody knows how they all work? Is the easiest way to get something done at your company to escalate to a senior executive, or go straight to a developer? The other day, I was helping a customer untangle their approval/funding/budgeting processes. Now, this may not sound like the most delightful afternoon, but it was hot outside, and we were all ready to do it. The company already has adopted some parts of SAFe -- they’re doing mid-range planning once per quarter in a big meeting, and getting better and…
  • Tuning your Scrum Standups

    Alex Pukinskis
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I recently taught my first Scrum workshop in a while, after a number of years of doing other work. The team was excited and ready to go. The next day, they held a daily standup in the traditional style. Each person answered the three questions: “What did I do yesterday?”   “What will I do today?”   “What’s slowing me down?” But since they were sitting together, it really felt forced. They had all worked together they day before, and so the readouts of “what I did yesterday” were pretty useless. At the same time, “what am I committing to do today” was something…
  • Rally’s Colorado Crew Pushes Pedal Power

    Geri Mitchell-Brown
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    In Boulder, Bike To Work Day (BTWD) is a big deal. At Rally, it’s HUGE. This year, as in years past, we went all-out and we played to win. Here are some highlights. Supporting Bike-crazy Boulder. Rally is a proud sponsor of Boulder Walk and Bike Month. Our donation from the Rally For Impact Foundation supports Community Cycles, which organizes a dizzying array of bike-related happenings throughout June. It’s so exciting to see our logo alongside those of so many other local businesses on the BTWD posters around town. Best in Class -- Again! For the sixth time in seven years, we placed at…
  • Portfolio Management for the Fast-paced World

    Catherine Connor
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Project and portfolio management is overdue for an overhaul. Fundamental principles of traditional portfolio management practices no longer apply in our highly complicated and fast-paced world. The mismatch gets compounded by the pervasive use of software in almost every industry.   Manufacturing experienced a similar overhaul in the late 1980s and 1990s with Lean thinking: Producing in small batches and eliminating waste led to great improvements.  Traditional manufacturing practices, however, used measurements related to labor efficiencies and equipment utilization, which created…
  • How Rally Customers Helped Us Give Away $10K

    Geri Mitchell-Brown
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    Cynthia Koenig (center), Executive Director of Wello Water, and two team members express their appreciation for receiving the Citizen Engineer Award. Why put a suitcase on your head? Read on and RallyON! At Rally we’re passionate about helping people see the impact of Agile -- which is why we made this the theme of our annual RallyON conference. But we’re also passionate about social impact -- which is why mobilizing people and organizations to be citizen engineers is the strategic focus of our corporate social responsibility program, Rally For Impact. The Citizen Engineer Award Six…
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  • Practical Guide to PreLink, PostLink and Controller Methods of Angular Directives : angularjs

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    24 Jul 2014 | 10:51 pm
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  • Business Value & its importance

    Scrum and Agile
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Delivering maximum business value in a minimum time span is ingrained in the Scrum framework. Usually, Scrum projects are expected to create business or service value which makes Scrum framework attractive for business stakeholders. But it is not clear if Business Value can be achieved by reducing costs involved, increasing the end revenue, enhancing customer delight, minimising risk or enhancing organizational capability. Business value and its assignment is a subjective task that requires balancing a lot of information based on lot of changing priorities. Product owner uses it as an…
  • Scrum in a Nutshell

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Split the big team into small self organized , cross-functional groups Split the time into smaller fixed length durations known as Sprints Split the work in small deliverables. Prioritize the task and estimate relatively(using fibonacci ) so to get something potentially delivered at the end of the sprint. Demo the work done in sprint to the stakeholders at end of sprint so as to get continuous feedback. Improve the process with continuous retrospectives after each sprint. Re-iterate the process
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    24 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
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  • Clients Matter, Services Don't

    Yves Zieba
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
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  • Duetto: C++ as the Platform Language for the Web

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  • Building Real-time Web Applications with Stratified JavaScript

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  • Handling the Agile transition

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Few months ago, I formally introduced Scrum as the agile method to use in our new project.  We faced a lot of challenges with this change and I will highlight some of it in this post.  To start with, the transition from sequential to iterative is not so pleasant at the beginning.  The team was not sure that doing Scrum is a good idea.  They are confused on the new method, the new roles and somehow they still prefer the sequential approach which they are very much confident and familiar with. As the guy who leads this change, I somewhat expect that I might face this type of challenge of…
  • Kanban-ize Your support groups!

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    OK, promised few days ago a Kanban related post – here it goes. Those not familiar with Kanban
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  • How Pairing & Swarming Work & Why They Will Improve Your Products

    Johanna Rothman
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    If you’ve been paying attention to agile at all, you’ve heard these terms: pairing and swarming. But what do they mean? What’s the difference? When you pair, two people work together to finish a piece of work. Traditionally, two developers paired. The “driver” wrote the piece of work. The other person, the “navigator,” observed the work, providing review, as the work was completed. I first paired as a developer in 1982 (kicking and screaming). I later paired in the late 1980′s as the tester in several developer-tester pairs. I co-wrote Behind…
  • What is Your Minimum Agile Reading List?

