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  • G.I.V.E – The Agile Marketing Strategy for Leaders

    Agile Marketing
    Steve Gilbert
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    One of the little known but very positive side effects of the Agile / SCRUM methodology is the net upward impact it offers to organizations at the management level. As a leader in today’s world tasked with creating and evolving your Marketing organization there are many tools at your disposal but none more powerful than using the agile strategy. However, simply applying the sprint and standup meetings to your current leadership approach isn’t enough to lead a sustainable and highly effective organization, you need to change your approach to managing your team as well. How does this happen…
  • Tips for Resumes [Infographic]

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    peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:46 pm
    I help a lot of people with their resumes. Lots of people are looking for jobs, especially after they’ve taken one of our training courses. Instead of writing custom letters to each person (I do a lot), here is a summary of my usual thoughts… A couple of things: 2 pages. Perfect. More than 2 is not necessary. Most people don’t read past the first half-page anyway Almost every resume I see is pretty much EXACTLY the same, are you the same as others? Absolutely not. If that’s the case, then spend time making your resume kick some serious ass. I would do the following:  …
  • Why Software Projects Confound Business Leaders

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    Donald Beckett
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    There is an old adage that if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  We use the lessons learned and experience we have gained to address current issues.  But if the problem (or software project) we face today is fundamentally different from those we’ve dealt with previously, past experience isn’t the proper framework.  In effect, we will be using a hammer when a saw or a chisel might be the tools we need.The solution, of course, is to first gain an understanding of the problem at hand.  What are its defining features?  How does it behave? …
  • Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective

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    Michael Robillard
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    While there are many books and much research on organizational development, this system view combined with some validated learning over time, is a powerful way to look at organizational challenges as a coach/consultant. Let’s take a closer look to define these areas then apply some validated learning from my own experience. Business Outcomes – the outcomes […] The post Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • Agile Scrum Process Explained in 12 Steps

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    yodiz
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    This blog is created in effort of explaining all major aspect of scrum process. The process is divided into 12 steps, which are explained below.    Steps 1 & 2: User Story Writing and EstimationUser stories are user requirements in the plain customer’s language without including too many details. Usually User stories are written in following format.As a <User> I want to <Perform a function> to <achieve something>In agile world you start with writing user stories, sometimes in a special user story session. Since stories are written from the…
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  • Design Thinking Meets Civic Tech

    Geri Mitchell-Brown
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    As part of our recently announced partnership with Code for America, Rallyers took a leadership role in supporting the annual CodeAcross event here in Boulder, where Rally is headquartered. On a recent snowy Saturday, Code for Boulder—the local all-volunteer Brigade—hosted “Crafting Civic Tech: The Housing Edition.” Veteran Rally Agilists, company founder Ryan Martens, and Rally coach Ronica Roth led the group of more than 50 community members on a six-hour design thinking journey. The goal: identify ways to improve and increase civic engagement among community members and local…
  • Unleash What’s Next

    Tim Miller
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The world’s moving faster than ever, and as a partner to some of the most innovative companies in the world, Rally is at the forefront of change. We bring our world-class SaaS platform and the most experienced coaches and consultants in the industry to help customers navigate today’s challenges — including nimble competitors, changing markets, increasing regulation and faster cycles of innovation.  And like you, we too must adapt to change. Rally has been a pioneer in Agile approaches, with Agile development software that revolutionizes the way companies across the globe accelerate…
  • Agility for Nonprofits Means Better Business, Greater Impact

    Brendan Landry
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    With the constant pressure in the non-profit sector to do more and create more impact, while at the same time continuing to be good steward of resources, it’s become imperative that nonprofits develop a business sense that isn’t typically associated with our sector. Working with Rally has given us a huge advantage in developing team processes and skillsets. Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI) isn’t just fulfilling a great mission; we’re well on our way to becoming an efficient and productive agile team, capable of delivering outstanding results.   "We strongly believe…
  • It’s Time to RallyON!

    Rally Software
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    We invite you to join us at RallyON 2015, June 15-17 in Phoenix, Arizona. RallyON brings you the best thinking, strategies, and practices to help you capitalize on the new pace of change. Find out how today’s leaders are adapting to the future of work and building organizations that are fast, lean, and nimble. Come to learn, connect, innovate, and be inspired. Join your peers at sessions and workshops to discuss your toughest challenges — and solutions. Get your product or IT delivery engine humming at scale through visibility and planning into your process. Learn how to create an…
  • 3 Reasons PMs Should Get Certified

    Rally Software
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    In its global survey of project management practices, PricewaterhouseCoopers (pwc) reported that 34% of project managers use agile methods at their companies, and a majority of PMs (62%) are certified Agile practitioners. Now, new research from advisory firm Software Advice gives you three more reasons to shore up your agile skills. First: 48 percent of project managers are using agile software for non-software-related projects. Sure, Agile methodologies started out in the software realm, and 52 percent of projects are still development-related. But the surprising breadth and diversity…
 
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  • Changing the Tires

    Dave Rooney
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    You're driving down the highway trying to reach a distant destination. You've had delays such as traffic along the way, and you know that you're going to have to "push it" in order to have any hope at all of arriving on time. You start to feel ...
  • Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective

    Michael Robillard
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    While there are many books and much research on organizational development, this system view combined with some validated learning over time, is a powerful way to look at organizational challenges as a coach/consultant. Let’s take a closer look to define these areas then apply some validated learning from my own experience. Business Outcomes – the outcomes […] The post Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • 3 Thinking Tools for Minimizing Dependencies Between Products

    Mike Cottmeyer
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    In my post about how to form teams, I talk about products… not in their monolithic, holistic state… but as a subsystem within a larger integrated solutions architecture. In other words, big products are just series of small products that work together in an integrated fashion. Each of these smaller products have a backlog, a […] The post 3 Thinking Tools for Minimizing Dependencies Between Products appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • The Evolution of Teams

    Mike Griffiths
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:19 pm
    My other workshop submission for the Agile 2015 Conference is titled “The Evolution of Teams” and examines one team that stopped doing the traditional agile practices is more agile than ever. Agile practices such as daily stand up meetings, sprint...
  • Bend the Spoon

    Mike Cottmeyer
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Bend the spoon is a phrase we use quite a bit here at LeadingAgile. I don’t want to hear what’s happening, I want to hear what we need to make happen… and what we are doing to make it happen. I don’t want to hear why we can’t do something, I want to talk about what […] The post Bend the Spoon appeared first on LeadingAgile.
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  • An Introduction to Agile Project Intake

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Many factors play a part in the success or failure of any Agile initiative. We will present a series of articles to analyze the one factor that we deem most important: the intake of Agile projects.
  • Building a Healthy Organizational Ecosystem

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    This article provides an overview of the situations faced in two of our teams' transition to Agile. We also cover the obstacles encountered, actions taken, and the phenomenal results achieved.
  • 敏捷开发敏捷在哪里

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Chengliang You offers the first Scrum Alliance article in Chinese.
  • Agile Tools Can Be More than Overhead

    13 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    I have often heard teams say that Agile tools add no value. I would like to share some ideas, based on my practical experience, about how and why I think these tools do add value and can be more than just overhead.
  • Same Time, Same Place

    12 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    I still remember the days when my father asked me to study from 6 to 7 a.m. daily. I was too young to understand the logic behind this. . . .
 
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  • 40 agile methods

    frederik
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
  • What could 'Agile' do for policy-making?

    nupurtakwale
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    As part of my job, I’m experimenting with introducing digital ways of working (namely, ‘Agile’) into policy-making and operational delivery. Agile is a way of working often sworn by in the world of digital and tech. It’s based on fast-paced, iterative delivery, revolving around the needs of the ‘user’. It’s got quite the following amongst Silicon Valley-ites. And it’s been working pretty successfully, at scale, in Government Digital Service and MOJ Digital Services. The question is, can it go further? What can it offer to the rest of Government? Now,…
  • Wearing Agile Principles As Armor!

    Leonor
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Working software is the primary measure of progress”. Courtesy of elderscrolls.wikia.co
  • Why Your Standup Needs A Scoreboard

    Chris Murman
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    “The scoreboard doesn’t lie. Never has.” – Charlie Sheen Bottom of the ninth. Late in the period. Two-minute warning. Shot clock winding down. Each of those statements relate to a different sport, but each communicate the same sentiment. Time is winding down. If you’re doing to try something, it needs to be now. As cliched as that sounds, we reach that point with our teams more than I’m willing to admit, and the time to huddle is in your daily scrum — also referred to as a standup. Enter the scoreboard. There is extreme value in being able to look to…
  • You got to know how to argue

