Category Archives: Lean Software Development

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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Agile Mind-sets: The Power of an Analogy

Guest post by Fred Pernet and Roly Stimson of Emergn Never underestimate the power of an analogy. Scientists increasingly think it is central to pretty much all thought, but particularly innovative thinking, where we are moving into new conceptual landscapes and … Continue reading

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Self-Assessing How Agile You Are

A guest post from Ben Linders’ blog: Sharing My Experience. Ben is a Quality, Agile, Lean & Process Improvement expert, co-author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, and editor @InfoQ. Do your teams want to know how agile they are? And … Continue reading

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The never ending Christmas list

It’s that time of year when Christmas lists make the rounds of family and friends. This annual rite of passage can usually be summed up as “I want, I want, I want”. Unfortunately in software development, most of our business … 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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Agile Lean Metrics – How Big Should Your Experiment Be?

Agile 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee has officially wrapped up.  The atmosphere was lively and informative, with all the great vendors and speakers making this a great show.  If you missed this year’s conference, make sure you start planning today for … Continue reading

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The Currency of Trust

Maybe it is one of the trade-offs you make in working for Big Corporate, but I find the (continuing) erosion of trust and empowerment in the corporate workplace troubling. From being told how to do their jobs via rigid/crippling processes … Continue reading

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Reject the Tyranny of Metrics

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one team to dissolve the bondage to metrics and stretch goals, and to begin to develop software at a sustainable pace, a decent respect to the opinions of their coworkers  … Continue reading

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If Your Title Rhymes with “leaf”, “erector”, or “resident” – You Should Learn About Agile and Lean

If you are reading this blog, then you are either part of an Agile transformation or you are someone considering an agile transformation. If you are someone that works in a management or simply a position of authority at your … Continue reading

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