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  • Endless Blessings for Your Team

    Partnership & Possibilities
    Administrator
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Recently, I read an interview between Bernie DeKoven (who has aliases as varied as: Major Fun, The Shaman of Play, and more) and Barry Joseph (Associate Director For Digital Learning, Youth Initiatives, at the American Museum of Natural History). While the whole interview is delightful, and I recommend it, I was particularly struck by the game called “The Out Blessing Game”  or “Endless Blessings. Watch Bernie describe it. I can’t wait to play it with my family. And, I also thought, “What a wonderful game for Closing a Retrospective!” In a team room…
  • Self-Organised vs. Self-Managed vs. Self-Directed…What’s the Difference?

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

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

    All About Agile | Agile Development Made Easy!
    Travis Birch
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comThe Product Backlog is often described as the primary input to Scrum.  The Sprint starts with Sprint Planning and Sprint Planning starts with the Product Owner and the Product Backlog.  … Continue reading →
  • Finding a Way for Scrum to Deliver a High-Quality Technical Proposal

    Scrum Alliance RSS Feed
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    We implement several methods for projects; can't we do so for proposal development as well?
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    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility

  • Move Fast, with Stability

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

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

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

    Alex Pukinskis
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week I met with a strategy leader for an Australian financial services organization, who was trying to work out how to bring his executive team together on a regular cadence to align around strategy. He’d built a great Kanban board to visualize the large strategic projects the organization was pursuing -- sort of an executive-level roadmap -- and wanted some ideas for how to bring execs together around it. In my role I spend a lot of time promoting a quarterly, one-day, Agile business steering meeting that brings leaders together to align on strategic priorities and harmonize their…
  • No More Business as Usual

    Rally Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When the S&P 500 index was created in 1957, the average expected lifespan of a company on the index was 61 years. By 1980 that lifespan had been cut in half, and in the coming decade it likely will be halved again. What used to be a health index for stable companies is now a thermometer for the fluctuating temperatures of disruptive markets. The S&P is just one indicator of the evolving environment for businesses. Markets are now global and highly responsive. Competition moves at startup speed. Operational efficiency isn’t a nice-to-have, it’s a necessity. Customers, and their…
 
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    Managed Chaos

  • Self-Organised vs. Self-Managed vs. Self-Directed…What’s the Difference?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scrum “Inputs”

    Travis Birch
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comThe Product Backlog is often described as the primary input to Scrum.  The Sprint starts with Sprint Planning and Sprint Planning starts with the Product Owner and the Product Backlog.  … Continue reading →
  • Agile Assessments – A Deeper Dive

    Sandi Keller
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    In my previous post Agile Assessments, I wrote about reasons to do an assessment and considerations when doing one.  In this post, I’ll continue the assessment topic with focus on Rating Scales and Frequency. Select a Rating Scale When conducting an agile assessment or self-assessment, an understandable rating scale should be used that allows the rater to […] The post Agile Assessments – A Deeper Dive appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • 100 Top Agile Blogs

    George Dinwiddie
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Luis Gonçalves has posted a list of 100 Top Agile Blogs, ranked by Alexa ranking. I’m gratified to make the list, where I’m in some pretty good company.
  • Sense, Create, and Respond to Change

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

    Alex Pukinskis
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week I met with a strategy leader for an Australian financial services organization, who was trying to work out how to bring his executive team together on a regular cadence to align around strategy. He’d built a great Kanban board to visualize the large strategic projects the organization was pursuing -- sort of an executive-level roadmap -- and wanted some ideas for how to bring execs together around it. In my role I spend a lot of time promoting a quarterly, one-day, Agile business steering meeting that brings leaders together to align on strategic priorities and harmonize their…
 
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    Scrum Alliance RSS Feed

  • Finding a Way for Scrum to Deliver a High-Quality Technical Proposal

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    We implement several methods for projects; can't we do so for proposal development as well?
  • The Hackathon: Free Your Mind

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    We all know the various roles on a Scrum team and how to iterate over a sprint. . . . A Scrum team will do this over and over again to build great software products. What is missing? . . . When and how do teams come up with brilliant and new innovative ideas?
  • Performance Appraisals and Scrum Masters

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Agile is known to increase transparency in the functioning of a team in which there is no hierarchy. How is a team member's performance evaluated so as to recognize performance and provide him or her with a career path? Should the ScrumMaster appraise the team members?
  • Self-Realization

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    From my own coaching experience, I have learned that one of the best ways to instill the Agile values and principles in [people's] minds, and to make following them a continuous-improvement effort, is through self-realization.
  • Enterprise Agile Adoption

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    While most of our clients focus on teams and projects, some have reached out to us to scale Agile to large programs and portfolios. This article identifies the key challenges we have encountered when organizations want to adopt Agile at the enterprise level.
 
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    Managing Product Development

  • Five Tips for Tactical Management

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

    Johanna Rothman
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Long ago, I was a project manager and senior engineer for a company undergoing a Change Transformation. You know the kind, where the culture changes, along with the process. The senior managers had bought into the changes. The middle managers were muddling through, implementing the changes as best they could. Us project managers and the technical staff, we were the ones doing the bulk of the changes. The changes weren’t as significant as an agile transformation, but they were big. One day, the Big Bosses, the CEO and the VP Engineering spoke at an all-hands meeting. “You are…
  • Podcast with Cesar Abeid Posted

    Johanna Rothman
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Cesar Abeid interviewed me, Project Management for You with Johanna Rothman. We talked about my tools for project management, whether you are managing a project for yourself or managing projects for others. We talked about how to use timeboxes in the large and small, project charters, influence, servant leadership, a whole ton of topics. I hope you listen. Also, check out Cesar’s kickstarter campaign, Project Management for You.
  • Small Internal Releases Lead to Happy Customers

    Johanna Rothman
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    If you saw Large Program? Release More Often, you might have noted that I said, You want to release all the time inside your building. You need the feedback, to watch the product grow. Some of my clients have said, “But my customers don’t want the software that often.” That might be true.  You may have product constraints, also. If you are working on a hardware/software product, you can’t integrate the software with the hardware either until the hardware is ready or that often. I’m not talking about releasing the product to the customers. I’m not talking…
  • Large Program? Release More Often

    Johanna Rothman
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    I’m working on the release planning chapter for Agile and Lean Program Management: Collaborating Across the Organization. There are many ways to plan releases. But the key? Release often. How often? I suggest once a month. Yes, have a real, honest-to-goodness release once a month. I bet that for some of you, this is counter-intuitive. “We have lots of teams. Lots of people. Our iterations are three weeks long. How can we release once a month?” Okay, release every three weeks. I’m easy. Look, the more people and teams on your program, the more feedback you need. The…
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    NOOP.NL

  • #Workout – Premium Print Edition

    Jurgen Appelo
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    The new Management 3.0 #Workout book is already available in PDF, Kindle and ePUB versions. And in just a few weeks, readers will be able to get the Premium Print Edition as well. Nearly 500 pages of high-quality, full-color paper, with great design, awesome photos, crisp illustrations, and concrete practices. It will be the most colorful and practical management book ever published! The post #Workout – Premium Print Edition appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • What’s Your Management 3.0 Story?