    Johanna Rothman
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In preparation for my talk, Agile Projects, Programs, and Portfolio Management: No Air Quotes Required, I have created a Minimum Reading List for an Agile Transition. Note the emphasis on minimum. I could have added many more books to this list. But the problem I see is that people don’t read anything. They think they do agile if they say they do agile. But saying you do agile doesn’t mean anything if you don’t get to done on small stories and have the ability to change. I hope that if I suggest some small list of potential books, people will read the books, and realize,…
  • Why Testing in Women Testers Magazine

    Johanna Rothman
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    I have an article in a new online magazine, Women Testers, the July 2014 edition. My article is called “Why Testing?” When I was a tester or a developer, I asked many questions. As a project manager, program manager or consultant, I still ask many questions. One of those is the Why question. This article examines that question from a number of perspectives. Go read that article and many others from people such as Alexandra Moreira, Bolette Stubbe Teglbjærg, Smita Mishra, Sara Tabor, Karen N. Johnson, and Mike Lyles. I bet you’ll enjoy it!
  • Do Teams Gel or Jell?

    Johanna Rothman
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    In my role as technical editor for, I have the opportunity to read many terrific articles. I also have the opportunity to review and comment on those articles. One such comment is what do teams do? Do they “gel” or do they “jell”? Gel is what you put in hair. When you “gel” things, you create a thick goo, like concrete. Teams are not a thick goo. Teams are flexible and responsive. Jell is what you want teams to do. You want them firm, but not set in concrete. When teams jell, they might even jiggle a little. They wave. They adapt. They…
  • Pragmatic Manager Posted: Standup or Handoff

    Johanna Rothman
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    I published a Pragmatic Manager yesterday to my subscribers. Normally, I let them enjoy the pleasure of being “in-the-know” about what I have to say this month for a while before I post the emails to my site. Read the Pragmatic Manager here: Standup or Handoff. However, I made a Big Mistake in where I will be speaking this week. I fat-fingered July 10 into July 19. What made it into the newsletter was July 19. Oops. I’m actually a panelist this Thursday, July 10, at Agile New England. The topic: Agile: Massive Success or Empty Buzzword? My fellow panelists are Ken Schwaber…
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  • Purpose, Not Discipline

    Jurgen Appelo
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    I tried running a few years ago, but I stopped because of shin splints and impossible work schedules. I tried a fitness school, for several months, but I hated all the machines and uninteresting equipment. I tried Pilates exercises, for a few days, but I found the exercises on a mat mind-numbingly boring. I tried swimming, for a week or two, but the pool was always crowded and it was far away from my home. I tried body-weight exercises, for exactly two days, but I found them too hard, which didn’t really motivate me. And I tried yoga, for less than a week, but it was as least as boring…
  • Business or Pleasure? Boy or Girl?

    Jurgen Appelo
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Someone emailed to me, “I’m sorry to see you had to work on Saturday night.” I don’t understand why because the “work” was only a couple of emails that I sent. And I was happy to do that on a Saturday night, just like I was perfectly happy to spend the entire Tuesday morning shopping for a mountain bike. The post Business or Pleasure? Boy or Girl? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • My Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy Policy

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Sometimes, event organizers ask me to fill out a form asking me for my company name, address, bank account number, bank name, tax number, and much more. They tell me they need this information in order to make their payment to me later. But I think this is a bit silly. The post My Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy Policy appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • What About Cleaning Toilets?

    Jurgen Appelo
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    I often promote work-life fusion, quitting jobs that are not fulfilling, and seeking work that is a calling instead of just a career. But, I hear some people think, can this be true for everyone? Is there a great job, somewhere, for every person in the world? What about cleaning toilets? How can this work be fulfilling to anyone? Well, that depends… The post What About Cleaning Toilets? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Work-Life Fusion, not Work-Life Balance

    Jurgen Appelo
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Sometimes people ask me, “What do you mean with work-life fusion? How is that different from work-life balance?” Well… Work-life balance means using Twitter for your work-life and Facebook for your private life. Instead, I have friends, family, and business contacts everywhere! My 13th happy anniverselfie on Facebook was liked by 86 people, half of them were friends and family, and the other half were business contacts. I call that work-life fusion. The post Work-Life Fusion, not Work-Life Balance appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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    Partnership & Possibilities

  • Endless Blessings for Your Team

    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

    14 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Photo Credit: freeparking via Compfight ”“ 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!

    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…
  • Let’s get REAL about Agile Fluency™

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Preamble: This an update for the Agile Fluency Project on Kickstarter. I’m very excited about the project and its implications for team learning and the world of Agility. Since it’s the culmination of our thinking about fluent proficiency and has implications for the Agile community, I’m including it on the FutureWorks blog. I (Diana) noticed it first with retrospectives. Esther Derby and I worked to share our insights about this powerful tool in the Agile Retrospectives book. We created a simple, flexible framework that could be dressed with activities most relevant to that…
  • Join the Agile Fluency Project Community

