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  • Value Management: Building the Right Thing

    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility
    Catherine Connor
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In our pursuit of portfolio-level agility, and with capacity management well-covered in our capacity planning blog series, it's time to start talking about value management. More and more companies realize that focusing on cost savings alone is no longer good enough in today’s fast-paced world. In a competitive landscape where customers have many more options and smaller startups can easily disrupt giants, we need to shift to a value-focused mindset to remain competitive. Value management in a portfolio context refers to strategic business value (more than the aggregate value of a…
  • Why Agile Estimates Don’t Work – Part 2

    All About Agile | Agile Development Made Easy!
    Olga Kouzina
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    In Why Agile Estimates Don’t Work – Part 1 I’ve explained why estimates don’t work if someone sees them primarily as a commitment to timing. And, just as I expected, some aficionados rushed to educate me on the subject of estimates in agile, that they are not a commitment but, in short, a discussion of [...]
  • Now vs. Not-Now Prioritization Along with Medium-Term Goals

    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile
    mlapointe@fakeemail.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. In last month’s newsletter I wrote about how we make personal financial decisions in a now vs. not-now manner. We don’t map out must-haves, should-haves, could-haves, and won’t haves. And I promised in this month’s newsletter, I would cover a simple approach to now vs. not-now planning while still accommodating working toward a bigger vision for a product.
  • Agile Assessments

    All About Agile | Agile Development Made Easy!
    Sandi Keller
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    Agile Assessments Assessments come in all forms, and there are many reasons why we do them. In the end, we want to know something about the ability of someone or something. When working with a team or organization, an assessment can be introduced as a tool to assist in guiding an agile transformation and team […] The post Agile Assessments appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • One Story Point = One Person Day?

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    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    While making a decision about investing in an IT project, one of the key elements in the business that a sponsor would look for is the effort estimate. Typically, the expectation would be that the effort is estimated in terms of number of person hours. . . .
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    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility

  • Value Management: Building the Right Thing

    Catherine Connor
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In our pursuit of portfolio-level agility, and with capacity management well-covered in our capacity planning blog series, it's time to start talking about value management. More and more companies realize that focusing on cost savings alone is no longer good enough in today’s fast-paced world. In a competitive landscape where customers have many more options and smaller startups can easily disrupt giants, we need to shift to a value-focused mindset to remain competitive. Value management in a portfolio context refers to strategic business value (more than the aggregate value of a…
  • Principle #5 of Capacity Planning: Tolerance for Incomplete Data

    Brent Barton
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The first four Principles of Capacity Planning start us on a planning journey to run a business more effectively. Here are the topics we’ve covered so far: The Team as the Resource Unit Getting forecasting efforts Roughly Right Matching Supply to Demand Using a Continuous Planning Cadence This post addresses the value of tolerating incomplete data in portfolio planning -- a principle that applies to both demand and supply. Here are some specific examples for each. Demand Tolerance: Detail Initiatives Only As You Get Close to Scheduling Them When we plan out 12 to 18 months, we’ll make…
  • Agile for Project Managers

    Rally Software
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Agile: Where It’s At Did you know that according to job board indeed.com, openings for project managers (PMs) with Agile experience have grown more than 2,500% since 2005? As more companies seek greater value from technology projects by making the switch from waterfall to Agile, it’s imperative that project managers maximize their value, too, by understanding their role in Agile projects and keeping their skills sharp. A recent global survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) showed that 34% of PMs now use Agile methods, and a majority of PMs (62%) are certified Agile practitioners. “Not…
  • Try AgileZen and Mobilize Social Entrepreneurs Worldwide

    Geri Mitchell-Brown
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Limited Time Offer: AgileZen Impact Edition Talk about the perfect way to combine your everyday work and your charitable side. Through August 31, become a new AgileZen customer and pay what you want for a three-month subscription to Impact Edition for up to 20 projects. Rally will donate 100 percent of new customer subscriptions during the promotion period to support emerging entrepreneurs who are tackling tough social problems worldwide. Plus, the Rally For Impact Foundation will match all those new subscriber contributions up to $5,000 to help the Unreasonable Institute further its global…
  • Are You Doing Portfolio Management, or Issuing Hunting Licenses?

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

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

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

    Naresh Jain
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    A quick update on upcoming conferences: Selenium Conf 2014 – 4th Annual Selenium Conference. Draft program schedule is now available at http://seleniumconf.org/#program. Also you’ll notice that the registration for the 4-pre-conference workshops are also open now. We’ve limited seats, grab them now at http://booking.agilefaqs.com/selenium-conf-2014 Functional Conf 2014 – 1st Functional Programming Conference in India. Draft program schedule is now available at http://functionalconf.com/#program. Last few smart registration seats are left. Grab them…
  • Presenting Agile Pune 2014 Conference – Nov 21st and 22nd at Hyatt Regency, Pune

    Naresh Jain
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:33 pm
    We are delighted to present Linda Rising and Joshua Kerievsky, as our keynote speakers for the upcoming Agile Pune 2014 Conference. The conference will be hosted at Hyatt Regency, Pune on Nov 21st and 22nd. The Agile Pune 2014 is a volunteer-run, non-profit event organised by the Agile Software Community of India (ASCI). The goal of the conference is to bring together Agile enthusiasts from around the world to share ideas, socialise, and work together on advancing the state of Agile/Lean Software development. Simplicity, quick feedback cycles, systems thinking, mistake proofing,…
  • Action Precedes Clarity

    Naresh Jain
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:52 am
    Remember the dot-com days of Webvan and Pets.com? We took traditional businesses and gave then an online presence. Rapidly acquiring a large customer base was the sole goal of many dot-coms. “If we can get enough users, we can easily figure out how to monetize it.” And all of this made perfect sense expressed in dollars and cents. I know people who melted down Yahoo Finance’s servers by checking for their favourite stocks prices throughout the day, calculating their (paper) net worth in real time. If you were not part of this madness, you were certainly considered…
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  • Why Iterative Planning?

