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The Importance of Discipline in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 16, 2014 4

Agile software development is sometimes perceived as an undisciplined way of working. There are organizations which use that perception as an excuse to not adopt agile. According to others agile is actually a more disciplined approach than waterfall for software development. Let’s explore how discipline plays a role in agile and why discipline is considered important for agile to be successful.

Governance Behaviours that Result in Success with Agile

by Shane Hastie on  Oct 14, 2014

Brian Wernham wrote an article for The Times in which he identifies seven governance behaviours which are needed for successful adoption of agile, especially focused on government departments adopting new ways of working. The UK Government has mandated agile practices for delivery of IT projects and provides guidelines for service design using agile approaches.

Kickstart Agile the Kanban Way

by Ben Linders on  Oct 02, 2014

Successful adoption of agile is related to the approach that is used to introduce changes in the organization. Organization can do a top down “mandated” implementation or use a different approach. Kanban can be used as a way to kick start agile, allowing teams to opt-in to agile practices when they feel ready for it to create a sustainable new way of working .

Cooperative Development Using Pair Programming and Non-Solo Development

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 30, 2014 2

Valentin Tudor Mocanu described upgraded form of pair programming using pairing and non-solo development.

Value of Certifications for Agile Transformation

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 22, 2014

Does agile certification depict the knowledge of professional? Thoughts shared by various thought leaders.

Microsoft is Adopting a More Agile Approach

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 12, 2014

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft Corporation, is preaching a more nimble approach of agile implementation to build software as part of the company’s transformation.

Building Agile Relationships with Customers and End-Users

by Ben Linders on  Sep 11, 2014

Teams can become so focused that they forget the world around them and risk losing contact with stakeholders. This makes it difficult for them to know what their customers need and how end users will use their products. At the ASAS2014 conference Daisy Rasing-de Joode will show how successful agile teams create synergy by being interdependent and highly collaborative with their environment.

Do We Need Prescriptive Agile Coaching?

by Ben Linders on  Sep 04, 2014

Agile coaches often use a “hands-off” descriptive approach when coaching teams. The question is if such a coaching approach is always the best solution when teams are adopting agile? Would there be situations where prescriptive “hands-on” coaching could be more effective? How could you do it?

9th Annual State of Agile Survey Now Open

by Craig Smith on  Sep 01, 2014

The 9th Annual State of Agile Survey is currently open for participants to share their adoption of Agile practices and processes for inclusion in the annual report.

Death by Planning in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Aug 28, 2014 1

Management can get the feeling of losing control when their enterprise adopts agile and starts deploying self-organizing teams. Procedures, review boards and consultation bodies can become superfluous when switching to an agile approach, but they may not realize that, says Marcel Heijmans. Trying to regain control with additional planning can make things worse, causing "death by planning".

An Update on Agile Coach Camps Internationally

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 25, 2014

Worldwide Agile Coach Camps continue to allow coaching practitioners to share knowledge and experience with a view to improving outcomes for agile teams across many countries and industries. This post lists upcoming Coach Camps, looks at how and why they work and discusses their impact with participants.

Managing Agile Teams with Project Managers

by Ben Linders on  Aug 21, 2014

Adopting agile in organizations usually impacts the role and activities of project managers. Scrum offers the possibility for project managers to become Scrum masters or product owners. Project managers can also adopt their way of working and the things they do to work together with Scrum masters and agile teams.

Balancing Quality and Velocity in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Aug 14, 2014 1

Agile software development teams have to assure that the products that they develop have sufficient quality. Management often also expect that they increase their velocity to be able to deliver more functionality faster to their customer. Several authors explored the relationship between quality and velocity and suggested ways to improve both quality and velocity.

Huge Retrospectives with Online Games

by Ben Linders on  Jul 31, 2014

Agile retrospectives are mostly done at the team level or at a project level. What if you need to conduct a retrospective with 50 teams or more? Luke Hohmann describes how a large scale agile transformation project did a huge retrospective to create insight on what was going well and what needed to be improved.

Agile 2014 Opening Keynote

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 28, 2014

Sam Gluckenheimer opened the Agile 2014 conference with a talk titled "The Journey to Cloud Cadence" in which he discussed the transformationt at Microsoft Developer Division from a waterfallian box product delivery cycle of four years to Agile practices enabling a hybrid SaaS and on-prem business, triweekly delivery of new features in the service, and quarterly delivery for on-premise customers.

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