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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...

Scrum and STARS

Scrum and STARS

Teamwork is one of the foundations of Scrum. Scrum includes a number of principles and practices that promote working as a team, including team autonomy, self-organization, no explicit manager role, and everyone being called team members (i.e., n...

Doing Agile with Pairing

Doing Agile with Pairing

One of the most important and commonly ignored practices of Agile is pair programming. Under the exciting cloud of planning, Scrums, sprints, backlogs, and demos, organizations tend to ignore the importance of the pair-programming princi...

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...

Full Circle: From Generalist to Specialist and Back

Full Circle: From Generalist to Specialist and Back

I started in the IT industry back in the early 1990s, working for Ford Company in the U.K. Since then I've observed with interest the trends in the skill set required to be successful in our industry. Looking back, I realize I was extremely fortu...

The Flexible Definition of Done

The Flexible Definition of Done

Software projects always take place in an organizational context, and their objectives are in line with organizational goals. Similarly, the sprints that build a project's road map need to have goals that are in line with those of the projects. T...

The RACI+F Matrix

The RACI+F Matrix

We can all agree that shared responsibilities are important on a project, but we should also have clear accountability. Someone must ultimately be answerable for the correct and thorough completion of the deliverable, and that should be a unique i...

How to Use the Daily Stand-up Meeting Effectively

How to Use the Daily Stand-up Meeting Effectively

Daily stand-up meetings play an important role in the success of Scrum process-based projects. Most of us know this, and we know how they "should" be conducted. Yet, time and again, I see these meetings go astray. Here I hope to review the problem...

PURIFF: Scoping the Sprint Tests

PURIFF: Scoping the Sprint Tests

In Scrum, each sprint produces an increment, which is a partial and potentially releasable product. To be releasable, the increment must meet all acceptance criteria and pass different categories of tests. Consequently, each sprint should consider all testing activities required for a releasable product. Unfortunately, during my work on different projects, I have observed that many teams focus only on a subset of testing activities during the sprint.

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