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  • Are you building product for the customer or the PO ?

    Agile World
    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    22 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    One of the biggest challenges facing the Scrum community is understanding the role of Product Owner(PO). Most of the Scrum teams believe that  PO is a mediator between the customer and the teams. That is, there is a strong belief that PO gathers requirements and passes it to the team. This way of working is the most ineffective way of doing software development. Any hand-off creates wastes and also, PO would end up becoming a bottleneck. Instead, the most effective way would be for the PO to facilitate the conversation between customers and the teams as much as possible.The direct…
  • Scrum at Scale Pt. 4 – Preparing the Organization

    Scrum Inc
    Joel Riddle
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Jeff Sutherland and the Scrum Inc. team present Scrum at Scale Part IV. Scrum Inc. has developed an object-oriented model for scaling Scrum across the business. The modular approach allows for the overall system to work together even if individual modules aren't agile. This allows the framework to support many different contexts verses other more "tightly coupled" scaling systems. This one-hour course covers our first module: Organizational Development Module Goals: Align the organization around a scaled transformation strategy Manage the high-level transformation process with a…
  • If Only We Had Templates for Product Features…

    Agile Scout
    peter
    25 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    If only we had a template for product needs from clients like this… things would be much much simpler…  
  • Deliver Your Releases Predictably — As Planned and on Time

    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility
    Steve Wolfe
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Agile at scale essentially boils down to this: Agile teams working with the business to deliver value to market fast and predictably. Though the principles of Agile development — cadence, collaboration, synchronization, etc. — remain the same, planning and delivery are different at scale. Coordinating complex development across teams requires a different approach. It means putting business value first and coordinating that work across multiple teams. Rather than try to dissect the work in process team by team, delivery leaders need an at-a-glance view of the overall progress of the…
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10 + cURL 7.37.1 – CA Certificate Issue & curl_ssl_verifypeer Flag

    Managed Chaos
    Naresh Jain
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you are using Opauth-Twitter and suddenly you find that the Twitter OAuth is failing on OS X Yosemite, then it could be because  of the CA certificate issue. In OS X Yosemite 10.10, they switched cURL’s version from 7.30.0 to 7.37.1 [curl 7.37.1 (x86_64-apple-darwin14.0) libcurl/7.37.1 SecureTransport zlib/1.2.5] and since then cURL always tries to verify the SSL certificate of the remote server. In the previous versions, you could set curl_ssl_verifypeer to false and it would skip the verification. However from 7.37, if you set curl_ssl_verifypeer to false, it complains…
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  • Deliver Your Releases Predictably — As Planned and on Time

    Steve Wolfe
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Agile at scale essentially boils down to this: Agile teams working with the business to deliver value to market fast and predictably. Though the principles of Agile development — cadence, collaboration, synchronization, etc. — remain the same, planning and delivery are different at scale. Coordinating complex development across teams requires a different approach. It means putting business value first and coordinating that work across multiple teams. Rather than try to dissect the work in process team by team, delivery leaders need an at-a-glance view of the overall progress of the…
  • Escape Excel Hell With Rally’s Capacity Scenario Planning Capability

    Catherine Connor
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    We are thrilled to announce the availability of Rally’s capacity planning capability — built for the program and portfolio level of enterprise scale Agile. With the new Capacity Planning page in the Rally platform, strategic planners can rapidly translate their business initiatives into realistic and adaptable action plans, without relying on disconnected, manually updated spreadsheets. The new Portfolio > Capacity Planning page provides a staging environment for portfolio, product, and engineering leaders to collaborate ahead of release planning — without impacting the productivity…
  • Customer Spotlight: Physicians Mutual

    Jen Page
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    There are plenty of people who would tell you that an Agile transformation should be conducted slowly and gradually. Not Physicians Mutual. Taking Center Stage at RallyON This week at RallyON!™ 2015, our friends at Physicians Mutual will be up on the main stage, talking about their unique and successful approach to an Agile transformation. We’ll share that video later so you can watch for yourself! Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek into the story. The Big Bang Approach In just few months, Physicians Mutual’s Enterprise Technology Group (ETG) launched 14 teams simultaneously and started…
  • Meet Our Sponsors at RallyON 2015

    Morgan Campbell
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village.” At Rally, we believe it takes an integrated network of technology and services partners to make the most of your Agile transformation. That’s why the Expo floor at this year's RallyON!™ Agile conference pulls together top organizations such as CA Technologies, QA Symphony, and Scaled Agile, Inc. — all industry-leading Rally partners that can help you deliver at the new pace of change. Whether you’re just starting with Agile or you’re ready to launch release trains across your enterprise, the RallyON 2015 sponsors will be…
  • Women in Agile Roundtable at RallyON

    Angela Tucci
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Being a woman in Agile — not to mention a woman in tech — can be a lonely experience. Women hold fewer than 25% of leadership roles at top tech companies, comprise less than 20% of all software developers, and represent just 6% of all CIOs. Ironically, Agile’s fundamental principles of collaboration, adaptability to change, servant leadership, empathy, and attention to quality are areas where women excel. Research tells us that diverse teams perform better, and that companies with women in leadership roles have better business results. How can we better create better Agile workplaces…
 
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    Managed Chaos

  • OS X Yosemite 10.10 + cURL 7.37.1 – CA Certificate Issue & curl_ssl_verifypeer Flag

    Naresh Jain
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you are using Opauth-Twitter and suddenly you find that the Twitter OAuth is failing on OS X Yosemite, then it could be because  of the CA certificate issue. In OS X Yosemite 10.10, they switched cURL’s version from 7.30.0 to 7.37.1 [curl 7.37.1 (x86_64-apple-darwin14.0) libcurl/7.37.1 SecureTransport zlib/1.2.5] and since then cURL always tries to verify the SSL certificate of the remote server. In the previous versions, you could set curl_ssl_verifypeer to false and it would skip the verification. However from 7.37, if you set curl_ssl_verifypeer to false, it complains…
  • Agile India 2016 – Call for Program Committee

    Naresh Jain
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    Agile India 2016 Conf is Asia’s Largest & Premier Conference on Agile, Lean, Scrum, eXtreme Programming, Lean-Startup, Kanban, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Patterns and more… This time we are hosting a mega eight-day conference, starting on March 14th (Monday), where experts and practitioners from around the world will share their experience. The number of parallel tracks will be decided based on the quality of proposals we get. We are hoping that conference will host at least 3 parallel tracks. Overall Agenda (tentative): Pre-Conference Workshop – 14th and 15th March…
  • What is Agile’s Biggest Shortcoming?

    Naresh Jain
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:31 am
    I’m surprised when people think Agile is perfect and if there are any shortcomings, its not the problem with Agile, instead, it is the person/team/org’s understanding or implementation issue. Some where along the way, the aspect that “We are uncovering better ways of developing software” was lost and agile became this static, rule-based prescriptive and dogmatic cargo-cult thing. IMHO Agile has made a significant difference (some of it a a placebo effect as well) to the software industry however it has some serious limitations when you try to apply in beyond simple…
  • Done with Definition of Done or Definition of Done Considered Harmful

    Naresh Jain
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    TL;DR: Definition of Done (DoD) is a checklist-driven project management practice which drives compliance and contract negotiation rather than collaboration and ownership. Its very easy for teams to go down rat-holes and start to gold-plate crap in the name of DoD. It encourages a downstream, service’s thinking mindset rather than a product engineering mindset (very output centric, rather than outcome/impact focused.) Also smells of lack of maturity and trust on the team. Bottom line: Its a wrong tool in the wrong people’s hand. The Scrum Guide™ describes DoD as a tool for…
  • 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…
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  • ‘Agile Executive’ – 1 day workshop with Kelly Waters