    26 May 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Are you managing Agile teams? Are you wondering how to offer the best guidance so teams reach their highest possible performance? Is maximum team productivity on your mind? Are your team members telling you they need additional support to deliver the most productivity?  Here at FutureWorks Consulting, Sharon, Diana, and our network of experienced colleagues continually look for ways to help leaders like you. We offer ideas, services and opportunities to strengthen business agility, build resilience for yourself and others, and improve how you work with Agile teams and organizations. We’ve…
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  • My Primary Criticism of Scrum
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    On the first day of my Certified ScrumMaster course, we go over the agenda for the two days. I point out that one topic we’ll cover will be “meetings.” I usually point out that Scrum is often criticized for the amount of meetings it defines. I then claim that this is a pretty weak criticism of Scrum because most of the meetings really aren’t very long, and that if we wanted to, we could find better criticisms of Scrum than “Scrum teams meet too much.” After saying that, I always expect someone to ask for an example of a better criticism of Scrum. But…
  • Simplify Prioritization into “Now” and “Not Now”
    15 Jul 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. I think I’d like to buy a big-screen plasma television. And maybe after that, a new amplifier for my home theater. I’ve also noticed that our home dishwasher doesn’t dry as well as it used to. For some reason, this doesn’t bother my wife, Laura, but it annoys me. So I’d like to replace the dishwasher. The clothes washer is doing fine, but the dryer…
  • Choose Backlog Items That Serve Two Purposes
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I've been playing a fair amount of Go lately. If you're not familiar with Go, it's a strategy game that originated in China 2,500 years ago. It's along the lines of chess, but it's about marking territory with black and white pieces played on the intersections of a grid of 19x19 lines. Like Scrum, there are very few rules in Go. Also like Scrum, there are a fair number of principles, often called proverbs in the Go world. One of these Go principles is that a move that does two things is better than a move that does one. For example, a single move may defend a group of the…
  • Adding Decorated User Roles to Your User Stories
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When writing user stories there are, of course, two parts: user and story. The user is embedded right at the front of stories when using the most common form of writing user stories: As a <user role> I <want/can/am required to> <some goal> so that <some reason>. Many of the user roles in a system can be considered first class users. These are the roles that are significant to the success of a system and will occur over and over in the user stories that make up a system’s product backlog. These roles can often be displayed in a hierarchy for convenience. An…
  • Teams Should Go So Fast They Almost Spin Out of Control
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yes, I really did refer to guitarist Alvin Lee in a Certified Scrum Product Owner class last week. Here's why. I was making a point that Scrum teams should strive to go as fast as they can without going so fast they spin out of control. Alvin Lee of the band Ten Years After was a talented guitarist known for his very fast solos. Lee's ultimate performance was of the song "I'm Going Home" at Woodstock. During the performance, Lee was frequently on the edge of flying out of control, yet he kept it all together for some of the best 11 minutes in rock history. I want the same of a…
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  • Kanban Litmus Test

    David Anderson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Over the years, there has been a commonly recurring question, "Are we doing Kanban or not?" I've always answered that the answer isn't based in practice adoption but is rather a question of intent. Do you have the intent to pursue evoutionary improvement of service delivery using the Kanban Method? If so then you are doing Kanban and if not then you are not. read more
  • Reinvigorating an existing Kanban implementation with STATIK

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    This spring I noticed [1] that the rather clunky name we give to the implementation process for Kanban that we teach in our classes and private workshops has a catchy acronym, STATIK. Just as we hoped, this is turning out to be much "stickier" than the systems thinking approach to introducing Kanban; we find that not only do we refer to it a lot, so do our clients.   read more
  • The Value of the KCP Masterclass

    David Anderson
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I've listed a whole series of Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) Masterclasses for the 2nd half of 2012. These classes are typically residential and can be consumed as 2 x 3-days or in a single 5-day week long intensive class. Typically 4 out of 5 people are choosing the 5-day version of the class since we introduced it at the beginning of 2014. These classes are a big commitment in time and money and we often get asked where the value is? I'd like  to explain. read more
  • A Brief History of Kanban for Knowledge Work

    David Anderson
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Success has many fathers! Recently, there has been some content published elsewhere on the web that seeks to re-write the history of the adaptation of kanban systems into the field of creative knowledge work. The individuals publishing these alternative versions of history are generally doing it for self-serving reasons or in some cases as deliberate misinformation to try and undermine my business. To put the record straight, I've compiled this definitive history... A History of Kanban for Creative Knowledge Work October 2004 Dragos Dumitriu, manager XIT Sustaining Engineering at…
  • Defining Fitness for Purpose

    David Anderson
    30 Jan 2014 | 3:48 pm
    For those who missed it, you will find my autumn conference series key note speech very insightful and useful background for this post. Kanban and Evolutionary Management - Lessons we can learn from Bruce Lee's journey in martial arts (video from Lean Kanban Central Europe, Hamburg, November 2013). Every business or every unit of a business should know and understand its purpose. Sometimes businesses have lost sight of this and there is scope for a workshop exercise amongst senior leaders and business owners to define that purpose. What exactly are they in business to do? And it isn't…
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  • Workplace Design: Creating a Home from Home

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

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

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

    Rachel Davies
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:37 am
    I’m jotting down a few notes on Scaling Agile software development as Bucharest Agile group invited me to talk about doing this. I have already warned them that I am very skeptical about attempts to apply agile practices on large endeavours. While preparing for our conversation, I thought it might be helpful for me to blog about the reasons why I’m not a fan of Scaling Agile as this may make our conversation easier to follow and help the group to come up with some questions.When we apply Agile principles, we strip away process so that software developers can work more collaboratively with…
  • Conference Club

    Rachel Davies
    27 May 2014 | 9:38 am
    "The first rule of Conference Club is to talk about talking at conferences" Presenting at conferences is a great experience where you get to consolidate your knowledge and connect with other people passionate about the same things. But speaking in front of your peers can be a scary prospect for developers and they often underestimate the value to others of what they know. For instance in our teams, we have lots of experience with XP, Continuous Delivering, UX and JS testing frameworks. Does that mean we're all experts? Not necessarily but we can share practitioner…
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  • The 4-Step Action Plan for Agile Health: Step 2. Understand how to adopt healthy Agile Mindset Practices and Lean Practices

    Satish Thatte
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Agile development requires a cross-functional, self-organized team to deliver potentially shippable software at the end of each sprint, with analysis, design, code developing and testing activities going on concurrently (not sequentially) within each sprint.      Combining Agile/Scrum development with some of the lean methods is also becoming popular (so-called “Scrumban” methods). These methods emphasize reducing Work In Process (WIP), reducing feature cycle time and increasing throughput (feature completion rate). In my blog on From Agile Pathologies to Agile Health I explained…
  • An Open Letter to Executives Leading Agile Transformations

