There’s no reward for being a Scrum or kanban shop if we are not delivering value to customers. We see virtually no impact of agile or lean on the bottom line of success rates of improvement initiatives, because organizations often look for recipes. We need to change our mindset, and focus on the principles that people follow and values they share and the bigger whole: organizational culture.
Visual project management tools can provide greater flexibility within development lifecycles and improved quality of the overall product through smarter distribution of tasks, but migrating from a scrum-only application to a visual PM tool can be jarring. This article presents six tips for making a smooth transition and two case studies of development teams that have already done so.
Dominik Maximini researched the cultural aspects of organizations that are using Scrum. He published the findings of his research, together with principles for implementing Scrum and suggestions on how to apply these principles and a case study of a Scrum transformation, in the book The Scrum Culture.
With desired agile team traits like self-organising, role blurring and skill diversification, do we still need Test Managers in agile? How are the activities which have long made up the role divested?
Tommy Norman’s Scrum Fundamentals and Advanced Live Lessons training videos help beginners to understand the basic agile and Scrum concepts. The video sessions use animations to explain the concepts.
Lean Product Development takes an end-to-end focus on the flow of work through a system. This article discusses what impedes the flow of work, and how we manage impediments to the flow of work.
Nic Ferrier talks about deploying agile effectively, the need for managers or Scrum masters, focusing on architecture to improve collaboration and using technology to avoid organizational problems.
This article introduces a recent metaphor mentioned in management literature, a richer one than servant leadership: host leadership. A metaphor that is more useful for a modern agile organisation. 2
A mix of existing robust hardware development ideas, plus a few newly taken from Agile software are being used now by real teams, even to get around or through the challenge of doing fast iterations.
The book "Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly" provides a review of agile principles, techniques and tools. It explores the agile methods Extreme Programming, Lean Software, Scrum and Crystal. 4
The book Unblock! A Guide to the New Continuous Agile by Andy Singleton provides ideas and practices for doing distributed cloud-based development with continuous delivery.
When developers become Tech Leads they have to find a balance between leading teams and continuing to do technical work. A book of stories on situations, challenges and approaches for leading teams.