    Leonor
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Leonor:This post covers exactly what is experienced at my latest engagement. No one really talks a a
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  • Ill Served

    bulldozer00
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    You’ve been ill served by the software industry for 40 years – not purposely, but inextricably. We want to restore the partnership. – Ken Schwaber
  • Notes on Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell

    willhlaw
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Above is an illustration from the video ‘Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell‘ that uses the RSA animation technique. Below are the notes highlighting key points made during the video as well as some other points drawn from additional resources. This post will be a good read for Product Owners, both new and experienced, as well as any team member on an Agile Scrum team that wants to revisit the basic principles and possibly realign their team. Roles in Scrum PO – Product Owner carries the vision, says no or yes to customer requests, prioritizes, and responsible for…
  • Delivery Manager

    careertiengnhat
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    <Salary 2000USD trở lên> <Nội dung công việc> – Quản lý toàn bộ các project manager bên dưới. – Bảo đảm chất lượng. – Sử dụng Agile method để vận hành công việc <Yêu cầu> – Tiếng Nhật N2 trở lên – 10 năm kinh nghiệm lập trình – Ít nhất 5 năm kinh nghiệm project manager – Có kinh nghiệm hoặc kiến thức về AGILE methodologies (SCRUM/XP/KANBAN) <Mô tả> – Công ty ở quận 1 <Liên hệ> japaneseworks@gmail.com Huyền (0916092848)…
  • Agile does not mean 'without a plan'

    intermittentviews
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Many organizations are jumping on the agile bandwagon. This is commendable. Agile software development allows deeper and iterative understanding of requirements and therefore produces a more ‘owned’ and ‘adopted’ product. However organizations are very uncomfortable with the notion of not knowing what the output will be and how long will it take. The commercials for an agile project when a vendor is executing the project are nearly impossible to agree upon. It increases the risk for both the buyer and vendor. Typically for a project one or many of the following limit…
  • Book review: Scrum, the art of doing twice the work in half the time

    hennyportman
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    Just finished Scrum, The art of doing twice the work in half the time from Jeff Sutherland, co creator of Scrum. If you are looking for a book to get an in-depth explanation ‘how’ to use Scrum, this is not the right book. If you are looking for a book to get an explanation of the ‘why’ behind Scrum this is a great book to read. Sutherland gives you many anecdotes of his personal experiences as a fighter pilot in Vietnam or as biometrics expert, innovator of ATM technology, problem solver, trainer, investigator or coach and what he has done with that in relation to Scrum or the…
 
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  • Level 2 thinking

    Alistair Cockburn
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Level 0 : doing what you’re doing, including chatting. Eg, kick a ball; talk with someone Level 1 : notice what you’re doing, think about it. “I’m kicking this ball, it makes me happy to kick a ball, even though that wasn’t a very good kick” Level 2 : discuss or think about the thinking about, discuss or think about the structure and the meaning of the discussing about and thinking bout. I don’t think there is a Level 3, because the act of doing Level 2 is either Level 0 or Level 1, the act of discussing that you’re thinking about the thinking…
  • Exploratory 360

    Alistair Cockburn
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    Strategy: Exploratory 360° At the start of a new project, usually during the chartering activity, the team needs to establish that the project is both meaningful and they can deliver it using the intended technology. They look around them in all directions, sampling the project in all ways to test for viability and meaningfulness. The entire Exploratory 360°for a Crystal Clear project takes a few days up to a week or two if some new and peculiar technology is to be used. Based on what they learn, they decide whether it makes sense to proceed or not.
  • A word is a bed of procrustes for an idea

    Alistair Cockburn
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    Before we have a word, we have a general idea. It is fuzzy. When we create a token for the idea and pass it along to someone else, we cut off the fuzzy, irregular parts of the idea. Then, to make up for the missing sections, we make up another word, to cover another fuzzy idea that overlaps somewhat. Now both words stretch and cut off the original ideas (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procrustes) In addition, now the two words overlap. So when you use one word, you exclude the possibility of using the other word. Since each word brings along a train of associated and related words, using…
  • Alistairs PhD Dr Filos pdf

    Alistair Cockburn
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
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  • Interview with Alistair 2014 for The Business of IT

    Alistair Cockburn
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Take a listen to this audio interview with “The Business of IT”, which is basically a business analysis zine asking about agile. http://www.blueprintsys.com/thebusinessofit/podcast-alistairc.php The take-away and mystery to the interviewer was my last line, which he calls “a fresh approach on developing Agile software that focuses on building cultural ties between IT & business departments.” :).
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  • Why Managers Ask for Estimates and What They Need to Know

    johanna
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    In many of my transitioning to agile clients, the managers want to know when the project will be done. Or, they want to know how much the project will cost. (I have a new book about this, Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule.) Managers ask for estimates because they want to know something about their ability to recognize revenue this year. How many projects can they release? What is the projected effect on revenue; customer acquisition and retention; and on service revenue (training, support, all that kind of service). We pay managers big bucks so…
  • More Ways to Visualize Your Project Portfolio

    johanna
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    Every time I work with a client or teach a workshop, people want more ways to visualize their project portfolios. Here are some ideas: Here is a kanban view of the project portfolio with a backlog: Kanban view of the project portfolio               And a kanban view of the project portfolio with an “Unstaffed Work” line, so it’s clear: Project Portfolio Kanban with Unstaffed Work Line                 If you haven’t read Visualizing All the Work in Your Project Portfolio, you should. It has some…
  • Four Tips for Managing Performance in Agile Teams

    johanna
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    I’ve been talking with clients recently about their managers’ and HR’s transition to agile. I hear this common question: “How do we manage performance of the people on our agile teams?” Reframe “manage performance” to “career development.” People on agile teams don’t need a manager to manage their performance. If they are retrospecting at reasonable intervals, they will inspect-and-adapt to work better together. Well, they will if managers don’t interfere with their work by creating experts or moving people off project teams.
  • Agile Misconceptions: Agile is Just a Project Management Framework

    johanna
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    If you read least week’s post about agile misconceptions, There is One Right Approach, you will like this one. This week’s article is Agile Misconceptions: Agile is Just a Project Management Framework. If you would like more common-sense approaches to agile, sign up for the Influential Agile Leader. We’re leading it in San Francisco and London this year. We offer discounts for multiple people from your organization. Sign up now.
  • Please Help Me Title Essays on Estimation

    johanna
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I have finished the content for Essays on Estimation. But, I need a new title. The book is more than loosely coupled essays. It reads like a real book, with progression and everything. I have a number of ideas. They are (in no particular order): Predicting the Unpredictable: Essays on Estimating Project Costs and Dates Essays on Estimation: Pragmatic Approaches for Estimating Cost and Schedule How Much Will This Project Cost or When Will it be Done? Essays on Estimation Essays on Estimation: How to Predict When Your Project Will be Done Pragmatic Estimation: How to Create and Update Schedule…
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  • How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One

    Jurgen Appelo
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    For three weeks, I had been working on a new presentation: New stories, new message, new visuals, new format, new jokes… everything was new. Even my hair was new. The idea was to reinvent myself as a public speaker. Raising the bar! The post How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Best Happiness Books #InternationalDayOfHappiness

    Jurgen Appelo
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    Today is International Day of Happiness. What a great day to search and find all the best book on the topic of happiness! This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “happiness”, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability. The post Best Happiness Books #InternationalDayOfHappiness appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Will You Offer This for Free?

    Jurgen Appelo
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    I have done many things for free. All chapters of my new #Workout book have been available for free since I started writing them, because this helped me get early and fast feedback. I have done countless of free talks for local communities, because it allowed me to learn about their needs and stories. And I have offered plenty of participants free seats in my workshops when they offered me some other value in return. What I don’t do is give away stuff for free just because people ask. The post Will You Offer This for Free? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Best Mindfulness Books

    Jurgen Appelo
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    I have developed an interest in mindfulness and meditation, from a scientific perspective. For this reason, I did a bit of research on GoodReads to discover which are the best mindfulness books. Unsurprisingly, I found a lot religious works among these books. Those were not what I was looking for. In my not-so-humble opinion, religion is spiritualy for the ignorant mind, while enlightenment is spirituality for the curious mind. The post Best Mindfulness Books appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing

    Jurgen Appelo
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    On my final trip last year, I had been looking forward to run in Rio de Janeiro, along Ipanema Beach and Copacabana. But British Airways lost my luggage. I had no running gear and no time to purchase alternative shoes and clothes. I felt a bit sad and disappointed. The post Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 5, Season 6: Haven’t We Heard This Before?

    Willem
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    Partnerships & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations EPISODE 5: HAVEN’T WE HEARD THIS BEFORE? Photo Credit: renaissancechambara via Compfight cc [Introduction] Many of the issues being raised about gender in the workplace seem to covering old ground – patterns made explicit since at least the 70s. [02:45] We’re hoping that we can take these patterns as givens, and can then move the conversation forward. [03:00] “Fostering Women Leaders: A Fitness test for your top team”. The author seems to not know much about the history of women and gender…
  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 4, Season 6: Virtual Teams, Real Challenges

    Willem
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Partnerships & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations EPISODE 3: THE DIFFERENT FACES OF LEADERSHIP Photo Credit: martinhoward via Compfight cc [Introduction] FutureWorks is a virtual team. [01:00] In HBR’s newest issue, “Getting Virtual Teams Right” by Keith Ferrazzi. [03:00] You can model three tiers of team members – core, operational, and outer. [05:45] Calculate your team’s virtual distance – factors that exacerbate the challenges for a given team. [09:00] Operational distance as opposed to Physical distance. [10:00] Affinity…
  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 3, Season 6

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

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

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

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’m going to be giving the conference keynote this spring at Mile High Agile  in Denver on April 3, 2015. I’ll be talking about the importance of being able to let go of some of our firmly held beliefs in order to move on. Here’s the official session title and description. I hope you can join me at this event! Let Go of Knowing: How Holding onto Views May Be Holding You Back You undoubtedly have a firmly held set of convictions about what is necessary to do agile well. These convictions have served you well—your teams have delivered better products more quickly…
  • How Full to Fill a Sprint

