Category Archives: Agile Methodologies

Building Software Craftsmen

I see Craftsmanship as the answer to an issue that has been rising in importance over the past several years.  Agile, as a development methodology, has hit the mainstream.   While in many ways this is a good thing, there … Continue reading

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Secret Recipe for Building Self-Organizing Teams

Guest post by Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, Advisor and Curator, Cutter, Techwell, Zephyr Some time back I noticed something odd with an agile team. Team temperature used to be 10 out of 10, and each team member expressed their happiness working on this … Continue reading

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The 4-Step Action Plan for Agile Health: Step 4: Develop and Implement your customized plan for adopting healthy agile-lean practices

Agile development requires a cross-functional, self-organized team to deliver potentially shippable software at the end of each sprint, with analysis, design, code developing and testing activities going on concurrently (not sequentially) within each sprint.      Combining Agile/Scrum development with some of … Continue reading

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Using Legos to Capture Raw Data For Cycle Time & Process Cycle Efficiency

Guest post from David Nicolette, agile coach at Eliassen Group Background I’m one of six technical agile coaches engaged by a large bank to support an initiative to improve software delivery performance. The IT department is an established agile software … Continue reading

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Top 10 Causes of Chaos in Agile Software Development

“Everything is so chaotic.” “Seems like we are constantly in a state of chaos.” “Is agile always crazy and chaotic?” Chaos is a word I hear a lot lately while working with software development teams that are either initially adopting … Continue reading

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What’s Down With Agile Documentation?

Guest post by Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman of EBG Consulting Recently we worked with an agile team that was building an FDA-regulated medical device. Some team members were worried about how to produce the required verification and validation documents. “What … Continue reading

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The 4-Step Action Plan for Agile Health: Step 3: Understand how to use additional enablers of Agile Health

Agile development requires a cross-functional, self-organized team to deliver potentially shippable software at the end of each sprint, with analysis, design, code developing and testing activities going on concurrently (not sequentially) within each sprint.      Combining Agile/Scrum development with some of … Continue reading

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The 4-Step Action Plan for Agile Health: Step 2. Understand how to adopt healthy Agile Mindset Practices and Lean Practices

Agile development requires a cross-functional, self-organized team to deliver potentially shippable software at the end of each sprint, with analysis, design, code developing and testing activities going on concurrently (not sequentially) within each sprint.      Combining Agile/Scrum development with some of … Continue reading

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The 4-Step Action Plan for Agile Health: Step 1. Understand “Legacy Mindset” and “Non-Lean” behaviors to move away from

Agile development requires a cross-functional, self-organized team to deliver potentially shippable software at the end of each sprint, with analysis, design, code developing and testing activities going on concurrently (not sequentially) within each sprint.      Combining Agile/Scrum development with some of … Continue reading

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Agile Software Needs Craftsmen

So, you want to be an Agile shop.  You’ve read all kinds of cool stuff about Sprints, and WIP limits, and daily stand-up meetings.  You even think you get this crazy User Story and Planning Poker stuff.  You put together a … Continue reading

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