    Kelly Waters
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    Hi everyone, Until now, I have only offered training & workshops as part of my consulting service to clients.  Now, for the first time, I am offering an open workshop for managers and executives that are embarking on or part of an agile transformation.  Details below… ‘Agile Executive’ Creating an organisation that is fast moving, […]
  • Fear is Waterfall

    Kelly Waters
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    This article was written by Haran Rasalingam and was first published on thetrainline engineering blog The big selling point of Agile is the fast return on investment it promises. But what excites me most about Agile is its emphasis on people – agility done well injects humanity back into activities which Waterfall has made bureaucratic and devoid of […]
  • Agile Transformation … Learning What Doesn’t Work Is The Key To Success

    Dave Prior
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    I was teaching a private class a few weeks ago and a student in the class mentioned that his company had “already failed at Agile three different times.” The way the statement was phrased really struck me. It made me very aware of my own opinions about Agile adoption and taught me a little about how […] The post Agile Transformation … Learning What Doesn’t Work Is The Key To Success appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • An Introduction to Cost of Delay

    Derek Huether
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I was recently watching an episode of Shark Tank. I loved the unfiltered statement from Kevin O’Leary (Mr. Wonderful) toward an entrepreneur seeking an investor in his company. I’m here to make money! If you’re a fan of Shark Tank, you’ll notice something about Mr. Wonderful.  He keeps the conversation focused on the money.  When will he […] The post An Introduction to Cost of Delay appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • Is Predictability Really What We Want?

    Dave Rooney
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Predictability in software system delivery is as close to a Holy Grail as it comes in the IT industry. I’ve heard many people stress being able to have a predictable delivery cadence as something valuable to them. As recently as today I saw a reference to “predictability over commitment” on Twitter! But why is predictability so important to so many people? The people who pay for the
 
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  • How Should We Be Teaching Scrum?

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    I recently asked myself whether our Scrum education system is functioning well. Do we simply tell our trainees what to do in a given situation and then make them look for help the moment the situation changes?
  • Culture Is Everything

    20 Jun 2015 | 11:01 pm
    I believe that to succeed at anything personally or professionally, leadership is required. And in most companies, to take the lead you must change the corporate culture, but culture is a tricky and difficult thing to change.
  • Scrum at Home

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Here is why I recommend using Scrum as one of the simplest frameworks for organizing people and work in any industry, business function, or household.
  • Knowledge Worker Efficiency Versus Effectiveness

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Knowledge workers, who are hired to think, need spare time and space for thinking, learning, innovating, and creating solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders. Giving slack is especially important during a transformation to Agile practices.
  • Se encantando pelo Mundo Agile

    14 Jun 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Em meados de 2009 fui chamado para trabalhar em uma empresa que estava implantando o framework Scrum. Naquela época não tinha a menor ideia do que era desenvolvimento ágil de software e muito menos o que era Scrum. . . .
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  • Using the Capability Inventory for municipalities

    Jörgen Dahlberg
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:28 am
    Using the Capability Inventory for municipalities I was talking to Marino the other day and he told me he would like a special capability inventory for a municipality. I said that there is no need to have a special capability inventory, the basic pattern exposed in the original capability inventory should cover any organization. In fact he should just use the original one and perhaps add the elements that are missing. The basic pattern behind the capability inventory is to view every organizations output as delivering services. This view enables us to use the same basic elements across all…
  • Pushing back - lean thinking

    alexaddison
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    Photo by Raymond Kennedy 2009 It’s a very hard thing, telling your CTO you think he or she is 
  • ISSUU QA news in magazines

    egitas
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:24 pm
    http://www.testingmagazine.com/digital-issues/
  • Perfomance testing environments

    egitas
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Few issues that need to be looked at when considering perfomance and/or stress testing in Scrum: Perfomance environment and its availability to be there on time. Normally the perfomance in our projects were tested in enviroment that was close to production with all connecting systems being available (that was not the case always with dev environment). But that might (and normally is) driving up the expenses for the system (licensing and things). System has to be stable and there has to be more powerful resources involved than it was for simple developement testing. For our case would be, even…
  • Human Powered Calculator - an agile learning game

    Alexander Kress
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    I’ve recently had an extremely cool opportunity to do Agile introduction to a large software development group. One particular challenge was that the group was highly dispersed geographically, across many different offices. The same introductory session was given multiple times but in totally different settings: Once to the people in the same office (Run 1). Once entirely over Webex to the dispersed teams (Run 2). And finally once to a mixed audience, part of the group in the same conference room with me and part remote (Run 3). Technically, if all I was doing was talk and show slides…
 
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  • ISSUU QA news in magazines

    egitas
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:24 pm
    http://www.testingmagazine.com/digital-issues/
  • Perfomance testing environments

    egitas
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Few issues that need to be looked at when considering perfomance and/or stress testing in Scrum: Perfomance environment and its availability to be there on time. Normally the perfomance in our projects were tested in enviroment that was close to production with all connecting systems being available (that was not the case always with dev environment). But that might (and normally is) driving up the expenses for the system (licensing and things). System has to be stable and there has to be more powerful resources involved than it was for simple developement testing. For our case would be, even…
  • PRINCE2 Agile in one picture

    hennyportman
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    In one of my previous posts I already gave some preliminary facts regarding the new PRINCE2 Agile framework. See: preliminary facts  In this post you get a simple overview regarding PRINCE2 Agile. This framework is based on blending PRINCE2 and agile together. PRINCE2 is strong in the areas of project directing and project management and agile is strong in the area of product delivery. It’s not a matter to chose between PRINCE2 or agile but to decide how far you can go using specific agile ways of working by tailoring the PRINCE2 approach. The new framework offers the Agilometer to…
  • New test magazine edition is out!

    egitas
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:17 am
    My fav test magazine is out http://www.testingcircus.com/june-2015/
  • How much time do we save when disabling tests during build?

    egitas
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    Yes, indeed, how much time and effort indeed we save when disabling the unit tests and automated tests during every buil? You tell me In fact in Scrum, i dont think it is acceptable at all, maybe tests have to be structurized better and there should be beter understanding on what exactly needs to be put in unit and also test automation, but disabling it completely? I dont think its time saving, its rather will have a bad comeback. Scrum is about this super quick delivery of things and super quick i guess might sometimes mean cutting the corners, but is it realy worth it?
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  • What Creates Trust in Your Organization?

    johanna
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    I published my most recent newsletter, Creating Trustworthy Estimates, this past week. I also noted on Twitter that one person said his estimates created trust in his organization. (He was responding to a #noestimate post that I had retweeted.) Sometimes, estimates do create trust. They provide a comfortable feeling to many people that you have an idea of what size this beast is. That’s why I offer solutions for a gross estimate in Predicting the Unpredictable. I have nothing against gross estimates. I don’t like gross estimates (or even detailed estimates) as a way to evaluate…
  • Predicting the Unpredictable is Available

    johanna
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    I’m happy to announce that Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule is done and available. It’s available in electronic and print formats. If you need a little help explaining your estimates or how to use estimation (even #noestimate), read this book.  
  • Management, Humanity and Expectations

    johanna
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    There’s a twitter discussion of what people “should” do in certain situations. One of the participants believes that people “should” want to learn on their own time and work more than 40 hours per week. I believe in learning. I don’t believe in expecting people to work more than 40 hours/week. My experience is that when you ask people to work more than 40 hours, they get stupid. See  Management Myth 15: I Need People to Work Overtime. If you want people to learn, read Management Myth #9: We Have No Time for Training. One participant also said that people…
  • Trust, Accountability, and Where Does the Time Go?

    johanna
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:56 pm
    As more of my clients transition to agile, many of them have a fascinating question: How do I assess who is doing what on my team? When I ask why they want to know, they say it’s all related to reviews, rewards, and general compensation. They are still discussing individual compensation, not team compensation. When I ask why they want to reward individuals instead of the team, they say, “I am sure some people do more work than others. I want to reward them, and not the other people.” Interesting idea. And, wrong for agile teams. Also wrong for any innovation or learning that…
  • Early Release of Agile and Lean Program Management Available

    johanna
    26 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    I have finished integrating comments from the early review of Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization. I decided that the book was good enough to release to the general public. I find it difficult to release books in progress. The in-progress part challenges my perfection rules. I also know that some of you who want this book will wait until it’s done, or worse, available in paper. However, since this is an agile and lean book, it seems nuts to not release it, even though it is not quite done. If you get the book, please send me comments about…
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  • Success and Failure (Get Your Free Celebration Grid Poster!)

