Articles published in October 2013

The Challenges of Being Agile in a Project Manager's World

The Challenges of Being Agile in a Project Manager's World

During the course of the latter half of the last decade, the adoption of Agile as the de facto software development paradigm has gained significant momentum. As more and more clients demand increased visibility into the progress being made in a project and require that there be frequent checkpoints to respond to change, the adoption of Agile is no longer an option that organizations can ignore. . . .

Break in Case of Emergency

Break in Case of Emergency

Every worker has at least one horror story about projects: endless work journeys, stakeholders' anger, infinite bug reports, hard feelings in email messages, late delivery, cost going over budget, etc... Could Scrum help you rescue a project under those circumstances?

Pig and Chicken Revisited

Pig and Chicken Revisited

I'm always telling the "Pig and Chicken" story during my trainings. I have two different goals for doing this. The first one is to use this great story to transmit to my trainees/coachees the importance of knowing at any time whether you are involved or committed. The second goal is the subject of this article. . . .

Muchos Caciques y Pocos Desarrolladores

Muchos Caciques y Pocos Desarrolladores

Hace poco alguien me decía que había evolucionado bastante, que ya no desarrollaba y que dirige proyectos, que es todo un PMP. Casi me pega cuando le mencioné que yo siempre voy ser un desarrollador, aunque lamentablemente cada vez lo hago menos. . . .

Agile Software Sustainment in a Government Organization

Agile Software Sustainment in a Government Organization

So, what does it mean to be Agile in a government organization? What does it mean to use Scrum in software sustainment? How does this work? Why is it better than Waterfall processes?

Reduced Value of Consecutive Releases

Reduced Value of Consecutive Releases

An item about ever-reducing value of consecutive releases was lingering in my head, but it did not fully come out till I read a story about Rajen Sheth launching gmail in the enterprise space. He describes how he dealt with road mapping. Road mapping is one of the biggest pains for an Agile mind, since it forces you to plot an exact time line for releasing functionality over at least a year. . . .

Promoviendo el Refactoring

Promoviendo el Refactoring

La primera vez que tuve que confrontar con el "refactoring" en una aplicación, fue un shock de emociones y disgustos, pues de hecho había que mejorar el código de alguien lo escribió de muy mala gana y encima tenía muchas funcionalidades que modificar y agregar. . . .

Instinctual Drift

Instinctual Drift

So you've assembled your teams and even hired coaches and ScrumMasters to facilitate a successful outcome. Now it's down to the wire. Your two-year project is coming to the end. . . .

Tackling the Scrum Challenge in a Large-Scale Digital Program

Tackling the Scrum Challenge in a Large-Scale Digital Program

Today we will discuss not just how we implement but also how we measure and address the day-to-day management questions around different project scenarios, all by using Scrum -- yes, all by using Scrum. . . .

The Fear Factor

The Fear Factor

How often to do you forget that you're dealing with fellow humans when a deadline is at the door? Never, Not Often, Sometimes, All the time?

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