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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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4 Great Articles About Agile Even Though They Aren’t

1. Operational Excellence, Meet Customer Intimacy Brad Power writes a great piece weaving Lean concepts in and out of Michael Treacy’s Value Disciplines. He profiles Tesco’s successes in making these two concepts work together. If you don’t think Agile is headed to … Continue reading

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Distributed Agile: Past and Present

In 2006, a company named SirsiDynix in the US successfully executed a fairly large and complex project using a distributed agile approach with help from StarSoft Labs, an Eastern European and Russian outsourcer who was an early pioneer in distributed … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Bug; It’s a Feature

I know everyone who has worked in, or on, or amongst a development team has heard the saying, “It’s not a bug; it’s a feature.” When said, it is usually followed by some laughter, sometimes remorseful laughter. Heck, you’ll even … Continue reading

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All the Good Ideas Are Taken

The Second City in Chicago has been turning out A-List comedians since the 1950s. Countless performers from Joan Rivers and Alan Arkin to John Candy and Steve Carrell started there, then went on to have long-lasting careers in comedy. Many … Continue reading

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Put It On the Team

Do you want to have more effective daily stand-ups? Do you want to have the planning meetings flow better and increase the value of these meetings? Do you want to see continuous improvement flow from your retrospectives? If your answer is … 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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The Realization of Where We Are With Agile

A guest post from Alex Adamopoulos, CEO of Emergn Limited In recent weeks I have been involved in or privy to conversations with four global financial services companies, a research and publishing company and an airline all talking on the topic … Continue reading

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