agile

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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Getting Started on an Agile Project

I’m working with a new customer of ours, helping them with the requirements for an application that they will be building in-house. This customer has decided to give Scrum a try, so I’m also helping this project team make that transition as well. This customer had originally decided that they …

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Waterfall and Agile- An Engineer’s Perspective

Last time I talked about validation and verification and how they apply to both software requirements and engineering. Today, I’d like to cover another topic we talk about in our training and how it relates to engineering; software development lifecycles (SDLC) for Waterfall and Agile. Again, to begin, I’d like …

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Just Enough

One concept you’ll hear tossed about in an Agile discussion is that of “just enough.” You want just enough documentation, just enough development and testing, just enough time for meetings, just enough grooming, and so on. The idea is that doing more than is needed means you have throwaway work …

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