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Agility - Looking Beyond Software Development

Agility - Looking Beyond Software Development

Looking at a friend's business predicament, I decided that it was time to adapt Agile practices to try and address a common problem in a niche industry, and that this might well be a perfect case study to investigate and analyze the degree of success with which agility could be implemented in the world beyond software development. . . .

Why Do Companies Fail in Adopting Agile Practices?

Why Do Companies Fail in Adopting Agile Practices?

More and more companies are adopting Agile to realize the benefits of quicker delivery and better-quality products that reflect user needs. However, other companies become disenchanted with Agile practices. Let’s analyze some of the key reasons why some companies fail in adopting Agile practices -- and what we can do to fix that. . . .

Managing Risk on Agile Projects with Engineering Practices

Managing Risk on Agile Projects with Engineering Practices

Although there is extensive information available on risk management, very little has attempted to rigorously apply effective engineering practices as tools for risk management in Agile development projects. The purpose of this article is to name some engineering practices that, when aligned to Agile product development, will empower overall risk management. . . .

10 Things Business Leadership Should Do for Successful Agile Adoption

10 Things Business Leadership Should Do for Successful Agile Adoption

Agile adoption is a collaborative effort. To sail smoothly and arrive at the desired state, business leaders have to commit their support throughout the journey. Here are ten things that business leadership should do to help the company successfully travel the Agile-adoption path. . . .

Playing the ScrumMaster Role

Playing the ScrumMaster Role

Many organizations that embark on the journey to achieve greater agility are soon confused by who ought to play the role of the ScrumMaster, and by the nature of that role. Maybe this sounds familiar. . . .

Deciding to Go to Scrum

Deciding to Go to Scrum

In some companies project teams are made up of long-tenured senior members. At first blush the reader may think this is an advantage for these companies, but in the move to Agile it can also be a disadvantage.

Top Five Reasons Product Owners Should Attend Daily Scrums

Top Five Reasons Product Owners Should Attend Daily Scrums

While there are many reasons why the product owner's presence and participation in the Daily Scrum are vital, here are the top five. . . .

Agile X Factors

Agile X Factors

Teams that are dedicated to sprint planning, the Daily Scrum, and sprint review and retrospective will do well. But they will have even more improvement, or become twice as productive, if they adopt some of the technical practices discussed below. . . .

Reorganizing for Agility I

Reorganizing for Agility I

Waterfall probably came about with all good intentions. In some ways it mimics layered software architecture: Interface between the adjacent layers is clearly defined. There is clean delineation of responsibility. . . .

What Do I Do if the Big Boss Doesn't Like Scrum?

What Do I Do if the Big Boss Doesn't Like Scrum?

Let's face it, it's much harder to implement Scrum without the support of senior management. If they are not just skeptical but even reluctant, then, yes, you're going to struggle. This being said, I would like to share the following pieces of advice with you. . . .

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