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    An important consideration in commitment-driven planning is how full to fill the sprint. To answer that, we need to understand that a sprint includes three types of time. The first type of time is corporate overhead. Corporate overhead includes everything required to be a good citizen in today’s corporate world. That includes time spent in all-company meetings, reading emails, going to HR sensitivity training classes, and even attending the various meetings for a team’s agile process. The second type of time is plannable time. This is the time that team members can plan to use on…
  • The Difference Between a Story and a Task

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What’s the difference between a user story and a task? Well that’s an easy question, I thought, the first time it was asked of me in a Certified ScrumMaster class. “The difference is …,” I began to reply and realized it wasn’t actually such an easy difference after all. I’d been using the two terms, “user story” and “task” in my classes for years, and they seemed pretty distinct in my head. User stories were on the product backlog and tasks were identified during sprint planning and became part of the sprint backlog. That was…
  • Multiple Levels of Done

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. Having a “definition of done” has become a near-standard thing for Scrum teams. The definition of done (often called a “DoD”) establishes what must be true of each product backlog item for that item to be done. A typical DoD would be something similar to: The code is well written. (That is, we’re happy with it and don’t feel like it immediately…
  • Using Scrum to Plan Your Wedding

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my ScrumMaster classes I always make the point that Scrum is a general purpose framework that can be applied to projects of all sorts. I’ve seen it applied to building construction, marketing, legal cases, families, restaurant renovations, and, of course, all sorts of product development. One of my favorite examples is using Scrum to plan a wedding. Think about how perfect that is, though. Scrum excels at projects (yes, planning a wedding is project) that are complex and novel. And planning a wedding is both. I came across a great website last week called ScrumYourWedding.com, which…
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  • The Meaning of Kanban From the Inside

    David Anderson
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Image:  Kanban from the inside! What does that mean? Perhaps it's about practicing Kanban and it is written by a practitioner? And that would be true! Perhaps it's about understanding Kanban and its community of followers from a community insider? And that would be true too! Or perhaps it is about something deeper, something truly "from the inside", from inside the author? Kanban from the heart? Kanban from the soul? Kanban expressed by a deeply spiritual person with a strong sense of self and a deeply held set of values? read more
  • LeanKanban Training Roadmap 2015 Edition

    David Anderson
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    We've updated the LeanKanban Training Roadmap for 2015 following the introduction of the modular 5-day Enterprise Services Planning class. read more
  • Introducing Enterprise Services Planning

    David Anderson
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    This year, we're officially introducing Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) as a concept and specifically as a management training curriculum. Later this year, I anticipate the launch of Enterprise Services Planning software tools to support the mechanisms and methods taught in our classes. What is Enterprise Services Planning (ESP)? Kanban is now table stakes for many businesses managing enterprise services delivery. They've learned that introducing Kanban to their management system has improved service delivery with typical results showing 400% increase in delivery rate, drops in…
  • Enterprise Services Planning Module 4 - Portfolios, Program & Dependencies

    David Anderson
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Enterprise Services Planning is a new modular 5-day training curriculum for managing modern businesses involving lots of knowledge work and creative services. If your organization contains people who must think and make decisions for their living then Enterprise Services Planning is the management training framework that will transform your business. While ideally taken together as 5 days of intensive emersion, ESP training is offered in 4 modules. read more
  • Enterprise Services Planning: Module 3 - Project & Capacity Planning

    David Anderson
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Enterprise Services Planning is a new modular 5-day training curriculum for managing modern businesses involving lots of knowledge work and creative services. If your organization contains people who must think and make decisions for their living then Enterprise Services Planning is the management training framework that will transform your business. While ideally taken together as 5 days of intensive emersion, ESP training is offered in 4 modules. read more
 
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  • Top 10 Tips for Measuring Agile Success

    Matthew Badgley
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    Choosing the right agile metric to measure agile success is really simple, right? I wish that were the case, but in reality choosing the correct agile metric can be a little tricky. So, how do you get the most out of your agile metrics? I reviewed the 9th annual State of Agile survey, which compiles insights from nearly 4,000 respondents, to find out how agile practitioners are measuring the success of their agile initiatives.   #1 On-Time Delivery According to the State of Agile survey, 58% of the respondents* said they measured the success of their agile initiatives by on-time…
  • Is DevOps a People Problem AND a Technical Problem?

    Steve Ropa
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Over the past few years, I’ve become more familiar with the works of Jerry Weinberg.  One of his best is a book called Secrets of Consulting, which I highly recommend to all those who give advice for a living.  Among the many rules and secrets that he shares, there are two that stand out time and again: There’s always a problem.  If they’re bringing a consultant in, there’s a problem to solve, even if they don’t really know what that problem is. It’s always a people problem.  Even in the most highly technical of scenarios, at the end of the day…
  • The Trojan Retrospective – From Crickets to Conversations

    Ravi Verma
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    This blog is part of a series on “Agile Trojan Horses – Covert Appetizers for Agile Discovery.” This series is intended to help spark conversations that restore focus on agile fundamentals, whet the appetite to discover more about agile, and help apply agile in day-to-day decision-making. One of the elements that I love about Agile and Scrum is the focus on humility, reflection and continuous inspection and adaptation. One of my favorite Agile Principles is #12… At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
  • Psssst! I Can Get You Fixed Cost AND Fixed Dates!!

    Daniel Gullo
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    I have an offer you can’t refuse… You don’t have to be afraid, just because I am Sicilian. I am talking about Product Development here, not “garbage collection”. I know it frustrates you that all this Agile stuff talks about uncertainty and fluffy stuff. I have a secret for you, however. It’s one of the most overlooked aspects of Agile. I will even let you in on this secret for absolutely FREE. Here it goes… In Scrum, there are fixed timeboxes or iterations we call Sprints. You probably knew that. However, what you probably didn’t realize is that if your Scrum Teams establish…
  • Self-Organizing Teams… Really?

    Mike McLaughlin
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    “Why aren’t self-organizing teams allowed to self-organize?” This question came up in a Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) class I was in last week… To clarify, what he went on to say with more specificity was, “Why don’t we let our agile teams self-organize ‘at creation’ when we’re putting together a new team?” He went on to note that, in his experience, this is determined by ‘Management Fiat,’ primarily based on the talent and maturity of the individuals. Hmmm, interesting question… What does Scrum say about this? The best…
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  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    In my previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about how to break down the User story into smaller slices that still provide benefits to the User. This breakup would also enable the Product Owner to be able to look at much smaller sections of User Stories and be able to set the right priority for each of these User Stories. In this post, will talk about some of the benefits of trying to break down the User Stories into smaller User Stories. This kind of push to break down the User Stories into smaller such stories would have some benefits,…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about using a functionality based method for breaking down the Use Cases into multiple smaller User Cases, rather than trying to break it down by Application Layers, even if Application Layers seems easier to do, or even seems more logical. This post will explore the concept of trying to help users in terms of breaking down User Stories, more the principles of how to do so rather than a list of steps that could be run. This is subjective to some degree, one cannot have bullet points for this sort of…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts – Part 1), we talked about trying to break down the User Story into smaller more discrete parts, such as separating the positive and the negative parts of the logic into separate User Stories. In this post, we will talk about more such ways of breaking down User Stories, including some methods that are not really recommended. – One method that could be used for splitting is breaking down the desired functionality along the lines of the various layers of the software. For example, if you have to define the User…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts

    ashish
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    It seems like one of the most obvious statements to make; after all, when you are getting any kind of instructions on the Scrum methodology, one of THE things said is to ensure that the User Stories are short, defining descriptive tasks. It is paramount that the User Story does not describe a large process or function, which covers multiple steps or workflows. However, in many cases, the reason why a User Story needs to be short is not described clearly, and is pretty important to understand why (including some reasons about what happens when the User Story tend to be long). Many teams have…
  • Getting the Scrum team to start using video conferencing

    ashish
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    For years, there were many arguments relating to not using video conferencing for meetings. Many of you would already know them, they relate to lack of equipment, about the timing of meetings and so on. However, there are many advantages of video-conferencing for the meetings that happen as a part of Scrum. Being able to see colleagues from different geographic locations provides a greater feeling of being part of one team, and it really is much less difficult than it used to be. – Earlier, video-conferencing equipment used to be expensive and hard to setup at locations distinct from…
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  • Easier to manage, faster builds with Bamboo 5.8

    Sepideh Setayeshfar
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    You may have few plans on your Bamboo dashboard, or many pages of projects that make you appreciate the Quick Search feature, but regardless of how busy of a dashboard you have, a faster cleaner build pipeline is what we all aim for. Bamboo 5.8 provides better agent management and smarter tasks that both lead to a faster, easier-to-manage build structure. Ready for less queue time and Docker tasks? Read on to learn more. Use Docker as an agent capability Docker is the open platform for building, shipping and running applications anywhere leveraging Docker container technology. We…
  • Working to be the change that you (the customer) seek

    Sean Cramer
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Who loves feedback? I can tell you that we do. We love it so much that we’ve created a team dedicated to seeking, synthesizing, and taking action on feedback from our customers. We call it the ‘Voice of the Customer’ team – i.e., the Voice of You. Recently, we’ve been sending emails and adding feedback prompts in our products with a single question: “On a scale from 0 to 10, how likely are you to recommend the product to a colleague?” And we use your answers to calculate our Net Promoter Score (NPS). What is Net Promoter Score According…
  • Webinar Recap: Git at Scale for Growing Teams

