Articles published in November 2007

Agile: ItΓÇÖs the business stupid!

Agile: ItΓÇÖs the business stupid!

It has been said that in a waterfall project you aim a rifle at the target, shoot, and then hope you hit the target. With agile methods, on the other hand, you aim the rifle toward the perceived center of the target, shoot, and then steer the bullet towards the actual center of the target. If the customer is not involved in steering the bullet, you will almost certainly miss the target. The question is, how do we ensure that the customer steers the bullet? This article offers several approaches for obtaining the customer commitment necessary for project success.

The Three-Headed Product Owner

The Three-Headed Product Owner

What do you do when your team needs a committed product owner and no one is available? You don't have the resources to hire from outside and the internal candidates are either not perfectly suited to the position or cannot commit their time. Find out how one team solved this by selecting a committed product owner and then adding to his knowledge base with a committee and user proxies, creating a sort of three-headed product owner.

Scrum and Group Dynamics

Scrum and Group Dynamics

Do theories of group dynamics offer insight into why some Scrum teams succeed while others seem only to struggle? Jörgen Fors thinks so. Find out why he believes learning more about FIRO and RAT could help your team.