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  • Probabilistic Project Planning Using Little’s Law

    by Dimitar Bakardzhiev on  Jun 21, 2015 4

    When working on projects, it is most of the time necessary to forecast the project delivery time up front. Little’s Law can help any team that uses user stories for planning and tracking project execution no matter what development process it uses. We use a project buffer to manage the inherent uncertainty associated with planning and executing a fixed-bid project and protect its delivery date.

  • Using Experiments and Data to Innovate and Build Products Customers Actually Use

    by Ben Linders on  May 28, 2015

    An interview with Jan Bosch, professor of software engineering and director of the Software Center at Chalmers University of Technology, about the benefits that companies can get from increasing delivery speed, the next steps that organisations can take after adopting Agile and DevOps, using experiments to innovate, practices for experimentation and how organisations can become more innovative.

  • Evo: The Agile Value Delivery Process, Where ‘Done’ Means Real Value Delivered; Not Code

    by Tom Gilb & Kai Gilb on  Jan 26, 2015 1

    Current agile practices are far too narrowly focused on delivering code to users and customers. There is no systems-wide view of other stakeholders, of databases, and anything else except the code. This article describes what ‘Evo’ is at core, and how it is different from other Agile practices, and why ‘done’ should mean ‘value delivered to stakeholders’.

#NoEstimates Project Planning Using Monte Carlo Simulation

Posted by Dimitar Bakardzhiev on  Dec 01, 2014

This article shows how to do planning using reference class forecasting with the #NoEstimates paradigm which promises more accuracy in forecasts. 13

Tradeoffs: Giving up Certainty

Posted by Paul Dolman-Darrall on  Dec 20, 2012

Giving up certainty doesn't mean giving up predictability. This article examines 4 flow choices for software delivery and presents 3 choices for IT Delivery: Throughput, Flexibility & all out speed.

Interview and Book Review: Specification by Example

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Oct 24, 2011

Gojko Adzic has written Specification by Example in which he provides advice and guidelines on adopting this approach as a way to create living documentation on a software development project. 7

Agile Strategy Manifesto

Posted by Yogesh Kumar on  Aug 04, 2011

In this article, Yogesh Kumar explains how to apply Agile techniques to create and maintain healthy business strategies. This approach can turn good business strategies into great ones. 7

Agile Finance: Story Point Cost

Posted by Christopher Goldsbury on  Aug 18, 2010

This article ties a rather abstract and developer centered concept (story points) to the real world of business (spreadsheets and ledgers). Making this connection is essential for management. 5

Who Moved my Product Value?

Posted by Mukund Srinivasan on  Jul 05, 2010

Agile seems to be all about short-term focus and a product life cycle is typically the polar opposite. How does one compare the relationship between the two? This is where product value comes in. 3

Agile Team Meets a Fixed Price Contract

Posted by Marcin Niebudek on  Jun 30, 2010

Fixed price contracts are often decried as evil, however they are something which many agile teams face. How can a company execute one using agile practices to achieve better results with lower risk? 15

Deployment is the Goal

Posted by Julian Simpson on  Aug 13, 2009

To turn code into working software we need to deploy and test it. Often, we fail to emphasize the latter as well as the former. 2

Book Review: Agile Adoption Patterns, A Roadmap to Organizational Success

Posted by Ryan Cooper on  Jul 21, 2008

With Agile adoption, context is everything: this book offers patterns and tools to help determine which practices most contribute to meeting your organization's goals. 2

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