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  • The ScrumMaster's Courage to Be Weird

    Scrum Alliance RSS Feed
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Often, we need one person to be "weird" to protect the team. I believe it's the duty of the ScrumMaster to be weird in order to save the team from distractions and to educate everybody on various aspects of the system. I would like to discuss a few of these "weird" but important tasks that a ScrumMaster should perform.
  • Agile Needs to Be Both Iterative and Incremental

    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile
    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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. Scrum, like all of the agile processes, is both iterative and incremental. Since these words are used so frequently without definition, let’s define them. An iterative process is one that makes progress through successive refinement. A development team takes a first cut at a system, knowing it is incomplete or weak in some (perhaps many) areas. The team then iteratively…
  • Are Vanity Metrics Really All That Bad?

    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile
    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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 have a bit of a problem with all the hatred shown to so-called vanity metrics. Eric Ries first defined vanity metrics in his landmark book, The Lean Startup. Ries says vanity metrics are the ones that most startups are judged by—things like page views, number of registered users, account activations, and things like that. Ries says that vanity metrics are in contrast to…
  • 7 Articles On Risk Management in Software Development

    Software Development Musings from the Editor of Methods & Tools
    The Editor
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    While starting a new software development project creates some enthusiasm, the engineer part of the software developer and project manager will also see this event as a set of possible risks. These risks encompass many domains: business, project team, software architecture, technology… Besides being aware of the possible impediments to the project success, risk management is also used to make choices in the product and technology roadmaps and manage priorities when resources are limited. Here is a list of interesting articles that discusses approaches to risk in software development.
  • My Journey From Waterfall to Agile (and Back Again)

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    Mike McLaughlin
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    2007 – I had been working for several years as a traditional Project & Program Manager in the .com division of a Fortune 500 company. There was a constant cloud over my head. I didn’t really enjoy my work and had been soul searching for some time. I had been exploring and reading a lot about better ways to get work done, and came across this thing called Scrum. So I signed up for a CSM class, took it, was enlightened, and excitedly told my Director all about it. He gave me the green light to try it out on a small project or two, which I did. Somewhat surprisingly, these two projects…
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  • Rally: Our Dev Team Therapist

    Erine Gray
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    (Guest blogger and Rally user Erine Gray is the founder of Aunt Bertha, a software platform that makes it easy for people to find and apply for food, health, housing and education programs in the U.S.) This is the story of how Aunt Bertha used Rally to get our team organized, communicate better, and start loving each other again. It was kind of like group therapy. I’m only sort of joking. Our team doubled in size this year and there are now more people writing code. There’s more knowledge to be transferred. There’s more testing that needs to be done. There’s more that can go…
  • Expanding Rally Support for SAFe 3.0

    Rally Software
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Since Rally announced our support for SAFe™ 3.0 in July, we've been hard at work making sure our support for the latest Scaled Agile Framework® is all-encompassing. We know that scaling agility takes more than a product. In Dean’s words, “a fool with a tool is still a fool.” To benefit from agility at scale, we need to learn a new way to do portfolio and program management. Training and education are key, especially at these levels. Expertise from those who’ve helped others adopt SAFe can be a huge time-saver. The focus that SAFe 3.0 brings to the portfolio level only emphasizes…
  • Move Fast, with Stability

    Rally Software
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By now, you've probably heard about the impending breakup of HP into two separate companies. Some are calling the division of the 75-year-old business a “watershed moment for one of tech's most iconic companies." Here’s something we thought was worth calling out: Interviewed about the breakup, HP CEO Meg Whitman said this: “Nimbleness and speed are going to be an important part of the future … By separating into two companies with quite distinct markets, with quite distinct customers, we’ll be able to move faster to take advantage of the changing customer needs and accelerating…
  • Set your Mind on Experimentation Mode

    Anna Royzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Recently Michael “Doc” Norton, Global Director of Engineering Culture at Groupon, gave an opening keynote at SDEC 2014 in Winnipeg, Canada. He addressed the mixed crowd of software development practitioners, talking about Experimentation Mindset. SDEC is considered one of the forward-thinking conferences on Agile Development; as the organizers state: “(it) attracts leading agile practitioners from around North America to share their real-world experiences gained through delivering technology-related solutions”. This keynote, therefore, was targeted to forward-thinking software…
  • Sense, Create, and Respond to Change

    Rally Software
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week we looked at how today’s global markets require new ways of doing business, so that you can respond quickly to threats and opportunities. We showed you why it’s not enough simply to implement Agile practices into your development shop; you need to build agility into the culture and behavior of your entire organization. And we defined agility as the integral characteristic that allows you sense, create, and adapt to change -- quickly and confidently. The compelling driver of agility is the speed and impact with which innovations are changing entire industries -- what many refer…
 
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  • Self-Organised vs. Self-Managed vs. Self-Directed…What’s the Difference?

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

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

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

    Mishkin Berteig
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comAlthough Agile methods are very popular (particularly Scrum), there are still many organizations or departments which may not yet have official support for adopting Agile methods formally.  In some cases, … Continue reading →
  • Spice up your Agile Retrospectives

    BenLinders
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    In the mini-workshop Experience new exercises to spice up your agile retrospective #RetroValue that I gave at Lean Kanban France teams experienced three different retrospectives exercises. They learned how retrospectives can help them to gain deeper insight in their situation and came up with actions to deal with problems and improve their performance. Continue reading →
  • Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies

    Mike Cottmeyer
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    As usual… I’ve gotten a little sidetracked on my Agile 101, 102… series of posts. I’ve got the 201 post half finished, but haven’t been able to spend the time getting over the hump. That said, I want to divert just a little and talk about agile in general, explore some of what it is, […] The post Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • Emergent Design

    Ron Jeffries
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Martin Alaimo asked about the Manifesto Principle "The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams."
  • Rant about Commitment – One of the Scrum Values

    Mishkin Berteig
    1 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comThe voting for re-introducing the five values of Scrum into the Scrum Guide is heating up with some great discussion (debate?).  One person, Charles Bradley is providing some interesting arguments … Continue reading →
 
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  • Agile Test Automation

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:51 am
    Agile test automation is the application of the Agile development principles to test automation. Accordingly, there are some principles of Agile test automation. . . .
  • The Pursuit of Enterprise Agility

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    More than a decade of coaching and training several large organizations on all things Agile has led me to believe that achieving enterprise agility begins with asking the right questions. . . .
  • The Value of Scrum to Organizations

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Despite numerous anecdotal claims of Scrum successes in many parts of the world, a lack of empirical evidence exists. . . .
  • Automation and Virtualization

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Imagine a scenario in which millions of check-ins are happening every day. One of the main bottlenecks . . .  for such organizations is the inability to make testable builds available as quickly as possible. . . . This is the biggest challenge holding them back from timely delivery of working software to customers.
  • The ScrumMaster's Courage to Be Weird

