Category Archives: Agile Benefits

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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Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Introduction and Overview of the Blog Series (Part 1 of 5)

Agile estimation topics such as relative size effort estimation in story points and velocity based on story points are well-known.  Relative size estimation done as a team effort leads to improved shared understanding of stories.  It takes less time than … Continue reading

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How to Win $1,500 for 15 Minutes of Work

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve gotten the memo by now… We’re running a State of Agile Survey. Big freakin’ deal; so are five other groups out there, right? If you only have time to do one of … Continue reading

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From Agile Pathologies to Agile Health

In my agile-lean coaching, training, and consulting engagements, I often come across software development teams and projects that claim to follow an agile development methodology, usually Scrum.  When I dig deeper, I often find that many of those team are … Continue reading

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