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

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

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

    Jurgen Appelo
    27 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    Many years ago, during a trip through the USA, a friend and I visited Meteor Crater, a giant crater left behind by a meteorite. At the bottom of the crater, there are some remains of a small airplane. We were told that, many years ago, the plane had unintentionally flown into the space contained within the crater, and was then unable to get out. The post The Crater of Unhappiness appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Introducing: Me 3.0

    Jurgen Appelo
    19 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    Some people noticed that my avatar pictures on the social networks were deviating from the real-life version at a slow but steady pace. Yes, I’m getting older! Thanks for pointing it out. The post Introducing: Me 3.0 appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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  • Prioritize and Optimize Over a Slightly Longer Horizon

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A lot of agile literature stresses that product owners must prioritize the delivery of value. I’m not going to argue with that. But I am going to argue that product owners need to optimize over a slightly longer horizon than a single sprint. A product owner’s goal is to maximize the amount of value delivered over the life a product. If the product owner shows up at each sprint planning meeting focused on maximizing the value delivered in only that one sprint, the product owner will never choose to invest in the system’s future. The product owner will instead always choose to…
  • You Don’t Need a Complicated Story Hierarchy

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Consultants and tool vendors seem to have a penchant for making things complicated. It seems the more complicated we make things, the more our clients need us. And that sells tools and services, I suppose. On the other hand, I find unnecessary complexity extremely frustrating. It’s like the novel I read this week by a first-time author. It was good, but it had too many minor characters who complicated the plot and made the book hard to follow. The same thing happens when people introduce complicated hierarchies or taxonomies for user stories like this: You don’t need this. When…
  • Can a Product Owner Dictate the Architecture?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    In general, the product owner's job is to specify what to build, not how to build it. But, there may be times when it is appropriate for a product owner to specify some architectural decisions. For example, years ago when Sun was seeking to promote the Java language, they offered money to companies who used Java to develop certain applications. A couple of product owners I worked with back then mandated that their teams use Java. In some cases, these were applications with marginal business cases that would not have been justified without funding from Sun, so those mandates made sense.
  • It’s Not What You Do. It’s What You Do Next.

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I see too many teams and product owners obsessing over their entire product backlogs. You do not need to have your entire your product backlog figured out. You do not need to know what to do. You only need to know what to do next. Do that. See how your users and customers respond. Then let their feedback guide what to do next. Don't blindly adopt anything. Scrum is a self-organizing team that is given a challenge and to meet that challenge works in short, time boxed iterations during which they meet daily to quickly synchronize their efforts. At the start of each iteration they meet to…
  • Holacracy and the Search for Agile Organization

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I met Brian Robertson back when he was still the CEO of Ternary Software and experimenting with the ideas that have become Holacracy. You’ve probably heard of Holacracy by now. It’s a way of running organizations. But it’s a very different way of running organizations. It’s been written up in Forbes and Wired magazines. But it’s often poorly described and misunderstood. So, what better way for us to learn about it than from its primary developer, Brian Robertson, who has written this guest post for us. —Mike Agile software development is truly a stark…
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  • 5 Best Practices of Successful Executive Sponsors

    Laurie Douglas
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
                      It is well know that executive sponsors can help a project to be successful, but not all projects with an executive sponsor succeed. Why don’t they? It is because there isn’t necessarily a training manual for how to be an executive sponsor or what pitfalls one must avoid. So, how do you become a successful executive sponsor? Build Trust & Communication While the project manager is responsible for ensuring that the necessary work is being done so that a project will be successful, an executive sponsor’s role is to ensure…
  • Sketch Your Way to Faster Consensus and Better Products

    Laurie Douglas
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    This meeting is a waste of my time. When was the last time you had that thought? Was it because the conversation wasn’t focused, or people couldn’t agree, or maybe they were in violent agreement, but couldn’t see it? We recently spoke with Jeremy Kriegel, an independent UX consultant, at Agile Day Atlanta, about a sketching technique you can use to get your meetings back on track, get to consensus faster, and deliver better products. VersionOne: Why is sketching so important to agile teams? Jeremy: It’s not so much about sketching per se. It’s about moving agile teams forward…
  • 3 Keys to Mastering Responsibility

    Laurie Douglas
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Far too many good, motivated, hard-working people get stuck in jobs they don’t want, projects gone bad, work problems and careers they don’t enjoy. It happens to individual contributors and it happens to leaders. We recently spoke with Christopher Avery, the CEO of Partnerwerks, Inc., at Agile Day Atlanta, who shared the three keys to mastering responsibility and achieving much greater happiness, freedom and choice for yourself and for your team.           VersionOne: Why is mastering responsibility so important? Christopher: I think the main reason we should be…
  • What Kind of Agile Are You?

    Steve Ropa
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
                  As many as 94% of organizations are practicing some form of agile according to 9th annual State of Agile survey™, yet I have first-hand experience seeing countless organizations that aren’t doing agile right, aren’t getting the maximum benefits and are just taking a superficial approach. So how can you tell if your organization is doing agile right? The Top 1% of the Top 1% There is a vast difference between the way Olympic sprinter and world record holder Usain Bolt approaches his goals and how an everyday person trying to lose weight by…
  • Measuring What Counts: Introducing the Better, Faster, Cheaper, Happier Measurement Framework

    Ian Spence
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    At Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) we have been involved in many agile adoptions ranging in size from single teams to entire IT development organizations. The single biggest problem we see is organizations not understanding why they are changing the way they work – they don’t visualize the goal, set any targets, measure the improvements, nor demonstrate the benefits generated. This isn’t a problem where an empowered team is looking to improve their own way-of-working. However, it is often a showstopper when attempting a broader adoption, such as an organizational transformation or…
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  • One expert in the Scrum team – Part 1

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

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

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

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

    ashish
    22 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    This situation can happen many times, and the problems that come up follow a similar pattern, and yet people just don’t learn. Why starting a post on such a pessimistic tone ? Well, I was looking at the experiences of some teams with regard to Scrum, and there was the familiar problem of the Scrum team cribbing about how the Design team does not understand the schedules and timelines of Scrum, while the Design team had their own story. They just did not get the concept of Scrum as it applied to their deliveries to the Scrum team and to the Product Owner, and while on the subject of the…
 
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  • Meet the new Atlassian developer blog

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

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

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

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

  • Scrum Expert: CAST Highlight Improves Technical Debt Estimates

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    CAST has launched a new version of CAST Highlight that rapidly and affordably analyzes even the most complex portfolios of enterprise applications to identify areas where CIOs can focus their efforts and achieve the most “bang for their buck.” CAST’s cloud-based Highlight is a new weapon in the CIO’s armory, using advanced benchmarking to assess software risk, complexity and size across large IT portfolios. Using Highlight, CIOs can more accurately and rapidly prioritize projects and programs, based on tangible data.read more
  • Jimmy Bogard: End-to-end Hypermedia: Building a React Client

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    In the last post, I walked through what is to me the most interesting part of REST – the client. It’s easy to build a server API, but no API is complete without someone actually using that API. This is where most REST examples fall down for me – they show all sorts of pretty pictures of hypermedia-rich JSON from the server, but no real examples of how to consume that API.read more
  • Agile Advice - Working With Agile Methods (Scrum, XP, Lean): Pitfall of Scrum: Excessive Preparation/Planning