    9 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Often, we need one person to be "weird" to protect the team. I believe it's the duty of the ScrumMaster to be weird in order to save the team from distractions and to educate everybody on various aspects of the system. I would like to discuss a few of these "weird" but important tasks that a ScrumMaster should perform.
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  • Metodologia ágil no Elo7

    gustavocsmaia
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Atualmente no mercado existem diversas metodologias de desenvolvimento de software, como:  RUP (Processo unificado da Rational), XP (Programação extrema), Scrum e  Kanban, entre outras. Essas metodologias seguiram como uma evolução do modelo de desenvolvimento iterativo e incremental. Todas essas metodologias focam no desenvolvimento ágil que é um conjunto de técnicas utilizadas no desenvolvimento de software. A idéia de desenvolvimento ágil é simples: Valorizar indivíduos e a interação entre eles, entregar software funcionando, responder rapidamente a mudanças e ter…
  • Designer's conflict:

    vaibhavjajoo
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    1 problem.. so many solutions: Every engineering or other design challenge can be addressed in multiple ways. There are generally, at least 2 good solutions, to pick from. If I am playing the role of the designer, I have always faced this challenge of how much socialization to get a buy in, into a solution is sufficient vs eliciting constructive feedback from other peer reviewers, stake holders etc. The challenge is when as a designer, after hearing competing ideas and pros-cons on solutions from peers, you reach a preferred solution. Is that designer’s prejudice? Prejudice of success…
  • #agileselfie cyclicks

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    17 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
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  • Also From the Library of No-brainer Fitness

    Sacha Veillette
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Books: So much knowledge, so little time to read! A brief pause in the flow of coaching- and diet-related posts. Time to briefly talk about some of the books I read lately. This won’t take long… Spark – The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain I had started reading this book by John J. Ratey, MD, and Eric Hagerman, when I wrote my first post on my library. It was very promising, and it kept its promises. Meanwhile, the news has been filled with related findings and even a few mentions of Dr. Ratey. This book remains well worth the time, even if you are up to…
  • Immediate Testing Positions With Capgemini

    Prasad Chaudhari
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    We are currently hiring for positions described below. Do get connected with contact person’s for further details. Profile Experience Location Contact Person: Abhay Gore | Abhay.gore@capgemini.com Automation Testing (QTP) 4-6 yrs Bangalore Test Analyst (LISA) 4-6 yrs Bangalore Contact Person: Poonam Dalal | Poonam.a.dalal@capgemini.com Core banking Domain Test Analyst 4 to 6yrs Bangalore Payments Domain Tester 2-4yrs Chennai Contact Person: Prasad Chaudhari | Prasad.chaudhari@capgemini.com Test Lead – Agile (Selenium Automation) 6-8 yrs Pune Automation Test Manager…
 
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  • Self-organizing and meddling Stakeholders

    scrumsupport
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Self-organizing and meddling Stakeholders Any Scrum Master worth his Scrum Master certification believes that all humans are enthusiastic and seek to receive greater duty. So, they deliver much greater value when self-organized. This self-organization is what created us from single celled beings. A Scrum Master brings working deliverables sooner and makes available more precise predictions of timetable and budget compared to traditional waterfall Project Managers. Under Scrum, if we plan a ten-month project and divide the effort into twenty, fortnight sprints;  at the end of sprint #5 (25 %…
  • Scrum : Conflict Management Techniques Relevant to Scrum

    Jonathan Silva
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Scrum : Conflict Management Techniques Relevant to Scrum Organizations applying the Scrum framework encourage an open environment and dialogue among employees. Conflicts among Scrum Team members are generally resolved independently, with little or no involvement from management or others outside the Scrum Team. Conflict can be healthy when it promotes team discussions and encourages debates, as this usually results in benefits for the project and the respective team members. It is therefore important that the resolution of conflicts be encouraged, promoting an open environment where team…
  • Agile in Product Management

    tomrichard123456
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Agile in Product Management It is often seen that Agile has been implemented successfully in different projects. But when it comes to Product Management or NPD (New Product Development), many people get sceptical regarding implementation of Agile. Now it has to be understood that Agile is not a methodology which can be used in a cookie cutter way across any organization. A lot of tweaking and customization is required to make it work. So, in product management, a proper assessment is required to see if Agile implementation will improve performance or not. Here also, we need to see if the…
  • Knowledge of an Agile Leader to enhance efficiency

    diptangshub
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Knowledge of an Agile Leader to enhance efficiency An Agile leader plays a major role in the performance and output efficiency. Migrating to Agile does not only mean change of process. It means a big change in culture and mind-set, and that is mostly the tough part. People become comfortable with their existing processes. Also, it is very difficult for them to transition to a process that accepts and embraces change. Following an Agile process also means that some people will become redundant, because efficiency increases which leads to increase in productivity with less resources. Again,…
  • Six domains of Agile practices

    diptangshub
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Six domains of Agile practices March Project Management Institute’s “PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Content Outline” organizes the tasks practitioners do when working in Agile environment into six domains. Their exam does not test specifically on the domains, so learning their grouping of tools and techniques and knowledge and skills will not be directly applicable to the language of the test. However, this organizational way of looking at Agile tools and tasks has been done to help practitioners learn and understand Agile better. The six domains of Agile are: Value-driven…
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    Managing Product Development

  • Three Alternatives for Making Smaller Stories

    Johanna Rothman
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    When I was in Israel a couple of weeks ago teaching workshops, one of the big problems people had was large stories. Why was this a problem? If your stories are large, you can’t show progress, and more importantly, you can’t change. For me, the point of agile is the transparency—hey, look at what we’ve done!—and the ability to change. You can change the items in the backlog for the next iteration if you are working in iterations. You can change the project portfolio. You can change the features. But, you can’t change anything if you continue to drag on and…
  • Have You Signed Up for the Conscious Software Development Telesummit?

    Johanna Rothman
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Do you know about the Conscious Software Development Telesummit? Michael Smith is interviewing more than 20 experts about all aspects of software development, project management, and project portfolio management. He’s releasing the interviews in chunks, so you can  listen and not lose work time. Isn’t that smart of him? If you haven’t signed up yet, do it now. You get access to all of the interviews, recordings, and transcripts for all the speakers. That’s the Conscious Software Development Telesummit. Because you should make conscious decisions about what to do for…
  • Five Tips for Tactical Management

    Johanna Rothman
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Sometimes, you just need to get on with the work. You need to give yourself some breathing room so you can think for a while. Here are some tips that will help you tackle the day-to-day management work: Schedule and conduct your one-on-ones. Being a manager means you make room for  the people stuff: the one-on-ones, the coaching and feedback or the meta-coaching or the meta-feedback that you offer in the one-on-ones. Those actions are tactical and if you don’t do them, they become strategic. As a manager, make sure you have team meetings. No, not serial status meetings. Never those.
  • 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.
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  • How Do You Do It? (A Job Like a Tailored Suit)

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    I regularly get the question, “How Do You Do It?” “How are you able to travel so much and not get sick of it?” “How can you read 50+ books per year and also write your own?” Gosh, I don’t know. The post How Do You Do It? (A Job Like a Tailored Suit) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • DON’T PANIC! (For Everyone Who Fears Failure)

    Jurgen Appelo
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    It happened just after I told my friend Lisette never to panic. When something goes wrong during your presentation, your workshop, your travels, or in any other endeavor, DO NOT PANIC! Your panic is most likely to cause the thing that you fear most. The post DON’T PANIC! (For Everyone Who Fears Failure) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • My Offer to Book Resellers

