Articles published in 2013

Extend Self-Management to Self-Organizing

Extend Self-Management to Self-Organizing

In self-management, planning is simply pushing an item into the backlog, and pulling it out to work on it. In a self-organizing team, there are many interactions, synchronizations, and collaborations, so more comprehensive planning is necessary. This makes me think of the purpose and usage of planning. Why do we need a plan?

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. . . .

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?

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. . . .

Is Agile Another Process?

Is Agile Another Process?

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

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 . . .

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?

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!"

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