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comRegular big up-front planning is not necessary with Scrum. Instead, a team can just get started and use constant feedback in the Sprint Review to adjust it’s plans. Even the Product Backlog can be created after the first Sprint has started. All that is really necessary to get started is a Scrum Team, a product vision, and a decision on Sprint length.read more
  • Leading Agile - Mike Cottmeyer: On Running LeadingAgile

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    There is so much I’ve been wanting to write the past year or so about the business of LeadingAgile. Those of you following our blog for a while will know that it wasn’t all that long ago that I was working at VersionOne, left for Pillar, and then started out as an independent consultant and formed LeadingAgile.read more
  • Mark Needham: R: write.csv – unimplemented type ‘list’ in ‘EncodeElement’

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Everyone now and then I want to serialise an R data frame to a CSV file so I can easily load it up again if my R environment crashes without having to recalculate everything but recently ran into the following error: read more
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  • Emiliano Soldi - Project Management Agile Blog: The Light Touch of the Agile Leadership (italian article)

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    How to enable creativity, innovation, and in the meanwhile, avoiding micro-managing? Are you firstly focused on developing people and then processess and tools? Are you curios about the talent of you collaborators or colleagues? Well, you are on the right path towards to become an Agile Light Touch Leader (click here).    
  • Scrum Expert: CAST Highlight Improves Technical Debt Estimates

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    CAST has launched a new version of CAST Highlight that rapidly and affordably analyzes even the most complex portfolios of enterprise applications to identify areas where CIOs can focus their efforts and achieve the most “bang for their buck.” CAST’s cloud-based Highlight is a new weapon in the CIO’s armory, using advanced benchmarking to assess software risk, complexity and size across large IT portfolios. Using Highlight, CIOs can more accurately and rapidly prioritize projects and programs, based on tangible data.read more
  • About SCRUM - Hamid Shojaee Axosoft: Secret Menu: Epics in Axosoft

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to Axosoft’s SECRET MENU! Each new menu item is a special blend of Axosoft that will show you how to use our tool to accomplish very specific things. It’s kind of like going to In-N-Out and ordering your burger “animal style,” except our Secret Menu items make you feel far more accomplished and a lot less guilty.read more
  • Leading Agile: On Running LeadingAgile

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    There is so much I’ve been wanting to write the past year or so about the business of LeadingAgile. Those of you following our blog for a while will know that it wasn’t all that long ago that I was working at VersionOne, left for Pillar, and then started out as an independent consultant and formed LeadingAgile.read more
  • Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile™: Prioritize and Optimize Over a Slightly Longer Horizon

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A lot of agile literature stresses that product owners must prioritize the delivery of value. I’m not going to argue with that. But I am going to argue that product owners need to optimize over a slightly longer horizon than a single sprint.read more
 
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    Methods & Tools Editor

  • Software Development Conferences Forecast June 2015

    The Editor
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile project management ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban), software testing and software quality, software architecture, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & […]
  • Software Gardening, Entropy, Hybrid Requirements, Lean UX in Methods & Tools Summer 2015 issue

    The Editor
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Summer 2015 issue that discusses  Software Gardening, Software Entropy, Hybrid Requirements, Lean UX and agileMantis. * Software Gardening – Yet another crappy analogy or a reality? * Entropy for Measuring Software Maturity * The READ, RATT, […]
  • Quote of the Month June 2015

    The Editor
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    If having fun is what most programmers do, you may begin to understand why managing programmers is so challenging. If you are being paid to have fun, why would you want to be managed? Being managed takes part of the fun out of the work! Source: Managing the Unmanageable, Mickey W. Mantle & Ron Lichty, […]
  • Software Development Linkopedia June 2015

    The Editor
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    Here is our monthly selection of knowledge on programming, software testing and project management. This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about software test automation, what is programming, model-based testing, project estimation.. or not, software architecture, agile software development and a description of how Crisp (Henrik Kniberg’s company) works and why. Web […]
  • From Software Delivery to Software Creativity

    The Editor
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    This editorial was inspired by a quote from Mary and Tom Poppendieck’s book “Lean Mindset“. They wrote “What’s next is to stop thinking about software development as a delivery process and to start thinking of it as a problem-solving process, a creative process.” In many large companies, software development has often been traditionally considered as […]
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    Agile For All

  • 5 Key Skills Great Product Owners Have

    Richard Lawrence
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    Being Product Owner is hard. Actually, that’s not quite true. Anybody can make a list of things to build, call it a backlog, and bring it to a few meetings every month. Being a great Product Owner is hard. Development skills are essential, but it doesn’t matter how fast your team delivers and how good your quality is unless you’re delivering the right thing every day. Identifying and expressing that “right thing” at every level of detail is a big job. To improve our CSPO classes and our PO coaching, Bob and I made a tree of the skills that the best Product Owners use. While there…
  • On Human Capital – HR and Agile

    Peter Saddington
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    Human capital business diagram management strategy What is Human Capital?  Human capital is just one of an organisation’s intangible assets. It is basically all of the competencies and commitment of the people within an organization i.e. their skills, experience, potential and capacity. Other examples of intangible assets include: brand, software, design, working methods and customer relationships. The human capital asset captures all the people oriented capabilities we need for a business to be successful. It’s important to remember, however, that individuals are only an asset insofar…
  • Is Aiming For Potentially Shippable Good Enough? [Agile Safari]

    Jake Calabrese
    26 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    What if we used accidentally shippable instead of potentially shippable? Would that help us aim higher? Tweet the Agile Safari Cartoon! I was working with some new agile teams and in the process of explaining potentially shippable, I said that it should be okay if it accidentally ships. That seemed to freak some people out. I guess using ‘accidentally’ is not a word people tend to like to see. The term seems to get people’s attention as I’ve continued to use it. So who is right?  Is the pig right? Are we aiming for only “potentially” shippable? Or is the…
  • The future of agile: changing the world of work

    Peter Green
    14 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    I gave a presentation at the Scrum Gathering in Phoenix AZ about the historic context of Agile and Scrum, and where we are headed next. While agile practices like Scrum and XP are fairly mainstream in software companies, Agile as a mindset is still in the early adopter phase in the business world at large. What can we do to help it “cross the chasm” to broader adoption? Below are the slides and the talk track. The presentation was in Pecha Kucha format – 20 slides, 20 seconds each on an auto-advance timer, which was a fun challenge to put together! The Context For an Agile…
  • Laloux Cultural Model and Agile Adoption

    Peter Green
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Laloux and Agile Adoption My Story I had invested years of my life in a ground up, large-scale agile adoption. The early years of the adoption seemed to go at breakneck speed. Teams were adopting scrum with great success. People were feeling more engaged, products were getting better, and the company was benefiting. And then it felt like we hit a wall. Despite what felt to me like a groundswell of support from teams, managers, and directors, we were struggling to make the leap to real organizational agility. The Breakthrough While reviewing a draft of a good friend’s upcoming book, a…
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    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software

  • Secret Menu: Epics in Axosoft

    Jonathan Silva
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to Axosoft’s SECRET MENU! Each new menu item is a special blend of Axosoft that will show you how to use our tool to accomplish very specific things. It’s kind of like going to In-N-Out and ordering your burger “animal style,” except our Secret Menu items make you feel far more accomplished and a lot less guilty. Our first Secret Menu item is highly requested: EPICS. Epics are a popular agile approach for tackling larger endeavors that can span over multiple sprints. While different sources define epics in different flavors, we can essentially just think of…
  • Inaugural #ItWasNeverADress STEAM Conference to Empower Young Women!

