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  • Agile Team Meets a Fixed Price Contract

    by Marcin Niebudek on  Jun 30, 2010 15

    Fixed price contracts are evil - this is what can often be heard from agilists. On the other hand those contracts are reality which many agile teams have to face. But what if we try to tame it instead of fighting against it? How can a company execute this kind of contract using agile practices to achieve better results with lower risk? This article will try to answer those questions.

  • Deployment is the Goal

    by Julian Simpson on  Aug 13, 2009 2

    When we write software, we're very good at getting requirements and turning them into code. To turn that beautiful code into working software we need to deploy and test it. Often, we fail to emphasize the latter as well as the former. Do you have a backlog of "code complete" software waiting to be deployed, tested, signed-off and made live?

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

    by Ryan Cooper on  Jul 21, 2008 2

    Ryan Cooper reviewed Amr Elssamadisy's new book and found it a useful framework for designing customized adoption strategies. Rather than a single recipe of Agile practices for everyone, the reader is offered patterns and tools to help determine which practices will most effectively help them reach their own organization's specific goals.

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

AgileEVM: Measuring Cost Efficiency Across the Product Lifecycle

Posted by Tamara Sulaiman on  Oct 05, 2007

Based on traditional Earned Value Management (EVM) metrics, AgileEVM is adapted for an Agile PM context. It allows Agile and traditional projects to be tracked within a single program. 8

The Secret Sauce of Highly Productive Software Development

Posted by Amr Elssamadisy and Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 14, 2007

Why do Agile teams get stuck in the just-average "norming" stage, never making it to the exciting high "performing" stage of team growth? The invisible "learning bottleneck" can stunt performance. 16

"Real Options" Underlie Agile Practices

Posted by Chris Matts and Olav Maassen on  Jun 08, 2007

"Freedom to choose" underlies many Agile practices. We avoid early commitments to gain flexibility later. The authors propose "Real Options," a thinking tool to help develop and refine new practices. 45

Case Study: Targeted Practice Adoption using Patterns

Posted by Amr Elssamadisy & John Mufarrige on  Jan 29, 2007

Teams new to Agile wonder which practices to start with, and which will most benefit their own context. This article proposes a customized adoption approach to help teams decide where to focus first.

Standish: Why were Project Failures Up and Cost Overruns Down in 1998?

Posted by Jim Johnson on  Oct 03, 2006

After our August interview, readers asked how cost overruns could have jumped from 189% in 1994 to 69% in 1998. This month's CHAOS newsletter looks at the mid-90s events impacting project planning. 13

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