    Justine Davis
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last week, Kelvin Yap, Product Marketing Manager for Atlassian’s Developer Tools, presented why people love Git and how Stash and Stash Data Center help professional teams scale their use of Git. If your team has concerns about security, scalability, and maintaining high performance and are struggling to choose a Git solution that addresses your concerns, this webinar is for you. Watch and share the recorded webinar now! In 20 quick minutes you’ll learn: Why Git usage is growing so quickly Benefits of Git for professional teams How Stash helps your team collaborate and build…
  • Join us for a DevOps webinar with our friends at Datadog

    Spencer Frasher
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Join us on March 10th at 2:00 PM EST for a webinar dedicated to ‘Conversation-Driven DevOps’. At its heart, the goal of DevOps is better communication between the dev and operations teams at an organization. Some of the tools that help achieve this include version control, chat, and monitoring. By moving the conversations around development and operations out of email and into chat, everyone can see exactly what is going on at every step of the way. In this session you will learn about the tools and strategies available to: Automate system notifications Convert conversations to…
  • Webinar recap: virtualized agile

    Laura Daly
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A big thank you to Mike Hansen and Mark Kilby at Sonatype for hosting our first customer webinar. They shared the Sonatype story and how the team tackles agile development on a daily basis with a completely distributed team. Our customers are what make Atlassian awesome, and we love hearing their success stories. Here’s a link to watch the webinar again and share with your team. Keep reading for the top 10 questions and answers. Enjoy! Mike & Mark’s Q&A Top Ten: Q1: You mentioned that product managers are not responsible for the management of the project resources. Who is…
 
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  • Impact-Driven Scrum & #NoEstimates in Methods & Tools Spring 2015 issue

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Spring 2015 issue that discusses Impact-Driven Scrum, Code Review, #NoEstimates,Self-Selecting Teams, Software Laws, Kanboard and ConQAT.
  • Scrum Alliance Opens 2015 State of Scrum Survey

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Scrum Alliance, the largest, most established and influential professional membership organization and certifying body in the Agile community, announces the opening of its biennial State of Scrum Survey, which gives the Scrum community deeper insight into the progress and adoption of Agile a ...
  • Agile Analysis and Self-Selecting Teams in Methods & Tools Winter 2014 issue

    6 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Winter 2014 issue that discusses Agile Analysis, Self-Selecting Teams, Collaborative DSL, TDD with Mock Objects, BDDfire
  • Fighting Prejudices Against Agile

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

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

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Do you remember the time that you were not connected to the internet? When you had to call your friend instead of sending a message via Whatsapp to make an appointment. The times you had to apply for a job by writing a letter with  a pen instead of sending your Linkedin page? We all have gone through a major revolution in which we've all got a digital identity. The same revolution has started for things, right now! read more
  • NetObjectives: What Every Framework/Method Should Have

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:52 pm
    I was asked my thoughts about the blog LeSS SAFe.Comparison. It prompted me to think - many people are comparing one approach to another.  I've done this myself as I think it's a way to learn options that are available. But most folks don't go far enough. Instead of asking "how does A compare to B?" perhaps we should be asking "what does A and B need?"   The Key Components of a Framework Or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!read more
  • Applied Frameworks: A Structure for Product Management Knowledge and Skills Acquisition

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
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  • J.D. Meier's Blog: 7 Habits of Highly Motivated People

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Motivation is a powerful skill. It can lift you up from the worst of places, and inspire you to new heights. After all, nothing is worse than slogging your way through your days, or working your way through a bunch of mundane tasks. But, like I said, motivation is a skill. You need to learn it.   For many people it does not come naturally.   And chances are, many of us have had bad models, bad advice, and worse, bad habits for a lifetime.read more
  • Rally Agile Blog: Design Thinking Meets Civic Tech

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
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  • Quote of the Month March 2015

    The Editor
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    Competencies versus Roles: We’ve seen a positive move toward emphasizing competencies in a team rather than roles or titles. As teams make that change, we see fewer “It’s not my job” excuses and more “How can I help?” conversations. Team members will continue to have core competencies in some areas more than others, but they may not identify as strongly with a particular role. For example, saying, “I am a tester” really means, “I perform mainly testing activities because that is my primary passion and strength. I can provide leadership ...
  • Impact-Driven Scrum, Code Review & #NoEstimates in Methods & Tools Spring 2015 issue

    The Editor
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Spring 2015 issue that discusses Impact-Driven Scrum, Code Review, #NoEstimates,Self-Selecting Teams, Software Laws, Kanboard and ConQAT. * Impact-Driven Scrum Delivery * Code Review: Why It Matters * #NoEstimates – Alternative to Estimate-Driven Software Development * Self-Selecting Teams Part 2 – Keeping the Momentum * Laws for Software Development Teams * Kanboard – Open Source Kanban Board * ConQAT – The Continuous Quality Assessment Toolkit 50…
  • Software Architecture versus Code

    The Editor
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Software architecture and coding are often seen as mutually exclusive disciplines, despite us referring to higher level abstractions when we talk about our software. You’ve probably heard others on your team talking about components, services and layers rather than objects when they’re having discussions. Take a look at the codebase though. Can you clearly see these abstractions or does the code reflect some other structure? If so, why is there no clear mapping between the architecture and the code? Why do those architecture diagrams that you have on the wall say ...
  • Software Development Linkopedia March 2015

    The Editor
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:46 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 development culture, project estimation, checking the health of your project team, the costs and benefits of unit testing, product backlog management, mobile architecture, test coverage and user experience. Blog: Culture Change: Reinventing Organizations Blog: Why you suck at estimating – a lesson in psychology Blog: Squad Health Check model – visualizing what to improve Blog: Selective Unit Testing – Costs…
  • The Virtue of Purgatory in Software Development

    The Editor
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Having some decade of experience in software development behind me, I had the time to accumulate a lot of mistakes. One of the recurring patterns in these failures was the ambition to solve code issues too quickly. This was especially the case when the problem was related to code that I wrote, which made me feel responsible for the situation. Naturally, I had also often think that my code couldn’t be bad and somebody must have changed it after I deliver it, but this is another story ;O) When you detect ...
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  • 20 Common Logical Fallacies – Don’t Be a Victim!

    Peter Saddington
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    The 20 Most Common Logical Fallacies Appeal to ignorance – Thinking a claim is true (or false) because it can’t be proven true (or false). Ad hominem – Making a personal attack against the person saying the argument, rather than directly addressing the issue. Strawman fallacy – Misrepresenting or exaggerating another person’s argument to make it easier to attack. Bandwagon fallacy – Thinking an argument must be true because it’s popular. Naturalistic fallacy – Believing something is good or beneficial just because it’s natural. Cherry picking – Only choosing a few examples…
  • Agile For All adds three new members to the team

    Bob Hartman
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Peter playing his trumpet! In case you missed the press release, Peter Green, Adobe Systems Agile Transformation Leader, will join our Agile For All team on March 16th. I am personally excited about Peter’s amazing contributions to the Agile community and his enterprise level experience. I’m also excited to say that Peter isn’t the only one joining the team! See below for more details on all of the exciting news. For those of you that don’t know him, Peter led a grass roots Agile transformation at Adobe from 2005 to 2015, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His…
  • Be an Expert in a Year – Growing the Agile Way

    Peter Saddington
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    The guys over at Expert Table Tennis had a great idea. What would it take to become an expert? Dedication? Heart? Perseverance? The Expert in a Year Challenge took part during 2014 and followed the progress of novice table tennis player Sam Priestley, as he attempted to go from beginner to expert in just one year and break into the top 250 players in England. Sam (the subject of the experiment) has been playing recreational ‘ping-pong’ in his kitchen with his flatmates for a few months. He then decided to buy himself a table tennis robot to practice with. He then, with the help of his…
  • Agile and Scrum training the Agile For All way

    Bob Hartman
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Take a moment to consider the last time you were in any sort of training environment. Were the tables set up “classroom style” so everyone faced forward in rows? Did the instructor read a lot of PowerPoint slides? Perhaps the room was even dark so everyone could see the PowerPoint better. Maybe you were lucky and you even had a workbook that was 500 pages long to go along with the training! <please feel free to gag at this point> Yes, we’ve all been there, and it’s horrible. It is one reason why many adults avoid any sort of educational opportunities –…
  • Life Change Starts with Clarity

    Peter Saddington
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Clarity starts with understanding YOU first… then the problem. There are moments where each one of us have wished for significant life change – this could be related to our current circumstances, our jobs, our vocations, our relationships, and even something about ourselves. Our constant desire for improvement and life change is a natural consequence of being human as all of us desperately want to see forward momentum and progress. We want to see that “breakthrough” because there’s something within all of us that speaks to us deeply about how things today are not…
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  • What Happens When Thousands of People Come Together?

