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Transitioning to Agile

Transitioning to Agile

When traditional Waterfall approaches to software development are not producing the required results, it's natural for Agile to be considered an answer. While I have nothing but support for such a decision, it is not an easy path to follow. . . . This article has been written to prepare teams for what lies ahead.

Mind-Set Shift for Dinosaurs

Mind-Set Shift for Dinosaurs

Spreading the Agile mind-set within a large, old, and powerful company was a very slow process. . . .

What Is the Best Day to Start a Sprint?

What Is the Best Day to Start a Sprint?

I have recently moved to a project where the sprint starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday, and for the first time it made me think about whether it is a good idea to start on a Monday. . . .

The Empirical Process and Collective Learning

The Empirical Process and Collective Learning

As everyone knows, the Scrum framework is based on the empirical process. I'd like to write briefly about how collective learning applies to the empirical process.

Agile Requirements-Gathering for Highly Constrained Systems

Agile Requirements-Gathering for Highly Constrained Systems

In its purest sense, Agile is a philosophy, a way of looking at a software manufacturing process that prescribes specific ways of approaching work natural to the overall software development life cycle. But we are literal beings . . .

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.

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?

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. . . .

Launching Scrum

Launching Scrum

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

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