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  • Using Kanban to Turn Around Distressed Projects

    by Steve Andrews on  Aug 22, 2012 13

    This case study describes how Kanban and lean development techniques were used to rescue a distressed project that had violated its budget, schedule, and quality constraints. The article presents a detailed account of how the techniques were introduced mid-project to establish control over a chaotic project environment, and is supported with several charts that show the team’s progress.

  • Kanban for Skeptics

    by Nick Oostvogels on  Jul 02, 2012 12

    As a change agent, you constantly need to reassure people that the path we follow is worthwhile traveling. Kanban raises much harder questions on a management and leadership level. This article summarises the most common arguments raised against Kanban and discusses how to tackle them, with links to a free e-book that Nick wrote.

  • The Day I Became Unnecessary - Part 2

    by Claudio Kerber on  Apr 09, 2012 6

    In the second of two articles Claudio Kerber talks about his experiences in team formation and collaboration and explains the process whereby he "became unnecessary" as the team he was working with built trust and cohesion through trust, shared knowledge and shared experiences. He examines the theoretical underpinnings and discusses ways in which servant leadership emerges.

Is Agile Sub-Optimal?

Posted by Terry Bunio on  Dec 05, 2011

Are Agile practices creating projects that are in danger of being or becoming Sub-Optimal? What can we do ensure our projects do not become Sub-optimal? 23

Social + Lean = Agile

Posted by Dave Duggal on  Nov 16, 2011

Dave Duggal discusses the need for organizations to achieve Enterprise Agility through the application of lean and agile principles to the change management process 7

Organizational Culture and Agile: Does it fit?

Posted by Todd Charron on  Sep 26, 2011

Recently, Agile Coach Michael Sahota has been exploring the impacts of organizational culture on Agile transformations... 4

Naresh Jain: Dealing with Change in an Evolving Contextual World

Posted by Naresh Jain on  Aug 24, 2011

Agile is a great starting place, it is important for organisations and teams to get the fundamentals right; just agile isn't enough for many problems today. Lean Startup is the next logical step. 8

What has happened and is happening in Japan’s Agile movement

Posted by Kenji Hiranabe on  Jul 15, 2011

Kenji Hiranabe discusses the current state of Agile in Japan, and reflects on the influence that Japanese approaches (such as the Toyota Production System) have had on the Agile movement. 1

The Curse of the Change Control Mechanism

Posted by Susan Atkinson & Gabrielle Benefield on  May 11, 2011

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

IT And Architecture: Inside-Out Perspectives

Posted by Bruce Laidlaw and Michael Poulin on  Jan 03, 2011

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

Estimation Toolkit

Posted by James King on  Dec 28, 2010

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

Doing Kanban Wrong

Posted by Tim Wingfield on  Dec 22, 2010

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

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