    Jurgen Appelo
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Some readers told me they have used Moving Motivators during job interviews. Some readers told me they used Delegation Boards on management teams. Some readers told me they adopted Merit Money to get rid of bonuses. I just visited REA Group in Melbourne, Australia, where they use lots of Management 3.0 practices, and have great experiences to share. The post What’s Your Management 3.0 Story? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How to Be a 10x Better Speaker with 20 Benefits

    Jurgen Appelo
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Last week, one conference attendee told me my presentation at Agile Tour Toulouse was perfect. It was very kind, but I didn’t believe her. In five years, I have spoken at almost 100 conferences and joined a similar number of community and company events. Thanks to the many discussions I had with event organizers, I think I now understand how to be a more valuable speaker. The post How to Be a 10x Better Speaker with 20 Benefits appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Mix Mashup

    Jurgen Appelo
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    <promotion> The MIX Mashup is a gathering of the vanguard of management innovators—pioneering leaders, courageous hackers, and agenda-setting thinkers from every realm of endeavor The post Mix Mashup appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Practices, Not Platitudes

    Jurgen Appelo
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I recently took part in a conversation about compensation of employees. Some readers offered criticism on the Merit Money practice, described in my new Workout book, claiming that Merit Money is just another way to incentivize people. The feedback I received was, “Money doesn’t motivate people”, followed by, “Don’t incentivize people” and “Just pay people well”. Let me explain why I think this advice is useless. The post Practices, Not Platitudes appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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    Partnership & Possibilities

  • Partnerships & Possibilities, Episode 3, Season 6

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

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

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

    Administrator
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Recently, I read an interview between Bernie DeKoven (who has aliases as varied as: Major Fun, The Shaman of Play, and more) and Barry Joseph (Associate Director For Digital Learning, Youth Initiatives, at the American Museum of Natural History). While the whole interview is delightful, and I recommend it, I was particularly struck by the game called “The Out Blessing Game”  or “Endless Blessings. Watch Bernie describe it. I can’t wait to play it with my family. And, I also thought, “What a wonderful game for Closing a Retrospective!” In a team room…
  • Empirical “Certification”: Invest in Results

    Administrator
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Photo Credit: freeparking via Compfight ”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/“ If you’re in a particular Agile crowd, “certification” is a dirty word. On the other hand, the Human Resources/People department in your organization looks for certifications on your resume, asks about them in job interviews, and you may get promoted or better compensated party through the accumulation of certifications. Getting “certified” as a user of a tool, or as a signal of skill acquisition may give you a personal boost as well. So, what’s with the dirty word? What’s not to…
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    Scaling Software Agility

  • My next Boulder SPC Class Oct 21-24, 2014

    Dean Leffingwell
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Hi Folks, I’ll be teaching my next SPC certification in Boulder October 21-24. This is the second US  course I’ll be teaching based on SAFe 3.0 and, the first from a recent update to Leading SAFe 8.1. This should be a fun course; at least I’m excited about teaching from the new baseline! It will probably sell out, but there are a few seats left add of today. You can register here. Hope to see you there. –Dean
  • Lyssa Adkins Opines on SAFe on InfoQ

    Dean Leffingwell
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    http://www.infoq.com/articles/agile-coaches-coach-view-safe
  • Next SPC Certification in Boulder, Sep 9-12. SAFe 3.0!

    Dean Leffingwell
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:02 am
    Hi Folks, I’ll be teaching the next certification in Boulder September 9-12. This is the first course I’ll be teaching based on SAFe 3.0, which will be released July 28. This should be a fun course; at least I’m excited about teaching from the new baseline! You can register here. Hope to see you there. –Dean
  • Just Open: SAFe SPC Certification in Paris, June 2-4, 2014

    Dean Leffingwell
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:03 am
    Hi, I’ll be delivering an SPC Certification in Paris, June 2-4, co-sponsored by Valtech. The class is now open for registration here. Hope to see you in Paris! –Dean
  • Does Agile = Better DW/BI?

    Dean Leffingwell
    13 Feb 2014 | 11:29 am
    Em Campbell-Pretty, a SAFe SPC and scaled agile blogger in Australia, just pointed me to an article she wrote which has just been published in the Cutter It Journal. In the issueDoes Agile=Better DW/BI, she describes how they are applying SAFe to a significant Data Warehousing program. In the article, she focuses more on the values and principles behind SAFe, rather than the practices themselves, which is always refreshing. She also describes some of the challenges unique to data warehousing, though I’m pretty sure many of you will say “we don’t do data warehousing, but we have that…
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    Mike Cohn's Blog - Succeeding With Agile

  • Commitment-Driven Sprint Planning

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

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are two general approaches to planning sprints: velocity-driven planning and commitment-driven planning. Over the next three posts, I will describe each approach, and make my case for the one I prefer. Let’s begin with velocity-driven sprint planning because it’s the easiest to describe. Velocity-driven sprint planning is based on the premise that the amount of work a team will do in the coming sprint is roughly equal to what they’ve done in prior sprints. This is a very valid premise. This does assume, of course, things such as a constant team size, the team is…
  • What Is Quality?