    Jann Thomas
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    First, I would like to credit Eric Ries in his 2010 Web 2.0 speech for giving me the idea for these awesome graphics. If you have never seen the speech then I highly recommend the version found on YouTube. I have always admired people with creative slides who can capture ideas with elegant simplicity. Since […] The post Why Iterative Planning? appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • Read More links not working

    Kelly Waters
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    My sincere apologies for the problem on my blog at the moment, where the Read More links are just refreshing the page and not going to the original article as they should. This is a problem with the WordPress plugin I am using to aggregate and then publish content from other bloggers and authors, which […]
  • 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"...
  • Why Agile Estimates Don’t Work – Part 2

    Olga Kouzina
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    In Why Agile Estimates Don’t Work – Part 1 I’ve explained why estimates don’t work if someone sees them primarily as a commitment to timing. And, just as I expected, some aficionados rushed to educate me on the subject of estimates in agile, that they are not a commitment but, in short, a discussion of [...]
  • Agile Assessments

    Sandi Keller
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    Agile Assessments Assessments come in all forms, and there are many reasons why we do them. In the end, we want to know something about the ability of someone or something. When working with a team or organization, an assessment can be introduced as a tool to assist in guiding an agile transformation and team […] The post Agile Assessments appeared first on LeadingAgile.
 
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  • Distributed Retrospectives

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    When people are distributed geographically across various locations, doing the inspect-and-adapt cycle, i.e., the retrospective ceremony of the sprint, becomes a bit challenging. . . .
  • Linking Project Management Methods and Frameworks

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    There are various project management methods, such as PMP, Prince2, Lean, Lean Six Sigma (DMAIC), Agile, etc. . . . This article outlines the similarities and potential linkages between the methods at a high level so that a project can deliver the best output (and outcome).
  • Agile Poem

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    A poem for Agile practitioners. . . .
  • One Story Point = One Person Day?

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    While making a decision about investing in an IT project, one of the key elements in the business that a sponsor would look for is the effort estimate. Typically, the expectation would be that the effort is estimated in terms of number of person hours. . . .
  • Agile and the Organizational Ecosystem

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    While a strong statement of support from the CEO will pave the way for successful change efforts, significant work is required to make those change efforts both effective and sustainable. A well-planned approach has to factor in organizational dynamics along with both product and technical management considerations. . . .
 
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    Managing Product Development

  • Managers Manage Ambiguity

    Johanna Rothman
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    I was thinking about the Glen Alleman’s post, All Things Project Are Probabilistic. In it, he says, Management is Prediction as a inference from Deming. When I read this quote, If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing. –Deming I infer from Deming that managers must manage ambiguity. Here’s where Glen and I agree. Well, I think we agree. I hope I am not putting words into Glen’s mouth. I am sure he will correct me if I am. Managers make decisions based on uncertain data. Some of that data is predictive…
  • Capacity Planning and the Project Portfolio

    Johanna Rothman
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    I was problem-solving with a potential client the other day. They want to manage their project portfolio. They use Jira, so they think they can see everything everyone is doing. (I’m a little skeptical, but, okay.) They want to know how much the teams can do, so they can do capacity planning based on what the teams can do. (Red flag #1) The worst part? They don’t have feature teams. They have component teams: front end, middleware, back end. You might, too. (Red flag #2) Problem #1: They have a very large program, not a series of unrelated projects. They also have projects.
  • People Are Not Resources

    Johanna Rothman
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    My manager reviewed the org chart along with the budget. “I need to cut the budget. Which resources can we cut?” “Well, I don’t think we can cut software licenses,” I was reviewing my copy of the budget. “I don’t understand this overhead item here,” I pointed to a particular line item. “No,” he said. “I’m talking about people. Which people can we lay off? We need to cut expenses.” “People aren’t resources! People finish work. If you don’t want us to finish projects, let’s decide which…
  • Agile Bootcamp Talk Posted on Slideshare

    Johanna Rothman
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    I posted my slides for my Agile 2014 talk, Agile Projects, Program & Portfolio Management: No Air Quotes Required on Slideshare. It’s a bootcamp talk, so the majority of the talk is making sure that people understand the basics about projects. Walk before you run. That part. However, you can take projects and “scale” them to programs. I wish people wouldn’t use that terminology. Program management isn’t exactly scaling. Program management is when the strategic endeavor  of the program encompases each of the projects underneath. If you have questions about…
  • How to Avoid Three Big Estimation Traps Posted

