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Allan Kelly09/26/14
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Nightmare on Agile Street 2: Managed Agile

Blow me down, its happening again… I’m awake. I’m wet, its a cold sweat. Its the small hours of the morning and the dream is horrid....

Anh Tuan Nguyen09/26/14
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Agile is a simple topic

Let's face it, being pure isn't about what you have, it is about what you don't! Pure gold has nothing but gold that's why it is super valuable. We should build our teams on developers, code and business needs. The three pure ingredient of a team, any one taken away and the team is no more.

Johanna Rothman09/26/14
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Projects Where You Can't Predict an End Date

Do you have projects where you can’t predict an end date? These tend to be a job search, a change project, and with a tip of the hat to Cesar Abeid, your life. I like to call these “emergent” projects.

Mike Cottmeyer09/26/14
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Telling Executive Stories

Delivery teams manage and deliver value supported by the tool user stories. While these forms support delivery team conversations well, they are inadequate to support the richer conversation needed by executives to manage investment and value. What forms the basis of these stories?

Rob Galanakis09/25/14
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Two weeks is the worst sprint length

I still prefer one week sprints, which isn’t surprising as I’m an XP advocate. But if a team isn’t able or willing to move to one week sprints, don’t default to two weeks.

Manali Gupta09/25/14
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Choosing the right iteration length in Agile development

Iteration planning plays an important role in agile software development. Iteration, in the context of an agile project, is a time-box during which development takes place, the duration of which may vary from project to project and in most cases is usually of fixed length.

David Mai09/24/14
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The Forrester Wave: Shadow of Business Intelligence

The Forrester Wave Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2014 is a report put together by Boris Evelson, which reviews and compares 16 agile BI providers. The report gives an introduction to people who may be new to the Agile BI industry as well as provides descriptive tables, graphs, and infographics giving more experienced folks a nice market overview.

Dave Fecak09/24/14
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Who Needs Side Projects?

The topic of side projects or personal projects for software professionals (commonly in the form of mobile apps, websites, various GitHub repos, and even technical blogs) has been fairly well-documented in the past few years

Venkatesh Kris...09/23/14
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Your understanding of Kaizen is wrong

Most Agilists and Leanists use Kaizen in the context of team improvement. That is, an agile team should continuously improve, and thus excluding the managers/leaders and the rest of the company. This is exactly where the understanding goes wrong.

Kevin Daly09/22/14
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How an onion can help your development team be more productive

So how do we onboard new team members? How do we make them productive as soon as possible? Layered software design!

Gerry Claps09/22/14
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Product Owners can DESTROY your Agile teams

Every Scrum team has a Product Owner, but not every Product Owner is being 'agile'. Here's 3 steps on how to get it right!

Johanna Rothman09/19/14
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Cost, Value & Investment: How Much Will This Project Cost? Part 2

Delivering working software builds trust. Trust obviates many needs for estimates. If your managers or customers have never had trust with a project or program team before, they will start asking for estimates. Your job is to deliver working software every day, so they stop asking.

Johanna Rothman09/19/14
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Cost, Value & Investment: How Much Will This Project Cost? Part 2

Delivering working software builds trust. Trust obviates many needs for estimates. If your managers or customers have never had trust with a project or program team before, they will start asking for estimates. Your job is to deliver working software every day, so they stop asking.

Paul Hammant09/18/14
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Throughput Over Backlog (an Agile Value)

The initial signatories of the Agile Alliance sat and hashed out 4 key values in their Agile Manifesto in 1998. Colleague Paulo Carroli, a few years ago, socialized a thought that 5th value could be added to the manifesto: Team throughput over detailed work backlog

Rob Galanakis09/18/14
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Japanese vs. Western models of decision making

I was reading a book about The Toyota Way last year and something that stuck with me was a section on Japanese versus Western decision making.

Gil Zilberfeld09/18/14
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How To Waste Estimations

The point is: the effort put into estimation should be small enough to provide the numbers to management.

Vinod Kumaar Ra...09/17/14
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Build it like a sports team

Is it easy to get a crash course in football by Pele or Maradona for a week and produce a world cup winning football team? The answer is NO. Then why do lots of people in the corporate world think of hiring scrum trainers & expert developers to train their team for a week and then expect their team to undergo a transformation at a magical scale?

Mike Bushong09/17/14
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Playing politics and self-defeating behavior

If you take an informal survey about the characteristics of dysfunctional organizations, you will probably hear the word politics rise to the top of most peoples’ lists. But what is really behind office politics?

Mike Bushong09/17/14
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Playing politics and self-defeating behavior

If you take an informal survey about the characteristics of dysfunctional organizations, you will probably hear the word politics rise to the top of most peoples’ lists. But what is really behind office politics?

Gil Zilberfeld09/17/14
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The Code Kidnapper

We’ll get the smart developers, and they can just put their thoughts on paper. Now we’ll take the not-so-smart ones and hand them what the architect has thought of, and they will do the work. And get this, we’ll pay them less, because they just need to type!

Johanna Rothman09/17/14
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Cost, Value & Investment: How Much Will This Project Cost? - Part 1

You need to think about cost, value, and investment, not just cost when you think about about the project portfolio. If you think about cost, you miss the potentially great projects and features.

Mike Cottmeyer09/17/14
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Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance criteria are an important yet, in my experience, often overlooked or undervalued aspect of the iterative planning process.

Michael Sahota09/15/14
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Stop Agile Initiatives!

I am sick to death of Agile Initiatives because they usually fail. The core problem is that the typical approach used to initiate Agile is inconsistent with Agile goals of empowerment and engagement.

Chris Odell09/11/14
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The Codesmith

We are at a point in time where people who write software are much like the craftspeople and artisans in times past. Software is not yet something that can be easily manufactured on an assembly line. So are you a codesmith?

Rob Galanakis09/10/14
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Can you quantify trust?

Bad managers, who are by definition less trusted, can easily rationalize away any attempt at quantification. One quantifiable measure would be employee turnover.