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Agile teams build high-quality products. Agile team members write high-quality code. Agile teams produce functionality quickly by not sacrificing quality. Each of these is something I’ve said before. And if you haven’t said these exact things, you’ve likely said something similar. Quality gets mentioned a lot in discussions about agile. And so, perhaps it’s worth clarifying my definition of quality. Of course, others have thought about quality more deeply than I’m capable of. And so, I won’t be providing a new definition of quality here. But I will explain…
  • Handling Requests for Unnecessary Artifacts

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following was originally published in Mike Cohn's monthly newsletter. If you like what you're reading, sign up to have this content delivered to your inbox weeks before it's posted on the blog, here. “Working software over comprehensive documentation.” You’ve certainly seen that statement on the Agile Manifesto. It is perhaps the most important of the Manifesto’s four value statements—working software is, after all, the reason a team has undertaken a software development effort. It is also one of the most misused parts of the Manifesto. This is…
  • Critiquing One of My Own Real User Stories

    mike@mountaingoatsoftware.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In case you haven’t noticed, a few months ago we launched Front Row Agile, a site dedicated to video training courses on agile and Scrum. This has placed me in the role of product owner for the site. And recently, the team on the project criticized my story writing! It was a valid criticism, so I want to share it here. As you’d expect on a video training site, someone who buys a course is asked to review the course after watching it. Unfortunately very few course participants were leaving reviews. In fact, we’d only had one review given. I looked into why this was so and…
 
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    djaa.com

  • Kanban Coaching Masterclasses in 2015

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

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

    David Anderson
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    The Kanban Litmus Test is our new guidance to help you assess "are we doing Kanban or not?" and to evaluate whether other who claim to be doing have actually reached a stage that would reflect the sort of impact that we saw in early implementations almost a decade ago. read more
  • Enterprise Kanban: Where to Start?

    David Anderson
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    For a corporation setting out on a large scale Kanban implementation, there is the inevitable question of, where to start? Typically, clients want to run a pilot on a single service delivery workflow but which one to choose? Firstly, we must find a service delivery workflow that is appropriate for a kanban system. [See the first post in this series on appropriateness of kanban systems]. To do this, we might view the organization through The Kanban Lens in order to identify suitable services. Secondly, we must assess whether this service is a good choice for a place to start Kanban. read more
  • Kanban: When is it appropriate? (part 1)

    David Anderson
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    In the Kanban Coaching Professional Masterclass, I teach coaches and those leading Kanban initiatives how to assess the appropriateness of the Kanban Method and the appropriateness of applying a kanban system within an organization. This is the first of a series of blog posts on appropriateness and getting started with an enterprise scale Kanban initiative. read more
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    The Agile Management Blog

  • Agile Prioritization: A Comprehensive and Customizable, Yet Simple and Practical Method

    Satish Thatte
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    There is rarely enough time or resources to do everything.  Therefore, agile teams must use prioritization to decide which features to focus on and which lowest rank-order features could be pushed out of scope when close to the end of a timeboxed sprint or release.  For agile development projects, you should linearly rank-order the backlog, rather than coarse-graining prioritization where features are lumped into a few priority buckets, such as Low, Medium, High, Critical priorities.  Linear rank ordering (i.e., 1, 2, 3, 4 ….n) avoids inflation of priority, keeps everyone honest, and…
  • What is DevOps, Anyway?

    Andrea Keeble
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    We just got done moderating the latest webinar in the AgileLIVE series… “The Challenges and Rewards of DevOps.” The series started last week with Damon Poole, chief agilist at Eliassen Group. Damon did a really good deep-dive into What is DevOps? and we wrapped up today in Part 2 with Andy Powell and Ian Culling of VersionOne. Here are some of the comments in my notes: DevOps is inextricably linked to Continuous Deployment/Delivery/Everything. DevOps automates and accelerates the build-test-deploy infrastructure. DevOps reinforces that “working software in…
  • Scaling Agile Your Way: How to Develop and Implement Your Custom Approach (Part 4 of 4)

    Satish Thatte
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    In Part 1 of this four-part blog series, I explained why a cookie-cutter approach will not work as you undertake large-scale agile initiatives.  Each agile project has a unique context: assumptions, situation, team members and their skill sets, organizational structure, management’s understanding and support, maturity of practices, challenges, culture, etc.  In Part 1, I proposed a fairly comprehensive list of 25 scaling agile parameters classified into six scaling aspects:  Teams, Customers/Users, Agile Methods and Environments, Product/Solution, Complexity, and Value Chain (Tables 1-4…
  • 10 Things You Could Do When You’re Done Writing Code

    John Krewson
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    So you’re two-thirds of the way through your iteration and there are no more development tasks to complete. Nice work! Understandably, your instinct is to pull another story into the iteration, but doing so has risks and disadvantages. When you add additional work into the iteration, you’re increasing the batch size. This causes additional complication due to increased changes in the code base. It usually results in carryover, which has a demoralizing effect on the team. And it eliminates an opportunity to get feedback on the emergent product before additional work is embarked on.
  • Corporate Values: Really Valuable, or Really Just a Poster?

    Lowell Lindstrom
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    You hear about the agile values and they seem to make sense, but what the heck is a value system? And how do you use value systems in your daily work? Do your values really help you do your job better, or are they really just a poster in your office kitchen? When I say values, I’m talking about beliefs that guide behavior – as opposed to the term value meaning ‘the benefit of what is being produced.’ In software we use both “agile values” and “business value,” but they represent different things. Corporate values have peppered company literature for ages.  These value…
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  • Adding details in the user stories and requirements – varies from team to team

    Ashish Agarwal
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The title of this post is a bit broad and could be thought to be confusing. So let me clarify this a bit. People who use Scrum as their development model know a lot about user stories capturing their requirements, but when you get into more detail about how to define user stories, the way that different teams provide details vary tremendously. There are some teams that opt for clear and concise user stories, short and to the point; there are other teams that provide some voluminous details to the user stories, these being quite wordy. Some would think that these stories are overkill, and such…
  • User Stories: Work with the team rather than a one-man effort

    Ashish Agarwal
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    It has been the experience of many teams that the process of writing User Stories is mostly a one-person effort, or rather, a one-role effort. The Product Owner is the one who is expected to write the User Story (or rather, all the User Stories). If there are multiple Product Owners, then they would be expected to distribute the User Stories between them and deliver the same to the team. This has been the expectation of many teams as well – my discussion with many team members is that they expect that the Product Owner will have the entire responsibility of the User Stories. Talking…
  • Work started on a story, but constraints pop-up during the work ?

    Ashish Agarwal
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    This can happen fairly easily. You would think that you have planned tasks to a great degree during initial planning of these tasks, and work has started; but it is a bit impractical to think that for all tasks, the task will go fully as expected. You would come across a situation once in a while where there are new constraints that are discovered during the ongoing task, these constraints needing additional work. In other cases, the constraints were such that they needed time to resolve, before actual work could happen on resolving these constraints. In most of these cases where constraints…
  • Is the same amount of time required for Product Backlog Grooming across Sprints ?

