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What Is Agile?

  In 2010, CIO Magazine identified 3 global technology trends that would change how companies used technology: Cloud Computing, Mobile and Agile. All of these trends have grown into major movements, and while Cloud Computing and Mobile are prevalent and used at a consumer level, agile methods are often confused ...

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20 April 2015
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Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, Training
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acceptance criteria, agile, agile for beginners, agile methods, scrum article, scrum training

 

In 2010, CIO Magazine identified 3 global technology trends that would change how companies used technology: Cloud Computing, Mobile and Agile. All of these trends have grown into major movements, and while Cloud Computing and Mobile are prevalent and used at a consumer level, agile methods are often confused with being flexible and nimble methods that are light-weight at best, chaotic and undisciplined at worst, rather than disciplined iterative and incremental methods.

Today, over 80% of IT departments say they are using agile methods to deliver at least some IT projects, up from 49% just a few years earlier.

But ...

DevOps Metrics: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Gaetano Mazzanti presented a talk at IDI2015, the Italian DevOps day, about the need of metrics that are useful in an Agile and Lean way

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14 April 2015
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Events
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idi2015, slides

There are tons of metrics available for IT Operations. ITIL mandates/suggest a number of them. They can be related to Technology, Process, People, Service. But are they really needed? The good news: in general only a few. The bad news: every context is different and you will have to understand on your own which are relevant for you – and they should (better) change over time.

Metrics and KPIs may (do) foster bad behavior. It’s pretty easy to cheat and lie about numbers and statistics. As the say goes “tell me how you measure me and I will tell ...

News update 2015/04 – Kanban Foundation & Advanced Courses

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break!Joanne Perold talks about "Managing Flow" in our latest blog post. So ...

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break!

Joanne Perold talks about "Managing Flow" in our latest blog post. So many organisations she works with have benefited from using this technique to improve how they do what they do. The blog post is also timely, as this is a key practice in Kanban, and Dr. Klaus Leopold will be coming to SA in May to provide two awesome two day courses on Kanban fundamentals, and scaling......more.

KANBAN FOUNDATION & ADVANCED COURSESKanban training


Dr. Klaus Leopold, of LEANability in Vienna, will be running the popular Applying Kanban (Foundation) and Improving & Scaling ...

Managing Flow

My next blog post is about “Managing Flow”. So many organisations I work with have benefited from using this technique ...

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9 April 2015
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Scrum Sense

My next blog post is about “Managing Flow”. So many organisations I work with have benefited from using this technique to improve how they do what they do. I also felt it timely, since this is a key practice in Kanban, and Klaus Leopold will be coming to SA in May to provide two awesome two day courses on Kanban fundamentals, and scaling.

Traditional project management teaches us to manage resources and dependencies. Making sure everyone is busy is important because our plan is based on people optimisation and cost accounting. Managing flow in Kanban is the opposite of this ...

Techniques for Breaking Down Technically Complex User Stories

What happens when the Product Owner can’t break down a story any further and it’s still too big to be manageable in a sprint? This post will explore some techniques that the Scrum team can use to break those stories down.

Breaking down user stories to fit into a few days of work and still deliver value is a vital component of Agile and Scrum. This is what allows the Scrum team to get fast feedback on the work they are doing to ensure it aligns with customer needs. 

So what happens when the Product Owner can’t break down a story any further and it’s still too big to be manageable in a sprint? This creates a very difficult problem that the Product Owner and Development Team must work together to solve. 

In this post, we’re going to ...

Backlog Refinement – The Rodney Dangerfield of Scrum Ceremonies

I tell ya’ sometimes it seems like Backlog Refinement just don’t get no respect!

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8 April 2015
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Events, Scrum

 

I tell ya’ sometimes it seems like Backlog Refinement just don’t get no respect! 

 

Seeing the Patterns

  • Have you ever been in a Sprint Planning session only to realize that the team doesn’t have enough understanding of the product backlog items (PBIs) or related requirements to properly plan the Sprint?

  • Does your team feel like they don’t have time to "waste" elaborating PBIs, learning about Acceptance Criteria, or collaboratively estimating as a team?

  • Has some manager decided that it’s “too expensive” or “inefficient” to bring the whole team together regularly and that just one or two ...

Scrum horrorscopes for sprint 7, 2015

Changes in the cosmic energy change the future of your Scrum team too. Be adaptive and flexible and read the signs

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1 April 2015
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Scrum

It is with sadness that we have followed the discussions on predictability in software development, as well as the raging Twitter debates on #NoEstimates. On one hand, Scrum practitioners are much aware of the difficulties inherent in estimating and predicting, but on the other hand we are all drawn towards the perceived certainty in a well-defined plan.

However, since software development is a complex-responsive system, it is clear to any thinking and knowledgeable individual that changes in the constellations will for sure affect the events happening to a Scrum team*. The experienced coaches and trainers from agile42 have gazed into ...

Mile High Agile: Breaking Down Technically Complex Stories

Some stories may look easy on the surface but hide a mountain of intricacy underneath, in supporting systems, database design, or a dozen other areas

On Friday, April 3rd, I’ll get the chance to talk with other Agile practitioners at Mile High Agile 2015 about a topic I’ve been excited about for years – breaking down technically complex user stories.

The stories we’re talking about are the ones that may look easy on the surface (maybe as simple as a single button) but hide a mountain of intricacy underneath, in supporting systems, database design, or a dozen other areas that may not be visible to the end user.

To break these kinds of epic stories up, we’ll need to reestablish our ...

There is no Planning in Agile. Right?

No Planning in Agile?

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28 March 2015
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Product Owner, Scrum
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agile estimation and planning, planning, planning board

Several times over the past few weeks, I've been told by people that there is no planning in Agile.

I believe the source of this misconception comes from the Agile Manifesto's statement "Responding to change over following a plan".

It does not say ‘instead of following a plan'.

I’d like to simply share a short and partial list of just a few examples of how and where planning may happen in an agile context.

In the hopes that a partial list will change this myth….

Mike Cohn, Agile Estimating and Planning -
http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/books/agile-estimating-and-planning ...

Keynote at "Embedded meets Agile" 2015

agile42 is a sponsor of Embedded meets Agile 2015 and Andrea Tomasini will deliver a keynote "Large Scale Agile System Engineering"

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22 March 2015
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Events
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embeddedagile

We are very happy to participate again at the "Embedded meets Agile" conference in Munich this week. Agile software development as well as agile management approaches have been established also in the embedded industry by now. They benefit from the methods and practices both in software- and hardware development.

Embedded Meets AgileThis year agile42 is a sponsor and I will deliver a keynote on Wednesday 25 March 2015 on the topic of Large Scale Agile System Engineering.

More and more companies are adopting Agile and Lean approaches to product development in the context of System Engineering. This includes both software and hardware ...

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