Category Archives: Agile Tools

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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SolutionsIQ: Automating Application Development, SAFe, and Other Takeaways from AgilePalooza Seattle

“How do we get the servers to be as responsive as our software development?” SolutionsIQ developer/coach Ben Tomasini asked this question last week at AgilePalooza in Seattle. It was just one of the many topics that he and a number … Continue reading

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Super-Sized Agile

Guest post by Bob Schatz of Agile Infusion, LLC The interest in expanding agile development practices is growing at an increasingly faster rate. The good news is that this indicates that companies are seeing positive results in their initial experiences … 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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With Me It’s All or Nuthin’

Forgive me for bringing up show tunes.  I love the old musicals. One of the true classics of American theater is the show Oklahoma.  I got to thinking about this in a very roundabout way the other day.  The song, called … 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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The Agile Checklist Manifesto

Airline pilots use a checklist to clear their planes for takeoff.  In an experiment Dr. Pronovost, a critical care specialist at John Hopkins, used the checklist strategy to attack just one common problem in the I.C.U., infections in patients with … Continue reading

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The Agile Community to Join Forces in Detroit: @AgileAndBeyond

Agile and Beyond: the words paint an image of a dark, star-lit sky. The starship Agile floats through the air toward some distant, efficient, high-performing process improvement. Excuse the attempt at a dreamy, poetic intro; I’ve got Valentine’s Day on … 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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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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