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    There are two great aspects to people complaining about the shipping fees of my book: It shows that readers care. They want the book! Even the 15,000 people who already downloaded the free PDF. Within three days, I sold XXX copies of the #Workout book from the Management 3.0 web shop. Imagine how much more people we can reach when we slash distribution costs? Already several people asked me if they can resell the book locally, which will cut shipping fees dramatically. The answer is: Yes, please! The less I have to do, the better. My goal is to be a writer, not a distributor. The post My…
  • “Your Book Is Expensive!” (Yes, and It’s Also Cheap)

    Jurgen Appelo
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    I have started the pre-sales of Management 3.0 #Workout – Paper Edition. The paper book looks amazing! Besides the regular print version, I offer an exclusive version with autograph, unique number, postcards, kudo cards, and a hand-drawn illustration. There are only 500 of those! The post “Your Book Is Expensive!” (Yes, and It’s Also Cheap) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Four Whys

    Jurgen Appelo
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    I’m sure you recognize the problem. You’re nose-deep in some activity that takes ten times longer than expected, and suddenly you think, “Why on earth am I wasting my time with this nonsense?” Yes, I have that too sometimes! I had it yesterday when I was explaining to one of my customers how sales tax works in Europe. It took so long, I needed two coffee breaks. The post The Four Whys appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 3, Season 6

    Willem
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Partnerships & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations EPISODE 3: THE DIFFERENT FACES OF LEADERSHIP Photo Credit: Victoria Nevland via Compfight cc [introduction] How do things get done on a self-organizing team? It seems like nobody is directing the work… [3:55] As a manager, knowing what leadership roles you need covered on a team would help to populate your teams. [5:30] Look for T-shaped team members, and “Pi-shaped” team members, for bench strength. [9:30] Knowing these roles could help you charter your team. [10:10] Pioneer and Instructor roles are…
  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 2, Season 6

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

    Dean Leffingwell
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Hi Folks, My next upcoming SAFe SPC Certifications are as follows: Dec 9-12, 2014, Boulder, Colorado (with Alex Yakyma) January 27-30, 2014, Boulder, Colorado (with Alex Yakyma) March 2-5, Vienna, Austria (with Michael Stump) March 10-13, Boulder, CO (with Alex Yakyma) Also, I’ll be delivering an SPC certification in Sydney, Australia, the week of June 22, but that one isn’t yet open for registration. Please ping Garren Watkins (garren.watkins@scaledagile.com) if you’d like to pre-register. I look forward to meeting some of you in person at these upcoming events. In addition,…
  • 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
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  • Are Vanity Metrics Really All That Bad?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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 have a bit of a problem with all the hatred shown to so-called vanity metrics. Eric Ries first defined vanity metrics in his landmark book, The Lean Startup. Ries says vanity metrics are the ones that most startups are judged by—things like page views, number of registered users, account activations, and things like that. Ries says that vanity metrics are in contrast to…
  • Agile Needs to Be Both Iterative and Incremental

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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. Scrum, like all of the agile processes, is both iterative and incremental. Since these words are used so frequently without definition, let’s define them. An iterative process is one that makes progress through successive refinement. A development team takes a first cut at a system, knowing it is incomplete or weak in some (perhaps many) areas. The team then iteratively…
  • Why I Prefer Commitment-Driven Sprint Planning

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over the past two weeks, I’ve described two alternative approaches to sprint planning: Velocity-Driven Sprint Planning Commitment-Driven Sprint Planning This week I want to address why I prefer commitment-driven sprint planning. First, though, here is a very brief refresher on each of the approaches. Brief Summary of Sprint-Planning Approaches In velocity-driven sprint planning, a team selects a set of product backlog items whose high-level estimates (usually in story points or ideal days) equals their average velocity. In commitment-driven sprint planning, a team commits to one product…
  • Commitment-Driven Sprint Planning

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are two primary ways for planning a sprint: velocity-driven sprint planning and commitment-driven sprint planning. In last week’s post, I described velocity-driven planning; so in this week’s, we turn our attention to commitment-driven sprint planning. A commitment-driven sprint planning meeting involves the product owner, ScrumMaster and all development team members. The product owner brings the top-priority product backlog items into the meeting and describes them to the team, usually starting with an overview of the set of high-priority items. Select an Item Following…
  • 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…
 
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    James Shore

  • [POSTPONED] Portland, Oregon: Agile Smack-Down (Debate)

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    06 Nov 2014 James Shore/Calendar This event is postponed due to inclement weather. I will update the listing when a new date is chosen. The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) is hosting a debate about Agile between me and Frank D'Andrea next week. Adam Light is hosting. It's going to be a fun, lively event with plenty of thought-provoking moments. Here's the blurb: Join us for the TAO Agile Smack-Down, a thought-provoking discussion and debate of the good, bad, and ugly ways to implement Agile methodologies. Adam Light will moderate a rousing dialog between Frank D'Andrea, VP Software…
  • Reddit "Ask Me Anything"

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    06 Nov 2014 James Shore/In-the-News The Agile subreddit on Reddit invited me to do an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) earlier this year. We had a great turnout and discussed many interesting topics. Read it here.
  • 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,…
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  • Kanban Coaching Masterclasses in 2015

    David Anderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    We've listed only 1 public Kanban Coaching Masterclass for 2015 in San Diego in January on the week of the 19th. So far we have 11 out of 12 places subscribed and one client expects to fill that final place. We will be listing a 2nd spillover class also in January for the week of 12th January. This should be posted by end of next week. If you are interested in attending a 2015 masterclass please follow the sales link at the bottom of this page. We do not plan to list any more public masterclasses in 2015. read more
  • The Tyranny of the Ever Decreasing Timebox

    David Anderson
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Agile software development methods, with the exception of Feature-Driven Development, adopt the use of fixed time increments, often wrongly called “iterations”. In Scrum, these are known as Sprints. A Sprint is a fixed period of time with a defined scope and a commitment to complete that scope within that time window. Originally, Scrum defined 4 week sprints. This was changed later, circa 2004, to a recommendation for 2 weeks to be the default length for a sprint. In general it is recognized that agility is related to the frequency of interaction with the customers or business…
  • 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
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  • Avoid Failure to Launch: Kick-Start Your Next Initiative

    Adam Mattis
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Guest post from two Davisbase consultants:  Adam Mattis and Leslie Morse The Challenge It’s a great day:  you wake up, the sun is shining, there is no traffic on the way to work, and when you get to the office… there it is. A shiny, new, fully sanctioned project. It’s GO TIME! Easy there, killer. Before you dive in head first, let’s take a step back and get our proverbial ducks in a row. All too often with agile-run initiatives or projects, we skip the foundational efforts that set the team up for success. In business environments where teams are constantly challenged to do…
  • My Journey From Waterfall to Agile (and Back Again)