    Ashish Agarwal
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am
    So far, in previous posts, we have talked about Product Backlog Grooming primarily being used for preparing and optimizing User Stories for the upcoming Sprint. Of course, in addition, it is also used for refining the overall Product Backlog, weeding out those where it is clear that they will not make it into the product, and doing similar activities for optimizing the Product Backlog. As a result, the Product Backlog Grooming session covers both the work for the next Sprint, and also optimizing the overall Backlog. However, a lot of literature and articles focus primarily on the part where…
  • Product Backlog Grooming – Removing team suggested features

    Ashish Agarwal
    15 Feb 2014 | 1:15 pm
    One of the primary items in the Product Backlog Grooming is about having a process whereby the Product Owner and the Scrum team can get together on a regular basis for discussing the items in the Product Backlog and do some of the following: – Removes items that don’t seem relevant – Refines items based on outside information such as changed technical circumstances or industry developments – Proposed technical exploration for items that are technically complex – Looks for estimation of those tasks where the estimation can be difficult, so that such estimates are…
 
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  • Culture, quarantine, and bringing down Bamboo: my secondment on Confluence build engineering

    David Ma
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s this idea floating around: an idea that builds are the devil. That they’re unreliable, tedious and confusing. I won’t try to refute this… but my secondment has taught me that builds are so much more! I began at Atlassian as a developer on the Confluence development team where my work primarily involved delivering features such as Confluence-JIRA integration and the Confluence Space IA (Left Sidebar). So when I was approached about joining the Confluence build engineering team for 3 months I didn’t know what to expect. Confluence build engineering was…
  • 2 days, 200 customers, and conclusive results: the new user testing

    Ruth Buchanan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    At Atlassian, we’re always trying to increase the ways we can get meaningful customer feedback. We’re constantly trying new methods to understand our customers, and learning what we can do better. At Summit, our annual user conference in September, we reached out to customers in a new way: the Test Lab. User testing, Summit-style Summit brought over 2100 customers from all kinds of backgrounds–developers, project managers, technical writers, designers, product owners, and admins. Finding target audiences for user testing enterprise software can be tough going; but at…
  • Putting a lasso on the Salesforce development process

    Grace Francisco
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Developing on the Salesforce platform can become complex to manage as your team and your projects grow and mature. At Atlassian, our internal Salesforce development team started five years ago with a single analyst making small changes and customizations to support a single department. Today, it’s a small team of developers, admins, and a program manager supporting multiple departments with varying needs for customizations of our Salesforce deployment. The team manages both types of Salesforce development: integrations and metadata changes from our developers, as well as the visual…
  • One weird trick for powerful Git aliases

    Nicola Paolucci
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    (Yes the title of this post is a pun, apologies!) I have written about aliases before! See for example a collection of my favorite git aliases or peruse my personal list on Bitbucket. Recently at our Summit I showed a simple technique that can really unleash the power of your Git command line. Several people commented that it was very useful and I am happy to elaborate on it some more here. Let me know your genius creations in the comments! (If you’re an old time git wrangler you know this already but it already but if not, read on!) Simple aliases are simple: you just add a line in the…
  • Come hang with the Bitbucket crew at the #df14hack

    Grace Francisco
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Dreamforce is just around the corner and the Bitbucket team will be hanging out and helping with the Git challenge at the $1 Million Dollar Hackathon  on October 10-12. Come join us and we’ll help you get going with Git to make sure you meet the Git requirements for the $1 Million prize. Get a leg up on your competitors for the hackathon and make sure you’re ready to go for the Git challenge requirements. Learn the essentials you need in less than 15 minutes in this handy screencast: You’ll learn: How to set up Git and your Bitbucket account Add teammates Check in…
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  • 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 ...
  • Agile Java Developer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    A leading financial software house is seeking a skilled Senior Java Developer to design and develop algorithmic trading platforms and trade execution systems. These white-label platforms are used by over 175 trading firms, including investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers around the world.
  • Scrum Master, MarketShare, Los Angeles, CA

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Our goal is to deliver innovative and intuitive user experience for brand marketers to make better budget allocation decisions on a day to day basis. We have created an advanced predictive analytics big data platform on the cloud that crunches large volumes of data, builds and applies models to ...
  • Enalean announces Tuleap 7

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Enalean, provider of Tuleap, the first Open Source Enterprise suite for Application Lifecycle Management, continues its enterprise quality 100% Open Source strategy by releasing Tuleap 7.This new release provides : Interface overhaul, Agile connector into Eclipse, Git industry-proven performance ...
 
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  • Software Development Conferences Forecast October 2014

    The Editor
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban) software testing and software quality, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & Tools software development magazine. W-JAX 2014, November 3-7 2014, Munich, Germany Business Technology Days 2014, November 3-6, Munich, Germany QCon San Francisco, November 3-7 2014, San Francisco, USA Exclusive $50 Method & Tools discount with promo code…
  • Software Development Linkopedia October 2014

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

    The Editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Minimalism also applies in software. The less code you write, the less you have to maintain. The less you maintain, the less you have to understand. The less you have to understand, the less chance of making a mistake. Less code leads to fewer bugs. Source: “Quality Code: Software Testing Principles, Practices, and Patterns”, Stephen Vance, Addison-Wesley
  • Is Agile Dead or Can Good Software Development Scale?

    The Editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    As Agile becomes widely accepted as a software development approach, many large organizations have adopted it, mainly in its Scrum form to reduce development cycle. There might be even a fair share of adopters that are trying really to apply Agile values. If the topic of scaling Agile has been discussed for many years and you can read the excellent books of Graig Larman and Bas Vodde on this topic. We have also recently seen the emergence of proprietary” approaches, like SAFE, to achieve this goal. At the same time, ...
  • Software Development Conferences Forecast September 2014

    The Editor
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban) software testing and software quality, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & Tools software development magazine. Future of Web Apps, September 29-October 1 2014, London, UK STARWEST, October 12-17 2014, Anaheim, USA Register and save up with code SW14MT JAX London, October 13-15 2014, London, UK Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference,…
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  • Agile Homeschool Update

