Recently, Agile Coach Michael Sahota has been exploring the impacts of organizational culture on Agile transformations. We caught up with Michael and asked him to answer a few questions for our readers.
Naresh Jain won the Gordan Pask award in 2007. He writes about the need to adapt our processes and build on top of agile practices, one size doesn't fit all and processes must evolve as we tackle more and more complex problems. He examines some of the key elements from the Lean Startup movement and shows how they are the logical next step for many agile implementations.
Kenji Hiranabe is a recipient of the 2008 Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile. He discusses the current state of Agile in Japan, and reflects on the influence that Japanese approaches (such as the Toyota Production System and Lean) have had on the Agile movement. He examines changes happening in the Japanese software industry that is creating an Agile friendly environment.
The Evolutionary Contract Model offers new ways to write contracts for innovative/complex product development that accommodate change and help avoid “The Curse of the Change Control Mechanism”. 4
Bruce Laidlaw and Michael Poulin - each with more than 30 years of experience compared notes on the past and present of IT and provide insights on what the software industry needs, to make progress. 20
If you write software for a living, eventually someone is going to ask you – “When will you be done?” The estimation techniques described in this article can help you answer that question. 7
Many people who try Kanban end up doing it all wrong and then blame Kanban for their mistakes. This article discusses some common ways Kanban can be misused and how to avoid those mistakes. 3
Mattias Jansson, Operations Engineer at Spotify, discusses the adoption of Kanban by the Spotify Operations team and experiences gained during the implementation and use of Kanban. 1
This article takes a look at Edward Deming's work and it's applicability to Agile methods. 2
Jon Arild Tørresdal takes us on a tour of the new processes that have evolved in the Agile community. 15
Elizabeth Keogh suggests how to identify the most important software, reduce unnecessary artifacts at each stage of development, and produce the minimum necessary to achieve a vision. 15
Dave West argues that backlogs are an essential element and not "waste" as currently argued by some in the Lean community. 33