    Tania Katan
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Seth Lane is a little boy who was born without an immune system. He needs our earnest hopes and healing energy today. If you didn’t catch the compelling video of little Seth on AZ Central, you’ll want to. The Axosoft team sending warm thoughts to Seth from sunny Scottsdale, AZ! Seth sits in his hospital bed, hooked up to tubes, puffy from medication and bruised; yet somehow, when he looks into the camera to tell us what he loves, he seems buoyant! He loves Fireman Sam from Paw Patrol and the color yellow. Despite his circumstances, 5 year-old Seth is reaching out and asking us for a…
  • New Study Finds Bright Future for Help Desk Solutions

    Brett Goldman
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    A new report by the help desk research and analysis consultancy Software Advice shows that a majority of companies are looking to improve or expand their help desk offerings.  Among companies who plan to change their spending, 84% stated their intention to increase investment in help desk software. The majority cited their need to add new features to keep up with the increasing service expectations of customers, as the most common reason for increasing their investment. This increase in investment is further fueled by a desire to improve the customer experience in order to stay ahead of…
  • Axosoft API Developer Contest

    Brett Goldman
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Axosoft is having a developer contest (think hackathon) with some great prizes for the winners!  Tinker around and build something awesome using Axosoft’s RESTful API. Then when you win, go nuts and build anything with your new PrintrBot 3d Printer! What will I win? The Grand Prize winner will receive a PrintrBot Simple, to create anything you can dream of! Not to mention, an Axosoft Complete account with 5 free users for life! (A value of $1,500/year, for a total savings of $7,500.) We’ll also promote your app on our blog and feature it on our integrations and addons page. All…
  • Electricity Is Really Just Organized Lightning

    Tania Katan
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    “Electricity is really just organized lightning.” — George Carlin Before we get into the bright flash and thunder that Axosoft is igniting… allow me to introduce myself, I’m Tania Katan, and I have no right working for a tech company. I’m pretty sure that’s why Axosoft hired me to be their Brand Evangelist. Lots of companies are like, “YEAH, we want employees who think outside of the box!” “We’re totally innovative!” Then they post a job, wait for the perfect match, or worse, a regurgitation of the requisite qualifications—going so far as to eject your resume…
  • It’s National Silo-Busting Day!

    Tania Katan
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Ok, I just made that up, but why not?! From the very moment we start a job, we’re shoved into a 3.5”x 2” silo. It’s true! We get a title, assigned to a department, and soon we’re trapped in a business card that displays who we are, what we do, and how to contact us for the rest of our LIFE, life, life, life… (to be said with an echo effect as if falling down a sinkhole to the end of the earth). Yikes! We’re not one-trick ponies. In fact, we’ve got lots of tricks, talents, and areas of expertise, but since we were little, well-meaning adults have looked down on us and asked,…
 
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  • 20 Common Logical Fallacies – Don’t Be a Victim!

    Peter Saddington
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    The 20 Most Common Logical Fallacies Appeal to ignorance – Thinking a claim is true (or false) because it can’t be proven true (or false). Ad hominem – Making a personal attack against the person saying the argument, rather than directly addressing the issue. Strawman fallacy – Misrepresenting or exaggerating another person’s argument to make it easier to attack. Bandwagon fallacy – Thinking an argument must be true because it’s popular. Naturalistic fallacy – Believing something is good or beneficial just because it’s natural. Cherry picking – Only choosing a few examples…
  • Agile For All adds three new members to the team

    Bob Hartman
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Peter playing his trumpet! In case you missed the press release, Peter Green, Adobe Systems Agile Transformation Leader, will join our Agile For All team on March 16th. I am personally excited about Peter’s amazing contributions to the Agile community and his enterprise level experience. I’m also excited to say that Peter isn’t the only one joining the team! See below for more details on all of the exciting news. For those of you that don’t know him, Peter led a grass roots Agile transformation at Adobe from 2005 to 2015, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His…
  • Be an Expert in a Year – Growing the Agile Way

    Peter Saddington
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    The guys over at Expert Table Tennis had a great idea. What would it take to become an expert? Dedication? Heart? Perseverance? The Expert in a Year Challenge took part during 2014 and followed the progress of novice table tennis player Sam Priestley, as he attempted to go from beginner to expert in just one year and break into the top 250 players in England. Sam (the subject of the experiment) has been playing recreational ‘ping-pong’ in his kitchen with his flatmates for a few months. He then decided to buy himself a table tennis robot to practice with. He then, with the help of his…
  • Agile and Scrum training the Agile For All way

    Bob Hartman
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Take a moment to consider the last time you were in any sort of training environment. Were the tables set up “classroom style” so everyone faced forward in rows? Did the instructor read a lot of PowerPoint slides? Perhaps the room was even dark so everyone could see the PowerPoint better. Maybe you were lucky and you even had a workbook that was 500 pages long to go along with the training! <please feel free to gag at this point> Yes, we’ve all been there, and it’s horrible. It is one reason why many adults avoid any sort of educational opportunities –…
  • Life Change Starts with Clarity

    Peter Saddington
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Clarity starts with understanding YOU first… then the problem. There are moments where each one of us have wished for significant life change – this could be related to our current circumstances, our jobs, our vocations, our relationships, and even something about ourselves. Our constant desire for improvement and life change is a natural consequence of being human as all of us desperately want to see forward momentum and progress. We want to see that “breakthrough” because there’s something within all of us that speaks to us deeply about how things today are not…
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  • Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective

    Michael Robillard
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    While there are many books and much research on organizational development, this system view combined with some validated learning over time is a powerful way to look at organizational challenges as a coach/consultant. Let’s take a closer look to define these areas then apply some validated learning from my own experience. Business Outcomes – the outcomes desired from the business strategy selected Org Structure – the structure of power and authority to facilitate decision making Incentive Systems – rewards for individual and group performance Work Systems – how…
  • A Little Risk Goes A Long Way

    Tim Wise
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Risk is a big topic, but generally for beginning agile teams (or any team) it can be calculated in a minimalist way as dependencies. To me, dependencies represent a binary probability. Either they are resolved or not. When paired with value, risk becomes super important to look at because it can tell you how much of that value is in danger. Specifically, we can use it to make informed decisions about investment. Regarding value For now, I will take a look at value through the lens of Net Present Value (NPV) because the program I am currently coaching is already using it. I am not advocating…
  • Estimates or #noestimates… It’s All a Matter of Context

    Mike Cottmeyer
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    I think I’ve found myself (somewhat accidentally) at the beginning of a series of posts called ‘debates I find useless… let’s move on’. The latest round of discussion that seems to have spiked (at least for me) this week is the whole ‘to estimate or not to estimate’ conversation. The answer to this question clearly falls into the ‘it depends’ category, so if we are having an argument that involves any kind of absolute, we are probably wasting our time. Even in a domain like commercial, non-governmental, software product development… the one LeadingAgile plays in most…
  • Let’s Acknowledge SAFe For What It Is… And Move On

    Mike Cottmeyer
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    It seems this week more SAFe related stuff than usual made it across my desk… some positive, some negative… some old, some new… but all asking the same fundamental questions. Is SAFe the savior of all things software development? Is SAFe really agile or merely the second coming of RUP? Will SAFe survive or be relegated to the ever growing list of failed approaches that have come and gone over the past 30 years. Here is my take… it doesn’t matter. Agile as it was defined 14 years ago is basically a lightweight framework for building software. Agile is predicated on the notion of…
  • Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings

    Isaac Hogue
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Why on earth do I need to spend so much of my time in a meeting? This is an absolutely sane question that most of the team members wind up asking at some point in time while I am coaching an organization towards more adaptive management techniques. Regardless of the role, there are other things beyond meetings that we have traditionally declared to be a productive use of time. If you are a developer, then we declare productivity to be associated with time spent writing software. If you are a product manager, then we declare productivity to be associated with time spent defining the next…
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  • Visual Programming Is Unbelievable… Here’s Why We Don’t Believe In It

    Tiago Simões
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    Visual programming has been an unfulfilled prophecy for years. As so many other areas, like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or speech recognition, when the hype was high, the underlying technology wasn’t there yet. But that was not its only problem… Several Misfires For visual programming, the hype peaked in the early 90s with CASE tools. And, as with all trends ahead of their time, the repercussions of its failure were years of underinvestment, little innovation, and lingering skepticism. UML (Unified Modeling Language), with its promise of bringing sanity to…
  • The 5 application development myths you need to ditch in 2015

    Michel Ozzello
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    It seems that as the market evolves and some of the old trends vanish in thin air, a new set of myths pops up and percolates throughout organizations big and small. So today, although we’re already a couple of months into 2015, I want to write about the top 5 app dev myths you should leave behind this year in order to be truly successful. #1 – We don’t build anything, SaaS is enough! I keep hearing companies say they don’t need to develop any app to address their business needs because they can find everything “off the shelf” through SaaS. What’s worse, they think…
  • Change Management Simplified – Grant Me Your User Feedback!

    Sean Allen
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    In a never-ending attempt to reduce the amount of time it takes to get changes incorporated into apps, OutSystems has up-leveled your ability to properly capture context and user feedback directly – across all devices. Whether it be a QA engineer that spots something that doesn’t quite look right or a business user that just wants that OneMoreThing™, the days of crude screenshots, emails, spreadsheets, and steaming abyss of unfindable requests are over. Use your tablet to let your development team know exactly what you want. Draw on the screen. Add a voice note (“I would…
  • How I Built a Texting App and Connected to a Government Database – in 24 Hours

    Pedro Queirós
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    I like hackathons. And one of the main reasons I like them is the limited time period the organizers enforce. I take particular satisfaction in delivering production quality and relatively large apps in less than 24 hours. I can do this because a large portion of the work is done with the help of a RAD tool – OutSystems Platform. This hackathon was called “Govathon.” The City of Atlanta brought together government officials with problems and developers that could craft solutions to these problems. I was one of these developers. Following is my timeline with some short videos showing…
  • Native vs Web vs Hybrid: Which Mobile Architecture is Right for Your App?

