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Using Objectives and Key Results in a Results-Only Work Environment Company

by Ben Linders on  Mar 10, 2015 3

Matt Rogish talked about using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for company, team, and personal goal setting at the No Pants Festival 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed Rogish about what OKRs are and how you can use them, their strengths and pitfalls, doing annual performance reviews and managing people with numerical goals, and starting with OKRs.

No Estimation in Small And Large Scale Agile Projects

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 13, 2015 2

This post covers the value of estimation in large and small scale projects and views on no estimation.

Evidence-Based Managing of Software Development

by Ben Linders on  Jan 29, 2015

If organizations want to make informed management decisions to maximize the delivered value they will need to gather evidence about value says Gunther Verheyen. InfoQ interviewed Gunther about evidence based software management and finding evidence, how Scrum relates to evidence-based managing, challenges in scaling agile, and advice for enterprises that want to adopt Scrum.

Velocity-Driven Versus Commitment-Driven Sprint Planning

by Savita Pahuja on  Nov 13, 2014

There are different opinions for conducting sprint planning. Long debate is happening between velocity driven sprint planning and commitment driven sprint planning. Mike Cohn, founder of Mountain Goat Software, shared his views in his recent blog on Why I Prefer Commitment-Driven Sprint Planning.

Empirical Measurement of Cycle Time by Slicing Heuristic

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 08, 2014 2

Agile teams which use noestimates, can use slicing heuristic to empirically measure cycle time to help them predict how much, can be done before doing the actual work.

Concerns about Measuring Velocity for Team Improvement

by Ben Linders on  Apr 03, 2014

Agile teams measure the velocity of their sprints. It helps them to plan and track their progress and provides insight for product owners to plan product releases. Can teams also use velocity data when they want to improve themselves? Several authors have written about velocity and shared their concerns on measuring velocity to improve the productivity of teams.

New Scrum Kickoff Planner Aims To Help Agile Teams Start on The Right Track

by Craig Smith on  Oct 24, 2012 1

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 Planning Poker Prevents Fallacies in Effort Estimates

by Michael Stal on  Aug 10, 2012 15

In his recent blog posting “Planning Poker: Avoiding Fallacies in Effort Estimate” Hayim Makabee discusses a common problem of effort estimation called planning fallacy and why planning poker helps to avoid it.

Is Velocity Killing Agile?

by Michael Floyd on  Nov 04, 2011 1

Velocity, the measure of work completed by the team divided by the time taken to complete it, is increasingly being used to manage the productivity of a team and as a comparison between teams. Jim Highsmith, Mark Levison, and Scott Ambler discuss the misuse of velocity as a productivity measure.

The Questions when Measuring Agile Adoption

by Craig Smith on  Oct 25, 2011

There have been numerous attempts over the years to determine the best way to measure the effectiveness of an Agile adoption. Some recent articles have reignited the debate around the most useful metrics.

Count Bug Fixes Towards Velocity? Depends …

by Vikas Hazrati on  Sep 16, 2011 5

There have been numerous arguments and debates in the past on whether bug fixes should be counted towards velocity. There does not seem to be a 'one' right answer. However, Agilists have some recommendations describing situations in which they should be added, how they should be added and where they could be avoided.

Can Earned Value Leverage Agile Methods?

by David Bulkin on  Jun 17, 2011 20

The debate over the value of Earned Value Management (EVM) and integrating it into agile rages heavy as agile penetrates into more large scale IT projects that require EVM. Opinions vary but some believe that not only can agile projects apply EVM; EVM with agile is better than EVM without agile.

Repetitive Tasks an Agile Smell?

by Mark Levison on  Apr 03, 2010 19

Is slicing stories in horizontal tasks an Agile Smell? Is this common habit used in Scrum/Agile Planning meetings - hurting a team's focus on customer value? What is being suggested instead?

What is a Good Agile Metric?

by Mark Levison on  Nov 05, 2009 3

What is an appropriate Agile Metric? If traditional measures like: Earned Value, Hours Worked, Lines of Code, Code Coverage for Tests are not well suited to Agile Projects, then what is? What rules can we define that will help us choose good Agile metrics?

The Minimum Viable Product - a tool for exposing value

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 31, 2009 5

In a recent interview on Venture Hacks (Advice for Entrepreneurs) commentator Eric Ries discussed the concept of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) – doing “just enough” to meet customer needs in order to get a product THAT PEOPLE WILL PAY FOR to market as soon as possible.

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