    Johanna Rothman
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    I sent a Pragmatic Manager email last week, How to Avoid Three Big Estimation Traps. If you subscribed, you’d have seen it already. (That was a not-so-subtle hint to subscribe :-) If you’re not sure of the value of being on yet-another-email list, browse the back issues. You can see I’m consistent. Not about the day I send the Pragmatic Manager email. I can’t make myself be that consistent. I provide you some great content. I tell you where I’m speaking. I let you know where you can read my writing, and how to find more of my work. That’s it. In any case,…
 
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  • Why I Don’t Use Leanpub

    Jurgen Appelo
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    It seems not a week goes by without someone asking me, “Why don’t you publish on Leanpub?” or “Have you considered writing on Leanpub?” or some other variation of the same question. The post Why I Don’t Use Leanpub appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Plague of Methods and Frameworks

    Jurgen Appelo
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    I know of no industry in the world that is as infested with methods and frameworks as the software business. Whether it’s RUP, XP, Scrum, AUP, DAD, or SAFe, it seems IT businesses are always looking for yet another method or framework that they can “implement” next month. The post The Plague of Methods and Frameworks appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Three Types of Activities

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Three types of activities are keeping you busy: Type 1: Bad These are the things you should not be doing. They are wasting your time but still you do them. Stop it! The post Three Types of Activities appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • 13 Business Models for Book Authors

    Jurgen Appelo
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    It’s such a great time to write books! The publishing world is transforming rapidly and smart authors–with a sense of business–will thrive on opportunities that didn’t exist until a few years ago. It appears that almost one-third of all e-books sold on Amazon are published by indie authors. This is great news for everyone who loves freedom and independence (including yours truly). On the other hand, income for book writers seems to be declining steadily. This will only get worse now that Amazon has started offering subscriptions to read unlimited numbers of e-books,…
  • Publish Book. Done. Next.

    Jurgen Appelo
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    One of the best thing about finishing a book is finishing the research. No more skimming through dozens of books–and thousands of pages–to find two or three nuggets of wisdom. No more digging through web pages, dictionaries, and Wikipedia entries, to get the details right between this word and that word. No more flipping through magazines, blogs, and news sites, just to see if my writing is still up-to-date on this topic or that topic. Sorry, that’s not entirely true The post Publish Book. Done. Next. appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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  • The Agile Household: How Scrum Made Us a Better Family

    mlapointe@fakeemail.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I’m always fascinated by stories about Scrum (or any agile process) being used outside of software development. When Martin Lapointe told me how he and his family used Scrum -- and especially a task board -- to manage their recent relocation from Paris to Montreal, I immediately asked him to share that story. I’m sure you’ll find it as interesting, amusing, and informative as I did. - Mike Cohn Ever since discovering the “Agile Manifesto,” I have been trying to integrate its core set of values into my day-to-day routines in hopes of improving processes outside of…
  • Now vs. Not-Now Prioritization Along with Medium-Term Goals

    mlapointe@fakeemail.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. In last month’s newsletter I wrote about how we make personal financial decisions in a now vs. not-now manner. We don’t map out must-haves, should-haves, could-haves, and won’t haves. And I promised in this month’s newsletter, I would cover a simple approach to now vs. not-now planning while still accommodating working toward a bigger vision for a product.
  • Rely on Specialists, but Sparingly

    mlapointe@fakeemail.com
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Last week, I talked about the concept of equality on an agile team. I mentioned that one meaning of equality could be all team members do the same work, so that everyone in agile becomes a generalist. A common misconception is that everyone on a Scrum team must be a generalist—equally good at all technologies and disciplines, rather than a specialist in one. This is simply not true. What I find surprising about this myth is that every sandwich shop in the world has figured out how to handle specialists, yet we, in the software industry, still struggle with the question. My favorite…
  • Equality for All Agile Team Members?

    mlapointe@fakeemail.com
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    "Liberté, égalité, fraternité" is the national motto of France, and originated during the French Revolution. And while freedom, equality, and brotherhood are great ideals for a country, I'm not sure about one of them for agile teams: Equality. I'm frequently asked if agile means that everyone is equal on an agile team. The feeling is that self-organization means everyone should be equal--including that junior intern that started yesterday. Fortunately, self-organization does not require everyone to be equal. In fact, self-organization requires the opposite:…
  • Ray Bradbury on the Benefits of Short Releases

    mlapointe@fakeemail.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2001, author Ray Bradbury gave a talk at the annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea in San Diego. Fortunately for those of us who were not there, his speech was video recorded and is available. Bradbury—the author of books such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes—was offering advice to an audience mostly of aspiring writers. But I watched his speech recently and was struck by the appropriateness of Bradbury’s advice to those of us on agile project. Early in his talk, Bradbury recommends that aspiring writers write short stories…
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  • Project Management with Kanban (Part 3) - Forecasting

    David Anderson
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In part 3 of our look at Project Management with Kanban, we consider project planning using probabilistic forecasting. Kanban originally shocked the Agile community in 2008 as it became known for not using several practices agilists hold dear: no time-boxed iterations; no prioritization; and perhaps most shocking of all, no estimation!!! So how do you plan a project with a method that doesn't use estimates? The answer is that you use historical data or a model of expected capability to build a probabilistic forecast of the project outcome. What follows is a short discussion of one simple…
  • Project Management with Kanban (Part 2) - Sequencing Policies

