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Unintended Consequences of Good Intentions

Have you ever sat back and wandered about unintended consequences of good intentions. There are a lot of real life examples, but two I’ve reflected on lately are: In the late 90′s we saw a push to increase home ownership, … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Like the User Story Templates

Ok, so you’ve all heard about The Story Template.  In Mike Cohn’s excellent book User Stories Applied he identifies a format that will help teams learn how to better create stories. I want to point out at the beginning that I really … Continue reading

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Where Art Thou Product Owner?

Many moons ago before my agile conversion, while still toiling as a project manager for a large bank, I wanted to purchase my team pizza to celebrate a milestone. To get roughly $200 in pizza, soda, salad and cookies approved … Continue reading

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Forecast Says: Your Forecast is History

You may have a well-articulated, strategic roadmap BUT how, when and what value you deliver against that roadmap can fluctuate. A benefit of iterative delivery and deliberate learning cycles is that product teams can tweak or radically change output based … Continue reading

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Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe): Worth Looking Into?

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the concept of enterprise agile and how the heck to do it. Agile development roots point to a very team-centric concept. And its success has piqued interest from other teams, other business units, … Continue reading

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Managing the Middle Manager Conundrum

Attending Agile 2012 and meeting many practitioners and soon-to-be practitioners of agile development was an awesome experience. The opportunity to network and talk shop with a wide range of individuals cannot be duplicated. Many of the conversations re-opened an age … Continue reading

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Must-Haves for Agile Contracts

Agile contracts are a hot topic. In our recent thought paper, Sourcing for Agile, we discussed the challenges of sourcing software development services where speed and agility are key, and we discussed different management and agile development methodologies that have been tried … Continue reading

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Filling a Void in Agile Development

Agile development organizations come in a variety of shapes and sizes: Small teams of a few people simply getting their job done in a manner they find most efficient. Departments with multiple project teams planning their work in concert. Large … Continue reading

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Agile Development: A Model for a Better Future

The leading barrier to further agile adoption – as noted in VersionOne’s 2011 State of Agile Development Survey – is the ability to change organizational culture. Unfortunately, agile development teams can’t fix this problem by themselves because changing an organization’s … Continue reading

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The Agile Resiliency Factor: Part 1 of 2

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the term agile development? Is it something along the lines of responsive and adaptive? Did you automatically equate this to responding and adapting to changing software requirements? If … Continue reading

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