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Scaling the Agile Governance Framework with MKII Function Points

Scaling the Agile Governance Framework with MKII Function Points

How a function point (FP) estimation method helped our Scrum teams overcome challenges in managing metrics, governance, and service-level agreements.

14 Principles of Agile Actuarial Modeling

14 Principles of Agile Actuarial Modeling

Building actuarial models is a challenge usually approached via Waterfall -- and such projects suffer from the same issues software development projects face when managed this way. Therefore, we tried implementing Scrum for a recent actuarial modeling project.

Early Warning

Early Warning

Small incidents in my personal life always help me improve my work with Agile teams. I recently learned lessons from an incident with my car and its warning lights.

Death, Taxes, and Estimates

Death, Taxes, and Estimates

Even as an experienced Agile coach, I recognize that uncertainties surround the practice of estimating user stories by using man-hours or story points. Here I'll try to come to my own conclusion.

Milestone Mindset in an Agile Environment

Milestone Mindset in an Agile Environment

Working in different companies, it was always difficult to convince my reporting managers, who have a strong connection to the traditional Waterfall approach, about tying the calendar dates of my delivery plan to important milestones. . . .

Can Burn-Down Charts Replace Status Reports?

Can Burn-Down Charts Replace Status Reports?

Burn-down charts are one among the important metrics that help senior management gain insight into the current status of the team. Can they be used to replace status reports?

Scaling Agile in the Organization

Scaling Agile in the Organization

To successfully scale Agile in an organization requires a balance between securing alignment from other functional areas and coordinating cross-team activities.

An Agile Approach to Software Package Implementation

An Agile Approach to Software Package Implementation

One area in software that has not yet been addressed adequately vis a vis Agile is the acquisition of packaged software, in spite of the large proportion of companies today that acquire and use it.

Why Be Multiskilled?

Why Be Multiskilled?

Being multiskilled in the IT industry is the mantra for success these days. Why?

Watch the Dog

Watch the Dog

Scrum is all about visibility. But what do you do when important team tasks fall off the radar? We found a novel approach that worked for us.

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