    Rodrigo Coutinho
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Picking the right mobile architecture for your apps can amount to a million dollar decision. And there isn’t a one-size-fits-all architecture to solve all mobile problems. Based on our years of experience helping our enterprise customers deliver mobile applications, our team of mobile app experts have compiled a guide to help you select the right mobile architecture. The guide includes a decision tree and a set of simple instructions that help explain the benefits and tradeoffs of each type of mobile approach. We thought everyone could benefit from this expertise, so we are sharing it with…
 
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    Learn Software Development

  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    In my previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about how to break down the User story into smaller slices that still provide benefits to the User. This breakup would also enable the Product Owner to be able to look at much smaller sections of User Stories and be able to set the right priority for each of these User Stories. In this post, will talk about some of the benefits of trying to break down the User Stories into smaller User Stories. This kind of push to break down the User Stories into smaller such stories would have some benefits,…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)), we talked about using a functionality based method for breaking down the Use Cases into multiple smaller User Cases, rather than trying to break it down by Application Layers, even if Application Layers seems easier to do, or even seems more logical. This post will explore the concept of trying to help users in terms of breaking down User Stories, more the principles of how to do so rather than a list of steps that could be run. This is subjective to some degree, one cannot have bullet points for this sort of…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts (contd..)

    ashish
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    In the previous post (Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts – Part 1), we talked about trying to break down the User Story into smaller more discrete parts, such as separating the positive and the negative parts of the logic into separate User Stories. In this post, we will talk about more such ways of breaking down User Stories, including some methods that are not really recommended. – One method that could be used for splitting is breaking down the desired functionality along the lines of the various layers of the software. For example, if you have to define the User…
  • Breaking up a large User Story into smaller parts

    ashish
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    It seems like one of the most obvious statements to make; after all, when you are getting any kind of instructions on the Scrum methodology, one of THE things said is to ensure that the User Stories are short, defining descriptive tasks. It is paramount that the User Story does not describe a large process or function, which covers multiple steps or workflows. However, in many cases, the reason why a User Story needs to be short is not described clearly, and is pretty important to understand why (including some reasons about what happens when the User Story tend to be long). Many teams have…
  • Getting the Scrum team to start using video conferencing

    ashish
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    For years, there were many arguments relating to not using video conferencing for meetings. Many of you would already know them, they relate to lack of equipment, about the timing of meetings and so on. However, there are many advantages of video-conferencing for the meetings that happen as a part of Scrum. Being able to see colleagues from different geographic locations provides a greater feeling of being part of one team, and it really is much less difficult than it used to be. – Earlier, video-conferencing equipment used to be expensive and hard to setup at locations distinct from…
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    Boost Blog

  • The case for organisational democracy

    Rebecca Jones
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Check out our CEO Nathan’s new Blog post. Over the past four years we have worked to make our workplace democratic. This is because organisational democracy has helped Agile flourish in our business. In my travels, however, organisational democracy meets with a lot of skepticism – it seems to bring to mind the dysfunctions of our political systems and the spectre of constant voting. To shed some light on organisational democracy, it’s relationship with Agile, and how it works in our business, in the next few posts I will address: why Agile needs organisational democracy the…
  • ‘Product ownership is a team sport’

    Noel Viehmeyer
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Yesterday I went to see Shane Hastie’s presentation on Product Ownership. It was interesting to meet some of Wellington’s agile coaches and I enjoyed the presentation a lot. Having said that, I was a bit surprised that some of Shane’s ideas and statements didn’t cause more controversy. Having just moved to NZ two weeks ago, I kept the questions to myself at the time, however having had a longer think about it there are some thoughts I’d like to express. The main topic of Shane’s presentation was introducing the audience to the idea that good product ownership requires a team…
  • The Board – Episode 47 – Scaling Agile

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    In Episode 47 of The Board, we talk about: Scaling Agile Ways in which smaller teams can scale Agile Lean Full Transcript Related Posts: No Related Posts
  • The Board – Episode 46 – Agile Tools

    Rebecca Jones
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    In Episode 46 of The Board, we talk about: Which Agile tools we use to help us succeed Our opinions on the different ways we use to communicate within our team Tools and platforms that we use to track our sprints   Full Transcript Kirstin Donaldson: Hello, and welcome to The Board. This is our 46th episode after our aborted attempt to do a 45th episode last week. [laughs] We had some Internet issues, but we’re back and we’re live. Today we’re going to be talking about Agile tools and platforms. The first bunch of things we are going to talk about, we briefly discussed…
  • The direction I want to take MVP’s

    Bradley
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Below is a really great read about Minimum Viable Products’s (MVP’s). Different MVP types, when to use them and how not to treat MVP’s. MVPS: MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT MUTANTS This is the direction I want to start taking my MVP’s using Invision, wire-framing and design all in one pot together. Invision is a really good design prototyping tool. It has a great feature where you can load in your designs and to those designs add page to page interactions. this creates a clear visualisation of how the interface is going to work, function and look. While working on my next interface I…
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    Practical Agility

  • Changing the Tires

    Dave Rooney
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    You're driving down the highway trying to reach a distant destination. You've had delays such as traffic along the way, and you know that you're going to have to "push it" in order to have any hope at all of arriving on time. You start to feel something strange in the steering wheel. The car seems to be pulling to one side and the steering is rather "mushy". It dawns on you that you're
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb - The Power of Shared Understanding

    Dave Rooney
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I spend quite a bit of my coaching time helping teams improve how they determine what needs to be built in order to satisfy a business need. I warn them right from the start that they're going to hear me repeat the same term many, many times before they get rid of me. That term is "Shared Understanding". There's a thinking tool that I use to help people understand what shared understanding
  • The 100% Utilization Myth

    Dave Rooney
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Many organizations in which I've coached are concerned when the people on their teams aren't being "utilized" at 100% of their capacity. If someone is at work for 8 hours per day, minus an hour for lunch and breaks, that's 7 hours of potential capacity. Some organizations are progressive enough to see that the organization's overhead of administrative activities lowers that value to 6 hours
  • People and Resources... again.

    Dave Rooney
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Despite the protestations of many people, the term resource continues to be widely used as a synonym for person. I've written about it before, but I'd like to explain again why I feel so strongly about the issue. This is lumber, specifically spruce. Suppose I took one of the 2x4s from the pile, put it back and took another. I could be reasonably certain that both 2x4s had close to the same
  • You Won't Believe this Absurdly Wrong Design Decision!

    Dave Rooney
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:50 pm
    I'm often asked if the principle of emergent design used by many agile teams really makes sense. Usually the question comes from someone who is heavily involved in the design process, such as an architect or senior developer. That person may have spent years designing software, and is somewhat uncomfortable with the idea that the hard work done up front can be adequately replaced by allowing
 
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    Agile Pain Relief

  • State of Scrum Survey

    Heather
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    State of Scrum Survey 2015 How are you using (or not using) Scrum in your organization and projects? That’s what the Scrum Alliance, ProjectManagement.com and ProjectsAtWork want to find out with their annual “State of Scrum” survey. Who is using Scrum, how are they using it, and why are they using it… and if they’re not, why not? Please take a few moments to complete the survey. Two participants will win a $500 Amazon.com gift card. The results will be compiled and presented later this year, and all respondents who request the report will receive a copy. Your…
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #11

    Heather
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    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. The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders (PsyBlog) Why job interviewers should focus on the candidates, not selling their organisation (Alex Fradera) Five Big Discoveries About Personal Effectiveness (David Rock) – from 2013 but still useful How to Triple What You Can Remember (PsyBlog) The Underlying Psychology of Office Politics (Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic) Recruiters think they can tell your personality from your resume (Alex…
  • Kanban Portfolio View

    Mark Levison
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:24 pm
    (Presented as Part 2 in the Scrum Alone is Not Enough series.) Do you know what projects your Team is working on? Do you know what the Teams around you are working on? Does everyone in your organization know? In almost every organization that I visit, the answer is a resounding no. Scrum may have been implemented at the Team level but nothing is being done beyond that. Is there any dark work being done? Is it a high priority? Without a clear picture, individual Teams and Team members don’t know what the overall priorities are, so they won’t know if a favour that someone asks for is in…
  • Agile Quick Links #30

    Heather
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: Your Agile Project Needs a Budget, Not an Estimate (Debbie Madden) The Key To Happiness At Work That Has Nothing To Do With Your Actual Job (Alena Hall) Remote Working – 3 Year Retrospective (Jon Cowie) Why few organizations adopt systems thinking (Sam Honkonen) You Need Feature Teams to Produce Features (Johanna Rothman) How Rally Flowdock Does Support (Ville Saarinen) Pair Programming Economics (Olaf, Trust Artists) Key Principles for Reducing Continuous Integration Build Time (Naresh Jain) Defending Scrum Against Stupid Arguments (Tim…
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #10

    Heather
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    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. Brain Time (David Eagleman) – It’s not what you think Crowdsource Your Performance Reviews (Eric Mosley) How to debunk falsehoods (Tom Stafford) High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Decay (Psy Blog) 10 Ways That Brain Myths Are Harming Us (Christian Jarrett) Insightful Thinking 101 (W. R. Klemm) – creativity is slow painstaking process How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders (Psy Blog) There’s a…
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    Agile Scout