    Tania Katan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    We launched the wildly successful #ItWasNeverADress campaign to inspire the next generation of women to pursue STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) fields. To continue this movement, we created a conference for girls between the ages of 12 and 17 and worked with local schools and nonprofit organizations to hand select 50 girls to attend. Over the course of two days, these girls will learn valuable tools to take on the tech world and the challenges that surround it with gusto! The conference will be hosted at Axosoft Headquarters and feature renowned speakers and…
  • What Does it Mean to Collaborate?

    Brad Egeland
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Everyone talks about the importance of collaboration in our projects. Collaboration is defined as “the action of working with someone to produce or create something,” but it is also defined as “traitorous cooperation with an enemy.” Oops. What are we talking about here? We all know it is the former, not the latter! But seriously, haven’t we been collaborating on projects for decades? Well, yes and no. We have been “collaborating,” but we can and should be doing a better job at it, with the tools we have now that weren’t really available before. A file drawer in the…
  • A Day in the Life of an AxoShadow

    Zaira Sweeney
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    What the heck am I gonna do with my life? That’s what I was thinking, as the normal school day proceeded. Today was another repeat of smelly boys, slamming lockers and annoying teachers. There must be more to life then this, but what did I know? I was just a (hormonal) 13-year-old with a passion for writing. But it seemed that no one really noticed or cared about my stories and my school’s main focus was the STEM program. However, when it was announced that the 8th grade class was visiting a company called Axosoft, I was curious. My first thought was “What even is Axosoft?” So I…
  • Axosoft CEO, Lawdan Shojaee, Walks the Walk

    Sara Breeding
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Axosoft first partnered with Girls In Tech, an organization focused on empowerment, engagement, and education of women in technology, earlier this year for their Catalyst Conference. We have since strengthened our relationship with this organization that aligns so closely with our company’s values and the goals of our #ItWasNeverADress campaign. In fact, Axosoft CEO, Lawdan Shojaee, is so committed to this partnership, she is one of ten new outstanding business leaders who were just appointed to the Girls in Tech Board of Directors.  All ten members are CEO’s or Senior Executives…
 
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  • 5 Key Skills Great Product Owners Have

    Richard Lawrence
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    Being Product Owner is hard. Actually, that’s not quite true. Anybody can make a list of things to build, call it a backlog, and bring it to a few meetings every month. Being a great Product Owner is hard. Development skills are essential, but it doesn’t matter how fast your team delivers and how good your quality is unless you’re delivering the right thing every day. Identifying and expressing that “right thing” at every level of detail is a big job. To improve our CSPO classes and our PO coaching, Bob and I made a tree of the skills that the best Product Owners use. While there…
  • On Human Capital – HR and Agile

    Peter Saddington
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    Human capital business diagram management strategy What is Human Capital?  Human capital is just one of an organisation’s intangible assets. It is basically all of the competencies and commitment of the people within an organization i.e. their skills, experience, potential and capacity. Other examples of intangible assets include: brand, software, design, working methods and customer relationships. The human capital asset captures all the people oriented capabilities we need for a business to be successful. It’s important to remember, however, that individuals are only an asset insofar…
  • Is Aiming For Potentially Shippable Good Enough? [Agile Safari]

    Jake Calabrese
    26 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    What if we used accidentally shippable instead of potentially shippable? Would that help us aim higher? Tweet the Agile Safari Cartoon! I was working with some new agile teams and in the process of explaining potentially shippable, I said that it should be okay if it accidentally ships. That seemed to freak some people out. I guess using ‘accidentally’ is not a word people tend to like to see. The term seems to get people’s attention as I’ve continued to use it. So who is right?  Is the pig right? Are we aiming for only “potentially” shippable? Or is the…
  • The future of agile: changing the world of work

    Peter Green
    14 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    I gave a presentation at the Scrum Gathering in Phoenix AZ about the historic context of Agile and Scrum, and where we are headed next. While agile practices like Scrum and XP are fairly mainstream in software companies, Agile as a mindset is still in the early adopter phase in the business world at large. What can we do to help it “cross the chasm” to broader adoption? Below are the slides and the talk track. The presentation was in Pecha Kucha format – 20 slides, 20 seconds each on an auto-advance timer, which was a fun challenge to put together! The Context For an Agile…
  • Laloux Cultural Model and Agile Adoption

    Peter Green
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Laloux and Agile Adoption My Story I had invested years of my life in a ground up, large-scale agile adoption. The early years of the adoption seemed to go at breakneck speed. Teams were adopting scrum with great success. People were feeling more engaged, products were getting better, and the company was benefiting. And then it felt like we hit a wall. Despite what felt to me like a groundswell of support from teams, managers, and directors, we were struggling to make the leap to real organizational agility. The Breakthrough While reviewing a draft of a good friend’s upcoming book, a…
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  • On Running LeadingAgile

    Mike Cottmeyer
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    There is so much I’ve been wanting to write the past year or so about the business of LeadingAgile. Those of you following our blog for a while will know that it wasn’t all that long ago that I was working at VersionOne, left for Pillar, and then started out as an independent consultant and formed LeadingAgile. I got really busy really fast and quickly started selling more work than I could do alone. So I began growing the team. Over the past few years we’ve built a really awesome group of consultants and an equally awesome group of support staff to help us run our operations.
  • Story Splitting: Where Do I Start?

    Andrew Fuqua
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:16 am
    I don’t always follow the same story splitting approach when I need to split a story. It has become intuitive for me so I might not be able to write about everything I do or what goes through my mind or how I know. But I can put here what comes to mind at the moment: Look at your acceptance criteria. There is often some aspect of business value in each acceptance criteria that can be split out into a separate story that is valuable to the Product Owner. Consider the tasks that need to be done. Can any of them be deferred (to a later sprint)? (And  no, testing is not a task that can be…
  • Do What Works… Even If It’s Not Agile.

    Mike Cottmeyer
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:19 pm
    I think I’ve come to the conclusion that ‘agile’ as we know it isn’t the best starting place for everyone that wants to adopt agile. Some folks, sure… everyone, probably not. For many companies something closer to a ‘team-based, iterative and incremental delivery approach, using some agile tools and techniques, wrapped within a highly-governed Lean/Kanban based program and portfolio management framework’ is actually a better place to start. Why? Well, many organizations really struggle forming complete cross-functional teams, building backlogs, producing working tested…
  • The Emperor Has No Clothes: A Theory of Transformation

    Mike Cottmeyer
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    From Wikipedia: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to say that he doesn’t see any suit of clothes until a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” Something has been nagging at me for a while. You’ll see shades of it underlying the themes in my last several blog posts.
  • Finding the MMF and the MVP

    John Mason
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:17 am
    I was talking with a colleague about project planning and I thought she was asking about projecting an end date for an upcoming development effort. I said, “That’s easy, backlog story points divided by capacity equals days to complete.” I made a couple of additional comments about dependency management and PTO, then she interrupted my monologue, “the question is not, when will we be done, it’s how do we meet a fixed delivery date.” “Well, since we’re doing development in sprints, we are always working towards a fixed date.” She gave me a pained smile, “Okay, wise guy. I…
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    OutSystems Blog

  • OutSystems Online Training 2.0 – More Options, More Expertise!

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

    Miguel Lopes
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    The demand for enterprise mobility continues to grow with no signs of slowing down. Every customer-centric company has projects underway to transform the digital experience and delight users. Because every customer has a mobile device in their pocket, there has never been a better time to concentrate IT efforts on creating apps with mobile context and value. With the market for mobile application development still maturing, the plethora of tools available to help address your enterprise app portfolio needs can be overwhelming. So, we took some time to really understand what tools are…
  • Beware the Second Wave of Vendor Lock-In Fueled by Salesforce.com’s Vertical Strategy

    Sean Allen
    20 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    When Salesforce.com announced its new industries strategy, analysts predicted it would be the catalyst for a “second wave of SaaS adoption.” But as the SaaS provider rolls out verticalized offerings built on the Salesforce1 Platform, it will also become the second wave of vendor lock-in. With its Industries Business Unit, Salesforce.com is looking to expand into six vertical industries: financial services/insurance, health care/life sciences, retail/consumer products, communications/media, public sector and automotive/manufacturing. The company hired experts who previously held a C-level…
  • Can a Custom Mobile App Transform How Your Company Does Business?