    Mike McLaughlin
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    2007 – I had been working for several years as a traditional Project & Program Manager in the .com division of a Fortune 500 company. There was a constant cloud over my head. I didn’t really enjoy my work and had been soul searching for some time. I had been exploring and reading a lot about better ways to get work done, and came across this thing called Scrum. So I signed up for a CSM class, took it, was enlightened, and excitedly told my Director all about it. He gave me the green light to try it out on a small project or two, which I did. Somewhat surprisingly, these two projects…
  • Enforced Workflow is inherently NOT Agile

    Steve Ropa
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    One of the ironies of being a technologist in the Agile world is that while we love our tools and toys, we also know that some things should be done by hand.  One of my jobs as a consultant at VersionOne is to help people understand what the tool will and won’t do.  Needless to say, I believe wholeheartedly that the tool does all that it should, and is a fantastic tool for understanding where we are as a team, and where we intend to go.  Its a very interesting balancing act, and I have always been impressed, especially when I was a customer, at how well the product management team…
  • The Three People Who Need to ‘Just Say No’

    Scott Dunn
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Guest post by Scott Dunn, Rocket Nine Solutions “We have too many things going on!” I hear this often from developers, product owners, even management. The problem is that we might be enabling this problem unknowingly (that does not, by the way, go away by itself). Depending on your role, I have three ideas for three different people: (1) the team, (2) managers and the PMO, and (3) the ScrumMaster. At the team level, this complaint of too m­any projects or initiatives is very common. When I was a manager, my people would come up to me and say, “Jim in Marketing thinks I should be…
  • What is the Prerequisite of Success When Scaling Agility?

    Tim Yevgrashyn
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Guest post by Timofey Yevgrashyn, Ciklum Today more and more enterprises are looking into agile approaches as the answer to their needs. It doesn’t matter if a big company starts scaling agile with or without acting Scrum teams. What matters is the way the company goes from the “let’s-scale-agile” decision to the visible results of scaled agility. Why scale agility? A few thoughts. One could say that the apparent reason to apply scaled agile practices is when you have many agile teams that are cross-dependent and working on the same product(s). But it wouldn’t be…
 
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  • Announcing an open source Puppet Module for Sonatype Nexus

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

  • Agile Product Owner: New SAFe Principles and Revised LSE Big Picture

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Ok, so these are not the same topic, but they are related, so I thought one blog post could cover both … so … We’ve been working on highlighting the principles behind SAFe and SAFe LSE. In future versions of both, we’ll have a tab for Principles on the left, including a nav to elaborations on each principle topic. Then, everything on the right will be practices. It will look something like this:read more
  • Notes from a Tool User - Mark Levison: Agile Quick Links #26

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: Replacing Backlog Grooming (Derek Huether) 6 Things to Look for When Recruiting for Agile Teams (Evanread more
  • Scrum Expert: Organizational Design and Scrum

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    It’s very easy to become hierarchical and turn into a “bank” when software company is growing fast. Is there a way to avoid that? How to keep the focus on value creation? What about Value departments, not Functional departments? This presentation shares ideas what we can learn from Scrum and apply in organizational design. It shares hypothesis how a company could look like when everybody is focused on value creation. Video producer: Agile Latvia
  • Rally Agile Blog: Rally: Our Dev Team Therapist

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    (Guest blogger and Rally user Erine Gray is the founder of Aunt Bertha, a software platform that makes it easy for people to find and apply for food, health, housing and education programs in the U.S.)read more
  • Agile Management Blog - VersionOne: Avoid Failure to Launch: Kick-Start Your Next Initiative

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Guest post from two Davisbase consultants:  Adam Mattis and Leslie Morse The Challenge It’s a great day:  you wake up, the sun is shining, there is no traffic on the way to work, and when you get to the office… there it is. A shiny, new, fully sanctioned project. It’s GO TIME! Easy there, killer. Before you dive in head first, let’s take a step back and get our proverbial ducks in a row.read more
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  • Scrum Expert: Organizational Design and Scrum

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    It’s very easy to become hierarchical and turn into a “bank” when software company is growing fast. Is there a way to avoid that? How to keep the focus on value creation? What about Value departments, not Functional departments? This presentation shares ideas what we can learn from Scrum and apply in organizational design. It shares hypothesis how a company could look like when everybody is focused on value creation. Video producer: Agile Latvia
  • Rally Agile Blog: Rally: Our Dev Team Therapist

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    (Guest blogger and Rally user Erine Gray is the founder of Aunt Bertha, a software platform that makes it easy for people to find and apply for food, health, housing and education programs in the U.S.)read more
  • The Agile Management Blog - VersionOne: Avoid Failure to Launch: Kick-Start Your Next Initiative

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Guest post from two Davisbase consultants:  Adam Mattis and Leslie Morse The Challenge It’s a great day:  you wake up, the sun is shining, there is no traffic on the way to work, and when you get to the office… there it is. A shiny, new, fully sanctioned project. It’s GO TIME! Easy there, killer. Before you dive in head first, let’s take a step back and get our proverbial ducks in a row.read more
  • Leading Agile: The Napoleon Corporal

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    In my previous post, Replacing Backlog Grooming, I wrote about leveraging a Product Owner (PO) Team instead of the “Scrum” team in Progression Workshops (backlog grooming).read more
  • Leading Answers - Mike Griffiths: 9th International PMI Poland Chapter Congress

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    I will be in Warsaw next week for the 9th International PMI Poland Chapter Congress – themed “Mission Impossible”. I am very much looking forward to it and sessions like the “Global Challenges of Mega Projects” by Virginia Greiman of... Mike Griffiths
 
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  • Software Development Linkopedia November 2014

    The Editor
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Here is our monthly selection of interesting knowledge material on programming, software testing and project management.  This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about Agile coaching and management, positive quality assurance, product managers and owners, enterprise software architecture, functionnal programming, MySQL performance and software testing at Google. Blog: Fewer Bosses. More Coaches. Please. Blog: Advice for Agile Coaches on “Dealing With” Middle Management Blog: Five ways to make testing more positive Blog: 9 Things Every Product Manager…
  • 7 Articles On Risk Management in Software Development

    The Editor
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    While starting a new software development project creates some enthusiasm, the engineer part of the software developer and project manager will also see this event as a set of possible risks. These risks encompass many domains: business, project team, software architecture, technology… Besides being aware of the possible impediments to the project success, risk management is also used to make choices in the product and technology roadmaps and manage priorities when resources are limited. Here is a list of interesting articles that discusses approaches to risk in software development.
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast October 2014

    The Editor
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 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. W-JAX 2014, November 3-7 2014, Munich, Germany Business Technology Days 2014, November 3-6, Munich, Germany QCon San Francisco, November 3-7 2014, San Francisco, USA Exclusive $50 Method & Tools discount with promo code…
  • Software Development Linkopedia October 2014

    The Editor
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Here is our monthly selection of interesting knowledge material on programming, software testing and project management.  This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about managing code duplication, product backlog prioritization, engineering management, organizational culture, mobile testing, code reuse and big data. Blog: Practical Guide to Code Clones (Part 1) Blog: Practical Guide to Code Clones (Part 2) Blog: Selecting Backlog Items By Cost of Delay Blog: WIP and Priorities – how to get fast and focused! Blog: 44 engineering management lessons Article:…
  • 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
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  • Agile Homeschool Update

