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  • Why the Agile Manifesto Still Matters

    The lack of appreciation for the relevance of the Agile Manifesto’s Values and Principles, even to the point of people “doing Agile” and not being aware of these fundamental ideas at all, can be a serious problem. This article explains why the Manifesto still matters.

  • Agile in the Context of a Holistic Approach

    In this article Jon Kern, co-author of the Agile Manifesto, describes a set of critical practices that serve to build up a holistic view of the project, from which all else proceeds. Fail to do a good job at taking the systems view, and your project will likely not go as well as it could. It might even fail.

  • Offshoring Agile When You Are a Startup

    Working with an offshore partner becomes faster and cheaper as communication technologies continue to improve. It is possible to achieve agility with an offshore team as long as you understand the limitations. Although some of the principles from the agile manifesto are difficult to reconcile with offshoring, they can still be used as guidance to work effectively together.

  • Q&A on the Book SAFe Distilled

    The book SAFe Distilled breaks down the complexity of the framework into easily understood explanations and actionable guidance. It’s a resource for acquiring a deep understanding of the Scaled Agile Framework, and how to implement it successfully.

  • What Exactly is the Agile Mindset?

    We hear, and even use, the phrase “agile mindset.” But what is it, really? In this article several themes are identified, such as respect, ability to change, and focus on delivering value. Additionally, possible methods for introducing and nurturing these themes are identified.

  • Ten Ways to Successfully Fail your Agility

    This article is intended for newbies and agile sceptics who want to challenge their take on agile. It provides 10 ways to successfully fail your agility, implying that by replacing these practices with ones that do the opposite, you will increase agility and improve the odds of being successful.

  • A Focus on Agile Principles over Agile Rituals

    When scaling agile principles through rituals it's important to constantly evaluate and evolve those rituals. This article provides examples of experiments that focus on the original intent when developing team behaviors. It shows how you can be aware of triggers that mean your team is not finding value in a ritual and what you can do to make things more visible.

  • The Right Way to Scale Agile: Scaling Value Delivery over Process

    There is no one way to scale agile. In order to find the right way for you organizations you need to understand what you are trying to achieve and create a process that works to deliver that outcome. This article shows how organizations can help teams remain true to agility and deliver value as they scale Agile — whether from top-down or bottom-up — without following a one-size-fits-all process.

  • Q&A on the Book Agile Impressions

    Gerald Weinberg shares his observations of the agile movement "where it came from, where it is now, and where it's going" in the book Agile Impressions. In the book he explores the agile basics and principles, discusses how he has seen them being violated, and offers ideas and examples for applying the agile principles.

  • Increasing your Agility: An interview with Dave Thomas

    At the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference Dave Thomas gave a keynote presentation titled "agile is dead". While the "Agile" industry is busy debasing the meaning of the word, the underlying values are still strong. Dave Thomas suggests to stop using the word agile and switch to agility: repeatedly taking small steps towards where you want to be and evaluate what happened.

  • Why We Fail to Change: Understanding Practices, Principles, and Values Is a Solution

    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.

  • Emotion and Cognition

    Agile values "individuals and interactions over processes and tools." Understanding individuals and how they interact requires insight into how and why people make decisions. The mind works more like a network than a computer. Emotion influences cognition-often from the driver’s seat. This is why emotional intelligence (EQ) is so crucial to Agile development.

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