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Presentation: Reaching Hyper-Productivity with Outsourced Development Teams

by Abel Avram on  Nov 11, 2008 1

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum, and Guido Schoonheim, CTO of Xebia, present an actual case of reaching hyper-productivity with a large distributed team using XP and Scrum.

Presentation: Technical Lessons Learned Turning the Agile Dials to Eleven

by Abel Avram on  Oct 30, 2008 2

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Craig Smith and Paul King present what happens when one tries to be super Agile. Practically, they employed most currently used Agile practices on several projects, then they experimented with new ideas leading them to better results, increased productivity and quality.

Interview: Linda Rising: Prejudices Can Alter Team Work

by Abel Avram on  Oct 27, 2008 1

In this interview filmed during Agile 2008, following the presentation "Who Do You Trust?", Linda Rising shows how prejudices can affect the relationships between team members. According to Linda, we all have a tendency to categorize others based on characteristics like race, religion, sex, but also based on more trivial characteristics, and many times we are not even aware we are doing it.

Presentation: Jim McCarthy and 11 Commitments For a Shared Vision

by Abel Avram on  Oct 24, 2008

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Jim McCarthy talks about 11 commitments team members should adhere to if they want to achieve a state of shared vision. Such a state empowers a team to reach their full potential and ultimately attain greatness.

Presentation: Planning with a Large Distributed Team

by Abel Avram on  Oct 19, 2008 1

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Wes Williams and Mike Stout share their recent experience with a large distributed team, the planning hurdles they encountered and how they passed them, and their recommendation: avoid large distributed teams.

Presentation: Measuring Agile in the Enterprise: 5 Success Factors for Large-Scale Agile Adoption

by Abel Avram on  Oct 17, 2008 4

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Michael Mah analyzes the development process in 5 companies: 2 Agile (one of them BMC) and 3 classic. He measures the development progress and effectiveness and compares the results with industry averages. He also presents the factors which contributed to the success of BMC's Agile adoption.

Presentation: Prioritizing Your Product Backlog

by Geoffrey Wiseman on  Oct 06, 2008 3

Choosing the right features can make the difference between the success and failure of a software product. Mike Cohn presented 'Prioritizing your Project Backlog' at Agile 2008 on how a project backlog should be organized and prioritized and non-financial techniques for prioritization such as kano analysis, theme screening/scoring, relative weighting and analytic hierarchy process.

Presentation: Extremely Short Iterations as a Catalyst for Effective Prioritization of Work

by Abel Avram on  Sep 24, 2008 1

Mishkin Berteig presents a situation where he proposed to a software development team, which just started to experiment with Scrum, to accept 2-days iterations. The approach was trying to tackle their organizational lack of prioritization resulting in constant crisis. Their decision led to a bigger crisis which exposed the need for task prioritization.

Article: "Who Do You Trust?" by Linda Rising

by Abel Avram on  Sep 23, 2008 1

During Agile 2008, Dr. Linda Rising held a presentation centered on experiments conducted many years ago, presenting how deep, powerfully affecting, and difficult to avoid are human “prejudices” and “stereotypes” as seen from the perspective of psychology and cognitive science. The article, written by Tsutomu Yasui, is a summary of that presentation.

Presentation: When Working Software Is Not Enough: A Story of Project Failure

by Abel Avram on  Sep 22, 2008 20

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Mitch Lacey talks about a real life project that was on the verge of being successful, but was deemed as unsuccessful by the customer. Considering that "the true measure of project progress is working software", Mitch and his team delivered the software, but the client was not satisfied.

Lego Is Not Just For Kids Anymore

by Vikas Hazrati on  Sep 12, 2008 7

Lego blocks have been used for playing and building interesting structures. Michael Hunger and Takeshi Kakeda show how Lego blocks can be used as effective information radiators.

Presentation: Agile in Practice: What Is Actually Going On Out There?

by Abel Avram on  Sep 05, 2008 11

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Scott Ambler talks about actual data resulting from surveys made during 2006-2008, showing how Agile is perceived and implemented within organizations. Some of the topics surveyed are: the adoption rate of Agile, the effectiveness of Agile approaches, the effectiveness of various techniques.

Annual Update to the Agile Alliance Board of Directors

by Abel Avram on  Aug 28, 2008

The Agile Alliance membership recently elected new members to its Board of Directors. Votes were cast via email and in person, and announced during the Agile2008 conference. Johanna Rothman was elected Conference Chair for Agile2009.

Gordon Pask Award 2008 Winners

by Abel Avram and Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 26, 2008 1

The Agile Alliance's annual Gordon Pask Award recognizes two persons for their contributions to Agile practice. The award is for potentially new, rather than established, leaders. This year's honorees were Kenji Hiranabe and Arlo Belshee; Bob Payne was also recognized for his philanthropic work. Award program leadership has changed, and community input is solicited to improve the program.

Presentation: Future Directions for Agile

by Abel Avram on  Aug 23, 2008 3

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, David Anderson talks about the history of Agile, the current status of it and his vision for the future. The role of Agile does not stand in just having a practice, but in finding ways to implement the principles contained by the Agile Manifesto.

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