    David Anderson
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    In this second in my series of posts exploring project management with Kanban, I'd like to look at how we build a project schedule. We prefer not to use the term "prioritization" with Kanban because prioritization isn't something done once or periodically leading to a prioritized list, instead prioritization is done dynamically each time an item is pulled through our kanban system. Prioritization isn't an activity in Kanban, it is a consequence of decisions made dynamically based on the risk profile of available work when a pull signal is generated in the kanban system.
  • Implementing Kanban when there is no "what you do now"

    mikeburrows
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    David's recent post Kanban Litmus Test prompted an interesting question on kanbandev: How does Kanban apply if you don't have an existing process to change? My first experience of Kanban was with a team that was still coming together. It was less start with what you do now, more start with a rough understanding read more
  • Project Management with Kanban (Part 1)

    David Anderson
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    This fall, we are introducing a new curriculum to our class offerings - Project Management with Kanban. Note the subtle choice of title - "Project Management with Kanban!" It isn't "Kanban for Project Managers." Kanban for Project Managers makes as much sense to me as "Kanban for Refuse Collectors" Why would such a class be different from say, "Kanban for Grandmas"? It's all just Kanban! Perhaps the case studies and examples might be different but the curriculum would be the same. On the other hand, Project Management with Kanban" offers us…
  • Kanban Litmus Test

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

  • This is Way Better Than the Ice Bucket Challenge!

    Andrea Keeble
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    If you feel like there’s a lot of time being idled away on the Ice Bucket Challenge and other wacky, brainless activities, we have a better idea to spend your time. In just 10 minutes you could do something really valuable for the agile software community. But first I’m hoping to get just a tiny smile out of you by sharing something I wrote on our Product Blog earlier this week — just in case you aren’t subscribed there. If you are, just ignore this and go straight to the punch line. I posed this question: What’s the Best Way to Spend 10 Minutes? Let’s think…
  • Bouncing Agile: How Google Analytics is Related to Agile Success

    Kelly Key
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    It was a normal day.   I was reading articles, blogs, emails, Tweets, stories and a host of other types of information.  While perusing an item, there was an interesting link and I clicked into another Web location.  When I arrived, the newly presented topic was not what I expected so I navigated away from the site.  Little did I know, this interaction was most likely recorded by Google Analytics as a “Bounce.” Google states that, “Analytics helps you analyze visitor traffic and paint a complete picture of your audience and their needs.”  Things like Page Views, Average Time on…
  • Scaling Agile: How Do You Scale from Projects to Programs?

    Johanna Rothman
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Guest post by Johanna Rothman of Rothman Consulting Group You have some agile teams who are successful. Good for you! Now you have a strategic project that will require many agile teams to create a program. You know you need people in several locations. You know you need a cross-functional business team to make sure you address the needs of Marketing, Sales, and even Legal. How the heck can you make this happen? In the agile project management literature, there is a notion of program management. A program is a collection of projects with one business objective. Each project might have its own…
  • Building Software Craftsmen

    Steve Ropa
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    I see Craftsmanship as the answer to an issue that has been rising in importance over the past several years.  Agile, as a development methodology, has hit the mainstream.   While in many ways this is a good thing, there are some drawbacks.  The majority of attendees at the major conferences are now project managers, while in the past they were developers, or at least a fair mix of both.  This has helped socialize the ideas around agile development and is a good thing, but we also need to seek balance in the Force.  This has given rise to the Software Craftsmanship movement, which is…
  • Encapsulating Value Streams and the Object Oriented Enterprise

    Mike Cottmeyer
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Guest post by Mike Cottmeyer of LeadingAgile When you get right down to it, a Scrum team is fundamentally a container designed to encapsulate the entire product delivery value stream into a single workgroup. The value stream associated with software development typically goes something like this: analysis, design, build, test, and deploy. That’s pretty much everything you need to develop a working, tested increment of the product… and is, therefore, what defines the basic requirements for a Scrum team. When you put analysts, designers, developers, and testers into a single workgroup; let…
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  • Virtual Dev Den, September 3rd

    Tim Pettersen
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Next Wednesday at 8am PDT we’ll be running our first developer “Office Hours” on a Google+ hangout. Our first session will be hosted by myself and recently elected Docker Governance Advisory Board member Nicola Paolucci. We’d love to take your questions on git, Docker, developer workflows, Atlassian developer tools or how we do development at Atlassian. For example: How does Atlassian do Continuous Deployment? How does a rebase work? What are the pros and cons of instituting code review? You can leave any questions that you’d like us to address during the Dev Den…
  • Flux Step By Step

    Nicola Paolucci
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Facebook has recently presented a new way to compose applications, an application architecture they named Flux. They reported that as modern web applications grow in complexity, this model eases the maintenance and the cognitive load required to develop them. I jumped in excitement (it’s true!) as I immediately saw the beauty of the model. But I wanted to understand it and confirm my intuition and itch about it. I am a tinkerer at heart so with this tutorial I share my current understanding and draw some conclusions on Flux. (This material will skip some details on React, the web…
  • Pull request proficiency: Fetching abilities unlocked!