    Miguel Baltazar
    15 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    These days, it seems like every business – from banks to airlines to insurance companies – has a custom mobile app or two. What you’re probably wondering is: Should yours? Is it worth the money, time and manpower? How much of an impact could one mobile app have on your business, anyway? The short answer is: an enormous impact – provided you tackle the right problem and solve it the right way. Having delivered professional services for many years at OutSystems, I’ve seen some incredible business transformations happen thanks to a single, well-designed mobile app. The…
  • OutSystems Platform 9 Amsterdam: RAD is Here to Stay

    Sean Allen
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    “RAD tools have been plagued with a bad reputation, and in most cases, it’s well deserved. This market category is filled with incomplete offerings that are limited and don’t properly handle the requirements of large organizations. With this release of OutSystems Platform, we are reinforcing our position as the only RAD platform that addresses the needs of the enterprise in terms of governance, scalability and security without compromising rapid delivery.” That quote is from our CEO, Paulo Rosado, in today’s Platform 9 Amsterdam press release. Let’s make no mistake, we believe…
 
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    Learn Software Development

  • One expert in the Scrum team – Part 1

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

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

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

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

    ashish
    22 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    This situation can happen many times, and the problems that come up follow a similar pattern, and yet people just don’t learn. Why starting a post on such a pessimistic tone ? Well, I was looking at the experiences of some teams with regard to Scrum, and there was the familiar problem of the Scrum team cribbing about how the Design team does not understand the schedules and timelines of Scrum, while the Design team had their own story. They just did not get the concept of Scrum as it applied to their deliveries to the Scrum team and to the Product Owner, and while on the subject of the…
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    Agile Complexification Inverter

  • To be a Profession or to Unionize in the Software Industry?

    David Koontz
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Which form of industry growth would you prefer - why?Which path leads toward the culture you desire in a software development organization?This is a wonderful article on the topic - read it and discuss with your colleagues.Programmers don’t need a union. We need a profession.  BY MICHAELOCHURCH"Unions work best for commodity labor, and I use that term non-pejoratively. Commodity work is easily measurable and people can often be individually evaluated for performance. For example, a fishing boat operator is measured according to the quantity of fish she procures. A lot of…
  • Hierarchy of Human Needs for the 21st Century

    David Koontz
    4 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    The new and revised edition of Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs for the 21st Century.See Also:The Starbuck's Test
  • Topics for Lunch-N-Learn

    David Koontz
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Brainstorming a list of topics for a Scrum/Agile lunch-N-learn session.Slicing Stories – resources to slice vertical stories of valueStory Writing techniques:  w/ Q&A based upon participants real storiesEstimation techniques:  Affinity Estimation; T-shirt sizing -> converting to numbers; Planning Poker (the rule book)Team building tools:  Infinite Loops; Helium Stick; Warp Speed;  Pair Drawing, etc.Definition of Done/Ready exerciseRelease Planning   How to derive duration with a complicated backlogAgile Library Initiation  Bring books, make the rules,…
  • Why Visual Management Techniques are so Powerful

    David Koontz
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    How does the brain process visual clues to the environment and synthesize meaning about an ever changing landscape?  Tom Wujec explains the creation of mental models and why AutoDesk invest in visual management techniques to plan their strategic roadmaps.Also in one of Tom Wujec's talks on How to Make Toast, he explains another important point of visual management - system's thinking and group work.Don't worry... the mind will do all the work.  It will fill in the missing details, and abstract the patterns into the concept.  Here's an exercise, Squiggle Birds by David Gray, to…
  • The Simplest Systems Thinking Exercise - How to Make Toast.

    David Koontz
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:27 pm
    For many years one example of process thinking, resource gathering, requirements, implementation and acceptance criteria has been the exercise - make PB&J sandwiches.  I've done this with groups to discuss the simple task that we typically overlook as "experts" in sandwich making, that perhaps a 5 year old will find difficulty glossing over the - get bread - instruction.Here's a TED Talk by Tom Wujec who has analyzed a similar exercise and draws some powerful conclusions from many iterations.  Watch it and then rethink the simple acts in your life.So tell me again why group…
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • Agile Quick Links #32

    Heather
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: Agile Commercial Contracts (Kris Lander) How Agile Has Changed Test Management (Ben Linders) Two Years of Pair Programming (Matt Cholick) Remotely Agile: The Buddy System (Mark Kilby) The Collective Memory of the Team (Robert Galen) If You Can’t Measure It, You’d Better Manage It (Henry Mintzberg) Practical Agile: More With Less (Elad Sofer) Lean Decision Filter: Should I finish what I’m working on or help the team ready new work items? (Yuval Yeret) The Dog and the Frisbee (Andrew G Haldane) – Trying to make Agile clever and…
  • Portfolio Management

    Mark Levison
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
    (Presented as Part 3 in the Scrum Alone is Not Enough series.) As mentioned in the introduction to the Scrum Alone is Not Enough series, Scrum is simply the framework and, to work best, other tools and patterns need to be incorporated to build the most effective systems. Portfolio Management is one of those things that should be seriously considered. Agile Portfolio Management is the art of deciding which big picture items the business wants its Scrum Teams to invest in over the next few months, so a Product Owner can understand the priorities and the Team can work on them in appropriate…
  • Daily Scrum is a Waste of Time

    Mark Levison
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    Daily Scrum? It’s a waste of time and interrupts my work. Daily Scrum is just a chance for the ScrumMaster to show up and micromanage. Daily Scrum is for reporting status, but I could do that in an email. Have you heard these complaints before? I have. But I got a new version of it last week that disappointed me to the point that I have to respond: I’m all for automating things that need automation, but let’s consider what this tool implies – that Daily Scrum is wasteful. The tool’s authors want to save team members the time that is spent talking to each other, and they imply that…
  • Certified ScrumMaster Workshop in Toronto—November 2-3

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Agile Pain Relief presents a two-day Certified ScrumMaster Workshop in Toronto—November 2-3 taught by certified ScrumMaster Trainer Mark Levison.
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #12

    Heather
    19 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    A collection of links to interesting research from the world of neuroscience and behavioural psychology that can be applied (or not) to Agile/Scrum Teams. Publication Bias Afflicts the Whole of Psychology (Alex Fradera) – A question you should ask of every study I reference. Avoid Procrastination: Funky Tip Makes You Start 4 Times Sooner (Dr Jeremy Dean) Neuro-diversity in the Work Place (Charles Humble) Simple Rules for Hard Decisions (Theodore Kinni) Men and women cooperate equally for the common good, study finds (Science News) Star performers suffer more than most from a loss in…
 
