Over the last few years, Agile has acquired a lot of unwanted baggage. . . . However it has come about, the term "Agile" has -- in some circles -- become a loaded one.
There are many reasons why organizations fail when adopting Agile as a software delivery model. . . . This paper focuses on project selection criteria by listing the two key aspects . . . that should be checked before selecting a project for Agile deliveries in organizations that have limited experience in Agile.
A while back I was asked to advise how a sprint burn-down chart should be constructed. There was no time for elaborate discussion, so I just replied with my usual "story points left over time." The guy asking the question was not convinced . . .
Though the primary purpose of the backlogs is to document the requirements and work items, practically speaking, much more could be achieved by creatively structuring them and prioritizing the items. . . .
Trust in a customer/supplier relationship is the most critical factor in an Agile project's success or failure. . . .
Adopting a servant-leadership style makes you an effective ScrumMaster, one I call "ScrumMaster 2.0."
At Macmillan Technical Services, we . . . decided to pilot Scrum with a single development team, and I'd like to share our experience for others who may be looking to start their own pilot Scrum project.
I learned a lot from one project about how to mess up feasible Agile practices and still shout out loud, "Yippee, we are Agile!" Here are a few tips that could (but I genuinely pray will not) help. . . .
SOA enables agility as compared to a monolithic software solution or other tightly coupled approaches. . . .
Do you believe financial rewards are key when it comes to incentives in the workplace? While monetary reward may tell part of the tale, it isn't the whole story. . . .
Scrum teams try, where possible, to identify and plan for risks before the start of a sprint. Unfortunately, issues are the more frequent event a Scrum team has to deal with. . . .
To ensure our soldiers stay Army Strong on the battlefield, they must receive the very best medical care and support. The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command Software Engineering Command (CECOM SEC) and the Defense Health Services System Program Executive Office (DHSS PEO) have partnered to improve the software that supports Army medicine. . . .
The increasing attention to migrate toward Agile and use the Scrum framework for product development needs to be carefully weighed against the specific roles Scrum calls for. . . .
Applying Agile is not only a process implementation. It's more understanding human behavior and changing mind-sets per Agile principles and values. . . .
I've been coaching teams in the Agile space for more than a few years now, and the one aspect of the process that often seems to be undervalued is the retrospectives. . . .
This article covers how we approached handling and accounting for requirements that have changed within the release plan. This is referred to as "discovered value" . . .
Sprint planning meetings are often chaotic, with half-baked stories and lots of assumptions and clarifications left open. In such instances, the planning sessions are often hijacked and the estimates are given by the managers or architects. . . .
For those who are unfamiliar with the development of the IT industry in Mexico, the north, notably Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León; the center (Distrito Federal and Aguascalientes), and the west of the country (Jalisco) are regions and states in which the software industry has boomed in the last 20 years. . . .
Our team encountered two serious problems and learned from our mistakes with them. We were biased with a Waterfall model -- the only model that we knew how to use to manage and run a software project. . . .
The fundamentals of Agile have been described many times, and plenty of writers and bloggers are better at explaining them than I am. . . .