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The Agile Alphabet

The Agile Alphabet

We all start our learning process from our own native-language alphabets. Similarly, I have attempted to create an Agile alphabet (in English) for helping new Agile enthusiasts begin their learning of the common vocabulary. This is not a bible or dictionary of Agile terms; it is a knowledge base. It can always be enhanced to achieve maximum satisfaction and an Agile match-up to the alphabet.

The Value of Release Planning

The Value of Release Planning

"When will you deliver the project?""How can you ask that question? We are Agile!""At least give me a high-level timeline. When should I expect the release?""In the future."In other words: How do we schedule timelines for a project or a product in a complex environment where the outcome of one team is required for the other teams to start their work?

Stumbling Blocks

Stumbling Blocks

Ours was a typical Waterfall team that believed to the core in the SDLC (systems development life cycle). Our requesters were always adamant about sending countless changes to us at all stages of the project flow. This led to a lot of rework, a de...

Story Points Versus Task Hours

Story Points Versus Task Hours

"Cheng, this is just a three-point story. We shouldn't take more than 30 hours to do this," one of the developers told me during the sprint planning. And a development manager once advised me, "Cheng, you must not pull in any other stories, becau...

Planning Sprints on the Rummikub Model

Planning Sprints on the Rummikub Model

I was playing Rummikub with my kids and noticed they were unnecessarily frustrated all the time. In between their own turns they spent the whole time moaning, "You've ruined my plans!" every time another player put a stone down. It was not a new ...

A Scrum Master Is Not a Project Manager by Another Name

A Scrum Master Is Not a Project Manager by Another Name

Contrary to popular belief, the ScrumMaster and project manager roles are highly different and shouldn't be confused. As more companies migrate their project management to Agile, many do so without a proper understanding of what they're aiming for...

Cloud and Agility: A Win-Win Alliance

Cloud and Agility: A Win-Win Alliance

Cloud computing has already changed daily work in the data center, but it also has impacts on IT development projects. As we will see in this article, the three traditional cloud models can improve and simplify the Agile way of working and can hel...

ScrumMaster Tales: The Daily Stand-up

ScrumMaster Tales: The Daily Stand-up

The ScrumMaster Tales is series of stories about ScrumMaster John and his team as they try to work their way through the issues they discover as they first learn to do Scrum. The stories are born of the ideas I wish I had more time to explore in m...

The Agile Team and the PMO: A Vital Link

The Agile Team and the PMO: A Vital Link

In IT projects, and particularly in software development, many teams still do not address Agile methods and thus fail to deliver, or to obtain an acceptable degree of success in their projects. In some situations, especially when IT is not the cor...

Matching Cultures in Outsourcing

Matching Cultures in Outsourcing

Introduction I've collected experiences and observations from serving in two organizations that provide outsourcing services for software companies based in the U.S. My involvement in these organizations has allowed me to be part of more than ten...

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