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

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

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

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

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

  • Supporting Millions of Pretty URL Rewrites in Nginx with Lua and Redis

    Dan Ackerson
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Alexandre Duret-LutzAbout a year ago, I was tasked with greatly expanding our url rewrite capabilities. Our file based, nginx rewrites were becoming a performance bottleneck and we needed to make an architectural leap to that would take us to the next level of SEO wizardry. In comparison to the total number of product categories in our database, Stylight supports a handful of “pretty URLs” – those understandable by a human being. Take http://www.stylight.com/Sandals/Women/ – pretty obvious what’s going to be on that page, right? Our web application, however, only…
  • 3 Reasons Why Your Team Needs Rituals

    Matthias Marschall
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Nathan BorrorIt’s the same every morning: you get up and grab your morning coffee. No matter whether you brew it at home or fetch it on the road, your morning coffee is a ritual you never want to miss. A ritual is a practice everyone knows how to do. It’s conducted regularly or on well defined occasions. Rituals help to create an identity for a group of people: nations, sports clubs or teams. How can rituals help form a high performing team? Rituals Act as Social Glue Rote repetition of team tasks creates a feeling of togetherness. Often you see teams invent their own, sometimes…
  • How Hubot Automation Crystallized Trust within our Development Team

    Dan Ackerson
    20 Feb 2014 | 12:33 am
    “Hey Dan, could you deploy the coolPics branch to test? Sorry for the bother :(” “No problem, man. Tell me the SHA and I’ll deploy it.” I had been having this conversation 4-5 times a day for a couple of weeks now. Being a huge fan of continuous integration, I wondered how to automate this. Why shouldn’t the developers be able to push whatever they wanted to test? A colleague, overreading this back-and-forth in our HipChat room, told me to take a look at Hubot. It was custom made for automating rote tasks like webapp deployments. One weekend later, I was…
  • Test Driven Chef Cookbooks With Meez

    Matthias Marschall
    6 Feb 2014 | 12:12 pm
    When cooking a new dish, things get out of control if you try to manage too many things at once You might face a similar situation when trying to write a new Chef cookbook. Getting your arms around all those tools and frameworks needed to write solid, tested cookbooks gets you spinning. You need to install Food Critic, Chef Spec, Berkshelf – and the list goes on. This set up can easily take up to half a day or more. French Chefs arrange all the ingredients which they’ll need well before they start cooking. They call this set up procedure „Mise en place“, or in short „Meez“.
  • DevOps Dudes: Aligning Goals

    Matthias Marschall
    31 Jan 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Their bosses should’ve decided on a shared goal before they declared that DevOps organization… See the older DevOps Dudes cartoons: The DevOps Dudes DevOps Dudes: Meerkat
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    Axosoft Blog - Agile, Scrum and Business of Software

  • What’s New in Axosoft 14.4?

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

    Jonathan Silva
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Test cases – it’s what QA guys and gals write when they aren’t testing. We figure some of our customers need a little boost when trying to incorporate their QA folks into the Axosoft tool, so here are a couple suggestions that might make life easier for the lovely faces at Quality Assurance.   Summon the Custom Items Tab Surprise! You have a secret item type that you may not be using. It’s not enabled by default, so let’s first help you find this before we touch on test case management. First (assuming you’re both the admin and subscribed to our flagship product: Axosoft…
  • Business of Software Conference

    Jonathan Silva
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Ah yes, the Business of Software Conference. We’re pretty spoiled here at Axosoft, our company generously offers every employee the opportunity to attend one all-expense-paid conference per year. This year, 6 of us decided to fly eastbound to the great seaside city of Boston for BoS Conference. If you aren’t bothered by an amateur’s enthusiasm, this lovely little video I put together (with the help of my mobile device) should provide a peek into the experience. Otherwise, keep scrolling to indulge in some highlights.   Let your outcomes drive your dev We unanimously agreed that the…
  • What’s New in 14.3?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sandi Keller
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    In my previous post Agile Assessments, I wrote about reasons to do an assessment and considerations when doing one.  In this post, I’ll continue the assessment topic with focus on Rating Scales and Frequency. Select a Rating Scale When conducting an agile assessment or self-assessment, an understandable rating scale should be used that allows the rater to assign a value to the practice or capability being rated. Using Numbers A Scale of 1 to n is so common it has become part of our vocabulary and for good reason:  It’s easy to understand and very straightforward. Including a…
  • Teams 102

    Mike Cottmeyer
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Much of my personal journey over the past 8 years has involved unpacking some of the more dense concepts we tend to take for granted when we talk about agile. For me, it’s all about understanding the primitives of these approaches and trying to figure out how to apply them in unique ways. I’m deeply interested in not only how this stuff works, but why it works… and more importantly, why it fails when it fails.  The time I spent with VersionOne was very formative for me. My gig with V1 was a blend of training, coaching, and helping our customers understand and implement the…
  • Teams 101

    Mike Cottmeyer
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The notion of forming complete cross functional teams is one of the most well understood concepts in the agile community but maybe one of the least implemented in practice. Many folks adopting agile either don’t understand the importance of teams, or if they do… they don’t have the power to influence the organization to build them. Often, there just aren’t enough people with the right kinds of skills and experience to get every team everything they need… so they compromise. What happens when we compromise this foundational principle of agile? Assuming for a moment we actually have…
  • Reframing to Reduce Risk

    Robert Henson
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    From what I have been able to decipher in my career businesses are around to make money. The way they make money is by offering goods and services to people willing to pay for them. Each business has their idea of the best way to deliver these goods and services they believe in some way sets them apart. Most businesses I have come across have come to settle on an approach that allows them to work on individual separately managed projects resulting in an increment of business value being delivered. Something similar to this: Organize around projects Present the work that needs to be done in…
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  • Candy or Death: The Automatic Halloween Candy Dispenser

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

    Ben Rady
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    When I moved into my house, the mailbox was in pretty sorry shape. It was corroded, and the mail flap was stuck open. On top of that, it had an integrated doorbell that didn't work. Lastly, the entire border of the mailbox was covered with an ugly and aging caulk job, complete with rotting natural fiber insulation that had been there since god-knows-when.   The first thing I did was try to get the doorbell working. Here you can see the original cloth insulated wires that were probably installed when the house was built in 1929.      Surprisingly, the wires still seemed to be…
  • Why The Post Scarcity Society Will Not Be Star Trek

    Ben Rady
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:02 am
    As a technologist, I often think about Marc Andreesen's assertion that software is eating the world. It's a very provocative statement, but I can't really disagree with it. Whether we like it or not, we are building a new society in which labor is devalued. Thought workers are quickly becoming the only essential employees for many organizations. The middle class, who up until now has been dependent on their ability to trade labor for capital, is being destroyed. Hope has been offered by the idea that we may be building a "post-scarcity society." One in which trading…
  • Vim's undo list isn't a list. It's a tree.