    Brian Irwin
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dear Executive, Let me congratulate you on your decision to introduce agile methods within your organization. It is a wise decision that holds incredible potential for your employees, your company, and especially your customers. If you are just beginning your improvement, or are yet to begin, the journey upon which you are about to embark is one that will be well worth the effort. And it will take effort—long, arduous, and at times frustrating effort. Although Machiavellians do exist, my experience is that they are exceedingly rare.  In general, people are good, honest, and hard-working…
  • The 4-Step Action Plan for Agile Health: Step 1. Understand “Legacy Mindset” and “Non-Lean” behaviors to move away from

    Satish Thatte
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Agile development requires a cross-functional, self-organized team to deliver potentially shippable software at the end of each sprint, with analysis, design, code developing and testing activities going on concurrently (not sequentially) within each sprint.      Combining Agile/Scrum development with some of the lean methods is also becoming popular (so-called “Scrumban” methods). These methods emphasize reducing Work-in-Process (WIP), reducing feature cycle time and increasing throughput (feature completion rate). In my blog on From Agile Pathologies to Agile Health I explained…
  • Make Agile 2014 PEACHy

    Lowell Lindstrom
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This year, I’m excited to be returning the Agile Conference. Having organized and participated in the conference from 2001-2005, my attendance became sporadic as the beginning of the youth football season (my other coaching gig) won out over the annual agile pilgrimage. Preparing for the show brings back many memories, but also some lessons learned that I wanted to share for anyone new to the conference or looking to get a little more out it. In true agile form, I’ve made a pithy acronym. Follow these suggestions and after the conference, you’ll be saying, “That’s a PEACH,…
  • Agile Software Needs Craftsmen

    Steve Ropa
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    So, you want to be an Agile shop.  You’ve read all kinds of cool stuff about Sprints, and WIP limits, and daily stand-up meetings.  You even think you get this crazy User Story and Planning Poker stuff.  You put together a room with snacks and lava lamps.  You have all of your stories in a cool ALM tool like VersionOne and displayed on a wide screen TV.  So you’re ready to go, right? Well….maybe not.  You are missing the most important part….the people.  Remember that one of the principles of the Agile Manifesto is to “Build projects around motivated…
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  • Git guilt, blame, and code review

    Tim Pettersen
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been doing a bit of traveling lately on the second leg of the Getting Git Right tour. It’s been a blast meeting so many devs from around the world. It’s been particularly incredible to see how much git adoption has grown amongst attendees in the few months since we did the first leg of the tour. When we presented in July, almost all attendees raised their hand when we asked “Who’s using git?”. However, there is one low point during every evening that I’ve hosted: the moment after I ask the question “Who’s doing code review at…
  • A skeptic’s guide to continuous delivery, part 2: the nuts & bolts of CI

    Sarah Goff-Dupont
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is the second in our five-part series from guest blogger J. Paul Reed—build engineer, automation enthusiast, and host of The Ship Show podcast. Jez Humble, author of Continuous Delivery and one of its founding fathers, has an informal survey he likes to give to audiences. It starts with a simple question: “Raise your hand if you do continuous integration.” A sea of hands always rise. Then he says “Put them down if all of the developers on your team don’t check into the main code-line at least once a day.” A large number of hands usually fall. Then he…
  • Interactive rebase in SourceTree

    Kieran Senior
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the last year we’ve introduced interactive rebase support in SourceTree on both Mac and Windows to help developers rewrite their commit history easier than ever. Often we’ve found this feature to be regarded as both mysterious and dangerous by many DVCS users, so we thought we’d help you learn what this feature does, how it can be a great asset in your workflow, and how to use it safely. What is “rebasing interactively?” In short, rebasing is a way of changing your commit history. You’ll often hear terms such as “replaying your commits” and…
  • Yosemite – Thoughts on blurriness and design ecosystems

    Joel Unger
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The blurry window I reviewed OSX 10.10 over the weekend, and observed a new trend emerging on the design battlefield: It’s blurry, translucent, and vibrant. But it’s also incredibly expensive and difficult to render. In OSX 10.10, dragging a translucent window makes the panel flicker, go completely black, and breaks blur effects. Resizing a window is incredibly slow and choppy. Developers have their work cut out for them to achieve decent performance by the end of the beta, but eventually, they’ll get it right and Apple will be hailed as revolutionary once again. Wait a second. We’ve…
  • It happened: Git 2.0 is here and it’s full of goodies

    Nicola Paolucci
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This major release of git has been brewing for a long time and I am excited to go on the hunt in the Changelog to find cool bits of awesomeness. As usual if you want to catch up with past git releases, I’ve been doing this exercise for a while, check them out: 1.8.2, 1.8.3, 1.8.4, 1.8.5, 1.9. This piece will necessarily cover only a selection of the release, if you want the complete list of changes and bug fixes have a look at the full Changelog. Some defaults changing: improving usability and resolving confusion Let’s tackle the compatibility changes first. There are a few and…
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    Agile Software Development

  • 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 ...
  • AGILE2014 conference hosts round-table discussion with leading industry analysts

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Agile Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the advancement of Agile software development principles and practices, will host an Industry Analyst Round Table at the AGILE2014 conference, featuring leading research analysts from Cutter Consortium, Gartner Research, IDC and V ...
  • Hansoft Expands Financing to $10 million with Hasso Plattner Ventures

