At the outset, it seems like agile is all about short-term focus and a product life cycle is typically the polar opposite – it runs the total gamut in the spectrum that is the life of the product, starting from incubation to end-of-life. So, how does one attribute the relationship between the two? This is where product value comes in.
Fixed price contracts are evil - this is what can often be heard from agilists. On the other hand those contracts are reality which many agile teams have to face. But what if we try to tame it instead of fighting against it? How can a company execute this kind of contract using agile practices to achieve better results with lower risk? This article will try to answer those questions.
When we write software, we're very good at getting requirements and turning them into code. To turn that beautiful code into working software we need to deploy and test it. Often, we fail to emphasize the latter as well as the former. Do you have a backlog of "code complete" software waiting to be deployed, tested, signed-off and made live?
With Agile adoption, context is everything: this book offers patterns and tools to help determine which practices most contribute to meeting your organization's goals. 2
For developers and leaders only familiar with Scrum or XP, Lean may be a bit of a mystery. Here's an introduction to Lean Thinking and how it enhances software development. 7
Developers and the business use numbers differently, leading to poor communication. Here the "Spirit of Agile" tells a developer the trick: translate non-computational issues into number language. 3
The Scrum Product Owner role is powerful, valuable and challenging to implement. It brings healthier relationships between customers and developers, and competitive advantage - if you do it right. 12
Lean thinking aims to reduce waste (in Japanese: muda), overburden (muri) and unnecessary variation (mura). Roman Pichler proposes addressing overburden as the first step toward a leaner process. 8
Based on traditional Earned Value Management (EVM) metrics, AgileEVM is adapted for an Agile PM context. It allows Agile and traditional projects to be tracked within a single program. 8
Why do Agile teams get stuck in the just-average "norming" stage, never making it to the exciting high "performing" stage of team growth? The invisible "learning bottleneck" can stunt performance. 16
"Freedom to choose" underlies many Agile practices. We avoid early commitments to gain flexibility later. The authors propose "Real Options," a thinking tool to help develop and refine new practices. 45
Teams new to Agile wonder which practices to start with, and which will most benefit their own context. This article proposes a customized adoption approach to help teams decide where to focus first.