    Nicola Paolucci
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nowadays applying a fix to a project is as easy as creating a fork – which conjures up a full remote copy of the project for you to hack on – selecting the file you want to change, pressing Edit and committing your fixes. What if you are at the receiving end of a pull request (abbreviated PR in the following) instead? Using a polished web UI is great and often that’s all you need. Click a button to Approve, click a button to Merge and you’re done. But that’s not always the case! It’s a common occurrence to have to download the changes included in a pull…
  • Replayable ‘transactions’ with event sourcing on DynamoDB

    Sidney Shek
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    In the Engineering Services team at Atlassian, we’re busily building out a microservice-based architecture for our applications. This is a massive change for us, and it is imperative that our changes are ’safe’, i.e. we prove as much as possible that we cannot inadvertently destroy data, and we can recover from any data issues that we do encounter. This led us to implement an event sourcing model for our entity store in Scala, where we store full history of changes to entities so that we can recover to any point in time. We were able to build this on top of a highly available and…
  • Join us for a hackathon at MesosCon

    Ly Nguyen
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    We’re excited to partner with members of the Mesos community for a hackathon during MesosCon on Friday, August 22nd in Chicago. Join members of our engineering team to hack on Mesos and collaborate with other members of the community. We’ve identified two categories of hacks that we hope participants will focus on: Community Need: These are issues logged in the Mesos JIRA issue tracker that have received a large amount of activity (comments, votes, etc.), and address some of the larger problems or pain points for the community. Suggested projects include new features, bugs, or…
 
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    Software Development Musings from the Editor of Methods & Tools

  • Software Development Conferences Forecast Agust 2014

    The Editor
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban) software testing and software quality, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & Tools software development magazine. Agile on the Beach, September 4-5 2014, Falmouth in Cornwall, UK SPTechCon, September 16-19 2014, Boston, USA Receive a $200 discount on a 4 or 3-day pass with code SHAREPOINT Future of Web Apps, September 29-October 1 2014, London,…
  • Quote of the Month August 2014

    The Editor
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    We don’t mean that you should put on your Super Tester cape and go protect the world from bugs. There’s no room for big egos on agile teams. Your teammates share your passion for quality. Focus on the teams goals and do what you can to help everyone do their best work. Source: Agile Testing, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, Addison Wesley
  • Software Development Linkopedia August 2014

    The Editor
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:48 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 retrospectives, software architecture, software developer psychology, software testing  in Agile teams, quality code and the (funny) history of programming. Web site: Fun Retrospectives Blog: How to make software architecture decisions? Blog: Cognitive Biases in Software Engineering Blog: How the Other Half Works: an Adventure in the Low Status of Software Engineers Blog: Confessions of an…
  • More Than 800 Videos on TVAgile.com

    The Editor
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:33 am
    TVAgile.com has just passed the mark of the 800 resources available with an Oredev conference presentation that discusses how to foment creative collaboration based on the tenets of improv and open spaces. TVAgile.com is a directory of videos, interviews and tutorials focused agile software development approaches and practices: Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Test Driven Development (TDD) , Lean Software Development, Kanban, Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Agile Requirements, Continuous Integration, Pair Programming, Refactoring, … Explore all these resources on http://www.tvagile.com/
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast July 2014

    The Editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban) software testing and software quality, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & Tools software development magazine. Agile on the Beach, September 4-5 2014, Falmouth in Cornwall, UK SPTechCon, September 16-19 2014, Boston, USA Future of Web Apps, September 29-October 1 2014, London, UK STARWEST, October 12-17 2014, Anaheim, USA JAX London, October…
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  • 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…
  • Org Structure, Software Architecture, and Cross-functional Teams

    Richard Lawrence
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Just as people often look like their pets…Some 46 years ago, Melvin Conway wrote, “Any organization that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.” This idea is known as “Conway’s Law,” and the converse is known as “Reverse Conway’s Law.” It’s as true today as it was a half century ago. The basic idea is this: Your organizational structure drives a particular software architecture. And your software architecture drives a particular organizational structure. People who work…
  • MHA 2014 Session Notes: Models for Support

    Richard Lawrence
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    For those who attended my Mile High Agile 2014 session, Models for Support, here are the photos of the flip charts (with a little explanatory text around them): Were you there? Share your biggest takeaways from the session in the comments. The post MHA 2014 Session Notes: Models for Support appeared first on Agile For All.
 
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  • What’s New in 14.3?

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

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

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

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

    Mona Munoz
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Axosoft is all about being healthy, from our tower gardens in the kitchen, to our daily workout classes in our office gym. But last month we took it to a whole new level… THE 28 DAY CHALLENGE Confused? You should be, I haven’t explained what it is yet. Let’s break it down! The 28 Day Challenge is a healthy eating initiative that we decided to put into effect at Axosoft. We thought it would be a great way for everyone to start eating right and getting healthy in a supportive team environment. The challenge involved 3 different steps: 1. For 28 day we would give up one, or all, of the…
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  • 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… More on team size from Robert Sutton and Jurgen Appelo (and you can find more on the topic in Jurgen’s book Management 3.0) An excellent overview of Cynefin from Liz Keogh More from me on Conway’s Law and T-shaped people The post I referenced from Chris Matts on staff liquidity Were you at the meetup? Share your biggest takeaway in the comments below… The post Agile Denver Session Notes: Unscaling appeared first on Agile For All.
  • 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…
  • Org Structure, Software Architecture, and Cross-functional Teams