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    Hansoft, with its eponymous tool for team collaboration and management in Agile software development today announced it has partnered with venture capital firm Hasso Plattner Ventures to further accelerate growth worldwide.
  • Tasktop Gets $11 Million Financing

    25 Jun 2014 | 11:10 am
    Tasktop Technologies has announced that it has closed a Series A round led by Austin Ventures, syndicated with Yaletown Venture Partners. The funding will help the company maximize the reach of its successful software lifecycle integration platform by expanding into new markets.
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    Scrum Planet - Agile Software Development Project Management Feeds aggregator

  • The Agile Management Blog - VersionOne: The 4-Step Action Plan for Agile Health: Step 2. Understand how to adopt healthy Agile Mindset Practices and Lean Practices

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Agile development requires a cross-functional, self-organized team to deliver potentially shippable software at the end of each sprint, with analysis, design, code developing and testing activities going on concurrently (not sequentially) within each sprint.      Combining Agile/Scrum development with some of the lean methods is also becoming popular (so-called “Scrumban” methods). These methods emphasize reducing Work In Process (WIP), reducing feature cycle time and increasing throughput (feature completion rate).read more
  • NetObjectives: The Right Way to Do Scrum But

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    We Do Scrum-But I often hear people say “oh, we do Scrum but we don’t do …”.  This includes “we do Scrum, but we don’t have fully cross-functional teams.”  Or, “we do Scrum but management interrupts us all of the time with needed new functionality.” With the creation (and misunderstanding) of Kanban, we often hear “we do Scrum but we don’t have hard iterations, we follow more of a flow model.”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!read more
  • NetObjectives: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Scrum: Or Telling The Emperor He Has No Clothes

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    I am about to head off to the Agile Conference in Orlando.  At these times I always think about the state of Agile and am usually disappointed when I think about what is possible and what actually is present.  Oh, I don’t mean “if only the industry would do what works” kind of thoughts, I’m more thinking “if only consultants would recognize what works and what doesn’t.”  I just started working... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!read more
  • The Agile Management Blog - VersionOne: An Open Letter to Executives Leading Agile Transformations

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dear Executive, Let me congratulate you on your decision to introduce agile methods within your organization. It is a wise decision that holds incredible potential for your employees, your company, and especially your customers. If you are just beginning your improvement, or are yet to begin, the journey upon which you are about to embark is one that will be well worth the effort. And it will take effort—long, arduous, and at times frustrating more
  • Assembla Blog: Assembla now allows automatic payments with PayPal

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Paying for your Assembla subscription with PayPal has never been easier. We recently added the ability to set up recurring payments with PayPal that will automatically pay for your Assembla subscription every billing period, whether that be monthly or annually. Previously, it was a manual process that required logging in and paying every time an invoice was more
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    Software Development Musings from the Editor of Methods & Tools

  • Software Development Conferences Forecast July 2014

    The Editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:39 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. Agile on the Beach, September 4-5 2014, Falmouth in Cornwall, UK SPTechCon, September 16-19 2014, Boston, USA Future of Web Apps, September 29-October 1 2014, London, UK STARWEST, October 12-17 2014, Anaheim, USA JAX London, October…
  • Quote of the Month July 2014

    The Editor
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    Research has shown that the presumption of selfishness is true for maybe 30% of most populations; another 50% are reliably unselfish, and the remaining 20% could go either way, depending on the context. If a company presumes that the undecided 20% are selfish, you can bet they will be selfish—it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. But worse, the company will create an environment where the 50% of the people who are unselfish are forced to act selfishly. And losing the energy, commitment, and intelligence of half the workforce is perhaps the biggest ...
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast June 2014

    The Editor
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:22 pm
    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. AGILE2014, July 28 – August 1, Orlando, USA Agile on the Beach, September 4-5 2014, Falmouth in Cornwall, UK SPTechCon, September 16-19 2014, Boston, USA STARWEST, October 12-17 2014, Anaheim, USA JAX London, October 13-15…
  • Kanban, Developer Career & Mobile UX in Methods & Tools Summer 2014 issue

    The Editor
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:54 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Summer 2014 issue that discusses objections to Kanban implementation, How to use a model to evaluate and improve mobile user experience, balancing a software development job and a meaningful life, Scrum agile project management tools, JavaScript unit testing and static analysis for BDD. Methods & Tools Summer 2014 contains the following articles: * Kanban for Skeptics * Using a Model To Systematically Evaluate and Improve Mobile User Experience * Developer Careers…
  • Quote of the Month June 2014

    The Editor
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:39 pm
    A UX team that deals with only the details of radio buttons and check boxes is committing a disservice to its organization. Today UX groups must deal with strategy. Source: Institutionalization of UX (2nd Edition), Eric Schaffer & Apala Lahiri, Addison-Wesley
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    Agile Web Development & Operations

  • 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
  • What Interests People About The “Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook”

    Matthias Marschall
    28 Sep 2013 | 12:26 pm
    In October I teamed up with Packt Publishing to organize a giveaway of my book Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook. I asked people what interests them most about this book. My book contains practical recipes on everything you will need to automate your infrastructure using Chef. The book is packed with illustrated code examples to automate your server and cloud infrastructure. Two lucky winners won an e-copy of the book. Find out what interests people most about this book in the comments below.
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    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software

  • Scrum and Quantum Physics

    Brett Goldman
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    In Project Management, if one thing is for sure, it’s that nothing is certain. You can try to plan everything to a ‘T’ and account for every possibility, but there will invariably be things that pop up unexpectedly. Sometimes this leads to project managers thinking, “If only I held more planning meetings and spent more time talking things over with my guys, then their best laid plans wouldn’t go awry“.   Instead of looking back at the project planning as the issue, we can perhaps learn more by better understanding the nature of uncertainty itself. Uncertainty is a very…
  • Devs on a Diet? The 28 Day Challenge