    Richard Lawrence
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Last year, I wrote about how we use an agile approach for homeschool. Since then, we’ve refined our approach. This school year, we updated our board to reflect some of those changes. A few things to note about our board: We have a Scheduled swim lane at the top for calendar items that will affect how much other schoolwork we can plan in a day. Usually music lessons, bike practice, and field trips end up here. These cards don’t move, they just help everyone avoid overcommitting. There’s a swimlane for things that need to be done together. In the morning, everyone will agree…
  • Looking Back at the Past Two Years

    Bob Hartman
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I want to start this post by thanking Eric Englemann (yes, that is him on the right!), the CEO of one of our awesome clients, Geonetric. Almost two years ago he took a huge risk and completely changed their corporate structure. But he didn’t stop there, he committed to letting the world know how they were doing along the way. He and others in his company have been extremely open about their results, including how they were doing one year after the big change and again last month. Well, two years ago Agile For All underwent a big change as well. It went from a single-member LLC where I…
  • Cynefin and Story Splitting

    Richard Lawrence
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Cynefin as of June 2014 – From Dave Snowden, released under CC BY 3.0 As I was preparing for my Agile Denver session on Unscaling, which leaned heavily on the Cynefin Framework, I reread Liz Keogh’s excellent post, “Cynefin for Devs.” I realized that I use my story splitting patterns in a few different ways depending on the domain, and I’ve never been explicit about this (which probably confuses people I’m coaching). Unless you’re already familiar with Cynefin, go read Liz’s post. I’ll wait. Here’s how story splitting looks different for each Cynefin domain:…
  • Agile Denver Session Notes: Unscaling

    Richard Lawrence
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    For those who attended last night’s Agile Denver meetup, here are the slides and some additional resources for you… For those who couldn’t make it, my slides aren’t intended to tell the whole story on their own, but you may be able to get some value from them. The most common question I’m getting from people who see just the slides is about the source for the charts on pages 10-12. The line chart is from J. Richard Hackman and is simply math—the number of unique links between individuals in a group of size N is N(N-1)/2. My stacked bar chart was an argument…
  • Scrum Basics: When Should We Schedule Sprint Transitions?

    Richard Lawrence
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    We’re often asked which day or days are best for scheduling the Sprint Planning, Review, and Retrospective meetings. In general, we prefer mid-week sprint transitions. People are most likely to take Monday or Friday off, so it’s easier to get the whole team reliably on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Having a couple days to get started with the work for a new sprint and to build some momentum is nice, so I like planning on Wednesdays. For a one week sprint, it’s possible to do Review, Retrospective, and Planning all on Wednesday morning. Or, you can do the Review and…
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  • Axosoft Best Practices Webinar

    Sara Breeding
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Watch the Axosoft Best Practices webinar above to learn how to use Axosoft most effectively. We’ve only outlined some of the best practices below. Daily Usage Best Practices Keyboard Shortcuts [shift + ?] Create a new item [c] Create a new subitem [n then s] Add a work log to an item [w] Add the projects you work on most to Favorites by right clicking on the project and selecting Add To Favorites  To assign items, the Assign To field is no longer a static dropdown, you can just start typing and quickly select the user or team’s name/gravatar when it appears Quickly delete…
  • Hallosoft… Axoween… Halloween at Axosoft

    Mona Munoz
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    If you’ve gotten a glimpse into Axosoft culture, you know we like to tack on “Axo” to as many words as possible (I.E. AxoCulture). Anyways, call it Axoween or whatever you like – we hope you had an amazing Halloween, ’cause we sure did! Participation was high this year at our annual costume contest. Even Axosoft was not safe though from the Frozen pandemonium sweeping the nation… yes… Elsa, Olaf, Anna and Kristoff made an appearance! The AxoGirls of the office kicked it up by going the superhero route – of course adding their own flare with handmade…
  • What’s New in Axosoft 14.4?

    Jonathan Silva
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Felicitations friendly faces! Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference, so we decided to make Axosoft Version 14.4 all about UX improvements. We hope you are pleasantly surprised when you fire up Axosoft to find: New and improved onboarding tutorial New shortcuts everywhere: Shortcut to Field Templates from the Edit Workflow Step page Shortcut to Pick-lists from Custom Items page Shortcuts to Field Templates, Workflow, and  Escalation from Edit Projects page Shortcut to Notification Templates from Notifications page Updated UI for the Details Panel New Copy Link button…
  • 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…
 
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  • Agile Homeschool Update

    Richard Lawrence
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Last year, I wrote about how we use an agile approach for homeschool. Since then, we’ve refined our approach. This school year, we updated our board to reflect some of those changes. A few things to note about our board: We have a Scheduled swim lane at the top for calendar items that will affect how much other schoolwork we can plan in a day. Usually music lessons, bike practice, and field trips end up here. These cards don’t move, they just help everyone avoid overcommitting. There’s a swimlane for things that need to be done together. In the morning, everyone will agree…
  • Looking Back at the Past Two Years

    Bob Hartman
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I want to start this post by thanking Eric Englemann (yes, that is him on the right!), the CEO of one of our awesome clients, Geonetric. Almost two years ago he took a huge risk and completely changed their corporate structure. But he didn’t stop there, he committed to letting the world know how they were doing along the way. He and others in his company have been extremely open about their results, including how they were doing one year after the big change and again last month. Well, two years ago Agile For All underwent a big change as well. It went from a single-member LLC where I…
  • Cynefin and Story Splitting

    Richard Lawrence
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Cynefin as of June 2014 – From Dave Snowden, released under CC BY 3.0 As I was preparing for my Agile Denver session on Unscaling, which leaned heavily on the Cynefin Framework, I reread Liz Keogh’s excellent post, “Cynefin for Devs.” I realized that I use my story splitting patterns in a few different ways depending on the domain, and I’ve never been explicit about this (which probably confuses people I’m coaching). Unless you’re already familiar with Cynefin, go read Liz’s post. I’ll wait. Here’s how story splitting looks different for each Cynefin domain:…
  • Agile Denver Session Notes: Unscaling

    Richard Lawrence
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    For those who attended last night’s Agile Denver meetup, here are the slides and some additional resources for you… For those who couldn’t make it, my slides aren’t intended to tell the whole story on their own, but you may be able to get some value from them. The most common question I’m getting from people who see just the slides is about the source for the charts on pages 10-12. The line chart is from J. Richard Hackman and is simply math—the number of unique links between individuals in a group of size N is N(N-1)/2. My stacked bar chart was an argument…
  • Scrum Basics: When Should We Schedule Sprint Transitions?

    Richard Lawrence
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    We’re often asked which day or days are best for scheduling the Sprint Planning, Review, and Retrospective meetings. In general, we prefer mid-week sprint transitions. People are most likely to take Monday or Friday off, so it’s easier to get the whole team reliably on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Having a couple days to get started with the work for a new sprint and to build some momentum is nice, so I like planning on Wednesdays. For a one week sprint, it’s possible to do Review, Retrospective, and Planning all on Wednesday morning. Or, you can do the Review and…
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    LeadingAgile

  • The Napoleon Corporal

    Derek Huether
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    In my previous post, Replacing Backlog Grooming, I wrote about leveraging a Product Owner (PO) Team instead of the “Scrum” team in Progression Workshops (backlog grooming). To clarify, the members of the PO teams are mainly populated by a Product Owner (Product Lead) and facilitator (could be a Scrum Master), but from there we’ll include others like a development lead, a testing lead, and an architect. We use the team construct over a single person because we’re operating at scale, with multiple delivery teams.  The Leads and Architects are thinking bigger-picture…
  • What Can Haruki Murakami Teach Us About Sustainable Pace?

