Category Archives: Agile Methodologies

Lots of carryover? Try swarming

Scrum teams are made up of individuals with cross functional skills that commit to completing the sprint backlog as a team. Instead of a traditional Project Manager assigning tasks, the team decides how they are going to get the work … Continue reading

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Agile Beyond Software: A Manifesto For All Industries

When the Agile signatories created the Manifesto, software was obviously at the core of their thinking, which makes sense as they were all building software at the time.  As it has grown in its popularity, however, Agile has gone beyond … Continue reading

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New ScrumMaster Tips

I recently completed a blog on PMs transitioning to a ScrumMaster role.  I was inspired to put together a quick blog post for new ScrumMasters after reading a question that was posted to social media.  The poster basically wanted to … Continue reading

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What does it really mean to be an Agile Tester?

I was a QA Lead back in the mid 90’s for a couple of years, before any of this fancy Agile stuff really started taking off. Waterfall all the way back then; mostly manual testing, with full regression cycle at … Continue reading

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Agile Beyond Software: GM Case Study

There is an ongoing debate about whether Agile is just for software or if it can be extended to other industries.  I for one believe the Agile values and principles can be applied beyond software, but, in a recent discussion … Continue reading

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It Isn’t Agile; It Is Life!

One of the things I like to start with when introducing agile development is the quick application of agile development to life. I ask the question: “Did you plan today six months ago? Did you plan getting out of bed, … Continue reading

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Changing the Mindset of Agile Teams

Guest post by Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, delivery coach, author, advisor and curator with Techwell Agile is not about practicing Scrum, XP or Kanban. It is a mindset that one needs to cultivate. It is not about doing a daily standup or … Continue reading

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Three Agile Styles

Guest post by Allan Kelly, founder of Software Strategy in the UK From time to time I feel sorry for those coming new to agile. I feel sorry because some of them expect to find agile provides a solution to … Continue reading

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Agile Management: Avoid the “Pretty Swans vs. Ugly Ducklings” Dichotomy

I usually come across two classes of workitems in agile projects as I train, consult and coach clients at VersionOne. Class A workitems: Customer-driven or user-driven  stories, features, epics, business initiatives Class B workitems: By definition, everything else.  Several examples … Continue reading

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5 Steps to a More Agile Organization

Guest post by Arlen Bankston of Lithespeed What keeps most organizations from true agility?  The most common cause is a lack of holism; agility exists as a development aid alone. It is practiced to the degree possible by IT groups, … Continue reading

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