    Mona Munoz
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Axosoft is all about being healthy, from our tower gardens in the kitchen, to our daily workout classes in our office gym. But last month we took it to a whole new level… THE 28 DAY CHALLENGE Confused? You should be, I haven’t explained what it is yet. Let’s break it down! The 28 Day Challenge is a healthy eating initiative that we decided to put into effect at Axosoft. We thought it would be a great way for everyone to start eating right and getting healthy in a supportive team environment. The challenge involved 3 different steps: 1. For 28 day we would give up one, or all, of the…
  • Upgrading Axosoft Bug Tracker

    Jonathan Silva
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    For those who did not hear, the Axosoft Bug Tracker is currently available for just $1/year for your entire team. It’s hands down the best deal you’ll find for a hosted solution and can still manage your bugs, workflows and team members great. Bug Tracker! Now for some teams, our issue tracker will do the trick just fine. However, having awesome bug tracking software is only as good as your ability to find and report bugs. Why not offload that to your customers using the Customer Portal or have their emails become tickets you can track? Axosoft HelpDesk can do all these things.  If…
  • What’s New in 14.2?

    Jonathan Silva
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    We’re delighted to announce the Axosoft Suite Version 14.2 Release. At a glance, 14.2 features include: Daily Scrum- Get a quick snapshot of your team’s progress to add a visual layer to your daily standup. WIP Limits- Limit the number of items inside a workflow step or limit the number of items a user has in a workflow step. Axosoft HelpDesk Improvements-  Send notifications using the [Created by Email Address] option and copy an item to defect, task, feature, etc by changing the workflow step. UI updates- We have improved the user interface for Email Accounts and Archiving page plus…
  • Camtasia 2 Review: How does it stack up?

    Jonathan Silva
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    Sometimes we need something that just works. Not everyone in development can be a master videographer, yet there has to be a way to boost our marketing and training needs. That’s where videos come into play. At Axosoft, we have been using Camtasia 2 recently and would like to share our experience with a review. This is our tool of choice for the simpler videos. Camtasia 2 (as described on Techsmith) is a screen recording and video editing tool. It differs from other solutions like iMovie or Adobe’s Premiere in that it focuses on providing easy screen capture without needing to…
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  • Compressed Backlog Refinement

    Andrew Fuqua
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Lots has been written about backlog refinement (what we in the US used to call grooming), and a lot of it is good. There is lots to say about this practice. However, I’ve not seen any treatment on whether you should do it differently for your initial backlog. Therefore, I’m setting out in this post and in the next to answer these questions: How do you refine and estimate the initial backlog? How do you refine and estimate additional stories or subsequent backlogs for work that comes along later? Wouldn’t those approaches be the same? Usually, when I spin up a new agile team,…
  • What is the ROI of Your Event?

    Derek Huether
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    What is the ROI of Your Event? Now that I’ve had a week to reflect and let the experience sink in, I wanted to share my thoughts of our first official Baltimore Lean Coffee event. I’ve participated in ALN DC events and even helped organize a PMI Agile meetup.  So, where did our new event fall on a scale compared to the others? Did I feel like attendees received value and did I feel like we got a good return on our investment?  Let me give a little comparison. Lots of effort – Too much process – Formal – Minimum ROI WDCPMI (Washington DC PMI) Agile meetup is a…
  • Validation and the Standing Desk

    Hillel Glazer
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Validation is an engineering activity. In many ways it’s very much how engineers tell a product, “you’re awesome!” Unfortunately, many people don’t really understand what engineering validation really is. They think it’s something that happens at the end of all the other work. Often people who don’t understand validation think it’s performed on the finished product. Specifically that it’s only performed on the finished product in the form of “testing.” Yes, you test the product at the end, but how do you know the product will work when placed into service in the users’…
  • Are You Practicing Agile Accountability Responsibly?

    Tim Wise
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
      I started out this blog post writing about shared accountability for agile program teams. Accountability is an interesting, large topic that gets skipped over quite often in our agile community. In fact, I found, in my writing, a realization that we don’t have a great track record for defining it. So here’s my take. Caution! I am trying to pair down my mindmap of points to discuss in this blog. Apparently, I am not doing a great job, and I’ll own that. The way that I’ll own it is by committing to write to conclusion about: •What accountability means to me… as you will find…
  • LeadingAgile is Hiring Agile Coaches and Consultants

    Mike Cottmeyer
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:57 am
    Hey Folks… I’ve never posted anything like this before, but I wanted to let you guys know we are growing and looking for a few top-notch coaches to hire over the next several months. If you are interested, or know anyone that is, please give us a shout. That said, let me give you an idea of what we are looking for in our ideal agile coach. 1. Our coaches come from a variety of backgrounds so there isn’t really one profile that fits for us. We have folks that have been senior executives in large companies as well as executives in startups. We have people that have started and run their…
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

  • What's holding down your team's Velocity?

