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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.

AnyPresence Soups up Enterprise MBaaS Platform- Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Oct 30, 2013

Mobile Backend as a Service provider AnyPresence continues to hone their chops. Launching the fifth update to their self-titled platform geared for the enterprise. Co-founder Rich Mendis provides some insights for InfoQ readers…

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?

Agile Adoption in the Public Sector: FBI and Port of Rotterdam

by Ben Linders on  Feb 21, 2013 2

There is a need for the public sector to adopt agile software development methods. Two case studies which show how agile has been used for the FBI, and at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

TargetProcess Offers a Free 5-User Community Edition

by Abel Avram on  Jul 04, 2008

TargetProcess has released a free 5-user Community Edition of its Agile project management software. The Community Edition contains the same features as the full edition of the product with two limitations: a maximum 5 users, and no support.

Understanding Business Value

by Mike Bria on  Mar 10, 2008 2

Aside from "Agile" itself, "Business Value" may be one of the most widely used buzzwords around the floors of any fresh agile project. But, how many of these projects actually have a good understanding of what they really mean when they're saying it? Joe Little presents his thoughts on this very question.

Target Process Agile PM Tools v2.3 Released

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Mar 27, 2007 2

The TargetProcess planning and tracking toolset is evolving quickly. Since release 2.0, they have added Test Cases bound to User Stories and Test Plans, Subversion Integration for requirement-to-source code and defect-to-source code visibility, People Allocation Management and a public Web Services API, making v2.3 a more attractive solution for large Agile shops.

Agile PMs Get it Right the Last Time

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Oct 20, 2006

In his Gantthead article, "Get It Right the Last Time: Developing an Agile Attitude," Doug DeCarlo challenged project managers to ditch the counter-productive "get-it-right-the-first-time" philosophy practiced for so long by so many. Instead, he has proposed some Agile attitudes to help managers think differently about what counts.

Presentation: Agile Project Management Planning and Budgetting

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Sep 12, 2006 5

What happens to planning when teams "self organize"? Agile methods are empirical: plan it, do it, evaluate, plan again. David Hussman reviews practices for planning a project, release, iteration.

Measuring Performance in the Adaptive Enterprise

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 09, 2006

Traditional thinking has turned budgets into fixed performance contracts that force managers at all levels to commit to specified financial outcomes, despite the fact that many of the underlying variables are beyond their control. As Agility increases the futility of this exercise becomes apparent. Thought-leader Jim Highsmith proposes a helpful alternative more harmonious with Agile values.

Jim Highsmith Proposes An Adaptive Performance Management System

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Jul 28, 2006

Jim Highsmith, Director of Cutter Consortium's Agile Project Management Practice told the APLN Leadership Summit audience yesterday: "...to achieve truly agile, innovative organizations, a change in our approach to performance management systems is necessary... 'Conforming to plan' while delivering scant business value will seriously impede agility, whether in projects or the entire enterprise.

Agile Fixed Price Contracting

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Jul 03, 2006 2

On the high-volume ScrumDevelopment newsgroup, an interesting question has appeared, once again: "Is it possible to run SCRUM with fixed price contracts especially custom projects?". Ron Jeffries, Mike Beedle and others offer replies from experience.

Planning 101 for Agile Teams

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  May 25, 2006

Detractors have propagated the myth that "Agile teams don't plan", which couldn't be farther from the truth. Planning is essential to Agile, because of its empirical nature: plan, execute, inspect, adapt... plan again. Stacia Heimgartner outlines the five levels of planning required to set good expectations with all levels of the organization.

Worth Repeating: The BigBook Technique

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  May 22, 2006

Mark Hedlund has a favourite story: he tells of the BigBook Technique, a simple ploy engineers once used to communicate with their CEO about a death-march project. With yet another big-project implosion in the news, Hedlund felt the need to roll out this simple remedy, again. In effect: nine women simply cannot deliver a baby in one month. If that sounds familiar, this story may be of use to you.

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