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    Agile Scout

  • Ambient Noise Music for Your Epic Coding Sessions

    peter
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:31 am
    I like to have white or ambient noise playing while I study or don’t want it to be too quite when I’m alone, so I thought I’d share a list of my favorite websites in case anyone else was interested. Calm – http://www.calm.com/ – A visually beautiful website. Provides moving backgrounds and an option for guided calm which allows you to immerse yourself in the music and to relax. Has a free app for iPhone. Another one of my favourites. Showertime – http://www.showerti.me/ – The experience of taking a shower without the water. Allows you to control features…
  • Your BEST Agile Tool Ever – Excel

    peter
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:20 am
    3 Reasons Excel Rules for Agile, Scrum, Kanban Whenever I begin work with a client… one of the first tools I pop open is Microsoft Excel. I know it gets a bad rap, but it’s seriously the most dynamic and effective (functionally) tool out there bar none. Your company already owns it. You (most likely) do too Obviously, I’m a big fan of physical wallboards… but if you have to go tool, go with the most functional tool in the world Excel teaches you how to problem solve better… by learning to create functions to improve your workflow Learn Excel: Excel is fun:…
  • Learn to Code – Learn Online with 6 Websites

    peter
    27 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    [Click to Enlarge] 6 Websites to Help you Get Coding UDACITY Udacity is one of the best-known MOOCs (or Massive Online Open Courses) available on the Web, and the content it contains can tutor you on everything from Android apps to social network analysis. Short videos a few minutes in length are punctuated by quizzes and exercises, and once you’ve signed up for a particular course it can last from a few weeks to a few months (check the information page for each individual course). You can think of Udacity as attending college over the Web, just without the fancy diploma at the end.
  • Thanks Dallas!

    peter
    26 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Thanks Dallas. I had a great time working with y’all. ScrumMaster workshop for the win!
  • If Only We Had Templates for Product Features…

    peter
    25 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    If only we had a template for product needs from clients like this… things would be much much simpler…  
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • Software Project Size and Road Construction

    Donald Beckett
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    I have been a software project estimator for 20 years.  Like many people who have worked a long time in their profession, I find myself applying my work experience to other events in my life.  So, when a family member tells me that he or she will be back from a trip into town at 3:30, I look at their past performance (project history) and what they propose to do (project plan) and add an hour.  Usually, I am closer to the mark than they are. I live on a narrow peninsula that juts into Puget Sound.  There is only one road that connects me to the nearest gas station or…
  • IEEE Presentation: Key Components of a Successful Estimation Process

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Focused on planning for software projects, this IEEE presentation by Keith Ciocco explains some of the key components of a successful estimation process. This is a summary level view focusing on the importance of leveraging historical data, sizing, and measuring productivity when estimating at the organizational and project level. This presentation includes a demonstration of the SLIM Suite of tools to show how we can automate and streamline the estimation process.Watch the replay of this presentation!
  • QSM Releases SLIM 9.0 for Enhanced Data Collection and Management

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    QSM is pleased to announce the availability of SLIM Suite 9.0. The new release provides users with enhanced data collection features to more accurately plan software development projects based on industry statistics and trends.This updated version of QSM’s cornerstone product improves integration between the desktop and the web and streamlines data entry, historical data collection, and analysis to increase data quality and accuracy throughout the software development lifecycle.In addition to integration and data entry improvements, other new features introduced with today’s release…
  • Webinar Replay - Agile Estimation: Beyond the Myths, Part 2

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    When it comes to agile, there are common myths and misconceptions about project estimation and tracking. In Part 2 of this PDU-approved two-part webinar series (which can be viewed independently or together), presented by QSM's Andy Berner offers corrections to these, such as:Why velocity is not a good predictor of release durationWhy burndown charts will not be close to straight linesWhy change and churn are not the same thingWhy looking at just the values of metrics alone is not enoughWhile some longstanding principles about software estimation still apply, agile methods require some…
  • New Workshop: Estimating and Tracking Agile Projects

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    27 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    QSM is pleased to introduce our Estimating and Tracking Agile Projects workshop, the latest in our popular workshop series.  We introduced a number of workshop offerings last year in response to a growing demand for basic educational courses on software estimation and project management from our clients and prospects. The purpose of our Estimation and Tracking Agile Projects workshop is to give students a clear understanding of how to estimate and track agile projects at the project release and portfolio level which, in turn, helps establish more reasonable expectations for…
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    Agile World

  • Group Vs team

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    I have seen many “Agile teams” working quietly without talking to their teammates. Every day they are at work sharp 9 AM, pick up a user story from the backlog, finish it and go.  Their interaction with other team members is limited. But each one is really happy as the are achieving something. This is where the line separating the “groups” and “teams gets blurred. A team is a group of people who cannot work without depending on each other. That is, they have high interdependence on each other. However, a group need not have interdependence.  A good example of a group is a…
  • How to build resilient Scrum teams ?

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    31 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    Some time back I attended a session on raising resilient kids. I learnt that building resilience is all about building the ability to bounce back and learn from all kinds of adversity—including setbacks, threats, stress and trauma.   Here are some notes from the session. How to build resiliency in kids? 1. Providing unconditional love and acceptance 2. Trust them 3. Provide safe environment for them to fail 4. Trust their problem-solving skills 5. Encourage independence and let the child solve its problems 6. When they are hurt, listen to them calmly and provide them…
  • Are you building product for the customer or the PO ?

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    22 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    One of the biggest challenges facing the Scrum community is understanding the role of Product Owner(PO). Most of the Scrum teams believe that  PO is a mediator between the customer and the teams. That is, there is a strong belief that PO gathers requirements and passes it to the team. This way of working is the most ineffective way of doing software development. Any hand-off creates wastes and also, PO would end up becoming a bottleneck. Instead, the most effective way would be for the PO to facilitate the conversation between customers and the teams as much as possible.The direct…
  • Stop following the successful companies

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    4 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    It is a common practice to look at successful people and learn the “best practices” as much as possible. The belief is that, by copying the successful practices, we become successful as well. My question is, does that really work ?   Can you become successful investor like Warren Buffet by reading every article/book written about him? Even many organizations are obsessed trying to copy the practices from Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. There is nothing wrong with it. However, I believe that one could learn more from failures than successes. So, focusing on the stories from failed…
  • Its high time that we stop using Velocity

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Velocity in an Agile environment is the most misused-used and misinterpreted word/metric.  The key issue is, teams and stakeholders interpret Velocity as a productivity measurement rather than capacity of the team. I don’t blame the team or the managers. But the “word” itself. If we look at the synonyms for Velocity(see the screenshot below), all of them point to quickness, momentum, acceleration, which naturally encourages people to connect this with “productivity”.     Google for Acceleration or Velocity and one would find following images… These images push…
 
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    Tech Gadget Talk

  • Michael Bay's Benghazi Drama Gets Release Date, Expanded Title

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Michael Bay's Benghazi Drama Gets Release Date, Expanded Title by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Pamela McClintock In a twinned move, Paramount confirms that ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is the official title of the next installment in the sci-fi franchise. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post Michael Bay's Benghazi Drama Gets Release Date, Expanded Title appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Amazon Announces Retail Expansion Into Mexico, Shopping Now Available South Of The Border Via The Amazon App

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Amazon Announces Retail Expansion Into Mexico, Shopping Now Available South Of The Border Via The Amazon App by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Michael Crider It’s honestly kind of surprising that a company as huge and far-reaching as Amazon hasn’t made a more serious effort to sell things in Mexico yet. After all, there are over a hundred million people in the country – surely a few of them want to buy... The post Amazon Announces Retail Expansion Into Mexico, Shopping Now Available South Of The Border Via The Amazon App…
  • 'Secret in Their Eyes' Trailer: Julia Roberts' FBI Investigator Searches for Daughter's Killer

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    'Secret in Their Eyes' Trailer: Julia Roberts' FBI Investigator Searches for Daughter's Killer by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Hilary Lewis Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star in the U.S. remake from writer-director Billy Ray. read more Source:: Hollywoodreporter movies The post 'Secret in Their Eyes' Trailer: Julia Roberts' FBI Investigator Searches for Daughter's Killer appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Xiaomi Introduces Brazil To The R$499 Redmi 2, Its First Phone In Latin America