    Chris Spagnuolo
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Sustainable pace is all about keeping positive energy flowing on your teams. It doesn’t mean taking it easy. It doesn’t mean struggling to achieve a constant pace. It means expending your energy in a positive way, on the right things, for the right amount of time. It means allowing you and your team to feel the exhilaration of completing valuable work. And it means stopping at the right time to allow that exhilaration buoy your team along so they can all reach the finish line together. This week, I was re-reading one of my favorite books called “What I Talk About When I Talk About…
  • Replacing Backlog Grooming

    Derek Huether
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Problem Over the last few years, I’ve worked with numerous teams. One thing they all struggle with is backlog grooming.  They all know they need to do it.  Unfortunately, they all seem to struggle with when to do it or who should do it.  The most interesting struggle with backlog grooming happened two years ago.  The “story time” meetings took place at the beginning of a month-long sprint. The manager stated, the work to be completed and delivered during that sprint had to be refined within the same sprint.  This helped explain why the team thought they needed…
  • Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies

    Mike Cottmeyer
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    As usual… I’ve gotten a little sidetracked on my Agile 101, 102… series of posts. I’ve got the 201 post half finished, but haven’t been able to spend the time getting over the hump. That said, I want to divert just a little and talk about agile in general, explore some of what it is, and a little about where it’s going. I think we have created a bunch of confusion in the marketplace. I am under no illusions that this post will be the definitive explanation, but I spend a TON of time talking to people and level setting before I can have any kind of intelligent conversation on…
  • Agile Smells Versus Agile Zombies in the Uncanny Valley

    Derek Huether
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Code Smell A code smell is a hint that something may have gone wrong somewhere in your source code. Martin Fowler included the term smell in his book Refactoring way back in 2000, referring to something that may not be right. Just because something smells, it does not mean there is a problem; it does mean, however, that there should be further investigation. Agile Smell Similar to a code smell, Agile smell is a hint that something may have gone wrong somewhere in your Agile practices.  Be it a variation in the length of iterations, volatility in velocity, or having teams where the…
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    Radyology

  • Candy or Death: The Automatic Halloween Candy Dispenser

    Ben Rady
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Let's start with a word problem. Assume you live in a busy trick-or-treating neighborhood and that, on average, a group of four rings your doorbell every minute and takes 1/2 oz of candy per person. If you leave a bowl full of 2 lbs candy on your front step, how much time will elapse before it will all be gone? Answer: It's a trick question. Given that that the NIST's strontium lattice clock, the most precise clock in the world, is only capable of measuring time in femtoseconds, nobody knows how long it takes. Humanity has no device capable of measuring the infinitesimal amount of time it…
  • 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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    OutSystems Blog

  • Mobile Application Development Without Compromise

    Michael Vizard
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    After a lot of irrational exuberance that led to a lot of chaos involving the development of mobile applications in the enterprise, more rational approaches to building these applications rapidly are finally starting to gain sway. The majority of IT organizations initially approached mobile application development one application at a time. The reason for this has to do more with failing to realize how pervasive mobile computing would be across the enterprise. The end result has led to everything from low developer productivity to outright project failure. In fact, a recent survey of over 200…
  • Four important lessons learned from 100,000 mobile users

    Sean Allen
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    It’s time IT meets their mobile users where they’re at – and give them what they need. At OutSystems, we are continually working to make that easier for you, that is why Justin James’ presentation at NextStep 2014 rang so true. Justin shared lessons he and his team learned from building an app for 100,000 mobile users and I wanted to share these four lessons. Wodify is a SaaS offering for CrossFit “box” (or gym) owners and their athletes. (WOD meaning workout of the day.) The all-in-one software gives owners the tools to run their business and athletes the ability to log their…
  • New mobile trend statistics identify mobile app dev challenges in enterprises

    Zahid Jiwa
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    It’s not unusual for a company to have a love/hate relationship with mobile apps. Business users love the prospect of having another revenue generator and means of engagement, but nobody – especially IT – likes lengthening development queues and facing talent shortages. And, let’s be honest that’s exactly what mobile app developers in the enterprise are experiencing. According to research by Opinion Matters, 85% of organizations surveyed have a mobile backlog of between one and 20 applications. Meanwhile, the demands on development teams are increasing while the skills…
  • 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…
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    Software Configuration Management and Agile Software Development

  • Issue Based Development Part IV

    jackflynn
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    In our last 3 posts, we’ve reviewed  the benefits of issue based development, the new product features in AccuRev that have been released in v6.0,6.1 and soon to be v6.2 that further support for issue based development general issue based development best practices. In this final post in the series, we will not pull it all together by outlining stream structure and promotion guidelines Stream Structure Let’s start off with a very simple path for development, which lends itself to agile methodologies. The hierarchy represents working through a mainline release structure, with…
  • Issue Based Development Part 3 – Best Practice

    jackflynn
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    Now that Jon has outlined some of the product investments we’ve made to drive support of issue based development in the last 2 posts, I want to change the conversation and talk a bit about best practices. I spend most of my time in the field helping our customers implementing optimal delivery processes on AccuRev. There are a set of clear best practices for issue based development that we’ve developed as a result. I’ll re-cap these basic best practices in this post, and then drill down into stream structure and promotion patterns in the following post. Promote File Elements from…
  • AccuRev Enhancements related to Issue Based Development

    jonathanjesse
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    As a stream based SCM, AccuRev is well suited to support IBD workflows. The stream model with inheritance allow organizations to frame their delivery process as a stream structure a have the AccuRev SCM do a lot of the heavy lifting in regards to enabling parallel development and enabling integration. That said, there are two specific feature sets provided in AccuRev integral to its ability to enable IBD. Change Packages Change Packages provide the mechanism for tracing work items (stories, defects, etc) to the code that fulfills them, and are a key ingredient for IBD.  The AccuRev v6.2…
  • 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…
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

  • When Women Stopped Coding : Planet Money : NPR

    David Koontz
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    What happened in the mid 1980s?  Perviously women were in the hi-tech industries at the same rates as any other industry - but then it all changed.  Women fled the compute sciences field.  Is this the rise of the computer geek era? Was it the geeks that ran the women away?  Or was it the lack of women that attracted the geeks?  Was there cause and effect or just an interesting correlation?Planet Money has an interesting investigation and some answers - give it a listen.When Women Stopped Coding :: Planet Money - NPR
  • A Review of Leadership Models

