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Karl Scotland05/26/09
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Introducing Kanban, Flow, and Cadence

There has been some noticeable increase in interest in Kanban recently, with a number of people asking for more basic info, and more people writing new blogs and articles.  This is my attempt to describe in more detail my take on it all, which I refer...

Jack Milunsky05/25/09
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Why have a Product Owner anyway?

I can’t stress enough just how important the role of the Product Owner really is. This job is not for the faint-of-heart. In fact, the Product Owner is probably the most important individual on the Scrum team since he single-handedly is responsible...

Jurgen Appelo05/21/09
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Self-Organization (Part 2)

In part 1 of this multi-post article I explained that self-organization has built the universe and everything in it, from quarks to strawberries to humans, and all that lies in between. And then humans acquired consciousness, and they invented the concept of...

Jack Milunsky05/21/09
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Agile and Lean - Closer than you think

Sara Peyton published a really informative blog on Lean Software development. Essentially it's a pretty detailed overview of the characteristics of Lean. The point of the blog however is to outline the differences between Agile and Lean. As Sara points...

Jurgen Appelo05/20/09
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Self-Organization (Part 1)

Self-Organization = Anarchy (Part 1) In the beginning there was nothing. And then something formed quarks. And the quarks organized themselves into composite particles, like protons and neutrons. And these guys, with the help of some friends...

Misko Hevery05/19/09
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Convince your boss to use TDD

A reader asks: My boss knows about TDD but won’t allow us to use it because he thinks that it is just a passing hype that everyone talks about but no serious, big projects actually use it on daily basis. How could I convince him that it is not...

Lyndsey Clevesy05/18/09
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Reduce Your Software Developement Costs Now!

Are your software development costs breaking the bank? Click here for a solution! Adopting Agile methods in your projects is easier than you think. This DZone Refcard teaches you four practical strategies for reducing the cost of software development.  Learn...

Jack Milunsky05/15/09
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Why switch to Agile - besides failure

There's a thread currently bouncing around the Yahoo Agile group as to why organizations would consider switching to Agile. A lot has been said about project failures and there's debating back and forth as to what statistical data is out there to back...

Kirk Knoernschild05/14/09
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Agile 2009 Developer Jam Preview

Agile 2009 takes place in Chicago from August 24th - 28th. The call for papers is closed, and the agenda has been developed. The conference is composed of 20 different stages. As stage producer for Developer Jam, I'm incredibly excited about the sessions...

Kirk Knoernschild05/13/09
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Agile Architecture or Accidental Architecture

Architecture is an overloaded term these days, and one that is not always easy to define. There's also a myth surrounding architecture and agile methods - some feel it isn't necessary. But architecture is a critical component of any software development...

Kirk Knoernschild05/12/09
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The Big Agile Practices Survey

Jurgen Appelo has published the results of his agile practices survey. The information he collected was sizeable, valuable, and interesting. There were a few surprises though. The highest rated agile practice, or the practice often associated with the...

Mike Cottmeyer05/11/09
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Lean or Kanban or Agile

Here I am.. Sunday afternoon.. Mother's day. Just got back from taking the family out for a low key Mother's day celebration and now I've got a little quiet time before the week begins. The conference last week was quite a rush... had a great time... met a...

Kirk Knoernschild05/08/09
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Agile Transitions - NOT!

David Anderson, an agile thoughtleader and Kanban evangelist, has posted a very interesting blog post surrounding agile transitions - they simply don't work! His point is that the approach used by organizations that embark on these initiatives is...

Mike Cottmeyer05/07/09
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Formation of the Lean Software & Systems Consortium

Prior to the Lean & Kanban conference this week... I had the opportunity to participate in the formation of this organization... and as a result have become a founding member.   I'll give you more on my thoughts around this organization sometime next...

Kirk Knoernschild05/06/09
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Agile Coaching Tips

 In this presentation, Rachel Davies provides 10 tips for agile coaches. Whether you're new to agile, or an experienced practioner, this video is enlightening, refreshing, and very pragmatic. My favorite tip? Having courage in your convictions. It's much...

Jack Milunsky05/05/09
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Significance of Time Boxing

Everything in Scrum is time boxed - assuming you go by the book of course. Did you ever stop to wonder why?  The Sprint planning meeting is time boxed to two 4 hours sessions (One to define what you’re doing, the other to define how you’re going to do...

Jack Milunsky04/30/09
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QA - The Agile Approach

QA is always near and dear to our hearts. We all talk a lot about the fact that Quality is "King" but we certainly don't show it. In fact, we cut quality without even so much as a thought - "It's in our bones" (Ken Schwaber). For most...

Jurgen Appelo04/28/09
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Leader vs Ruler

When I was trying to search for "leaders vs. rulers" on Google, I found many references to governments, royalty, and the military, throughout history. But the strange thing is that none of the articles seemed to distinguish between leaders and...

Eric Minick04/28/09
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The Changing Definition of Continuous Integration

As we wrap up every CITCON, we’re asked about what we take away. For me, a revelation was that the definition of Continuous Integration has changed wildly. Traditionally, Martin Fowler’s CI paper has been the benchmark. His current definition is:...

Maxfield Pool04/27/09
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If You Aren’t The Caretaker, Why Are You The Product Owner?

Agile and Scrum has done a horrible and irreversible injustice on software culture with it’s term - Product Owner. The definition of Product Owner straight from Mountain Goat: The Product Owner (typically someone from a Marketing role or a key user in...

Alvin Ashcraft04/27/09
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Kirk Knoernschild04/24/09
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Top 10 Agile Twitterers

In conjunction with the Top 10 Java and Eclipse Twitterers, DZone presents the top 10 agile twitterrers you'll want to follow to stay in touch with leading agile practices and processes. Here's the top 10 list.Follow The DZone TeamYou can get most of the...

James Shore04/24/09
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Stumbling Through Mediocrity

From the beginning of the Agile movement, I've heard the question: "But does it scale?" And at first, I was interested in that question. "We're not sure yet," I would reply. "Here are the challenges of scaling Agile, and here's...

Jack Milunsky04/23/09
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Agile is not just about speed

Without doubt, Scrum has become a household name in Software Development arenas. Scrum as we all know it today, is not an acronym but derives from the game of rugby. A Scrum in Rugby is a loose formation of forwards designed to bring the rugby ball back...