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How to Coach Executives to Become Agile Leaders

It would be nice if executives truly understood agile as well as the teams undergoing the process on a daily basis, and for that there are agile coaches. At CIO.com, Sharon Florentine shares the biggest insights of Michael Hamman of the Agile Coaching Institute. He says there are five roles an agile coach can play for executives: Disorienting partner Thinking partner Truth-teller Mentor Hand-holder Coach of a Thousand Faces About the first role, Florentine relates: …

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An Iterative Waterfall Isn’t Agile

As long as you iterate, you are agile, right? Nope. But Mike Cohn finds that teams across the globe are using an iterative waterfall approach and calling it agile. In a post at his blog, he explains why there is a difference between the two. Slow-Moving Waters The iterative waterfall begins with a sprint that is dedicated exclusively to deciding what needs to be built, which is done through user stories. In this case though, …

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Oracle Research Shows We’re Not as Agile as We Think

Oracle has released the data from its Oracle Cloud Agility study, gauging the global status of agile and the cloud by surveying 2,263 employees at large international organizations. The findings reveal a few surprises, such as that 64 percent polled consider their organizations to be agile, yet only upward of 52 percent of organizations have IT infrastructure capable of meeting the competitive threats of agile. So Says the Oracle A substantial 81 percent of respondents …

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6 Agile Principles that Apply to Everything

The thing about good ideas is that they have a lot of applications. Agile, being an excellent idea, has oodles of applications. In an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine shares the insights of Tim Ottinger, senior consultant at Industrial Logic, who pinpoints six ways that agile can apply to just about anything in business: Sometimes work doesn’t look like work. Deliver value early and often. Break it down. Focus on capacity, not speed. Deal with …

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Agile Tools Reveal Problems—Not Fix Them

Agile tools are not witchcraft, able to solve every problem; they are merely helpful guides. Chris Matts writes a post about the types of problems that capacity planning and metric mapping reveal. It is illuminating reading, but not magical. Seeing with the Third Eye For those not in the know, Matts explains metric mapping as “the practice of linking a hierarchy of metrics using hypotheses.” But let’s start with the benefits as far as what …

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10 Tips for Better Daily Stand-Ups

Daily stand-ups occur pretty often—about once a day—so we should probably invest some effort into making them as useful as possible. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Arun Balakrishnan Shoba describes some ways to use them to better synchronize team members on a project. Stand Up or Stand Down One thing to do is run stand-ups as early as possible, so that teams can better plan their work together. Distributed teams should schedule their new …

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The ‘Show Me the Money’ Approach to Software Development

When in doubt, yield to the eternal wisdom of Tom Cruise. Josiah Renaudin interviews Michael Harris, CEO of the David Consulting Group, for Agile Connection. Harris offers a financially-minded approach to software development, and he brings with him his five-step Value Visualization Framework: Define the units of value delivery. Define the value of a particular story or epic in specific units. Define the size. Define the cost of delay. Quantify the economic value. The Definition …

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3 Ways to Decide if You Have an Agile Business

Are you curious to really pin down if your business has become agile, and to what extent it has become agile? Oliver Ratzesberger writes for Forbes with three strategies to find out for sure. This is the comprehensive approach: Conduct an independent agility audit. Build a realistic “hit list” of existing needs and short-term wins. Assess prospects for ready-made internal partnerships. Measuring Organizational Velocity It is possible to conduct a thorough and company-wide audit from …

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Enabling Agile for Distributed Teams

The spirit of agile extends beyond the four walls of a building, or it can if you know how to do it. In an article for CIO.com, John Perkins addresses how to meet the challenges of the distributed agile team. It is yet another case where collaboration and the right tools make anything possible. Distributed but United The regular issues of working on a distributed team apply here. You have to deal with time zones …

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8 Foolproof Stakeholder Management Tips for Agile Projects

A project without a sponsor is a canoe without oars. And just because you have oars right now does not mean they cannot slip out of your hands later, leaving you adrift. John Weathington writes for TechRepublic with eight tips to keep all your stakeholders happy on an agile project, from the time you disembark till the end of the journey: Secure sponsorship. Spend adequate time on setup. Protect the developers’ rights. Protect the customers’ …

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