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Why People Are Turning to Agile

Iterative and incremental product delivery methods have been used for decades to define and develop some of the most challenging projects in history

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19 November 2015
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agile
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agile, coaching

From using ½ day sprints to delivering some of the most complex and critical hardware and software products in history, iterative and incremental delivery is, quite literally, rocket science1, used to manage risk and maximize learning in the most challenging situations.

Agile methods are the most recent incarnation of iterative and incremental methods, gaining acceptance over more traditional, sequential methods, as a result of a changing paradigm for software delivery. In today’s development environment, product development teams are battling five significant trends that directly impact the work they are doing:

Product Complexity: Products that 10 years ago were relatively ...

Manage Agile 2015 sponsored by agile42

agile42 happy to sponsor of Manage Agile 2015, in Berlin 5-8 October 2015 with keynote by Andrea Tomasini

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1 June 2015
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Events
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agile, manage

Manage Agile 2015, the conference for agile managers and those who want to become, takes place from October 5th to 8th 2015 in Berlin for the fourth time. The conference is divided into two workshop days (October 5th and 8th) and two conference days (October 6th and 7th).

The conference is focused on Leadership and organisation, Economic aspects, HR management, Agile project- and requirements management.

Manage Agile 2015

The topics are completed by numerous use cases from Siemens Healthcare, Siemens, Otto, Capgemini, eBay, Continental, The Boston Consulting Group, Zalando and many more. and there will be an ...

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 ...

On
20 April 2015
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Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, Training
Tags
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 ...

Centralized Control : Trapped in Wagile (Part 4 of 4)

This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”

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20 October 2014
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Transition
Tags
agile, transition, waterfall

This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”. In the kick-off article I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall organizations. In subsequent articles I explained Phase-Gates (part 2) and Large-batch handoffs (part 3). In this article I am diving deeper in to centralized control characteristics. Tendencies to centralize control of decisions stem from mis-understanding of complexity inherent in real world projects.

An expert plumber can understand how the pipes and systems in a building fit together and behave. A plumber can break a complicated plumbing system into parts and know how they will behave together. 

Behavior of ...

Large Batch hand offs : Trapped in Wagile (part 3 of 4)

This is part three of the continuing series of articles - "Trapped in Wagile"

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13 October 2014
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Transition
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agile, transition, waterfall

This is part three of the continuing series of articles. In the first article of this series, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. In the previous article (part 2), I explained Phase-Gates and the unintended consequences when phase-gates encounter agile transformation efforts. In this article I will dive into Large Batch handoffs.

Working in large batches is based on thinking that handling large batch sizes during each phase optimizes:

  • Resource (people) Utilization
  • Quality : By use of people’s primary skill set
  • Reduction in rework
  • Decisions : through a broad holistic perspective

Expected System Behavior:

Fractal Nature:

At portfolio or ...

Phase-Gates : Trapped in Wagile (Part 2 of 4)

Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.

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6 October 2014
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Transition
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agile, transition, waterfall

In previous article, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.

Recap

 Phases are are strictly linear sequence of activities to build a product or deliver a project. These activities are divided along process lines. Funding and progression to the next sequential phase is gated to ensure quality of deliverables handed-off between silos. Many decisions are concentrated at gating decision points. The Phase-gate approach provides an illusion of control, delaying feedback on product. 

For example:

 Requirements → Design → Implementation → Verification → Maintenance

Gates or gating criterion accompany typical phase-gates. Gates establish GO ...

Trapped in Wagile

Organizations that are attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics - residually or resurgently.

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29 September 2014
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Transition
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agile, transition, waterfall

Organizations that are attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics - residually or resurgently. Understanding these characteristics and learning to observe manifestation of these tendencies in organization systems will help you uncover impediments to your organizations Agile metamorphosis.

After reading this series of articles, you may realize that your organization is still being waterfall but thinks otherwise i.e., Wagile

In this article series I want to explore deeper into the “waterfall” label and lay bare the fundamental characteristics that make up such a system. And subsequently I will dive deeper into each characteristic to highlight expected systemic behaviors and ...

Agile Testing Days 2013: Agile Testing is nonsense, because Agile is testing…

Testing is an attitude, an approach and a practice: notes from my experience at Agile Testing Days 2013 and the opening keynote I presented

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4 November 2013
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Events
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agile, agile testing, keynote, scrum

Some impressions

The Agile Testing Days has definitely been an experience for me. I wasn't sure what type of people I would have met at such supposedly very "vertical" and specific conference, focusing on testing in the Agile world. It's definitely one of a kind, and I was positively surprised about the amount of people who are actually getting closer to Agile through the testing experience.

The quality of the speakers has been very high, I have attended almost all of the keynotes, and were all very well followed, and engaging too. I have learned that there are ...

Growing powerful agile teams

Agile teams are the building block to any successful agile transformation. Without strong, self-sustaining agile teams, any change as a result of an agile transformation is very likely temporary.

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31 January 2013
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agile, teams

Agile teams are the building block to any successful agile transformation. Without strong, self-sustaining agile teams, any change as a result of an agile transformation is very likely temporary. At agile42 we spend a lot of time helping our clients form powerful agile teams, and in the following we explain a little about our approach.

Characteristics of an agile team?

As well as small, 6-9 people, an agile team is: 

  • Cross-functional - the team includes all roles necessary to deliver the work (at minimum Dev and QA), and dependencies outside the team (e.g. UX) are understood and available as needed ...

I am a Kanban Coaching Professional

I'm officially a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) now [<a ...

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20 November 2012
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kanban
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agile, certification, coaching, kanban

I'm officially a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) now [http://leankanbanuniversity.com/lku-kcp]

While I have always been a bit skeptical about certification, I am myself a certified CSP and PMI-ACP.
After all there's no better way to know something than to experience it first hand :)

So let's focus on KCP.

I am lucky to know most of the bright and open people in the Kanban community.
I had many chances to experience their steady experimenting, learning and sharing attitude.
This implies questioning everything :)

So, there's been some debate when the KCP program has been announced by ...

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