    Ben Rady
    29 Jan 2014 | 5:00 am
    Vim's undo list isn't a list. It's a tree...meaning that it keeps track of all the edits you make after having "undone/redone" something. Putting this power to use can be a bit daunting, unless you keep a couple of simple vim commands handy. First, let's create an example to work with. Make a new buffer and type three things (switching back to normal mode after each line to produce three separate changes). You should wind up with something like this: first second third Now let's say I undo the change that created "third", and then change…
  • Lines of Code is the Best Software Productivity Metric

    Ben Rady
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Lines of code is a great metric for productivity. Not only is it not broken, I would argue that's it's clearly the best. The important question to ask about this metric is "How does programmer productivity relate to value delivered to a customer?" If you want to measure what programmers produce, lines of code added is the only metric that makes sense. Firstly, it's objective. It's easily obtained from source code repository logs. Many existing tools already can measure and track it. It can be applied to almost any programming language. Finally, because their workflows are (usually) so highly…
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    OutSystems Blog

  • New mobile trend statistics identify mobile app dev challenges in enterprises

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

    Mário Araújo
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    For many years, IT organizations invested millions of dollars in enterprise systems and databases (like SAP, Oracle, SQL Server and recently salesforce.com) and created an overwhelming level of enterprise IT complexity. Much of this was built from the bottom up – designing and selecting the right “back-end” servers, databases and “front-end” systems. How about the user? Where did the user fit in all this? Well, users were doomed to change their ways in order to fit the newly implemented systems. They had to go through a painful learning process that would teach them to muddle…
  • OutSystems Platform 9 Launches!!

    Sean Allen
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    After listening to customers and the market, countless development hours, sleepless nights, and an obscene amount of caffeine, we are absolutely thrilled to announce general availability of OutSystems Platform 9. With this release, we have realized the vision (and more) that we shared with our customers at NextStep in Lisbon this year. We’ve made huge and significant strides in making the creation, deployment and management of modern apps easier than ever before. “So, uses-too-many-adjectives-guy, what’s really new?” I’m glad you asked… First, we’ve merged the best and tossed…
  • Analyst firm IDC validates benefits of OutSystems Platform – Speed, Agility and Open Architecture

    Sean Allen
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Respected analyst firms like IDC have model-driven application platforms on their radar. Why? Because high-productivity application platforms like OutSystems are fundamentally changing the way IT approaches delivering innovative business solutions, like mobile and customer-facing applications. In a recent vendor profile, IDC analyzes OutSystems technology, competitive edge and market potential to help you decide if our platform is the right choice for your organization’s application development needs. Here are a few of the report’s highlights: OutSystems technology is a differentiator in…
  • VMware vCloud Air and OutSystems – Building Beautiful, Cross Platform Applications

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

  • AccuRev Enhancements related to Issue Based Development

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

    jonathanjesse
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    AccuRev has been touting issue based development for some time now, but the timing is right to revisit this topic for two reasons. First, with the AccuRev v6.2 release just around the corner, I wanted to re-cap the significant, issue based development enhancements that have been delivered in the last 2 AccuRev releases, as well as preview the latest set of features that will be delivered in v6.2 next month. Secondly, over the last 12 months we have helped quite a few existing and new customers adopt issue based development practices to accelerate their agile development, and I wanted to share…
  • GitCentric 2014.1 update

    jonathanjesse
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Borland proudly announces GitCentric 2014.1.  This latest release frees developers to use Git without compromising the benefits of an enterprise-class Software Change and Configuration Management (SCCM) platform. GitCentric allows the power and flexibility of Git to be enhanced with security, audibility, and development process visualization.   Users now have the tools necessary to browse a repository and respond to change.  The Source Tree page enables review of files associated with a specific commit (new, deleted, or modified), the Branches page helps determine the state of divergent…
  • Making Git in the Enterprise a Reality

    AccuRev
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:40 am
    Developer:  I love using Git.  It’s so easy to work with, and I can code quickly with it!  I’d like to use Git for our XYZ project. Manager: I realize that you really like using Git, but we need to figure out how we can let you use Git and still manage the security and scalability issues with it in our enterprise environment. Does this sound like your software development organization? Just about every software developer has heard of Git, the open-source version control system that’s easy to setup and use, powerful, distributed and most importantly, fast. You may love using Git,…
  • Developing Legacy Software Doesn’t Mean you Can’t Also be Agile

    AccuRev
    13 Nov 2013 | 12:38 pm
    Having spent a significant amount of time in various engineering and development organizations, I have had an opportunity to encounter a variety of challenges ranging from overseeing multiple development projects, to managing offshore outsourcing, to reacting to and addressing increased competition and evolving customer requirements.  With a couple of those challenges along side the task of developing legacy software and a desire to adopt an Agile development methodology, it may seem like the odds have not been in my favor. Over time, I have come to an understanding of how to balance the…
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    Learn Software Development

  • Adding details in the user stories and requirements – varies from team to team

    Ashish Agarwal
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The title of this post is a bit broad and could be thought to be confusing. So let me clarify this a bit. People who use Scrum as their development model know a lot about user stories capturing their requirements, but when you get into more detail about how to define user stories, the way that different teams provide details vary tremendously. There are some teams that opt for clear and concise user stories, short and to the point; there are other teams that provide some voluminous details to the user stories, these being quite wordy. Some would think that these stories are overkill, and such…
  • User Stories: Work with the team rather than a one-man effort

    Ashish Agarwal
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    It has been the experience of many teams that the process of writing User Stories is mostly a one-person effort, or rather, a one-role effort. The Product Owner is the one who is expected to write the User Story (or rather, all the User Stories). If there are multiple Product Owners, then they would be expected to distribute the User Stories between them and deliver the same to the team. This has been the expectation of many teams as well – my discussion with many team members is that they expect that the Product Owner will have the entire responsibility of the User Stories. Talking…
  • Work started on a story, but constraints pop-up during the work ?

    Ashish Agarwal
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    This can happen fairly easily. You would think that you have planned tasks to a great degree during initial planning of these tasks, and work has started; but it is a bit impractical to think that for all tasks, the task will go fully as expected. You would come across a situation once in a while where there are new constraints that are discovered during the ongoing task, these constraints needing additional work. In other cases, the constraints were such that they needed time to resolve, before actual work could happen on resolving these constraints. In most of these cases where constraints…
  • Is the same amount of time required for Product Backlog Grooming across Sprints ?

