Category Archives: Agile Methodologies

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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From Appaloosa to Agile: What is Your Agile Team’s Pattern?

What’s the Story? It sounded like thunder!  As I looked toward the field, a group of horses came running from behind the barn at what seemed like 100 miles per hour.  They had their necks outstretched, legs reaching as far … Continue reading

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Why I Love Scrum

Gonna keep this short and sweet… I’ve been practicing Scrum for about 7 years now. And in my experience, it just flat out works. It’s simple, fun, and it brings people together, which is something that can be hard to … Continue reading

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Pepperoni, Metrics and Software

Guest post from Don McGreal of Improving Enterprises The disconnect between the delivery organization and the business is prevalent in the software industry. Somewhere along the line, the real vision behind our projects gets lost. We all know it. Can … Continue reading

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