    Richard Lawrence
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Just as people often look like their pets…Some 46 years ago, Melvin Conway wrote, “Any organization that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.” This idea is known as “Conway’s Law,” and the converse is known as “Reverse Conway’s Law.” It’s as true today as it was a half century ago. The basic idea is this: Your organizational structure drives a particular software architecture. And your software architecture drives a particular organizational structure. People who work…
  • MHA 2014 Session Notes: Models for Support

    Richard Lawrence
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    For those who attended my Mile High Agile 2014 session, Models for Support, here are the photos of the flip charts (with a little explanatory text around them): Were you there? Share your biggest takeaways from the session in the comments. The post MHA 2014 Session Notes: Models for Support appeared first on Agile For All.
  • Taking Agile Beyond Software

    Richard Lawrence
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:02 am
    Two years ago, when Bob and I merged our companies into today’s Agile For All, we wrote out a vision statement for the company that began, “For software organizations and the people who work with them…” We knew how to help software organizations become successful. Since we teach our clients to focus on a well-defined target customer, it was logical for us to focus on software development. As is often the case, though, serving one target market well often leads to the actual market growing well beyond that target. As we focused on helping software teams succeed, other…
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  • Flow Is For Sissies

    Andrew Fuqua
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    Flow: Nice Work If You Can Get It A number of years ago I worked with an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) team that was troubled with a large level of WIP (Work In Process) and slow movement of work through a system with many external dependencies. Work was regularly blocked waiting for unresponsive peers from the other companies. Work would languish in partially completed states and eventually be abandoned, either because the business relationship changed or the team gave up and turned their attention towards more likely prospects. Looked like great place to apply kanban These sounded like…
  • Why Iterative Planning?

    Jann Thomas
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    First, I would like to credit Eric Ries in his 2010 Web 2.0 speech for giving me the idea for these awesome graphics. If you have never seen the speech then I highly recommend the version found on YouTube. I have always admired people with creative slides who can capture ideas with elegant simplicity. Since my artistic ability peaked in the first grade, the images in this post demonstrate my foray into abstract expressionism and hopefully convey the point of why we in software need iterative planning. Unknown Problem | Unknown Solution Most software changes start life in the state of an…
  • Business Capabilities and Microservices

    Mike Cottmeyer
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    I don’t often use this forum to link out to other websites and authors, but I read a post last night by Martin Fowler and James Lewis that really gets to the heart of this issue around encapsulation, decoupling, and value streams I’ve been talking about lately. http://www.leadingagile.com/2014/08/encapsulating-value-streams-object-oriented-enterprise/ http://www.leadingagile.com/2014/08/agressive-decoupling-scrum-teams/ The article does a great job of describing the problem and the end-state solution… it doesn’t say much about how to get there. Even so, I was impressed…
  • Agile Chronicles (Composite Stories) – Agile Artifacts – Ephemeral v. Enduring Value

    Pat Trigonoplos
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Agile Chronicles – Composite Stories  Agile Artifacts – Ephemeral v. Enduring Value During retrospection, when evaluating the quality and value of our artifacts for Epic, Feature and Story decomposition a common theme for our scrum teams is that these artifacts are by design barely sufficient and as such are ephemeral and provide no enduring value. The design is in the code, the documentation is in the code, so we leave these artifacts attached to the engineering cards in our Agile Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool, close the cards when complete and never reference them again. Well, maybe…
  • Aggressive Decoupling of Scrum Teams

    Mike Cottmeyer
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    What does aggressive decoupling look like? Last post I talked about the failure modes of Scrum and SAFe and how the inability to encapsulate the entire value stream will inevitably result in dependencies that will kill your agile organization. But Mike… as some level of scale, you have to have dependencies? Even if we are able to form complete cross-functional feature teams, we may still have features which have to be coordinated across teams or at least technology dependencies which make it tough to be fully independent. But Mike… you talk about having teams formed around both features…
 
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    OutSystems Blog

  • VMware vCloud Air and OutSystems – Building Beautiful, Cross Platform Applications

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

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

    Sean Allen
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Last week, OutSystems was selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards. We placed in its Best Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) category along with several other firms, including Red Hat and NetSuite. We’re honored by this nomination and recognition. A tremendous amount of effort and ingenuity has gone into developing OutSystems Platform. Our team is among the most dedicated in the PaaS market today, working with and listening to our 350+ enterprise customers so we can continually deliver something truly remarkable – a solution that empowers them to create,…
  • Need Speed? OutSystems Boosts Performance of 1-Click Publish Feature

    Miguel Rebelo
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:26 am
    The process of continuous iteration as an OutSystems developer requires quick change and test cycles. The 1-Click Publish (1CP) operation is a core part of this process, and one that is used dozens or hundreds of times per day. Whenever you need to see the effect of changes you have done to an application, be it UI, Business Logic, Data Models, Processes, or Integrations, the OutSystems Platform lets you do that with just one click. Getting from your changes done in the model, to a fully deployed application in the cloud or across your on-premises server farm is a heavy lifting job – so…
  • OutSystems Platform 2014 Winter Release