  • Tips for Resumes [Infographic]

    peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:46 pm
    I help a lot of people with their resumes. Lots of people are looking for jobs, especially after they’ve taken one of our training courses. Instead of writing custom letters to each person (I do a lot), here is a summary of my usual thoughts… A couple of things: 2 pages. Perfect. More than 2 is not necessary. Most people don’t read past the first half-page anyway Almost every resume I see is pretty much EXACTLY the same, are you the same as others? Absolutely not. If that’s the case, then spend time making your resume kick some serious ass. I would do the following:  …
  • Guide to Taking Notes [Infographic]

    peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Taking notes is kind of an art form. I continually remind my students that taking notes is essential to having them retain information… but there are certain benefits to the way you take notes. Take a look [CLICK TO MAKE LARGER]:
  • To Be a Good ScrumMaster You Must Be Canadian [LOL]

    peter
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    Thanks to Peter Green for the lolz.
  • Find Your Purpose [Friday Encouragement]

    peter
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    Find it. Go and do!
  • Damn Thing Always Turns Out to Be True

    peter
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    bool universe() {   return (coincidence == God);
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • Why Software Projects Confound Business Leaders

    Donald Beckett
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    There is an old adage that if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  We use the lessons learned and experience we have gained to address current issues.  But if the problem (or software project) we face today is fundamentally different from those we’ve dealt with previously, past experience isn’t the proper framework.  In effect, we will be using a hammer when a saw or a chisel might be the tools we need.The solution, of course, is to first gain an understanding of the problem at hand.  What are its defining features?  How does it behave? …
  • Webinar - QSM's Software Sizing Infographic: A Visual Aid for Understanding Software Size

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    On Thursday, March 26th at 1:00 PM EDT, Joe Madden will present QSM's Software Sizing Infographic: A Visual Aid for Understanding Software Size.Software size, the amount of functionality in a given software release, is arguably the most critical of the five core metrics of software estimation. There is little point in tracking effort, duration, productivity and quality if you are unable to quantify what you are building. Yet, despite its critical importance, software sizing is often a difficult concept for many to understand and use properly in the estimation process. In this webinar, Joe…
  • How Much Software Is in your Car? From the 1977 Toronado to the Tesla P85D

    Joe Madden
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    It’s easy to imagine there is a lot of complex computer software code required to operate and control a fully autonomous self-driving car, such as the prototype recently unveiled by Google, and that advanced systems engineering and software life cycle management techniques are required to successfully manage its development.  However, you may be surprised to find out that nearly every vehicle under 30 years old on the road today also depends on computer software - and lots of it. According to an IEEE Spectrum article by Robert Charette entitled: “This Car Runs on Code,” the first…
  • Introducing QSM's Software Sizing Infographic

    Larry Putnam Jr
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Software size, the amount of functionality in a given software release, is arguably the most important of the five core metrics of software estimation.  There is little point in tracking effort, duration, productivity and quality if you are unable to quantify what you are building. Yet, despite its critical importance, software sizing is often a difficult concept for many to understand and use properly in the estimation process.  Sometimes a picture is better than 1,000 words.  With that ideal of visual simplicity in mind, we developed a software sizing infographic that helps…
  • New Article - Forecasting from Defect Signals

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    On large software development and acquisition programs, testing phases typically extend over many months. It is important to forecast the quality of the software at that future time when the schedule calls for testing to be complete. In this article, originally published in CrossTalk, Paul Below shows how Walter Shewhart’s Control Charts can be applied to this purpose, in order to detect a signal that indicates a significant change in the state of the software. This signal detection is then used to improve mapping of project progress to forecast curves and thereby improve estimates of…
 
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    Agile Marketing

  • G.I.V.E – The Agile Marketing Strategy for Leaders

    Steve Gilbert
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    One of the little known but very positive side effects of the Agile / SCRUM methodology is the net upward impact it offers to organizations at the management level. As a leader in today’s world tasked with creating and evolving your Marketing organization there are many tools at your disposal but none more powerful than using the agile strategy. However, simply applying the sprint and standup meetings to your current leadership approach isn’t enough to lead a sustainable and highly effective organization, you need to change your approach to managing your team as well. How does this happen…
  • Amplify Your Agile by Walking on the Moon

    Steve Gilbert
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Guest Post by Steve Gilbert OK, you are thinking, what the heck does a Police song from the 1979 have to do with Agile Marketing? We all know the genius of Sting, the iconic songwriter, but was he really 35 years ahead of the curve for agile? Well let’s see. Here are 20 words from the chorus describing the mixed feelings one might have while venturing into outer space…. Giant steps are what you take Walkin’ on the moon I hope my leg don’t break Walkin’ on the moon Now that the unforgettable and fabled tune is solidly stuck in your head, are you able to make the…
  • Pairs Agile Marketing

    Jim Ewel
    14 Dec 2013 | 11:57 am
    Courtesy of Menlo Innovations, LLC The developers who gathered in Snowbird, Utah in 2001 to write the original Agile Manifesto represented many different approaches to improving programming productivity: Scrum, Extreme Programming, Dynamic Systems Development Methodology (DSDM), Adaptive Software Development, Pragmatic Programming, etc. Other than rejecting the traditional waterfall methodology, they had little in common. It’s amazing, really, that they were able to agree on anything in 3 days, much less something as crisp and influential as the Agile Manifesto. Since 2001, Scrum has…
  • Interview with John Mardlin

    Jim Ewel
    11 Jun 2013 | 8:09 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to interview John Mardlin of PMRobot. John’s video isn’t very clear (some kind of problem with his camera), but he has some very interesting things to say about how to (and not to) bring Agile Marketing into an organization, and his own experiences using Agile Marketing from his background in formal project management. The post Interview with John Mardlin appeared first on Agile Marketing.
  • The Transformation Agenda

    Jim Ewel
    3 Jun 2013 | 2:00 am
    One of the toughest jobs for any marketer is to repair a damaged brand. Sometimes, it’s not repairing damage, but simply changing the attributes that the market associates with the brand. In early 2008, Howard Schultz of Starbucks was faced with this challenge. Starbucks, while a well recognized brand, had become associated with cookie-cutter coffee houses and mediocre expresso drinks. Their stock had fallen by almost half, and Howard Schultz, the founder, had returned as CEO after several years away from running the day-to-day business. Schultz re-invigorated the Starbucks brand…
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    ScrumZen

  • How to Deal With the Product Owner Coming from Waterfall Background?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    How to Deal With Product Owner Coming from Waterfall Background? Last week, I got this question from one of my ex-colleagues, Victor. Victor is a ScrumMaster of a newly formed Scrum team. They were on their 3rd sprint. Their sprint length was 3 weeks. Victor described me his situation: The Product Owner, who happens to be the Product Manager as well, was coming from waterfall background. The Product Owner was senior to all the team members. The fear was that because of the Product Owner’s background in traditional methods, the team would be giving ‘Status Updates’ instead…
  • Daily Standup Vs. Daily Standup

    Utpal Vaishnav
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    There’s a fundamental difference between participating in daily standup meetings because you want to and attending daily standup meetings because you have to. You want to attend Daily Standup because you believe you’ll inspect and adapt. You have to attend Daily Standup because your organization is following Scrum or your boss has asked you. Former helps the project and the latter does not. When you do the former, everyone benefits. You. Your project. Your organization. Your customer. Your customer’s customer … everyone. There’s no “have to” in…
  • Who Should Be The Product Owner?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    9 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently, I wrote an article on ScrumAlliance that says that Principle Software Engineer is not a good choice for the role of Product Owner. In followup, I got an email from a Scrum enthusiast saying he understood the point but then who should be the Product Owner in a Scrum team? It is a good question. Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood by even senior management of Scrum-novice organizations. The Product Owner is someone who builds, shares and establishes the product vision and inspires the team to self-organize and make that vision take form of the product, fast. The Product owner…
  • How Much Documentation Should a Scrum Team Do?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    27 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    I get this question invariably asked by almost every team that’s new to Scrum. “Documentation that is just enough,” is the theoretical answer. Almost always, the next question follows, “What’s just enough documentation?” Just enough documentation is what serves the sprint purpose. Imagine the following scenario: Product: A Mobile iOS App in the Travel Niche Pretext: Version 1.0 of the App is already in the market and people are using it. It has generated a user base of about 15000 and many people have requested  different features via App’s support a feature option. Sprint…
  • Is This Your Best Code?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    25 Jan 2014 | 1:33 am
    This is the wrong question. The right question is, “What knowledge, skill, tool, framework or support will enable you to write better code than what you’ve written?” So what do you mean by better code and why should you care? Better Code does not always mean well structured, well documented, reusable code. Many a time, Better Code simply means, the code that does what is expected and does it well for most of its consumers. In past 14 years, I’ve worked with many passionate, crazy and talented software engineers who are fanatical about producing their best code.  Some…
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    Tech Gadget Talk

  • Geeks Life – GeekBeat Tips & Reviews

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Geeks Life – GeekBeat Tips & Reviews by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By feedback@revision3.com (Revision3) We’ve been working hard on something new for all of our fellow Geeks….. Source:: GeekBeetTV The post Geeks Life – GeekBeat Tips & Reviews appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Jez Humble Leads Next Round of Speakers Announced for DevOps Connect @ RSA Conference

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    Jez Humble Leads Next Round of Speakers Announced for DevOps Connect @ RSA Conference by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Alan Shimel The next round of speakers has been announced for the DevOps Connect: SecDevOps event at RSA Conference. Joining the previously announced group we are pleased to announce the following distinguished presenters added to the agenda: Jez Humble of Chef and renowned author Jessica Devita of Microsoft Nick Galbreath... The post Jez Humble Leads Next Round of Speakers Announced for DevOps Connect @ RSA Conference…
  • John P's Last Show – GeekBeat.TV

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    John P's Last Show – GeekBeat.TV by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By feedback@revision3.com (Revision3) Facebook goes 360, a stretchy fiber that’s tougher than Kevlar, video streaming on Twitter, and the end of an era… Source:: GeekBeetTV The post John P's Last Show – GeekBeat.TV appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • A Puzzle – Gradle or Maven

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    A Puzzle – Gradle or Maven by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By vishal sahasrabuddhe Build Tool Gradle vs Maven (or Both) The world of build tools evolved from simple compilation (gcc) to make files, then evolution of ant(+ivy) and Maven, now the latest build tool is Gradle. It’s always a puzzle which build tool to choose – Maven, Gradle or both.... The post A Puzzle – Gradle or Maven appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • KeepSolid offers VPN Unlimited absolutely FREE – Limited Time Offer for Megaleecher Readers!

