Category Archives: Enterprise Agile

Scaling Agile Your Way: SAFe vs. MAXOS (Part 2 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 developing a product or a solution has a unique context:  assumptions, situation, team members … Continue reading

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Scaling Agile Your Way: Agile Scaling Aspects and Context Matter Greatly (Part 1 of 4)

Consider these five very different types of organizations: 1.  An organization with fairly hierarchical management structure, traditional Project/Program Management Office (PMO) trying to transition from traditional waterfall development to agile development.  Some teams have just a few months of experience … Continue reading

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The Impact of Agile and Lean Startup on Project Portfolio Management

With the large number of organizations now adopting agile methods, the existing body of literature has paid significant attention to the function of project management, business analysis, and more recently program management.  This is understandable as individuals filling these roles … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Executives Leading Agile Transformations

Dear Executive, Let me congratulate you on your decision to introduce agile methods within your organization. It is a wise decision that holds incredible potential for your employees, your company, and especially your customers. If you are just beginning your … 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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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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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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