    David Koontz
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Leadership is well defined - that's not the problem - the problem is it has many, many various definitions. Leadership definitions change throughout time. Your grandfather's definition of leadership may vary quite drastically from your's - ask him if you have the opportunity. A modern classic definition:Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. -- Peter NorthouseSeries Outline:A brief history of Leadership   A working definition of leadership   Is leadership a process   May leadership emerge from a…
  • Servant Leadership Model

    David Koontz
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Do a Google search on "servant leadership" and you will get plenty of hits (2.5 million for me just then). So if you don't know what it is cruise on over to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servant_leadership and check out the 21st century "Cliff's Notes" on the topic.Disclaimer:  as this blog is a from of note keeping for me - an extension of my cognitive model of the universe of knowledge - this article and the series of article may be in great flux until complete (or good enough to quit editing).Greenleaf's enlightenment of Servant Leadership stems from his reading of  Hermann…
  • Considering Outsourcing Software Development - a model

    David Koontz
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    What are the considerations when the business wants to reduce the cost of the IT department and they want to outsource some or all of the costly software development group?  Here is a model to help you think through this decision and some additional resources.IntroductionWhat decisions must be made to implement an IT Outsourcing program?  Are these decisions similar to the decisions that leaders must make for an Agile program?  How do they differ, how are they similar?  What are the expected outcomes, and the possible outcomes?  Which decisions have high stakes with…
  • A Partnership for Innovation in the Enterprise

    David Koontz
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Apple and IBM joining forces - oh really?  Will George Orwell be rolling over in his grave - will his 1984 become truth in 2014?Well, one must follow the news to make sense of that gibberish... and the 1984 reference.... it goes back to the famous Superbowl Apple commercial introducing the Mac.An IBM/Apple partnership to tunnel into the enterprise walled garden for devices is a great idea.  As a consumer it works for me.  I don't know of any enterprises that can pass the Starbucks Test (test for the ubiquity of access for the digital native).In 2005 (years before the iPhone)…
 
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    Boost Blog

  • The Board – Episode 42 – User Stories

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In Episode 42 of The Board, we talk about: What a user story is Some of the difficulties people find The importance of breaking down user stories The new concept of Job Stories read more here Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 41 – Velocity

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    In Episode 41 of The Board, we talk about: Velocity and what it means to us How we have seen it used well and misused This blog post by Mike Cohn Story Points are still about effort  Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 40 – Developing Cross-Functional Teams

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    In Episode 40 of The Board, we talk about: Developing cross-functional teams Some of the difficulties and benefits associated with becoming a cross functional team Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 39 – Is Agile the Goal?

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    In Episode 39 of The Board, we talk about: Whether Agile is the Goal Aiming to be Agile at all costs can harm a business rather than help it The Agilitrix blog Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 38 – Impact Mapping

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    In Episode 38 of The Board, we talk about: Impact Mapping Prioritisation and relating business goals to users and deliverables Check out this link to learn more about what we discuss Related Posts: No Related Posts
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • Agile Quick Links #26

    Heather
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: Replacing Backlog Grooming (Derek Huether) 6 Things to Look for When Recruiting for Agile Teams (Evan Leybourn) How to deal with underachievers (Sami Honkonen) – Did you hire an underachiever, or did you hired an achiever and turned him into an underachiever? Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) – Less is more. You don’t need more structure, you need less when becoming larger. The Dimensions of Choosing a Scaling Approach (Paul Boos) Using Agile Approaches to Improve Teaching, Learning and Education in Developing Nations (InfoQ)…
  • Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2014 (GOAT#14)

    Heather
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Agile Pain Relief is proud to be the Platinum sponsor for Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2014. On November 24th, an expected 200+ Scrum and Agile professionals will gather in Gatineau for a one day conference that will feature two keynote speakers, 16 professional presentations, and coaches clinic among the opportunities. The conference’s keynote speakers this year will be Christopher Avery and Richard Cheng. Christopher is a sought-after speaker, author, and business advisor on responsible leadership, teamwork, and agile change for companies like GAP, Wells Fargo, and eBay, known for…
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #6

    Heather
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Interesting reports from the world of Science that can be applied (or not) to Agile Teams     Can a brain scan tell us anything about the art of creative writing? (Research Digest) Create Collaboration With The Right Incentives (Keith Sawyer) Playing Games Increases Brain Size – in case you needed an excuse (PsyBlog) The Science Behind Why Jeff Bezos’s Two-Pizza Team Rule Works – Why the Amazon CEO’s unusual rule improves interaction and reduces stress (Janet Choi) Training Dragons and dispelling myths – “Alpha male” Personalities debunked…
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) in Edmonton—March 25-26

    Heather
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Agile Pain Relief presents a two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) workshop in Edmonton—March 25-26 taught by certified ScrumMaster Trainer Mark Levison.
  • Certified ScrumMaster Workshop in Kitchener-Waterloo—February 9-10

    Heather
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Agile Pain Relief presents a two-day Certified ScrumMaster Workshop in Kitchener-Waterloo—February 9-10, taught by certified ScrumMaster Trainer Mark Levison.
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    Agile Scout

  • A Personality Profile Isn’t Enough!

    peter
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    I was speaking with the founder of a company the other day about a new potential hire and her personality survey results (they use one of many different personality surveys) – my initial comment to him was simply this after seeing the results: Interesting… You see, after working with his team and increasing awareness organization-wide of each person’s natural aptitudes and communication styles, it became incredibly clear that any new hire that walked in would have to fit the bill, not just functionally, but also from the cultural results that the entire team collectively…
  • On Joining Agile for All – Peter Saddington

    peter
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    My new home :) Many people have asked me for the reasons behind letting my company, Action & Influence, be acquired by another Agile consultancy. It’s been a very interesting ride… as the emails, DMs, LinkedIn messages, etc continue to pour in. Lots of comments and likes. Me like! The Agile community is a small community, in some pockets, very tight-knit. These types of major changes don’t go unnoticed and that’s ok. To make it clear, I’m really interested in only two things: I want to be better. I want to improve my game as an organizational consultant and…
  • Delta Upgrades – What a Waste

    peter
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    As a Diamond Medallion [RESERVE] Million Miler+ … … … I always get a shit-ton of upgrade certificates that go to waste every freaking year. They really need to allow me to trade them in or something. This year… I have 10 going to waste. But! I do have two free companion tickets… that are almost IMPOSSIBLE TO USE. Trust me, I’ve tried. They put so many limitations on it, it’s ridiculous.
  • Moar Fun on the Weekend!

    peter
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Having fun. Kicking ass and doing Scrum.
  • Remove Your Constraints

    peter
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    An exercise showing the power of removing constraints on a team… then adding constraints… and seeing the delay increase… Considering our constraints of our system can be a powerful exercise. What is so wonderful about even [thinking] about it can reveal wonderful ideas around how to deliver effectively. Often companies want to increase speed of delivery, but speed doesn’t matter if you have a lot of constraints to delivery. Removing constraints to delivery will allow speed of delivery to increase, but not for the sake of speed. Speed becomes an outcome of the removal…
 
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • Webinar - Organizational Success: A Practical Guide to the Estimation Center of Excellence