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    KeepSolid offers VPN Unlimited absolutely FREE – Limited Time Offer for Megaleecher Readers! by Prasad Tiruvalluri in Tech Gadget Talk - get the gadget talk habit By Deepesh Agarwal If you were looking for a solution for protected, secure and unlimited access to web sources, look no more. March 27th-28th,2015 are you lucky days to grab a month of VPN Unlimited subscription for absolutely FREE. Hurry to take advantage of the special 48-hour offer for our... The post KeepSolid offers VPN Unlimited absolutely FREE – Limited Time Offer for Megaleecher Readers! appeared…
 
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    Yodiz Team Blog

  • Release update: New Yodiz UI

    yodiz
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    Yodiz renewal of UI is now completed and new interface is out of Beta phase officially. We are introducing the product quality New Yodiz, it’s been a long journey for us and we are excited to share that all of the views have been migrated to new robust interfaces.This took us around 4 months of hard work to complete the migration. We are grateful for our users, who shared valuable  features enhancements,  bugs and suggestions, and for being remain patient. This can not be done without our Technical, QA and UI teams, they worked with full dedication and lots of efforts to transform…
  • Agile Scrum Process Explained in 12 Steps

    yodiz
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    This blog is created in effort of explaining all major aspect of scrum process. The process is divided into 12 steps, which are explained below.    Steps 1 & 2: User Story Writing and EstimationUser stories are user requirements in the plain customer’s language without including too many details. Usually User stories are written in following format.As a <User> I want to <Perform a function> to <achieve something>In agile world you start with writing user stories, sometimes in a special user story session. Since stories are written from the…
  • New issue tracker, markdown support, multiple new graphs and enhancements

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

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

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

  • Mile High Agile Keynote

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’m going to be giving the conference keynote this spring at Mile High Agile  in Denver on April 3, 2015. I’ll be talking about the importance of being able to let go of some of our firmly held beliefs in order to move on. Here’s the official session title and description. I hope you can join me at this event! Let Go of Knowing: How Holding onto Views May Be Holding You Back You undoubtedly have a firmly held set of convictions about what is necessary to do agile well. These convictions have served you well—your teams have delivered better products more quickly…
  • How Full to Fill a Sprint

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    An important consideration in commitment-driven planning is how full to fill the sprint. To answer that, we need to understand that a sprint includes three types of time. The first type of time is corporate overhead. Corporate overhead includes everything required to be a good citizen in today’s corporate world. That includes time spent in all-company meetings, reading emails, going to HR sensitivity training classes, and even attending the various meetings for a team’s agile process. The second type of time is plannable time. This is the time that team members can plan to use on…
  • The Difference Between a Story and a Task

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What’s the difference between a user story and a task? Well that’s an easy question, I thought, the first time it was asked of me in a Certified ScrumMaster class. “The difference is …,” I began to reply and realized it wasn’t actually such an easy difference after all. I’d been using the two terms, “user story” and “task” in my classes for years, and they seemed pretty distinct in my head. User stories were on the product backlog and tasks were identified during sprint planning and became part of the sprint backlog. That was…
  • Multiple Levels of Done

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. Having a “definition of done” has become a near-standard thing for Scrum teams. The definition of done (often called a “DoD”) establishes what must be true of each product backlog item for that item to be done. A typical DoD would be something similar to: The code is well written. (That is, we’re happy with it and don’t feel like it immediately…
  • Using Scrum to Plan Your Wedding

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my ScrumMaster classes I always make the point that Scrum is a general purpose framework that can be applied to projects of all sorts. I’ve seen it applied to building construction, marketing, legal cases, families, restaurant renovations, and, of course, all sorts of product development. One of my favorite examples is using Scrum to plan a wedding. Think about how perfect that is, though. Scrum excels at projects (yes, planning a wedding is project) that are complex and novel. And planning a wedding is both. I came across a great website last week called ScrumYourWedding.com, which…
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  • A Letter to Scrum Masters

    Andy Brandt
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    Dear Scrum Master! Being a Professional Scrum Trainer, agile coach & consultant for a while I had a chance to work with around a thousand Scrum Masters across different organizations. I see recurring patterns of misunderstanding and misapplication of Scrum usually visible in how Scrum Masters act. Based on that experience I want to share a couple of important points with you in hope that you will seriously consider them in your work. 1. YOU ARE NOT A BOSS. REPEAT: YOU ARE NOT A MANAGER. REPEAT: YOU ARE NOT A FOREMAN. Specifically you are not responsible for making sure the team delivers…
  • True Certification – Earned or Purchased?

    Ravi Verma - The Org Whisperer
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Eventbrite Order Notification” – This is probably one of the best mails I receive as a ScrumTrainer It usually means I have another student with whom I can share my passion for Scrum. Sometimes it doesn’t quite work that way. Last year, I got this notification for a student who wanted to attend my PSPO course. I usually send my students a survey asking them about their background and expectations and have a pre-training conversation, just to make sure we are on the same page. In this specific case, I’m so glad I did this. PRE-COURSE INTERVIEW The student had no background…
  • Can rituals help agile teams bond?

    Duncan Evans
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Years ago I was complimented on “improving the group dynamic” by bringing in a cafetiere for the my agile team to use.  We developed a bit of a ritual around this object.  One person had made it clear that the kettle needed to be left to cool so the coffee was not burned, procedures were in place for who got the rocket fuel left at the bottom, etc.  At the time I thought little of it but was reminded of this shared practice after reading this article in New Scientist (subscription required) about rituals and their role in binding groups together. In the Shetland islands, there is a…
  • Agile and Scrum, entwined and related

    Gunther Verheyen
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    “Agile” (the label) is all over the place. Who would have guessed in early 2001? When the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was created and the English adjective ‘agile’ obtained its specific meaning in the context of software development. What is this manifesto, commonly known as the Agile Manifesto, about actually? “Scrum” (the method) is all over the place. Scrum terminology increasingly dominates software development vocabulary. Who would have guessed in 1995? When Scrum was codified for the first time and presented to the public? What is…
  • Are Your Leaders Promoting Courageous Communication?

    Daniel Sloan
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Have you ever been in a meeting where you felt afraid to share a difficult and truthful statement? Was “the obvious” in the room the whole time, but no one would speak up and talk about it? If so, then the time has come for your organization’s leadership to embrace the role of a Courageous Communicator.   Organizations that act Agile and responsively on the outside usually have incredible leadership dynamics operating on the inside. One critical dynamic is when senior leadership supports the role of Courageous Communicators. These emerging workplace leaders bring a…
 
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  • 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…
  • Scrum Inc. at SXSW

    Joel Riddle
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    If you're heading to SXSW, on Monday, March 16th, the Scrum Inc. Team is gathering a group of volunteers to build a car from scratch. No experience in Agile or Automotive Manufacturing needed. The eXtreme Manufacturing Build Party will have self-organizing Scrum teams swarming to put a car together. Ever wondered how Scrum works in the physical realm? Here's your chance to find out! This all-day session will teach you just how powerful self-organizing teams can be. They're only letting us have a limited number of people work on the project, so sign up now! See you in Austin. #SXSW #XMfg…
  • Scrum Inc. at SXSW

    Joel Riddle
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    If you're heading to SXSW, on Monday, March 16th, the Scrum Inc. Team is gathering a group of volunteers to build a car from scratch. No experience in Agile or Automotive Manufacturing needed. The eXtreme Manufacturing Build Party will have self-organizing Scrum teams swarming to put a car together. Ever wondered how Scrum works in the physical realm? Here's your chance to find out! This all-day session will teach you just how powerful self-organizing teams can be. They're only letting us have a limited number of people work on the project, so sign up now! See you in Austin. #SXSW #XMfg…
  • Scrum Inc. Partners with Hubert Smits

    Joel Riddle
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    During my fifteen years working as a Scrum trainer I’ve contributed to a few concepts on Scaled implementations that have been adopted by the larger Agile community. My first words of advice: bundle external experience with internal champions. Also, find the smartest people within the enterprise. I learned this during one of my most successful and largest Agile Transformation. It was with the CISCO Voice Technology Group[1] (VTG). I was one of three people who had the opportunity to help VTG think about how to best transform their operations. This was an extremely complex change involving…
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