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  • 3 years of Kanban at Sandvik IT: Sustaining Kanban in the Enterprise

    by Christophe Achouiantz on  Mar 11, 2014

    This second article in the “3 years of Kanban at Sandvik IT” series focuses on the lessons that the System Development Office learned when sustaining the Kanban method during this 4 years journey. Presented are four qualities that Sandvik IT identified as key when setting-up relevant, and long-term, kanban systems in the enterprise: Stickiness, Clarity, Curiosity and Influence.

  • Kanban at Scale – A Siemens Success Story

    by Bennet Vallet on  Feb 28, 2014 14

    This article shows an internally driven and remarkably smooth Kanban implementation approach which very quickly rewarded Siemens Health Services (HS) with real and sustainable improvements in predictability, efficiency and quality. It demonstrates the benefits of “flow” and its advantages in terms of actionable metrics and forecasting capabilities based on real data captured from recent releases.

  • Solving the Gordian Knot of Chronic Overcommittment in Development Organizations

    by Rolf Häsänen and Morgan Ahlström on  Feb 13, 2014 1

    Why do we promise more than we can deliver? Why do we say yes when we are already too busy? Chronic Overcommitment is a pervasive problem in the IT industry. In this article we take a look at the behaviors that drive over commitment and the dynamics at play in your organization the make it a difficult problem to solve. Finally, we offer some advice to those who suffer from this affliction.

3 years of Kanban at Sandvik IT: The Story of an Improvement Journey

Posted by Christophe Achouiantz on  Feb 10, 2014

A story of an enterprise-wide Kanban implementation, with step-by-step information on how to run Kanban kick-starts and assessments to install a culture of continuous improvements in the enterprise.

Spreading CMMI Practices among Agile Teams in Big Organizations

Posted by Nicolás Afonso Alonso on  Dec 16, 2013

Agile and CMMI complement each other well. Big organizations with self-organized teams can achieve technical maturity levels, by using a common metalanguage and a good-practices catalog. 1

Agile at the Office of Personnel Management

Posted by Richard Cheng on  Nov 30, 2010

Federal Government projects are known for being large and lasting a long time. Some projects go through repeated resets. OPM decided to learn from the past and do things differently.

JetBrains Developer Tools

Posted by Michael Hunger on  Nov 25, 2010

JetBrains is one of the few companies that thrives selling developer tools. In this interview you get some insight in their strategies, current and new products and future plans. 5

Introducing New Technology in Agile

Posted by Paritosh Ranjan on  Sep 14, 2010

This article combines the case-study experience of the author and a general decision-making framework for agile teams facing the challenge of introducing a new technology, mid-stream in a project. 5

Confessions of A New Agile Developer

Posted by Rahul Sharma on  Sep 06, 2010

This short article is a first-person case history of someone taking up Agility for the first time. It covers the problems and reactions that are common to most teams and most developers. 13

The Story of a Project

Posted by Olivier Mallassi on  Sep 01, 2010

Olivier Mallassi shares a story of a typical software development project, some typical problems and what he learned from Tom Demarco about addressing those problems, and an alternative story.

Agile Finance: Story Point Cost

Posted by Christopher Goldsbury on  Aug 18, 2010

This article ties a rather abstract and developer centered concept (story points) to the real world of business (spreadsheets and ledgers). Making this connection is essential for management. 5

Fred Brooks on The Design of Design: Interview and Excerpt

Posted by Dave West on  Jun 30, 2010

A review of Frederick P. Brooks' latest book, The Design of Design. Few individuals have had as much influence on the 'practice' of software development, and his newest book adds valuable insights. 10

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