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How Can You Learn Early and Fast?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 26, 2013

Agile suggest that teams should fail-fast to enable quick learning from mistakes. Learning from failure is one approach, you can also learn early and fast from successes, by doing experimentation, or by using a plan for knowledge acquisition.

Balancing Demand and Capability with Kanban

by Ben Linders on  Dec 16, 2013

Kanban helps organizations to get insight into their work-in-progress, and establish a pull system where demand and capability can be balanced. A first step is to find out what the real capability is and visualize the flow. InfoQ interviewed Florian Eisenberg about evolutionary change and how you can balance demand and capability in organizations.

Rocket to Mars: A Sprint Planning Game

by Ben Linders on  Dec 11, 2013 5

“Many team and their product owners believe that the team's unique job is to deliver more and more story points, but we consider this to be a complete misunderstanding of the relation between the team and the product owner” said Damien Thouvenin and Pierrick Revol. They ran a sprint planning game on investing time to produce stories, investigate issues, reduce technical debt, or do training.

Is Getting Rid of All Projects a Good Idea?

by Ben Linders on  Nov 30, 2013 1

At the XP Days Benelux conference, Paul Kuijten did a session called "kill all projects" where he questioned if getting rid of all projects could be a good idea. InfoQ did an interview with Paul about project management practices that can be valuable for agile, and the funding of product development.

How to Scale the Product Owner Role

by Ben Linders on  Nov 27, 2013 1

The product owner role from Scrum is used to interface between the business and development. In larger organization with complex products and many decisions that need to be made, having this role filled in by one person is often not feasible. InfoQ did an interview with Timo Punkka about the role of the product owner, lean portfolio management, and customer collaboration.

Practices for Scaling Agile in Enterprises

by Ben Linders on  Nov 19, 2013 2

Enterprises that are adopting agile organizational-wide will at some time have to scale their agile practices. In a session at the Agile Methods in the Finance Sector and Complex Environment conference, attendees shared their experiences with scaling agile in enterprises.

Causes of UK Agile Mega-Project Failure Examined

by Pollyanna Pixton & Shane Hastie on  Oct 02, 2013

A UK National Audit Office report and a leaked Universal Credit Programme internal survey blame the programme's failures on poor leadership and practices. The Universal Credit Programme being developed under the Department for Work and Pensions, integrates the benefit payments for millions of UK claimants. It was mandated to use Agile methods, however the implementation has been flawed.

Reduce Waste by Changing from Waterfall to Agile

by Ben Linders on  Sep 19, 2013 4

Organizations adopt agile to be able to handle changes. Agile helps teams to deliver products that satisfy the needs of customers; products which do not contain unneeded (and unused) features. Lean software development says: everything not adding value to the customer is considered to be waste. How can a transition from waterfall to agile software development help organizations to reduce waste?

Benefits of Combining Agile and Lean Startup

by Ben Linders on  Sep 12, 2013 1

Enterprises want to increase their capability to deliver value to customers in less time. Many adopt agile software development to iteratively develop and deliver software solutions. Lean startup aims to support developing new businesses and products. Several authors shared their views on how combining agile and lean startup methods can be beneficial.

Latest Technology Trends on the Radar

by Aslan Brooke on  Aug 06, 2013 1

Thoughtworks recently released a new installment of their technology radar highlighting techniques enabling infrastructure as code, perimeterless enterprises, applying proven practices to areas without, and lightweight analytics.

How Individuals Can Adopt an Agile Way of Working

by Ben Linders on  Aug 01, 2013

Organization mostly do an agile transformation for a whole team, project, or organizational unit, given that agile is a team driven approach. But there are also professionals who start using agile practices individually, or who are working agile as a one person team. How can individuals adopt agile, and what kind of benefits can it give them?

The Flexibility of Agile: Flaw or Strength?

by Ben Linders on  Jul 18, 2013 4

The principle of “responding to change over following a plan”, is it a strength or a flexibility that can’t work in practice? For example, what about agile projects that had difficulties managing changes and customers who expect too much flexibility? Can agile not live up to its promises, or is it the way that teams and organizations have adopted agile that is causing the problems?

Pivoting when Using Lean Startup for Product Development

by Ben Linders on  Jul 04, 2013

There are different types of pivots possible in lean startup, which help you to decide whether to persevere or pivot during product development. They each with their own purpose and ways to use them. Let’s explore some of them to see when and how you can pivot? Or maybe have to decide that it’s better to quit?

Remove Waste From Your Backlog with the Priority Game

by Ben Linders on  Jun 24, 2013

The priority game is an exercise which Michael Franken did at the GOTO Amsterdam 2013 conference, to make large backlogs manageable. He showed how Scrum can help you to focus and remove waste by not making things that are probably never used by customers.

Experiences from Educational Technology Startups

by Ben Linders on  Jun 18, 2013

Educational technology is developing itself, and startups are entering markets with new apps and creative commons content. Speakers shared their experiences on education and gaming and finding the right fit for an EdTech startup, at the GOTO Amsterdam 2013 conference.

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