Friday , July 21 2017

4 Steps to Agile Success in Government

If there is anyone who could stand to work faster and more efficiently, it is government offices. Gradually, agencies are coming to realize that agile could be the injection of vitality that they desperately need. In an article for GCN, Matthew Schenck shares four steps to introducing agile successfully: Build teams the right way, with overlapping roles. Implement the right tools. Use data to track progress. Be patient. Speed Eventually Team members need to be …

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Why the Whole Team Should Participate When Estimating

The whole team is expected to participate in estimating the size of product backlog items, but not everyone on the team is always going to have the experience to know how to estimate a certain item. How can you still be useful in such a situation? In a post for Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn explains how team members can be useful during estimation even when their skills do not apply to the item at …

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3 Ways to Make Agile Work in the C-Suite

Not just any area of business will benefit from adopting an agile approach. In fact, it takes a lot of analysis and deep understanding of the business to really know where agile will be a home run. However, as Eric Garton and Andy Noble explain in an article for Harvard Business Review, there actually is no danger in having the C-suite itself adopt an agile mindset. Here are three tips for the C-suite to effectively …

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Capacity Planning Is Not Sprint Planning

As agile practitioners know, not all planning is good planning. But it is not just “too much” planning that causes issues. Trying to plan the wrong way is a recipe for disaster too. In this case, a quick article for Scrum Alliance serves up a reminder that capacity planning is not sprint planning, and we must not treat it as such. The Right Planning Scrum teams operate as a collective unit at all times. Capacity …

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7 Tips to Create and Sustain an Agile Product Roadmap

A product roadmap charts the intended evolution of a product over time. Its purpose is to bring alignment and seek the best solutions. Yet product roadmaps fail when they are misconstrued as binding “contracts,” or when they are disconnected from product vision. So in a post for EBG Consulting, Ellen Gottesdiener shares seven tips to build a roadmap that works: Do not use specific dates for milestones, but instead broader “time horizons.” Specify outcome-based metrics. …

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Top Seven Ways to Ruin an Agile Project

Nobody thinks they are going to make the same old mistakes that so many others have made—until it happens. Then they have to take a step back and figure out what went wrong, walking down an all-too-familiar road. In an article for TheServerSide, Daisy McCarthy describes seven of the most common mistakes that doom agile projects, so that maybe—just maybe—you will avoid them yourself: The project is agile in name only. Feedback doesn’t happen when …

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7 Certifications to Entice Every Agile Practitioner

Certification can be a great way to develop new skills. Alternatively, it can be a great way to prove you are capable with the skills you already have too. In any case, certifications are great for a career. In an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine touches upon seven different certifications that could be of interest to agile practitioners: PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner): The Project Management Institute and its various credentials are often seen as the …

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Are Traditional Scrum Masters Becoming Obsolete?

Once upon a time, agile was an alien concept, an oddity at the fringes of management. Now, virtually everyone is doing it. That means comprehension of things like scrum is increasing on the whole. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Kevin Korterud shares three observations on agile’s proliferation that have led him to wonder if the traditional scrum master role might be going away: Agile delivery is becoming mature. Some scrum masters are …

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5 Reasons Your Executives Won’t Get Agile

As managing consultant Matthew Heusser sees it, there is a universal problem businesses are experiencing: Executives are committing to agile and then undermining that commitment almost right away, often unintentionally. How does this happen? In an article for TechBeacon, Heusser shares five reasons executives do not fully understand and embrace agile: Executives see agile as a team-level activity. Executives receive agile training at the wrong level. Waterfall hides inefficiencies from executives. Leaders over-focus on one …

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3 Questions When the Agile Interview Turns Sour

When you show up for a job interview for an agile position, you can never be quite sure what you will get. Does this business really understand agile, or do they just expect agile to be a silver bullet for problems? In an article for Business 2 Community, Ian Mitchell discusses your options for when you are in a situation where the interviewer clearly does not have a full grasp of agile. It could be …

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