    David Koontz
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Is your "Agile Project Manager" driving the team to increase their velocity?  Has the Agile Death March begun?Fred Brooks warned us of these dangers nearly 25 years ago in The Mythical Man-Month.One antidote to the PM schedule crunching technique of throwing warm bodies at the problem is to remove the impediments that are known (or just under the surface) within the structure and environment that holds the team back from performing at more efficient delivery rates.  So many times the line workers (developers and testers) are well aware of these issues, and feel as if they have…
  • Factors that support Creativity

    David Koontz
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Many companies have initiatives to become innovative.  There are some companies that don't appear to need a leadership sponsor to get competitive innovation - wonder why.  Perhaps they have some fundamental aspect to their organization that allows them to be creative.  What would be those aspects? Here's my research on the topic of creativity.Predicting Creativity in the Wild-- a research paper on the use of sociometric monitoring of teams by Sociometric Solutions.Actor John Cleese talks about creativity.  It's about the open mindset of play.Play is More than Just Fun -…
  • Impediment: Network down time

    David Koontz
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I'm working with a large networking (telecommunication) company on a mission critical new initiative to replace existing B2B account services functions that are siloed and separate with a new sexy UI where all the services are aggregated in one portal.  The development has been underway for over one year.  It is touted as an "agile" program.  Yet an interesting impediment has never been resolved.  That is the internal WiFi/Lan systems appear to be overloaded with the strain of development, over utilized with the number of people that are squeezed into the floor plan (I…
  • Examples of 21st C. Companies

    David Koontz
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    "The 21st Century is when it all changes.  You've got to be ready."  -- Capt'n Jack HarknessWhat does a 21st Century company look like?  Here's some principles, some templates, some examples.  I believe the 21st century will see a movement toward companies being good social citizens (not money focused) these movements are already starting and we are only 14 years into this century.  Movements such as Conscious Capitalism, Sustainability, Triple Bottom Line, Lean/Agile, etc.I intend to work for one of these new breed of companies before the decade is done. Conscious…
  • Case Studies: Software Systems Failure

    David Koontz
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    Software nightmare stories are very common - but one thing I've learned by listening to these stories over the years is the technologist must be optimist at heart.  Why - because they deal constantly with tons of failure.  And out of those failures they create innovative disruptive new sectors of the world economy (sometimes, case in point the Apple Newton and then the iPod and iPhone). Let's look at a few case studies:Time has just published a look at the Obama Healthcare rescue team.  Code Red by Steven Brill"What were the tech problems?  Where they beyond repair?
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    Boost Blog

  • Success sliders

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    One of the first activities we undertake at the beginning of a development project is having our clients take the team through their vision for the project. Sometimes our clients need a little help forming that vision, especially for a green fields project. Yesterday we ran a couple of activities with a new client to help them define what will make the project a success. The activities we chose were: Success sliders and the Press Release exercise.  In this post we’ll take you through how Success sliders works and how it helps to further define what will constitute project success for…
  • The Board – Episode 26

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This episode our Agile Coaches based around topics that came about during the Scrunch Meetup sessions we run every month. Topics: How to change the negative perception people have of scrum? Working with conflict Love languages What makes a good scrum team? Blog: What makes a great Scrum Master? Blog: If you are doing Scaled Agile you should be doing these things Kanban Links: Lyssa Adkins: Navigating the Five Levels of Conflict – The Agile Way Love language: The 5 Love Languages Geoff Watt’s blog post: Towards a Definition of a Great ScrumMaster Al Shalloway blog post: Not Doing…
  • Scaled Agile Framework – Release Planning

    23 Mar 2014 | 1:47 pm
    At the end of my last blog post on SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework – The Team Level - I said that I would devote an entire post to the Release Planning session as this was one of the key meetings in SAFe.  This post covers the following points: What is Release Planning? What is the Release Planning Session and how does it relate to the PSI and Release Management? The PSI/Release Planning meeting What is Release Planning? When we kick-off an Agile project, the very first thing we will do is some form of collaborative, deliberate discovery workshop to determine the initial set of User…
  • The smiley face game

    13 Feb 2014 | 6:18 pm
    In most cases your first idea will not be your best idea. In order to illustrate this concept we recently did an exercise with our Agile Coaches. We first came across this activity when some of our team members attended Jeff Patton‘s Passionate Product Ownership course. Jeff calls it Circles, we called it the smiley face game. This exercise is best for 3+ people. Materials you’ll need: one sheet of A3 paper per person a sharpie for each person Directions: Ask participants to fold their A3 paper lengthwise, then in half, and half again until they have folds that form 16 squares.
  • The Board – Episode 25

    22 Jan 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Today’s episode was based on Jeff Sutherland’s blog post “Can You Define Agility?” Jeff Sutherland has a competition running at the moment to come up with the best definition of Agile. During the show our Agile coaches talk about “What is Agile?” and come up with their best definition of Agile. Topics: Definition of Agile The art of possible Ken Schwaber’s quote Cynefin Model Agile health checklist Version One: Agile checklist  Agile in China Do you think there are culture barriers in promoting the idea of Scrum in China? – Ken Schwaber Finding…
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    Agile Scout

  • Lonely at Work? – HOLD A MEETING!

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Lonely at Work? – HOLD A MEETING!
  • The Value of a PMP Certification

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    The value and importance of the PMP certification is a hotly debated topic within the project management community. One end of the spectrum vigorously defends the credential as the defining standard for competence, whereas the other end views it as a meaningless exercise signifying nothing more than rote memorization. Many fall somewhere in the middle, seeing it as a necessary evil that hopefully yields some advantage to their marketability. Adding fuel to the debate are the results of a research study published in the Project Management Journal, February 2011. **A little dated, but still…
  • [Encouragement] – Beginning Change

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    I love receiving emails with people making positive change. Here is a picture of change… beginning to happen. Thanks Mark! [Encouragement] – Beginning Change
  • Scrum Workshop Joy

    18 Jun 2014 | 6:18 am
    It is pure joy to work with and train great people, who have open hearts and open minds for change. Great shared-experiences with wonderful people are the small things that keep us going. Thanks guys! We’re keeping hope alive! Scrum Workshop Joy
  • [Tool Review] — Pie — Work chat that’s all signal, no noise

    10 Jun 2014 | 5:15 am
    If you’re running Agile in your team, you’re likely logged in to several group chat rooms right now. At the very least, you’re plugged into rooms for engineering and product discussions. There’s also rooms for design and marketing that you pop into every now and then. And you’re definitely in some kind of ‘random’ chatroom for watercooler stuff. With so many chat rooms, and so many discussions, it can sometimes be hard to keep up. There are times where you load your chat app and find something like 500 unread items. If you work in a distributed team, or even if you’ve just…
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • From Proposal to Project: An Interview with Larry Putnam, Jr.

