Articles published in March 2014

The Importance of Pre-Project Sprints

The Importance of Pre-Project Sprints

Many Agilists criticize the idea of planning. In this article, I would like to present a project manager's perspective on why minimum planning is necessary to ensure that the project will be delivered successfully.

How to Manage an Agile Transformation

How to Manage an Agile Transformation

This article explores the change management aspects of an Agile-adoption journey. Though many of these are based on standard organizational change management practices, the specifics of an Agile transformation are highlighted here.

Scrum and Waterfall Integration Dependencies

Scrum and Waterfall Integration Dependencies

Over the past several years, I have worked with many clients who, while in the process of incorporating Scrum, either did not have company-wide implementation or had contracts with third parties who were using Waterfall and did not intend to change to Scrum or any other Agile process. . . .

Transitioning to Agile: Seven Strategies for Business Executives

Transitioning to Agile: Seven Strategies for Business Executives

The call to action is clear: Agile projects are successful three times more often than non-Agile projects (Cohn, 2012), but as an executive where should you focus your attention to facilitate a successful start-up and an eventually successful Agile program?

Launching Scrum

Launching Scrum

Here are a few things that one should do in order to get traction for Scrum in an organization. . . .

Estimation Using Ideal Days

Estimation Using Ideal Days

Here are some of my observations about estimating with ideal days. . . .

The Agile-o-Meter

The Agile-o-Meter

I sometimes ask people where they feel their organization is on the path to Scrum or becoming Agile. The replies are always interesting and tell me more about the type of organization they work in and how it views itself than it does about how Agile they may be.

Undercover Agile Boss

Undercover Agile Boss

Going undercover in a family practice medical group isn't the easiest thing to do. . . .

Moneyball and Agile

Moneyball and Agile

If your company is one that typically resists change, you may feel more optimistic after watching the 2011 film Moneyball. . . .

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Agile Fixed-Price Contracts

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Agile Fixed-Price Contracts

Let's look at some of the most common types of contracts for Agile. . . .

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