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    On Thursday, Dec. 4 at 1:00 PM EST, QSM's J.D. Ottenbreit will present "Organizational Success: A Practical Guide to the Estimation Center of Excellence."High performing companies already know that superior software estimation is not only possible, but essential to gaining and keeping a competitive edge while simultaneously helping to protect IT investments and drive positive project outcomes. One way to enable proven best practices with the estimation discipline is to formalize an Estimation Center of Excellence (ECoE). While most organizations have unique features and challenges,…
  • Announcing the QSM Software Almanac: 2014 Research Edition

    Doug Putnam
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    After many months of research, I’m pleased to announce that today QSM has released the 2014 version of its Software Almanac.  A follow-up to the previous version released in 2006, this 200+ page book includes more than 20 articles on topics such as metrics, agile methodology, long term planning, and trends in software development.  The Almanac is one of the few research compendiums that studies how software development has evolved since 1980.  The source of this research is the QSM Metrics Database, which contains data from over 10,000 completed software projects from…
  • Webinar - IT Demand Management and Capacity Planning: Why Estimation Is Vital to Balancing the Scale

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11:00 AM EST, QSM's Larry Putnam, Jr. will present IT Demand Management and Capacity Planning: Why Estimation Is Vital to Balancing the Scale, a PDU-approved webinar for ITMPI.Estimation is critical to IT demand management as today's senior IT executives deal with a familiar challenge - how to balance the size of the development team with the company's software wish list. Modern estimation techniques offer critical insight into this challenge. In this webinar, you will learn the ins and outs of estimation and how to effectively utilize estimation to ensure project…
  • What Software Project Benchmarking and Estimating Can Learn from Dr. Seuss

    Carol Dekkers
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Software project benchmarking and estimating leverages the power of historical project data to do solid project estimates, yet the concepts behind such processes are often not well understood.  Benchmarking and estimating rely on productivity comparisons with completed (actual) projects in a historical database and on parametric equations that mimic real life.  I find that technical concepts such as software estimation or benchmarking often can be explained by using analogies that work in other industries.  As I was thinking about benchmarking and estimating this week, the…
  • 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…
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    Tech Gadget Talk

  • VIDEO: Stephen Merchant shows off his ‘groove moves’

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The comedian joins TODAY to talk about his new HBO sitcom, “Hello Ladies: The Movie,” and tests out some of his best pickup lines and dance moves on the TODAY anchors. [grabpress_video guid=76ae8f939b9bd20a3da6619f19029b6711c3228c embed_id=2362591] Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage. The post VIDEO: Stephen Merchant shows off his ‘groove moves’ appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • VIDEO: Legendary Director Mike Nichols Passes Away at 83

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Iconic director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. The legendary director and pioneering comedian graced the big screen, small screen, and Broadway. Some of his legendary works include Annie and Angels in America. His most notable films include Silkwood, Working Girl, Birdcage, and The Graduate, which won him both a Golden Globe and Oscar. He was one of the few people to have won an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be missed. [grabpress_video guid=3747011327a7fc9a5491694dee97a70b2ec0fe53 embed_id=2362591] Thanks for checking us out. Please take…
  • VIDEO: Legendary Director Mike Nichols Passes Away at 83

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Iconic director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. The legendary director and pioneering comedian graced the big screen, small screen, and Broadway. Some of his legendary works include Annie and Angels in America. His most notable films include Silkwood, Working Girl, Birdcage, and The Graduate, which won him both a Golden Globe and Oscar. He was one of the few people to have won an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be missed. [grabpress_video guid=5f6134f5dc3c37585d2a73d7e219ede455f30d8f embed_id=2362591] Thanks for checking us out. Please take…
  • VIDEO: Jennifer Lawrence Says Mystique Likely in Hiding in X-Men: Apocalypse

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Jennifer Lawrence talks about Mystique as villain vs a hero and where she may be in X-Men: Apocalypse. [grabpress_video guid=d00dae17786e5d3a14316d120d1a0961a9c40065 embed_id=2362591] Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage. The post VIDEO: Jennifer Lawrence Says Mystique Likely in Hiding in X-Men: Apocalypse appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • VIDEO: SNTV – Kim Kardashian Launches A Bid To Break The Radio With A Sexy Reading From Fifty Shades Of Grey

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Kim Kardashian clearly wasn’t content with just trying to break the Internet so she launched a bid to break the radio! While visiting Perth’s ninety two point nine FM, to promote her new fragrance, the Australian DJ’s persuaded the star to use her dulcet tones to attempt to break the radio by reading out a sexy exert from hit S novel Fifty Shades Of Grey. [grabpress_video guid=1ee031f2944fe627504750bc4f6704b7ea791c63 embed_id=2362591] Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage. The post…
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    Yodiz Team Blog

  • New issue tracker, markdown support, multiple new graphs and enhancements

    yodiz
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    This week we released some more features and most importantly as part of Yodiz Reloaded Migration path, brand new “Issue Tracker” is introduced at “Beta”. We are left with few more views and then most of Yodiz would be ready with new architecture that is faster, flexible and more adaptable to your individual needs. Brief overview of features & enhancements in this release New Issue Tracker (Beta) Effort log timer at Issue Board Mark down support at comments Attachments support at comments Special tags vs Standard tags Updated Tags management page New Graphs Issues…
  • Announcing Yodiz Reloaded Public Beta

    yodiz
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    In our previous release on September 14, we made “Yodiz Reloaded” beta available to few customers and today we made a special update and now “Beta” is available to all our customers. This is still work in progress and few views like “Issue Tracker” will be added soon. You can access Yodiz Reloaded by clicking on “Beta” link at navigation bar     Yodiz Reloaded Story We started working at beginning of this year exactly on January 30, 2014 to find solution that would increase the performance, add flexibility and offer more smoother user…
  • New release: introducing Yodiz reloaded beta, recycle bin, spike chart and more enhancements

    yodiz
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Once again we are excited to share news and details about the new release that we made yesterday. This time it took a little more than normal release time as we were busy on working with some major upgrade,  which would enhance Yodiz functionalities, improve performance significantly and mega planning board. However, this new release called “Yodiz Reloaded” is still at early beta phase and we decided so far to share only with few customers. However, it can be made accessible to any existing Yodiz customer. If you would like to test Yodiz Reloaded release, drop us message at…
  • From “Doing Agile” to “Being Agile” ?

    yodiz
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    Agile adoption is increasing with a fast pace in IT and SW industry. Reason for organisations to implementing Agile could be to balance team performance, cut time to market, improve quality and double productivity, as they have heard that its the only process that work these days and adopting agile provide an edge over tradition processes. Transformation or agile adoption start ideally from the development team and it hardly go beyond that. While the rest of the organisation enjoy a free ride of some or no process at their work, “being agile” journey of organisation which started…
  • Using Definition of Done (DoD) to ensure best scrum deliverables

    yodiz
    10 May 2014 | 8:32 am
    Definition of done (DoD) is the checklist to make sure the product quality of your deliverables. It avoids any awkward situation for team during the sprint demo. Definition of done is like an IKEA furniture’s manual, which needs to be followed step-by-step to have a desired end product. Failing to do so, will end up waisting time with unexpected results.   Scrum Definition of Done checklist             Why it is important to follow? Most perfect and  well planned sprint can be ended up like this, if Definition of Done is not to be considered…
 
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