Category Archives: Agile Benefits

Why Your Organization Struggles with Agile

It’s the basics that are killing your organization’s Agile effectiveness. You used to practice them, but then got sloppy. Or you never really learned to practice them that well before the need to scale was pressed upon you, and now … Continue reading

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VersionOne – An Idea Worth Making Simple

Guest post by Michael Swansegar “What’s the most resilient parasite?  An IDEA.   A single idea from the human mind, can build cities. An idea, can transform the world, and rewrite all the rules…which is why, I have to steal … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Failure

They say the best way to learn is sometimes through failure. I couldn’t agree more. Now you may be thinking, “Yeah, that sounds nice, but my boss doesn’t like failure. And I don’t like getting called on the carpet. The culture … Continue reading

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Make It So… If Only Software Project Management Were That Simple

Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Yet many traditional command-and-control organizations think they can work this way. Manager types go behind closed doors and through a series of many meetings come forth with “The Plan.”  The plan directs what is to be … Continue reading

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Start Being Agile Today!

Guest post from Dave Moran, founder and agile coach at Agile Guide in Portland, ME There is a difference between doing agile, which relates to adopting practices and techniques, and being agile, which relates to the mindset and behaviors we … Continue reading

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Agile for the Knowledge Age

One of the greatest ironies in business today is found in our management practices.  Recruitment is estimated to cost nearly 150% of the first year’s salary for the new hire.  This comes as no surprise, since companies want the best … Continue reading

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The never ending Christmas list

It’s that time of year when Christmas lists make the rounds of family and friends. This annual rite of passage can usually be summed up as “I want, I want, I want”. Unfortunately in software development, most of our business … Continue reading

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Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Review of published scalable agile estimation methods (Part 3 of 5)

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I introduced the topic of the blog series and provided an overview.  Scalable agile estimation methods are required to provide reliable estimates of workload (work effort) and also reliable velocity metrics (both … Continue reading

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How to Show Your Value

A new ScrumMaster wanted to know what to do with a 20 point story that wasn’t complete at the end of an iteration. I explained to her that the story and its points move to the next iteration, but she … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Boards We Use In Agile Software Development

I know this is going to sound weird, but I have an affinity for the boards we use in Agile Software Development (or Agile Project Management). I’m using the generic term board, but you may refer to them as Storyboards, … Continue reading

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