    Ashish Agarwal
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am
    So far, in previous posts, we have talked about Product Backlog Grooming primarily being used for preparing and optimizing User Stories for the upcoming Sprint. Of course, in addition, it is also used for refining the overall Product Backlog, weeding out those where it is clear that they will not make it into the product, and doing similar activities for optimizing the Product Backlog. As a result, the Product Backlog Grooming session covers both the work for the next Sprint, and also optimizing the overall Backlog. However, a lot of literature and articles focus primarily on the part where…
  • Product Backlog Grooming – Removing team suggested features

    Ashish Agarwal
    15 Feb 2014 | 1:15 pm
    One of the primary items in the Product Backlog Grooming is about having a process whereby the Product Owner and the Scrum team can get together on a regular basis for discussing the items in the Product Backlog and do some of the following: – Removes items that don’t seem relevant – Refines items based on outside information such as changed technical circumstances or industry developments – Proposed technical exploration for items that are technically complex – Looks for estimation of those tasks where the estimation can be difficult, so that such estimates are…
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    Practical Agility

  • Uh Oh... We Discovered More Stories!

    Dave Rooney
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    As I've said before, I'm a huge fan of Jeff Patton's Story Mapping technique. While Story Mapping goes a long way towards identifying the work that needs to be completed to deliver a viable system, you will inevitably miss some stories. This is a natural outcome of the discovery process that is inherent to software development. When you discover that some functionality is missing or
  • How to Enable Estimate-Free Development

    Dave Rooney
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Most of us have been there... the release or sprint planning meeting to goes on and on and on and on. There is constant discussion over what a story means and endless debate over whether it's 3, 5 or 8 points. You're eventually bludgeoned into agreement, or simply too numb to disagree. Any way you look at it, you'll never get those 2, 4 or even 6 hours back - they're gone forever! And to what
  • "How Thin is Thin?" An Example of Effective Story Slicing

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

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

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

  • Agile Quick Links #25

    Heather
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: The Unexpected Emotional Effect of Sharing ‘Epic Moments’ With Others (PsyBlog) – A study says the opposite of what most predict. Can that be accurate? This seems strange. Preplanning Poker: Is This Story Even Possible? (Tim Ottinger) The Economics of Compassion in the New Economy (Mike Griffiths) How Vision Works: Why Most of What You See Looks Sharp When Really It’s Not (PsyBlog) – We don’t see the world in detail. Instead we see what we predict we see. Why Handwriting Still Matters In The Digital Era (Anthony…
  • The Magic and Science of Teams

    Heather
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    While in Florida for Agile 2014, Mark was interviewed by InfoQ about “The Magic and Science of Teams”. Mark explains that there are some exciting things happening as years of research in basic studies of teams in organizations combines with behavioural psychology and neuroscience, and recent access to large data sets. This all creates a science that can be applied to help develop high performance teams, which is Mark’s specialty. You can access the full video with transcript of “Mark Levison on the Magic and Science of Teams” here. Certified Scrum Trainer Mark…
  • NeuroAgile Quick Links #5

    Heather
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Knowing your Myers-Briggs type is almost as common as knowing your credit score – maybe even more so. It’s widely considered to be the most frequently used personality test, but evidence – or, rather, lack thereof – suggests that it’s totally meaningless and organizations should stop using it. CEOs get paid too much, according to pretty much everyone in the world. But how much do you think they actually get paid, versus should get paid? Recent research says that, globally, we’re very naive about the actual disparity between what we think is fair…
  • Agile Quick Links #24

    Heather
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Some interesting reading for the Agile community: This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain (PSYBlog) “As a, I want, So that” Considered Harmful (David Evans) The Workplace Behaviour That is Unexpectedly Worse Than Bullying (PSYBlog) Actions, Results, Wishes, Goals (Ilan Kirschenbaum) Apple Shows How to Really Treat Employees – Even When They Depart (Eric Chester) The Song of the Introvert (Rands in Repose) Why going to Strange Loop was important to me (Robert Roland) Exposing Hidden Bias at Google (Farhad Manjoo) The Secret to Raising A Well-Behaved Teen –…
  • JIRA is Not Agile

    Mark Levison
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I’ve heard people say, “We started using Jira and GreenHopper, so we’re Agile now”. Similar things are said of Rally, VersionOne, LeanKit, TargetProcess, etc. In making those declarations, it’s clear that they don’t understand Agile at all. At its core, Agile is a set of Values and Principles: ·      Individuals and interactions over processes and tools ·      Working software over comprehensive documentation ·      Customer collaboration over contract negotiation ·      Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the…
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    Agile Scout

  • On Removing Organizational Mental Constraints

    peter
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Joyful fun Many people may not enjoy doing classes on the weekend. However, I actually enjoy it. [Reason below] It occurred to me during this last class, as I was discussing with the group ideas around bias, organizational constraints, and common dysfunctions around cultural change. One student made a comment that spurred an idea in my brain: Removing oneself from constraining cultural nuances often allows our minds to flow freely into the unknown… allowing for more emergent innovative thought processes… and the ability to speak freely about … things… anything. I was…
  • On Assumptions, Bias, and the Unconscious

    peter
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Agile and Scrum development is very much about removing assumptions, bias, and uncovering the unconscious to help us understand how to truly build the right things for the right audience. I think this video will now be a staple for some of my trainings… On Assumptions, Bias, and the Unconscious
  • Alvin Toffler – Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

    peter
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    I love this quote from the futurist Alvin Toffler, who is has studied the shifts of technology and how it changes and impacts the society at large: The illiterate of the future are not those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. I couldn’t have said it better myself. One of the largest challenges that any organizational change agent experiences is resistance to new ideas, new concepts, and new perspective of how to do what they do better. When handled badly the person can be shunned, put out, or even demonized for even proposing such a…
  • The Power of Certification

    peter
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The Power of Certification
  • You Create the Ceiling for Your Organization

    peter
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    One of the biggest reasons why some organizations can’t seem to grow and have hit the proverbial ceiling for scalability is because their leaders have stopped growing themselves. I can remember the first time I heard one of my mentors share this with me and it hit me like a freight train to my chest: The organization will not be able to grow past you as it’s leader. The context of the conversation was my ability to balance the day-to-day needs of my organization and the time allotted for continuing education for myself so that I could be personally challenged, fed into, and led…
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    QSM SLIM-Estimate blogs

