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Agile Requirements Document

At Seilevel, on our Agile projects we have introduced a project artifact called the Agile Requirements Document or ARD that we create during the planning phase of a project.  We have done this on several projects and have had good success with it.  An ARD is conceptually similar in some …

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Managing Product Backlogs in Diverse Agile Environments

Managing a Product Backlog when there is only one development team in an organization creating one solution at a time is relatively straight forward. However, large enterprises have multiple development teams creating a multitude of solutions with interdependencies between them. Managing product backlogs in these situations becomes very tricky, especially …

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Popular- Agile Style

I absolutely love the Broadway musical “Wicked.” So when my trivia team had a question about Wicked last week, it gave me a great idea for another installment of agile parodies. This time, I chose “Popular,” my favorite Galinda song in the musical where Galinda volunteers to make Elphaba popular. …

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Sprint Carry-Over: An Agile Team’s Dirty Little Secret

What does “Done” mean, really? Working on an Agile project is really an exercise in honesty and self-reflection; if your team can’t predictably complete its work, can’t progress through each of its sprints; it’s safe to assume each of your team’s releases will be equally unpredictable. And here lies the …

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The Power of Screen Mock-Ups

I’m helping a customer on their first agile project, and at the moment we are focused on getting the backlog into a state that development can get started. I’m a little late joining the team, a lot of work had already been done, so I’m helping ensure that all of …

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Common Issues in Agile Delivery

As more of our customers are transitioning to agile and we work on more agile projects, we’ve identified a set of common issues that can hinder a team’s ability to deliver value with the agile cadence. These issues are focused on agile delivery and less on issues with agile transformation …

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Agile is a Cultural Revolution

Agile is often spoken of a development methodology along the lines of “Agile is a development methodology; other common development methodologies are Waterfall, Iterative, etc.”  This is akin to saying something like “Weightlifting is a means of keeping fit; other common techniques to stay fit are aerobics, swimming, running, walking, …

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Common issues in moving to agile- Part 2 of 2

Now that we’ve covered the tactical issues that teams face when moving to an agile methodology, I’d like to take some time to look at the over-arching thought process and organizational issues that we’ve seen customers face. Not adapting to agile speed or thought process Some teams find it hard …

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