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Quick-start: Working with Legacy Code in Agile Environments

Quick-start: Working with Legacy Code in Agile Environments

In most Agile coaching projects, we find that our client applications are not properly covered with automated tests. The organization usually has no plans to throw away those codebases and start from scratch, which means we need to address the evergreen issue of quality in the legacy code.

Top 10 Mistakes Scrum Teams Make

Top 10 Mistakes Scrum Teams Make

There are typical mistakes that disrupt a Scrum team, preventing them from reaching their best level of performance. Because they don't always surface early on, they are difficult to prevent and even to detect. I keep this list of mistakes written down so that my teams can better avoid them.

The Musings of an Agile Kite

The Musings of an Agile Kite

I love analogies. So let me take you into one. Imagine that you are flying a kite. . . .

Agile Transformation

Agile Transformation

When transitioning to Agile (or any new process), it is crucial to create energy across all teams by encouraging and empowering collaboration among them. Here are further strategies to overcome the struggles experienced during the transformation.

My Agile Expedition

My Agile Expedition

My first encounter with Agile was in 2009, when I was given the role of Agile project manager. "What is Agile?" I asked myself, my supervisor, and pretty much everyone around me. The answers that I got varied widely, and my adventure began.

 Adopting Agile Successfully

Adopting Agile Successfully

When companies try to implement Agile, they often make key mistakes at the start. The implementation's failure then conveniently gets blamed on the Agile framework or the coaches. Here are the three steps you can take to start a transformation the right way.

10-Pin Bowling Retrospective

10-Pin Bowling Retrospective

I have uses and adapted a number of different styles of retrospectives with my teams. I have always tried to include an element of fun to ensure that everyone is engaged with the process and that it is not seen as "just another meeting."

Are You Really Working in Agile Mode?

Are You Really Working in Agile Mode?

Your project and your team are the perfect match for Agile only when you introspect in a defined time period. This perfect match is exemplary of mature, practical program management.

9 Lives of the Agile CAT

9 Lives of the Agile CAT

I used to wish I had a perfect definition of Agile — a quick, to-the-point elevator statement I could carry around with me. Then, a few months ago, an event triggered an idea, ultimately curing this predicament.

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Many organizations in today’s marketplace run on legacy systems, which brings a new set of challenges to consultants and IT professionals trying to bring about a change in an organization’s operations.

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