Articles published in November 2013

Success Story: Sometimes It Just May Take a Waterfall to Become Agile

Success Story: Sometimes It Just May Take a Waterfall to Become Agile

How does an organization implement something that it has never done, for a client who has never done it prior, using team members who have never done it, for end users who have never used it before?

Serve My Agile Like a Fast-Food Burger -- FAST

Serve My Agile Like a Fast-Food Burger -- FAST

When I began my transformation reflections, a repetitive theme came up: "Make us Agile fast." Can Agile be done faster, can you make us what it took you years to become -- in a month?

Is Agile Another Process?

Is Agile Another Process?

Over the past decade, "Agile" has come to mean different things to different teams. . . .

Why Does Everyone Avoid the Discussion of Backsliding in Agile?

Why Does Everyone Avoid the Discussion of Backsliding in Agile?

For a number of years now, the executives at my company and at others that I have worked with ignore the fact that backsliding is an issue in Agile organizations. . . .

Non-Agile Organization and Team: How to Get Started in the Right Way

Non-Agile Organization and Team: How to Get Started in the Right Way

You've spent the last months or years developing Agile methods for your team. . . . Now the time has arrived to start over again in a new organization. Or perhaps you have been placed in this role for the company in which you are already working as a consultant, manager, or developer. Welcome to your new world! But now . . . what do you do?

The Agile Manifesto Principles

The Agile Manifesto Principles

Following the four values of the Agile Manifesto are 12 principles that, when followed properly, lead to better outcomes and better software. This article discusses these principles. Of course, the devil is in the details . . .

ROI from INVEST-ing

ROI from INVEST-ing

INVEST is a pretty popular mnemonic used in Agile world, and it is "tried" widely. If we may draw an analogy, INVEST is actually an investment and can give you true ROI -- provided you have used it properly. But do we really do so?

Success Story: Information Radiators

Success Story: Information Radiators

Recently I was asked to drive a new software development project with a project team that has been working together for more than a year. Management direction to me? "We want you to use Agile!"

Make the Manager's Job Less Complex

Make the Manager's Job Less Complex

Managing teams seems to be an easy task, from the viewpoint of a team member or individual contributor. However, it is always a tough nut to crack for managers themselves. It's easy until you get the chance to manage a team. . . .

Velocity Complexity

Velocity Complexity

Sometimes we see an interesting overview of how velocity can be used and misused: used -- as in how different people use velocity in different ways -- and misused -- what they are going to do with it, once they have used it in their own ways. . . .

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