Is Velocity Really the Golden Measurement?

by Mike Bria on  Jan 21, 2008 3

What value do teams get from measuring velocity, beyond the ability to reasonably estimate commitments for the short-term future? J.B. Rainsberger proposes that teams spend less energy scrutinizing velocity and more energy thoughtfully identifying and eliminating areas of waste in their projects.

Target Process 2.7: Agile Project Management tool for Distributed Teams

by Mark Levison on  Jan 21, 2008 6

Target Process 2.7 has been released. Target Process is an Agile Process Management tool that automates many of the tasks associated with an agile project. Notable features in recent iterations include visual iteration planning, program level release planning, individual velocity reports, and more.

Multiple Projects, One Agile Team

by Geoffrey Wiseman on  Dec 05, 2007 5

It's not uncommon for an organization to have one group of developers who need to complete multiple projects. In those situations, how should the group be structured, and how should their work be planned and allocated?

What Makes a Tool Agile?

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Oct 10, 2007 13

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools is the very first of the values of the Agile Manifesto. Tools, however, seem to be a big part of development on most Agile teams. When does a tool help and when does it hinder (Agile) software development?

InfoQ Article: Lean Kanban Boards for Agile Tracking

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 25, 2007 14

"Big Visible Charts" aren't unique to Agile - Lean manufacturing also has its Kanban Boards. "Kanban" roughly means "card or sign," and each Kanban card is "pulled" onto the board only when the work represented by an "in progress" card is retired. In this InfoQ article, Kenji Hiranabe proposes using Kanban Boards to track Agile project status (Time, Task, and Team) to enhance collaboration.

VersionOne release Agile Enterprise 7.2

by Ben Hughes on  Aug 21, 2007

Version One recently announced their new release of V1: Agile Enterprise, InfoQ provide an overview of the new functionality in the latest release of one of the more prominent pieces of Agile project management software.

InfoQ Interview: Experiences with Planning Poker

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Jul 29, 2007 9

In this fourteen-minute interview, Nils Haugen described "Planning Poker," a simple mechanism for arriving at estimates collaboratively, which has additional team building benefits and improves team estimates over time. Haugen shared his views on why this technique is an important tool for Agile teams in this InfoQ interview.

Working with Mingle

by Ben Hughes on  Jul 05, 2007 12

InfoQ had some time with Mingle project engineer Jay Wallace, to use ThoughtWorks' much anticipated Mingle software and demonstrate to us how it differentiates itself from other products by being a truly agile project management tool.

Incremental Software Development without Iterations

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Jun 05, 2007 3

David Anderson described how his team is using a kanban system for their sustaining engineering (maintenance and bug fixing) activities. Iterations have been dropped although software is still released every two weeks. Work is scheduled, monitored, and run via a "kanban board" and daily stand-up meetings.

Aligning Agile with Enterprise Goals

by Geoffrey Wiseman on  May 30, 2007 1

Agile methods have achieved a level of success and respect within development teams, but it is not always easy to extend these methods beyond the development team. In Investing in Agile: Aligning Agile with Enterprise Goals, Dan Murphy and Dave Rooney stated that IT project management has evolved with agile methods, but that the enterprise hasn't followed suit.

The Dire Consequences of Fixed Price Projects

by Ben Hughes on  May 03, 2007 6

In a recent newsletter, Scott Ambler looked at why fixed price projects tend to overrun and often fail to solve the business problems they set out to conquer. Scott named the key problems in fixed price projects, identified the bad habits they encourage for customers and developers, and ended with a call to revisit how we fund our IT projects, offering an alternative.

An SOA and Agile Discussion

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Apr 17, 2007 22

SOA aims at making the entire enterprise agile by using services as the building blocks for applications. Agile software development aims at making organizations agile by introducing practices that increase communication and feedback. This article brought up a few points of agreement and disagreement between the two techniques and readers have started discussion their points of view.

Target Process Agile PM Tools v2.3 Released

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Mar 27, 2007 2

The TargetProcess planning and tracking toolset is evolving quickly. Since release 2.0, they have added Test Cases bound to User Stories and Test Plans, Subversion Integration for requirement-to-source code and defect-to-source code visibility, People Allocation Management and a public Web Services API, making v2.3 a more attractive solution for large Agile shops.

Fun: Planning your Life with Index Cards

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Mar 21, 2007 1

We've all heard the apocryphal stories: "I planned my reno, move, wedding..." using Scrum. Mike Mason of Thoughtworks admitted on his blog: "this whole Agile thing has messed me right up", and shared a picture of his own personal taskboard.

Predictions: The Changing World of IT Work

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Feb 17, 2007 3

In a recent Datamation article, James Maguire noted the challenge of staying employed in an environment in which the rules are continually rewritten. He spoke with Gartner analyst Diane Morello for 5 predictions for those of us thinking about career directions over the next five years.

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