  • What Software Project Benchmarking and Estimating Can Learn from Dr. Seuss

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

    Paul Below
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    How is baseball analysis like software project management?  One way is the ability to continually update estimates and forecasts, as the situation and our knowledge change.  As Larry Putnam Jr recently wrote, “project estimation should continue throughout the entire project lifecycle”. Walter Shewhart, the father of Statistical Process Control, explained it like this:“…since we can make operationally verifiable predictions only in terms of future observations, it follows that with the acquisition of new data, not only may the magnitudes involved in any prediction…
  • New Article: Estimate Before, During, and After the Software Project

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    A common misperception is that an estimator’s job is done after a software project’s parameters are set. On the contrary, software estimation should be conducted throughout the project lifecycle to reflect inevitable changes and to improve estimates on other projects. In this article, originally published in Projects at Work, Larry Putnam Jr. identifies three ways to maximize estimating efforts — before, during and after your project is complete.Read the full article!
  • From Proposal to Project Webinar Replay and Q&A Highlights

    Elisabeth Pendergrass
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    QSM's recent webinar, From Proposal to Project: Getting Resource Demand Early, presented by Andy Berner and Keith Ciocco, featured a thoughtful Q&A session from our audience. Here are the highlights:Q: Which PPM products does SLIM work with right now? A: We're working with customers to see what products they're interested in. It's adaptable to multiple PPM systems and we'd like your input on which ones we should deliver for you early. We can work with you so you can build a customized input to your own system. So the framework is very general and is released as part of the SLIM product.
  • The "Typical Software Project" Over Time

    Katie Costantini
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    What does a typical software project in the QSM historical database look like, and how has “what’s typical” changed over time? To find out, we segmented our IT sample by decade and looked at the average schedule, effort, team size, new and modified code delivered, productivity, language, and target industry for each 10 year time period. The QSM benchmark database represents: 8,000+ Business projects completed and put into production since 1980.Over 600 million total source lines of code (SLOC).2.6 million total function points.Over 100 million person hours of effort.600+ programming…
 
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    Agile World

  • How to make wall-related decisions in Distributed Agile projects

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    I authored the following article for Cutter which got published today. So, it is hot out of the press. The subject that every distributed Agile team is questioning is the topic of setting up visual walls. Conflicts arise when purists argue in support of setting up visual boards across all locations, while the distributed teams consider it an inconvenience. Many companies don't realize the importance of making the right decisions related to visual walls. Typically, wall setup is left to the ScrumMaster. These companies don't realize that this "single-handed" decision could result in loss of…
  • If you are start up, think beyond one user

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    As I am coaching and mentoring a few start ups in Melbourne and elsewhere, I have noticed common pattern of issues across the board. All start up founders are really enthusiastic and dream of becoming rich –> Nothing wrong with it All start up founders have a strong idea in mind ---> Nothing wrong with it Most start up founders believe that their idea would take over the world, even though they have never tested beyond one user   ---> Something wrong with it Recently read a story about startup failure “Patient Communicator”.   The founder built fantastic…
  • Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Last week, I had the opportunity to speak about Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) at Agile PM meet up group  in Melbourne.  It was really an honor to speak with such an incredibly experienced, knowledgeable audience. At the end of the session, we had very engaging Q&A. As part of the session, I shared some of the challenges of  scaling Agile and possible solutions as well. One of the solution being, applying the Large Scale Scrum(LeSS).  Based on my experience of working on several large scale Agile projects, I have come to realize the following 4 types of challenges common…
  • What is Loyalty ?

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    No one plans to fall sick isn't it? Similarly, when I caught some flu couple of years ago, we were eager to see a doctor. Being new to our suburb, googled around to find a nearby medical center. Took an appointment with "any available GP," visited and got better. After some time, it was my wife's turn. When she wasn't keeping well, she too called the medical center, took an appointment with "any available GP" and felt better. Apparently she visited a different GP than mine. She recommended me to see him next. Over the course of time, we noted his name and started getting appointment…
  • Increase speed by incentives and sacrifice quality

    Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Recently  I read an article in the news paper about improving the speed of passport delivery to citizens.  This is the news published in Times of India. It seems that passports are getting delayed as the police verification is taking a lot of time. In order to improve the speed, the passport office is planning to incentivize the police.  That is, if  the police completes their verification within 21 days, then would get more money else they are penalized by reducing the incentive.  I felt that this is one of the most dumbest idea ever implemented !! Here is the quote…
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    Tech Gadget Talk

  • CISSP Evaluation Quiz – Access Control Domain

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    You are preparing for CISSP certification, one of the most tough exams out there. You want to test your preparedness but do not want to buy costly quizzes just to know your readiness. Take a FREE practice test and assess your knowledge. More quizzes will come shortly with a huge question bank. Pls register for […] The post CISSP Evaluation Quiz – Access Control Domain appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • CISSP Evaluation Quiz

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    You are preparing for CISSP certification, one of the most tough exams out there. You want to test your preparedness but do not want to buy costly quizzes just to know your readiness. Take a FREE practice test and assess your knowledge. More quizzes will come shortly with a huge question bank. Pls register for […] The post CISSP Evaluation Quiz appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Defect Management in Software Development

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Defect Management Defect can be defined as an unexpected behavior of the software. When something does not work as a customer expects it to work, the customer does not know if it is a code defect, documentation problem, enhancement, good idea, bad idea, or customer error. And customers do not really care about the difference. […] The post Defect Management in Software Development appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Software Configuration Management and High-level Best Practices

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Contents Concepts of Software Configuration Management Configuration Identification Configuration Control (Change Control) 3.1. Procedures for Controlling Changes 3.2. Software Libraries 3.3. Levels of Authority 3.4. Configuration Control Boards 3.5. Software Configuration Control Boards 3.6. Documentation 3.7. Configuration Status Accounting Audits and Reviews 4.1. Audits 4.2. Technical Reviews Release Processing 5.1. Tailoring Software Configuration Management to […] The post Software Configuration Management and High-level Best Practices appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
  • Anne Rice

    Prasad Tiruvalluri
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
      Anne Rice About Anne Rice Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O’Brien; October 4, 1941) is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica. She is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, revolving around the central character of Lestat. Books from The Vampire Chronicles […] The post Anne Rice appeared first on Tech Gadget Talk.
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