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  • Tradeoffs: Giving up Certainty

    by Paul Dolman-Darrall on  Dec 20, 2012

    While organizations operate under an illusion of certainty, tradeoffs are inevitable. Giving up certainty does not mean giving up predictability. This article examines four flow choices for software delivery and presents three choices for IT Delivery: Throughput, Flexibility and all out speed.

  • Interview and Book Review: Specification by Example

    by Shane Hastie on  Oct 24, 2011 7

    Gojko Adzic has written the book Specification by Example, explaining the set of techniques for describing the functional and behavioural aspects of a computer system in a way that they are useful to the development team (expressed ideally as executable tests), understandable by non-technical stakeholders and maintainable to remain relevant despite changing customer demands.

  • Agile Strategy Manifesto

    by Yogesh Kumar on  Aug 04, 2011 7

    A successful business strategy starts with unique value creation. But for an organization to realize the full benefit of it’s business strategies it must develop and maintain them using an Agile approach. An Agile mindset and careful application of feedback provided by an iterative implementation will help retain value and turn good business strategies into great business strategies.

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

An Introduction to Lean Thinking for Software

Posted by Jacky Li on  Jun 23, 2008

For developers and leaders only familiar with Scrum or XP, Lean may be a bit of a mystery. Here's an introduction to Lean Thinking and how it enhances software development. 7

Using Numbers to Communicate - in the Spirit of Agile

Posted by Linda Rising and Barbara Chauvin on  Jun 13, 2008

Developers and the business use numbers differently, leading to poor communication. Here the "Spirit of Agile" tells a developer the trick: translate non-computational issues into number language. 3

Creating Product Owner Success

Posted by Roman Pichler on  May 14, 2008

The Scrum Product Owner role is powerful, valuable and challenging to implement. It brings healthier relationships between customers and developers, and competitive advantage - if you do it right. 12

The Three M's - The Lean Triad

Posted by Roman Pichler on  Feb 27, 2008

Lean thinking aims to reduce waste (in Japanese: muda), overburden (muri) and unnecessary variation (mura). Roman Pichler proposes addressing overburden as the first step toward a leaner process. 8

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