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Working with Discovered Value

Working with Discovered Value

This article covers how we approached handling and accounting for requirements that have changed within the release plan. This is referred to as "discovered value" . . .

Success Story: Army CECOM SEC and DHA Partner to Improve Medical Readiness Through Software Process Innovation

Success Story: Army CECOM SEC and DHA Partner to Improve Medical Readiness Through Software Process Innovation

To ensure our soldiers stay Army Strong on the battlefield, they must receive the very best medical care and support. The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command Software Engineering Command (CECOM SEC) and the Defense Health Services System Program Executive Office (DHSS PEO) have partnered to improve the software that supports Army medicine. . . .

How to Understand Stories Better

How to Understand Stories Better

Sprint planning meetings are often chaotic, with half-baked stories and lots of assumptions and clarifications left open. In such instances, the planning sessions are often hijacked and the estimates are given by the managers or architects. . . .

Waterfall Inside a Sprint

Waterfall Inside a Sprint

Our team encountered two serious problems and learned from our mistakes with them. We were biased with a Waterfall model -- the only model that we knew how to use to manage and run a software project. . . .

Agile Methods in Mexico

Agile Methods in Mexico

For those who are unfamiliar with the development of the IT industry in Mexico, the north, notably Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León; the center (Distrito Federal and Aguascalientes), and the west of the country (Jalisco) are regions and states in which the software industry has boomed in the last 20 years. . . .

Scrum in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Scrum in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

SOA enables agility as compared to a monolithic software solution or other tightly coupled approaches. . . .

Value-Added Role: Technical ScrumMaster

Value-Added Role: Technical ScrumMaster

The Technical ScrumMaster (TSM) has a role that carries a lot of weight apart from being a negotiator, facilitator, and/or servant-leader. Why do I emphasize the TSM?

Coaching Scrum Teams Through Radical Collaboration

Coaching Scrum Teams Through Radical Collaboration

After reading the book Radical Collaboration: Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships, by James W. Tamm and Ronald J. Luyet, I shared what I learned with my ScrumMaster friends. We were enthusiastic enough about the ideas that we started a coaching session with the following statement. . . .

Understanding Scrum Through a Simple Metaphor

Understanding Scrum Through a Simple Metaphor

My colleague Madhavi and I were discussing Agile and Scrum in general last week. During the discussion she suggested that it would be nice if there were a simple explanation of the Scrum framework that used a common language that made the concepts easy for anyone to understand. . . .

Good Enough Is the Enemy of Great

Good Enough Is the Enemy of Great

Recently in a discussion with one of my customers, I heard an interesting statement, "Good enough is the enemy of great." I began to analyze the statement and understand its hard and true meaning. . . .

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