Category Archives: Agile Benefits

‘Twas The Night Before Sprint Planning

We hope you enjoy this holiday poem on Sprint Planning. It was an early holiday gift to the Agile Management Blog from Daniel Gullo, owner/principal of Apple Brook Consulting. Thanks, Daniel! ‘Twas the night before Sprint Planning, and all through the … Continue reading

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Secret Sauce of Running a Great Scrum Team

In this guest post by Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum and CEO of Scrum, Inc., you will learn five reasons why 49% of agile projects fail – and how you can avoid it. My book, “Scrum: The Art of Doing … Continue reading

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Getting The Most Out of Your Agile Testing

Guest post by Kevin Dunne, product specialist for QASymphony Getting the Most Out of Your Agile Testing Testing—even in agile environments—is almost always constrained. Testers and developers may feel beholden to legacy software investments or stuck with status quo methodologies. … Continue reading

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My Journey From Waterfall to Agile (and Back Again)

2007 – I had been working for several years as a traditional Project & Program Manager in the .com division of a Fortune 500 company. There was a constant cloud over my head. I didn’t really enjoy my work and had … Continue reading

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Enforced Workflow is inherently NOT Agile

One of the ironies of being a technologist in the Agile world is that while we love our tools and toys, we also know that some things should be done by hand.  One of my jobs as a consultant at … Continue reading

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The Next Generation of Project Management

Guest post by Chuck Cobb, Breakthrough Solutions/The Business Excellence Group The concept of agile project management is very rapidly evolving and will have a significant impact on the project management profession, causing us to rethink many things we have taken for … Continue reading

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Time to Celebrate with Great Reviews!

Someone recently asked me what one thing would make any company’s Agile transformation and adoption more successful? Almost before the question left their lips, I shot back – “great reviews, company-wide great reviews!” The most mature Agile organizations I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Agile Prioritization: A Comprehensive and Customizable, Yet Simple and Practical Method

There is rarely enough time or resources to do everything.  Therefore, agile teams must use prioritization to decide which features to focus on and which lowest rank-order features could be pushed out of scope when close to the end of … Continue reading

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10 Things You Could Do When You’re Done Writing Code

So you’re two-thirds of the way through your iteration and there are no more development tasks to complete. Nice work! Understandably, your instinct is to pull another story into the iteration, but doing so has risks and disadvantages. When you … Continue reading

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Scaling Agile Your Way: Sweet Spots, Challenge and Unfit Zones for SAFe and MAXOS (Part 3 of 4)

In Part 1 of this four-part series, I explained why a cookie-cutter approach will not work as you undertake large-scale agile initiatives.  Each agile project developing a product or a solution has a unique context: assumptions, situation, team members and … Continue reading

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