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Agile Training and Coaching for Managers

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Jun 19, 2014

Several authors discussed the importance of training for the success of agile adoption. Teams usually receive training when organizations are adopting agile. The question is how much and what kind of training and coaching is needed for the managers to make an agile transformation succeed.

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Management Buy-in and Support in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Jan 30, 2014

Adopting agile is an organization change which involves management. It is said that management buy-in is crucial for agile to succeed and that a lack of management support can be a barrier in agile transformations. There are different ways for management to support agile in enterprises.

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Experiences from Applying Kanban at SAP

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Dec 23, 2013

The experiences with more than two years of applying Kanban at SAP were presented by Alexander Gerber and Martin Engel at Lean Kanban Central Europe. Their case study showed how they supported the implementation of lean and agile processes. InfoQ interviewed them about how Kanban was introduced and received within SAP, the training approach and the experiences from teams with the Kanban practices

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Rocket to Mars: A Sprint Planning Game

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Dec 11, 2013 7

“Many team and their product owners believe that the team's unique job is to deliver more and more story points, but we consider this to be a complete misunderstanding of the relation between the team and the product owner” said Damien Thouvenin and Pierrick Revol. They ran a sprint planning game on investing time to produce stories, investigate issues, reduce technical debt, or do training.

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A Course Is Not Mandatory Anymore for the Professional Software Developer 1 Assessment

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 31, 2013

Scrum.org announced that it is no longer mandatory to do a Professional Software Developer 1 course to do the PSD 1 assessment and become certified.

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Video Lessons on Agile Coaching and Organizational Change

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Mar 30, 2013

Two video lessons covering agile coaching and organizational change were released by Pearson/Addison-Wesley in the last quarter of 2012. They provide a different way to increase knowledge on agile adoption for visual and audible learners.

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Presentation: IASA’s Five Pillars of Architecture

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 19, 2012

In his online presentation “Five Pillars of IT Architecture” Jim Wilt, architect at Microsoft, introduced IASA's view on the foundation of architecture. The pillars IASA identified include business technology strategy, IT environment, quality attributes, design and human dynamics.

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PMI Announces Softening of Requirements for New PMI-ACP Certification

by David Bulkin Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 07, 2012 4

The Project Management Institute is softening the eligibility requirements to qualify for their new PMI ACP (Agile Certified Professional) certification test. Previously individuals needed 1,500 hours of experience working on an agile project, with those hours accrued over the last two years. Now the requirement is 1,500 hours of experience on an agile project accrued over the last three years.

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Agile Humour: A Wrap Up of April Fools Day 2012

by Craig Smith Follow 3 Followers on  Apr 04, 2012

The Agile community has a great tradition of making fun of itself and April Fools Day 2012 was no exception. Here is a wrap up of some of the best gags from this year that you may have missed.

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Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 28, 2011

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

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Navigating the Maze of EA Certifications

by Richard Seroter Follow 2 Followers on  Dec 28, 2011 3

There are over a dozen Enterprise Architecture certifications available and they are becoming increasingly critical when hiring and evaluating architects. Microsoft’s Mike Walker categorized these certifications into a Reference Guide that can help architects better understand which certification(s) to pursue.

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Scrum Extensions Update - 4th Quarter 2011

by Christopher Goldsbury Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 27, 2011 2

This is the 4th quarter 2011 update of scrum extensions. InfoQ will be looking at proposed and approved extensions each quarter to see how scrum changes and evolves.

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Mitchell Harper: University Education of Software Engineers is a Waste of Time

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 15, 2011 38

Mitch Harper, co-founder of BigCommerce.com, claimed in a recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald that university education might be the wrong way to become a software engineer. According to Harper, a self-educated software engineer without an university degree: universities leave their students rather unprepared for the realities of being a software engineer.

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Agile 2011 In Summary

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Aug 20, 2011 5

A brief summary and overview of the Agile 2011 conference held in Salt Lake City from 8-12 August. This article lists the key facts about the conference and identifies some of the highlights for this reporter. Future articles will expand on the content of a number of the talks.

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Lack of Software Engineers Bears Risks

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 12, 2011 33

Although many products and solutions increasingly leverage software as an essential fundament, software engineers are becoming a rare species in Western countries. The problem with scarce availability of well-educated software engineers is that many companies require more engineers then they can get and if that gap widens, this could damage the leading edge of some companies.

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