Articles published in 2013

Resume for Agile Professionals

Resume for Agile Professionals

Years ago I came across a developer's resume published via Y Combinator's Hacker News, and I was intrigued. . . . I looked up the original resume by Leonardo da Vinci and found that one even more bristling with self-confidence. Ever since then, I have wanted to write a similar resume for Agile project managers. So here it is. . . .

The Value of PERT in Agile Estimation and Risk Management

The Value of PERT in Agile Estimation and Risk Management

When team members vary on the perceived requirements of user stories, this is an indication of ambiguous requirements or unclear scope leading to questionable "done" criteria. Here is where the proven PERT method can be applied even in an Agile environment. . . .

Agility - Looking Beyond Software Development

Agility - Looking Beyond Software Development

Looking at a friend's business predicament, I decided that it was time to adapt Agile practices to try and address a common problem in a niche industry, and that this might well be a perfect case study to investigate and analyze the degree of success with which agility could be implemented in the world beyond software development. . . .

In Scrum We Trust

In Scrum We Trust

When I look over all of the items associated with the Agile Manifesto, there is one belief, one central tenet, that really makes it work. This element is trust. . . .

Why Do Companies Fail in Adopting Agile Practices?

Why Do Companies Fail in Adopting Agile Practices?

More and more companies are adopting Agile to realize the benefits of quicker delivery and better-quality products that reflect user needs. However, other companies become disenchanted with Agile practices. Let’s analyze some of the key reasons why some companies fail in adopting Agile practices -- and what we can do to fix that. . . .

Managing Risk on Agile Projects with Engineering Practices

Managing Risk on Agile Projects with Engineering Practices

Although there is extensive information available on risk management, very little has attempted to rigorously apply effective engineering practices as tools for risk management in Agile development projects. The purpose of this article is to name some engineering practices that, when aligned to Agile product development, will empower overall risk management. . . .

Playing the ScrumMaster Role

Playing the ScrumMaster Role

Many organizations that embark on the journey to achieve greater agility are soon confused by who ought to play the role of the ScrumMaster, and by the nature of that role. Maybe this sounds familiar. . . .

10 Things Business Leadership Should Do for Successful Agile Adoption

10 Things Business Leadership Should Do for Successful Agile Adoption

Agile adoption is a collaborative effort. To sail smoothly and arrive at the desired state, business leaders have to commit their support throughout the journey. Here are ten things that business leadership should do to help the company successfully travel the Agile-adoption path. . . .

Deciding to Go to Scrum

Deciding to Go to Scrum

In some companies project teams are made up of long-tenured senior members. At first blush the reader may think this is an advantage for these companies, but in the move to Agile it can also be a disadvantage.

Top Five Reasons Product Owners Should Attend Daily Scrums

Top Five Reasons Product Owners Should Attend Daily Scrums

While there are many reasons why the product owner's presence and participation in the Daily Scrum are vital, here are the top five. . . .

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