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Xiaomi Introduces Brazil To The R$499 Redmi 2, Its First Phone In Latin America by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Bertel King, Jr. In an American expansion that doesn’t involve the US, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has announced that it’s entering the Brazilian market. This marks the company’s first exploration into Latin America. It’s bringing along a new phone by the name of the Redmi 2, which will sell for... The post Xiaomi Introduces Brazil To The R$499 Redmi 2, Its First Phone In Latin America appeared first on…
  • DevOps TLV June & July Updates

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    DevOps TLV June & July Updates by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Sharone Zitzman Ahoy there – so here are a few quick updates from the DevOpsphere in Tel Aviv Events DevOps Days Tel Aviv 2015 is officially announced…join us on October 7-8th in sunny Tel Aviv for yet another excellent two days of all things Dev, Ops, culture, psych and... The post DevOps TLV June & July Updates appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
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    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile

  • Prioritize and Optimize Over a Slightly Longer Horizon

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A lot of agile literature stresses that product owners must prioritize the delivery of value. I’m not going to argue with that. But I am going to argue that product owners need to optimize over a slightly longer horizon than a single sprint. A product owner’s goal is to maximize the amount of value delivered over the life a product. If the product owner shows up at each sprint planning meeting focused on maximizing the value delivered in only that one sprint, the product owner will never choose to invest in the system’s future. The product owner will instead always choose to…
  • You Don’t Need a Complicated Story Hierarchy

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Consultants and tool vendors seem to have a penchant for making things complicated. It seems the more complicated we make things, the more our clients need us. And that sells tools and services, I suppose. On the other hand, I find unnecessary complexity extremely frustrating. It’s like the novel I read this week by a first-time author. It was good, but it had too many minor characters who complicated the plot and made the book hard to follow. The same thing happens when people introduce complicated hierarchies or taxonomies for user stories like this: You don’t need this. When…
  • Can a Product Owner Dictate the Architecture?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    In general, the product owner's job is to specify what to build, not how to build it. But, there may be times when it is appropriate for a product owner to specify some architectural decisions. For example, years ago when Sun was seeking to promote the Java language, they offered money to companies who used Java to develop certain applications. A couple of product owners I worked with back then mandated that their teams use Java. In some cases, these were applications with marginal business cases that would not have been justified without funding from Sun, so those mandates made sense.
  • It’s Not What You Do. It’s What You Do Next.

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I see too many teams and product owners obsessing over their entire product backlogs. You do not need to have your entire your product backlog figured out. You do not need to know what to do. You only need to know what to do next. Do that. See how your users and customers respond. Then let their feedback guide what to do next. Don't blindly adopt anything. Scrum is a self-organizing team that is given a challenge and to meet that challenge works in short, time boxed iterations during which they meet daily to quickly synchronize their efforts. At the start of each iteration they meet to…
  • Holacracy and the Search for Agile Organization

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I met Brian Robertson back when he was still the CEO of Ternary Software and experimenting with the ideas that have become Holacracy. You’ve probably heard of Holacracy by now. It’s a way of running organizations. But it’s a very different way of running organizations. It’s been written up in Forbes and Wired magazines. But it’s often poorly described and misunderstood. So, what better way for us to learn about it than from its primary developer, Brian Robertson, who has written this guest post for us. —Mike Agile software development is truly a stark…
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    Scrum.org Community Blog

  • Is the “Growth Mindset” an Agile Mindset?

    Daniel Sloan
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    In Jeff Haden’s recent post entitled “The One Attitude Every Successful Person Has”, I was struck at how aligned this attitude is with the Agile Mindset. What do you think? An Agile Mindset… essential for healthy Scrum…is not reserved for specific people – rather, this is the attitude that anyone can have, but it might require […] The post Is the “Growth Mindset” an Agile Mindset? appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Agile Leadership Lessons From My Dad

    Daniel Sloan
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:36 am
    Father’s Day offered an annual moment for me to reflect on the journey of a humble and influential man whose life was tragically cut short in 2002 – my Dad. Although it has been a number of years since his passing, he continues to shape my mindset in meaningful and profound ways. I hope all of our readers had a chance […] The post Agile Leadership Lessons From My Dad appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Who is the Professional Scrum Master

    Joshua Partogi
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    The Scrum Master role can easily be misunderstood as it is harder to grasp by reading the theory hence people often compare the Scrum Master role to Project Manager or Technical Leader. Scrum has been around for more than 20 years but yet people still found it challenging to understand the role of Scrum Master. Many people […] The post Who is the Professional Scrum Master appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • Standardization and Autonomy – Can they co-exist?

    David Dame
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    Companies have two avenues for growth: acquisition, or organic growth.  Regardless of how they are growing their increasing size increases the difficulty of the company successfully responding to change.  Retaining as much as possible of advantage of that small company’s ability to rapidly pivot can be a key element of a company’s success. In the […] The post Standardization and Autonomy – Can they co-exist? appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
  • What is Scaling Scrum?

    Ken Schwaber
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Scaled Professional Scrum is based on unit of development called a Nexus. The Nexus consists of up to 10 Scrum teams, the number depending on how well the code and design are structured, the domains understood, and the people organized. The Nexus consists of practices, roles, events, and artifacts that bind and weave the work […] The post What is Scaling Scrum? appeared first on Scrum.org Community Blog.
 
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    Scrum Inc

  • Scrum at Scale Pt. 4 – Preparing the Organization

    Joel Riddle
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Jeff Sutherland and the Scrum Inc. team present Scrum at Scale Part IV. Scrum Inc. has developed an object-oriented model for scaling Scrum across the business. The modular approach allows for the overall system to work together even if individual modules aren't agile. This allows the framework to support many different contexts verses other more "tightly coupled" scaling systems. This one-hour course covers our first module: Organizational Development Module Goals: Align the organization around a scaled transformation strategy Manage the high-level transformation process with a…
  • The Awesome Joe Justice is Now a CST

    Joel Riddle
    5 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The Agile Manifesto applies to all industries. When we read it and its 12 principles, and switch each mention of "software" with "customer visible value", we have an elegant methodology that applies to all business. Scrum Inc. principal hardware consultant Joe Justice was awarded his Scrum Trainer certification early this month at Scrum Gathering Phoenix. Joe will now be certifying not only his own hardware course in Seattle but will be certifying Scrum Inc. public and private classes. The Agile industry has just become a little bit better. Congratulations Joe. Joe consults and coaches teams…
  • How to Launch a Scrum Team

    JJ Sutherland
    1 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    We share our step-by-step backlog for launching new teams or reinvigorating old. Three different perspectives from three Scrum Inc. coaches on what to do, what the common impediments are, how to avoid the worst and conquer the inevitable. Time: 75 minutes Audience: Beginner Suggested Prerequisite: Basic Scrum  You’ll learn how to launch your own teams, by helping to: Create an initial backlog Develop a team working agreement Define Ready and Done Implement a plan for impediment resolution Plan & begin the first Sprint Online Course Course Slides   Scrum Inc.’s online courses…
  • Getting to Done

    JJ Sutherland
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    One of the key principles in the Agile Manifesto is to have working software at the end of every sprint. Yet, only 20% of teams that call themselves ’agile’ actually do this. That is a lot of bad agile. It doesn’t have to be that way. Getting to Done isn't impossible, it just requires discipline and focus. Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland shares share proven and often quite simple ways to move teams from mediocre to great. This online course will teach you how to quickly identify the reasons why teams aren’t getting to done, and tools to eliminate them one by one. Online Course…
  • Scrum in Sales

    Joel Riddle
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Scrum's origins are in software development, but it is often used in other domains. Manufacturing, education, contracting, defense, even non-profit work. One area of early success in adopting Scrum has been sales.  Businesses that have used Scrum for sales say it made a chaotic process transparent, predictive and controllable. We have commonly seen Teams increase their hit rate by 50%. Sales teams at first may be skeptical of the team oriented nature of Scrum. It is very different from a traditional commission-oriented sales and they are often initially hesitant to share leads and…
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