Organizations want to improve their business processes, and today they need to do it faster. Is it possible to use agile methods and techniques for business process improvement?
Agile teams sometimes struggle with the planning of pure technical tasks that have no direct value for the user of a system, but have to be done to deliver working software. Should you create user stories to handle such technical tasks and technical debt, or not?
The authors of the Scrum Primer, which includes a graphic explaining the Scrum process which is available for download and use under the creative commons license, have released an anime cartoon version of the diagram, also under a creative commons license.
There is a need for the public sector to adopt agile software development methods. Two case studies which show how agile has been used for the FBI, and at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
In an agile adoption, there is need to develop and sustain an agile culture. What can the Human Resources department or managers do to support the agile in their company, and lower the chance on employees concerns about their roles, assessments of their performance, and on their work environment?
Henrik Kniberg has developed “a 1 day product ownership course compressed into a 15 minute animated presentation”. Based upon this video and some other on-line resources about the product owner role, collaboration between product owners and teams is examined.
Debates are being held in agile communities concerning the right way(s) to do or be agile. It is questioned if you are agile or not, and if you do good or bad scrum. How can you deal with this?
An agile checklist is a tool which can help you to assess your agile implementation in an organization, and assist when adopting agile. Some examples of lists with things that you can check when adopting agile.
A Gartner research report from December 2009 predicted that by 2012 “agile development methods will be utilized in 80% of all software development projects”. Let's check if the prediction from Gartner has come true?
The 10th anniversary edition of the XP Days Benelux 2012 conference continues on the second day. An impression of the sessions about agile adoption, self organizing and managing technical debt.
Buck Hodges argues that long release cycles lead to unhealthy development practices for the Team Foundation Server team, but there is more to short release cycles than just shipping with each sprint. Other changes in how software is planned and developed is needed, including the ability to disable new features rather than fixing them.
A new "Scrum Kickoff Planner" has just been released by Adam Weisbart with the aim of facilitating team discussion around the important facets of starting a new Agile team or project.
The debate about the overlap between Scrum Master and Project Manager roles continues. Many commentators and bloggers strongly advise against combining the two roles, yet many role descriptions and job advertisements combine them into a single job.
Many teams new to Agile start with Scrum. Scrum provides clear guidance, rules, and practices to help teams adopt an Agile mindset. It also surfaces a lot of problems in organizations, which is part of what makes it so difficult for many companies to do successfully. For those that have been doing Scrum for a while, the question becomes, what now? Is this all there is?.
The Wall Street Journal has begun to take notice of the growing number of technology companies that have been practicing Pair Programming and has published their take on the practice in an article titled Computer Programmers Learn Tough Lesson in Sharing.