agile

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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An Ode to Agile

I’m an avid Disney fan and love to do parodies of Disney songs to whatever is going on in my life at the time. Currently, my life is agile; understanding agile and the challenges that come with moving to agile, teaching about agile and writing about agile. This has led …

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Pretending Agile

It’s fun to ask a company or a team if they are using agile development methodologies. You might get a “no”, but you rarely get a “yes” that isn’t followed up with a “but…”. The “but” can be simple little things like the team doesn’t self-organize, or be something a …

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Common issues in moving to agile- Part 1 of 2

I’ve been working on a few agile transformation projects recently as well as writing some whitepapers on agile.  What I’ve found through my own experience as well as reading about and hearing about others is that there seem to be some common issues that companies, especially enterprises, face when transitioning …

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Finding Hidden Assumptions

I was recently lucky enough to attend ProductCamp Austin. If you are not familiar with ProductCamp, it is a free, collaborative “unconference” for product managers and other similar roles. I say “unconference”, because it is completely volunteer driven, and the campers (as attendees are called) vote on what sessions they …

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Going from Agile back to Waterfall

I have heard from numerous people say that once you are on an Agile project, you never want to go back to Waterfall.  I have done just that.  And it is hard but it is doable and enjoyable with the right attitude.  A lot of what you do in Agile …

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Setting boundaries in Agile Requirements Management

I was once part of a team at a consumer-facing technology company, who described themselves as incredibly fast-paced, operating within a rapidly changing environment. This team was smaller (4 developers in a 10-person business unit), so I expected the ability to get things done quickly to be one of our strengths. Upon joining, …

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Interlocks in Agile

One of the questions we often get from companies/projects trying to move to Agile methodology is how does an Agile team deal with interlocks, especially when those interlocks are on the Waterfall methodology and want their requirements and commitment a year to a year and a half in advance? To …

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