Category Archives: Agile Methodologies

Is DevOps a People Problem AND a Technical Problem?

Over the past few years, I’ve become more familiar with the works of Jerry Weinberg.  One of his best is a book called Secrets of Consulting, which I highly recommend to all those who give advice for a living.  Among … Continue reading

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The Trojan Retrospective – From Crickets to Conversations

This blog is part of a series on “Agile Trojan Horses – Covert Appetizers for Agile Discovery.” This series is intended to help spark conversations that restore focus on agile fundamentals, whet the appetite to discover more about agile, and … Continue reading

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Psssst! I Can Get You Fixed Cost AND Fixed Dates!!

I have an offer you can’t refuse… You don’t have to be afraid, just because I am Sicilian. I am talking about Product Development here, not “garbage collection”. I know it frustrates you that all this Agile stuff talks about … Continue reading

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Agile is NOT For You

Guest post from Daniel Gullo, Apple Brook Consulting You are talking with two consultants about how to transform your organization into an Agile development company so that you can go faster and keep ahead of your competitors. You explain to … Continue reading

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The ‘Agile Playbook’

Football players spend a lot of time studying their Playbooks. And Coaches spend a lot of time creating and updating them. These guys are serious. The stakes are high in the NFL; millions of people are watching. Their stated goal … 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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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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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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What is DevOps, Anyway?

We just got done moderating the latest webinar in the AgileLIVE series… “The Challenges and Rewards of DevOps.” The series started last week with Damon Poole, chief agilist at Eliassen Group. Damon did a really good deep-dive into What is DevOps? … Continue reading

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Scaling Agile Your Way: How to Develop and Implement Your Custom Approach (Part 4 of 4)

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

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