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    In the software project management field, projects go badly about 43% of the time and fail completely 18% of the time. While there are several reasons for this, and plenty of blame to go around, one of the easiest ways to reduce the risk is to start at the beginning – with the proposal. In a recent interview with Cameron Philipp-Edmonds of StickyMinds, Larry Putnam, Jr. talks about the importance of the proposal when executing a successful project. He identifies five key questions that should be answered before any project starts and how software estimation ties into the proposal…
  • Modeling Uncertainty in Software Development Projects

    Donald Beckett
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    I am a professional software project estimator.  While not blessed with genius, I have put in sufficient time that by Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule, I have paid my dues to be competent.  In the past 19 years I have estimated over 2,000 different software projects.  For many of these, the critical inputs were provided and all I had to do was the modeling.  Other times, I did all of the leg work, too: estimating software size, determining critical constraints, and gathering organizational history to benchmark against.  One observation I have taken from years of…
  • Process Improvement and Farm Robotics

    Katie Costantini
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    A recent article in the New York Times about farm robotics, of all things, made me think about process improvement.  In the article, dairy farms in New York are beginning to use robotic milkers to feed and milk cows without the use of farm hands.  The solution was born out of several issues for dairy farmers, first, manual labor was hard to come by, and second, dairy prices were soaring.  What farmers needed was cheap, reliable labor; the solution was farm robotics. Unfortunately, robots are not always the solution to every process improvement opportunity; sometimes the…
  • New Article: Traits of Successful Software Development Projects

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Enough already with and the many (many) other high-profile IT project failures; let’s talk about government software projects that actually worked. Successful software projects are no accident. Best-in-class government IT projects share common traits that agencies can use to ensure success. In a recent article for Government Computer News, QSM's Larry Putnam, Jr. leverages data from from the QSM Database to identify best practices for successful government projects.Read the full article!
  • A Case of Software Data Collection

    Victor Fuster
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Television has done a fine job of glamorizing the job of an investigator.  Whether you fancy the classic Sherlock Holmes, the affable Colombo, or even perhaps enjoy the suspense associated with cracking the case on television shows like “The First 48,” Hollywood has tried to make us believe the search for clues is always exciting.  However, those who have searched thousand row spreadsheets for software data collection efforts, may beg to differ with that sentiment.  The needle in a haystack analogy may seem more fitting, if only the haystack was bigger!Although most folks…
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    Agile World

  • LAST (Lean Agile Systems Thinking) 2014 Conference

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking  at the LAST 2014 (Lean Agile Systems Thinking) conference. This is my second consecutive year of having opportunity to speak at this popular Melbournian event.I  have seen this event growing year after year. First year, we had 150 attendees, the second year 350 and third year is even more successful with 450 people. The event is highly affordable and run by the Melbourne community.  Some call this conference as  “Meet up on Steroids”.  The two passionate people who are successfully managing this event are Craig Brown …
  • Upcoming Agile Project Management MasterClass at Swinburne – Aug 21st and 22nd

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    This two day Masterclass commences with an introduction to the foundation and history of the Agile movement. It then looks at common practices and frameworks used by teams including Scrum, Kanban, Lean Start-up and XP. Day two drills into project management activities related to planning, monitoring and controlling projects highlighting the role of collaboration, developing appropriate feedback and quality systems, including elevating the focus from schedule and budget targets to delivering customer value. This course introduces The background and history of Agile management Leading…
  • Enterprise Agile Transformation through Centralized Agile Group – Benefits and Challenges

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Authored the following article for Cutter Consortium as part of their Agile advisory series.  In this article, some analysis has been done detailing pros/cons of setting up centralized Agile excellence or group to promote Agile as part of Agile transformation in the enterprise. Here is just a snippet and the complete article can be accessible by  Cutter members. Read rest of the article on Cutter
  • Changing the mindset of Agile teams

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Recently I penned a guest post for Version One  about the why people behave in the way they do and how to change them ? Agile is not about practicing Scrum, XP or Kanban. It is a mindset that one needs to cultivate. It is not about doing a daily standup or retrospective but knowing the values/principles behind it. Most of the agile teams are interested in practices and very few are interested to learn the values/principles. People resist adopting new values and principles as it expects a change in mindset of teams. Changing the mindset of agile teams is always a bit difficult. I have…
  • Some buzzwords in Agile community and new trends

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    3 May 2014 | 12:07 am
    In the recent times the following ideas/buzzwords are getting filled with the void of struggling, adolescent Agile 1. Holacracy :   Read more here from Zappos example. 2. Real Options Theory :  Read more here 3. For scaling Agile:  SAFe(Scaled Agile Framework) is already popular,  Craig’s  LeSS(Large Scale Scrum) and now ScALeD 4. Open Agile Adoption Photo Courtesy: Flickr
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