    Gonçalo Borrêga
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we launched a series of updates to the OutSystems Platform. I guess that for a lot of you, this is one of those gifts you’ll be excited to use all year around. There are so many mind-blowing improvements that we’re even a bit ashamed of naming it 8.0.1. There’s a great reason for that though: it works just as a patch release… our cloud users will start seeing their platform get updated with the new capabilities and our on-premises or hybrid customers can simply patch their installation and immediately benefit from all that is in there. So, what can you…
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

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

    David Koontz
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Is your "Agile Project Manager" driving the team to increase their velocity?  Has the Agile Death March begun?Fred Brooks warned us of these dangers nearly 25 years ago in The Mythical Man-Month.One antidote to the PM schedule crunching technique of throwing warm bodies at the problem is to remove the impediments that are known (or just under the surface) within the structure and environment that holds the team back from performing at more efficient delivery rates.  So many times the line workers (developers and testers) are well aware of these issues, and feel as if they have…
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  • The Board – Episode 36 – Designing Agile Spaces

    Kirstin
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    In episode 3 of The Board we talk about designing spaces for Agile teams. In order to encourage the high degree of collaboration we require, we need to create spaces that make it easy for teams to get together.  
  • The Board – Episode 35 – Agile Fluency

    Kirstin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    This week we talked about Agile fluency and the different directions teams can head in once they have a good understanding of the Agile mindset. We also talk about delivering value and the quality of work being delivered.
  • The Board – Episode 34 – Scrum vs. Kanban

    Kirstin
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    During episode 34 of The Board we look at Scrum and Kanban. We discuss the benefits of both ways of working and about how Scrum is an ideal way to become familiarise yourself with the Agile way of working.
  • The Board – Episode 33 – Arbejdsglaede “Happiness at Work”

    Kirstin
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:07 pm
    One of my favourite episodes of the board – if only for the word Arbejdsglaede! On episode 33, we talked about Happiness at work. We covered: creating happiness measuring happiness the effect happiness at work has on productivity
  • The Board Episode 32 – Customer collaboration over contract negotation

    Kirstin
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    In The Board episode 32 we talked about using collaboration as a way to foster trust and give complete transparency to clients over contract negotiations. Collaboration is an important part of the agile process. How collaborative is your team?
 
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  • GOAT 2014 Call for Speakers – Appel aux conférenciers

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

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

    Caroline Sauve
    16 Feb 2014 | 11:04 am
    Once again, the Agile Ottawa community did not disappoint… The evening started with an engaging session on Core Protocols, facilitated by our own Ellen Grove.  Ellen covered the basics of Core Protocols and lead a very effective exercise where the … Continue reading →
  • Next Meetup: Tuesday Feb 11th: Experience Reports – Our First “Success Faire”

    Caroline Sauve
    19 Jan 2014 | 6:04 am
    We have a great event in the works for Tuesday, February 11th… fresh from the success of our first “Fail Faire” Agile Ottawa event in December, we are keen to continue this engagement with Ottawa Agile community by hosting our very first … Continue reading →
  • Lessons Learned From Our “Fail Faire”

    Billy Garnet
    11 Dec 2013 | 7:34 pm
    “What an amazing evening!”, “The best Agile Ottawa event I’ve been to”, “This was great!” These are only a few of the positive comments from the group that came together to share their failures. Anyone who wanted, which was almost … Continue reading →
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    Practical Agility

  • "How Thin is Thin?" An Example of Effective Story Slicing

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

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

    Dave Rooney
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I found a tweet I saw this morning rather disconcerting: An embedded #agile coach billing $2500 a day for 221 days can in theory generate this much per yr: $552,500. Q: What does the client get? — Daniel Mezick (@DanielMezick) August 12, 2014 The clear implication is that coaches, like all consultants, follow the mantra, "If you can't be part of the solution, there's plenty of money to be made
  • Agile Transformation Phase 2 - Get Real With Your Portfolio

    Dave Rooney
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    If you're scanning my blog for "Phase 1", you will do so in vain! Phase 2 is a reference to the infamous "Underpants Gnomes" from South Park: In the case of an Agile transformation, Phase 1 is the good old pilot project. If all we coaches ever did was to assist with pilot projects, we'd be rock stars! Pilot projects are by definition set up for success. Mountains are moved in order to ensure
  • Gourmet Crow, or Wearing a Different Hat

    Dave Rooney
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    For readers to whom English isn't their first language, we use the phrase "eating crow" to describe a situation when you must admit that you were wrong after taking a rather strong position about something. While this isn't exactly that case, hence the second title, it does illustrate a lesson in perspective. First Hat - "Sherpa" While I was working at Shopify, one area on which I focused
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • ScrumMaster Tales – Stuck Waiting for Other Teams

