US Department of Defense (DoD) is going agile with the help of Dr. Jeff Sutherland. DoD created a plan of IT modernization and started using new models of software acquisition.
In organizations that are adopting agile people sometimes state that the hierarchy should be abolished and that we should get rid of managers. They consider managers and hierarchy to be something that hinder self-organization of teams.
Agile coaches David Mole and Sandy Mamoli recently presented a talk to Wellington's Agile Meetup group on their successful experience with team self-formation and a big-bang migration to a Spotify-esque Squad Model at Trade Me, one of New Zealand's largest online brands. We catch up with them to understand their motivations and experiences in this endeavour.
Trust is a decision about your investment in the relation says Anko Tijman. Agile governance should be build upon trust. At the Agile Governance conference in Amsterdam Anko Tijman presented being in control through people. Governance is often based on analytical control using structures and models.
Larger organization often have the desire to use Scrum beyond the team level. This news explores some examples of what organizations do to adopt an agile way of working across the enterprise by scaling Scrum.
Enterprise Scrum Definition Release 1.01 released by Mike Beedle as business-oriented, scalable, general empirical management and execution framework.
Estimations are used by agile teams and product owners for prioritizing work and to plan releases of products. They can be done on different levels and in various ways.
Agile teams use retrospectives to reflect upon their way of working. Since it’s the team’s own responsibility to continuously improve themselves they have to decide upon the actions that they will do. What can managers do to support their teams when they are doing agile retrospectives?
Agile teams measure the velocity of their sprints. It helps them to plan and track their progress and provides insight for product owners to plan product releases. Can teams also use velocity data when they want to improve themselves? Several authors have written about velocity and shared their concerns on measuring velocity to improve the productivity of teams.
The 2014 Edition of The Shallot - the online magazine which conducts deep analysis of the state of the information technology industry - has been released.
Separate ideal and current versions of Definition of Done can be used in agile teams. The purpose is to expand Definition of Done to grow in maturity and quality. This can be implemented on physical boards as well as on other electronic Agile Tools like Jira.
Scrum of scrums can be used to scale the daily stand-up meeting when multiple teams are involved. Its purpose is to support agile teams in collaborating and coordinating their work with other teams. Several authors have shared views on scrum of scrums, with experiences of using them.
Random retrospective activity generator "Retr-O-Mat" now available as printed edition, contains 50 activities from various sources.
Mike Cohn explains why sometimes it is worth to present unfinished product backlog items during the sprint review meeting.
Agile retrospectives help teams to find and do actions to improve continuously. There are different ways to do follow up on the actions and to evaluate if actions are leading to better team performance and more value delivered to customers.