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Articles published in August 2014

Agile Fall Zones

Agile Fall Zones

There can be a number of reasons for failure when implementing Agile. In my experience, the following are the major ones. . . .

Distributed Retrospectives

Distributed Retrospectives

When people are distributed geographically across various locations, doing the inspect-and-adapt cycle, i.e., the retrospective ceremony of the sprint, becomes a bit challenging. . . .

Linking Project Management Methods and Frameworks

Linking Project Management Methods and Frameworks

There are various project management methods, such as PMP, Prince2, Lean, Lean Six Sigma (DMAIC), Agile, etc. . . . This article outlines the similarities and potential linkages between the methods at a high level so that a project can deliver the best output (and outcome).

Why the Definition of the Minimum Marketable Feature Is as Important as the Definition of Done

Why the Definition of the Minimum Marketable Feature Is as Important as the Definition of Done

Even before anyone starts thinking that I'm degrading the importance of the Definition of Done, let me assure you that this is not the case. . . .

One Story Point = One Person Day?

One Story Point = One Person Day?

While making a decision about investing in an IT project, one of the key elements in the business that a sponsor would look for is the effort estimate. Typically, the expectation would be that the effort is estimated in terms of number of person hours. . . .

Scrum in a Multi-Vendor Environment

Scrum in a Multi-Vendor Environment

Multi-vendor and cultural nuances pose a challenge to assimilating and digesting Scrum values and principles. . . . The fundamental Agile values of openness and transparency take a hit.

Agile and the Organizational Ecosystem

Agile and the Organizational Ecosystem

While a strong statement of support from the CEO will pave the way for successful change efforts, significant work is required to make those change efforts both effective and sustainable. A well-planned approach has to factor in organizational dynamics along with both product and technical management considerations. . . .

A Brief History of the Servant Leader

A Brief History of the Servant Leader

In this article we will examine how the term "servant leader" came about, how it has evolved over time, and how it can be viewed in the context of Scrum.

Agile Team Doctor

Agile Team Doctor

The Agile team doctor -- don't be intimidated! It's not a new role. It can be executed by any team member in order to assess the health of the team. . . .

A Short Brief on Methods

A Short Brief on Methods

Which method for software development is best?

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