    Mark Levison
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    John (ScrumMaster) and the team are humming along nicely building great new features for the SmallestOnlineBookStore. With the huge success of the first big release nine months ago, venture capital money has come flowing into the company. Significant investments have been made in Operations, Security, and Networking in addition to creating several new Development Teams. Unfortunately, all these new people are making it more difficult for the team to get the software they built deployed. The new groups are often imposing their own reviews and processes on the software before it’s deployed.
  • GOAT14 – Call for Speakers

    heather
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    This year’s Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour (#GOAT14) will take place on Monday, November 24th 2014, and Agile Pain Relief Consulting is once again a proud sponsor. Organizers are looking for engaging and inspirational speakers for this year’s conference. If you are interested in participating, please submit a proposal by completing the online form at http://confengine.com/gatineau-ottawa-agile-tour-2014. The organizing committee will select speakers based on the following criteria: Learning potential for and appeal to participants Practicality and usefulness/applicability of content to…
  • ScrumMaster Tales – The Trouble with Sprint Burndowns

    admin
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:11 pm
    It’s six Sprints after the “Overtime/Disastrous Release”, which set the team back by several months. During the current Sprint Planning, the Team committed to completing the following nine User Stories: Julia and Rob – are personas used by the BookStore Team to keep them focused on the needs of real users. Julia is a Frequent Book Buyer and Rob is Rookie or First Time Book Buyer. As Julia I want to be able buy a $10 gift card so that I can thank a fantastic client. Limitation – not delivered just generated – Size: 5 As Julia I want my newly purchased gift card sent by…
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) in Vancouver—December 11-12

    heather
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:28 am
    Agile Pain Relief presents a two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) workshop in Vancouver—December 11-12 taught by certified ScrumMaster Trainer Mark Levison.
  • Certified ScrumMaster Workshop in Montreal—December 1-2

    heather
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Agile Pain Relief presents a two-day Certified ScrumMaster Workshop in Montreal—December 1-2 taught by certified ScrumMaster Trainer Mark Levison.
 
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    Agile Scout

  • 10 Commandments of Logic

    peter
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    10 Commandments of Logic
  • Peter Saddington is the Shit.

    peter
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Straight from the heart feedback? … Regardless, I absolutely LOVED this recent engagement I had at a client. Great people + great learning + great fun + seeing open hearts and minds to new things = Hope.  Man. Training and helping people is the shit! Peter Saddington is the Shit.
  • Dress for Success [Fun]

    peter
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Dress for Success [Fun]
  • Overseas Cultural Videos

    peter
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    We need more videos like this. No joke here. It would really help when working with international cultures. The above video, though, should give you a nice laugh Overseas Cultural Videos
  • Corporation Value Statement – True

    peter
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Probably the first time ever that I saw an ‘honest’ corporations value statement. I think they either: A – Need a better marketing team… venn diagram anyone? OR B – You can’t trust them, they don’t care about their client relationships, do almost nothing to improve, and quality isn’t a priority.  Corporation Value Statement – True
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  • The Importance of Grooming the Backlog: An Interview with Andy Berner

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    In agile development, getting the backlog ready and grooming it take serious consideration and work. You need to plan, budget for, and track this work. In a recent interview with Cameron Philipp-Edmonds of StickyMinds, Andy Berner talks about his upcoming presentation for Agile Development Conference East, the importance of keeping a well-groomed backlog, the pitfalls of the impossible zone, and why it's vital that you and your team keep your tools serving you and not the other way around.Read the full interview transcript here!
  • 7 Reasons Why Use of Parametric Software Estimation is a No-Brainer

    Joe Madden
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    Client organizations who are considering investing in SLIM (a top-down, scope-based, parametric software estimation tool) often ask us for return on investment (ROI) case study examples which we gladly provide to help them with their business case. However, one question that has never been asked but I have always wondered is: does ROI accelerate with increased investment or does it follow the law of diminishing returns?To answer this question, we looked at seven software estimation ROI case studies that included a variety of small, medium and large clients, from a single seat of SLIM all the…
  • New Article: A Case Study in Implementing Agile

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    This case study for Agile Connection by QSM's Taylor Putnam serves as an example of how adopting agile can be extremely beneficial to an organization, as long as situational factors are considered. Adopting a new development method is a strategic, long-term investment rather than a quick fix. As this article shows, making deliberate, fully formed decisions will ultimately lead to better outcomes.Read the full article!
  • New Article: Counting Function Points for Agile / Iterative Software Development

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Function points are proven to be effective and efficient units of measure for both agile/iterative and waterfall software deliveries. However, inconsistencies come to light when comparing function points counted in agile/iterative development with those counted in waterfall or combination development . These inconsistencies can create confusion for cost, productivity, and schedule evaluations that span multiple software delivery methods. This paper, recently published on IFPUG's Beyond MetricViews by QSM Consultant Carol Dekkers, seeks to marry International Function Point…
  • Avoid Process Improvement Failure with Pacing that Promotes Mastery

    Laura Zuber
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Software process improvement efforts often fail because we try to accomplish too much too soon.  Aside from the cultural and organizational obstacles to change, people need time to learn and assimilate new ideas and skills.  “Human memory and comprehension are limited, and it is easy to design processes that are beyond peoples’ capacities,” says Watts Humphrey  (Humphrey, 1989).  This is true in any situation, but I think it is compounded in the software world because time is always a scarce resource.  The pressure is high in every organization to justify…
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  • Measuring Business value in Agile projects

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    Because the first principle of the Agile Manifesto talks about delivering valuable software to the customer, many agile practitioners are constantly thoughtful of the value in each step of the software-development lifecycle. At the thirty-thousand-foot level, value creation starts with gathering requirements and continues with backlog creation, backlog grooming, writing user stories, and development, finally ending with integration, deployment, and support. Even with knowledge of all these moving parts, it is common to see organizations only measuring value during development and ignoring the…
  • LAST (Lean Agile Systems Thinking) 2014 Conference

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

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

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

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