Ultimate Software settled on Kanban as its scaled methodology which went hand-in-hand with the company’s culture of autonomy. Teams define their own process and apply policies specific to their own context. Through the innovative use of flow practices and principles, Ultimate has been able to achieve many of the benefits of a Lean-Agile implementation without the use of a heavyweight framework.
The book Liftoff, Second Edition by Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies, provides practices and insights for chartering teams by understanding their needs, building trust, and defining how they will interact in the team and align with other parts of the organization. It's a book for Agile coaches, Scrum masters or agile product and project managers to help teams to understand the why behind the work.
Our efforts to improve software development face the question of what to focus on. Should we govern for predictability without concern of value, maximizing cost-efficiency without concern for end-to-end responsiveness? Or maybe do the opposite and govern for value over predictability, focus on responsiveness over cost efficiency? What we really need is to be predictably adaptable.
The book Diving For Hidden Treasures by Johanna Rothman and Jutta Eckstein explores how projects become delayed and provides tools and methods to analyze and limit the costs of delay in projects.
It can be difficult to change from a Waterfall approach to the Agile practice in which requirements are prepared ‘just in time. The secret to success in Agile is ruthless management of scope.
An interview with Eddy Bruin and Ray Oei about test plans in agile, how to make stakeholders aware that they can influence quality, and which agile practices they recommend for testing.
The book NoEstimates explores how we can manage projects with a focus on value and predictability, report progress quickly and often, and adapt plans constantly based on existing data.
Little’s Law helps teams that use user stories for planning and tracking project execution, with a project buffer to manage inherent uncertainty of a fixed-bid project and protect its delivery date. 4
Tommy Norman’s Scrum Fundamentals and Advanced Live Lessons training videos help beginners to understand the basic agile and Scrum concepts. The video sessions use animations to explain the concepts.
If you don't want to analyze all user stories in your project in order to estimate size then Randomized Branch Sampling can be used for portfolio related decisions and quotations on prospect projects.
The book "Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly" provides a review of agile principles, techniques and tools. It explores the agile methods Extreme Programming, Lean Software, Scrum and Crystal. 5
Delivering the right products fast can be challenging, certainly when there are many unknowns along the way. If you want to build products fast you need to be able to learn fast and efficiently.