For years, many people have considered Scrum to be the default starting point when talking about Agile implementations. However, with the recent rise of Kanban, some now see Kanban as the next step in the evolution of Agile.
The Lean Software & Systems Consortium (LeanSCC) whose mission is to improve the world by improving its systems and system-building capabilities (well known in the agile community for promoting the use of Kanban for software development) reorganized as the Lean System Society. The goal is to accelerate and deepen the Lean paradigm and bring together thinkers and doers from different perspectives.
Forrester have recently released the results of their November 2011 Global Agile Software Application Development Online Survey in a report entitled "Survey Results: How Agile Is Your Organization?" It contains a number of interesting findings around how organisations that have adopted Agile are dealing with their implementation.
A recent Harvard Business Review article highlights the importance of finishing one task at a time and hence getting more work done. Some of the core Agile practices help minimize context switching and bring a similar task focus while building software.
The Agile community has a great tradition of making fun of itself and April Fools Day 2012 was no exception. Here is a wrap up of some of the best gags from this year that you may have missed.
For years Agile has been encouraging teams to work together collaboratively in open spaces and encouraging developers to pair program, but lately these types of practices have been coming under fire.
Is the Lean Startup movement another fad or a real source of value creation? The implications of the latter are extreme. If Lean Startup is a real way to achieve consistent success in new ventures then Eric Ries may have cracked the code toward persistent venture success and ultimately: wealth creation.
Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.
Scrum community leader Jim Coplien proposes One Piece Continuous Flow as an alternative to Kanban. He believes that a cross functional team should work together as a single unit instead of sub teams waiting for work items to arrive from previous stages. Kanban practitioners find their framework to be more usable in an environment where cross-functional teams are not readily feasible.
As western governments struggle with difficult debt to GDP ratios, the UK is turning to innovation and agile practices to help create a more efficient and less risky IT project delivery framework.
Agile Coaching often involves travelling outside of a coaches home town to whereever the client may be located. As a result, coaches may feel like they are working all the time. Is there hope for a work/life balance?
A Friday afternoon conversation with some noted agile practitioners covering the current state and future trends of the methodological universe and how these are playing out in the real world. Sit back, pop open a beer and enjoy the banter between some of the sharpest agile coaches on the market.
Most new Agile teams transition from hours based estimates to relative estimation using story points, but do we even need estimates at all?
Mattias Skarin, co-author of InfoQ's popular mini-book on Kanban and Scrum, shares a set of kanban boards that can be used to visually manage anything from system administration, to development teams with multiple clients, to sales.
Practitioners are finding interesting applications of Kanban concepts in the home, far from the office and factory floor.