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Why Isn’t IT More Agile?

What is the deal, IT? Someone could ask that question regarding a hundred different topics, but in this case, it is the speed of agile implementation. In a slideshow for Baseline, Dennis McCafferty shares data from a survey by Bizagi of over 1,000 senior IT decision-makers and customer experience professionals. The results describe the state of digital transformation and agile IT efforts. Too Complex to Transform McCafferty summarizes the situation like this: With constantly increasing …

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Project Managers Need Agile and Vice Versa

Some in project management have perhaps worried if the rise of agile will prove to be an extinction event for project managers in the long term. Yet agile teams have problems too, running into a lot of old-school challenges of budget and financial forecasts for instance. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Kevin Korterud explains why project managers and agile need each other. Project Yin and Yang Every project manager is going to …

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Five Activities to Reenergize Your Daily Standup Meetings

The conventional scrum format for daily standups might not work for everyone, and that is okay, because agile is all about adaptation. In a guest post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elisa Cepale discusses a modified rhythm that has helped to inject excitement into her team’s daily standups. She shares five standup activities and how they have helped. Five Activities to Try? “What made you unhappy yesterday, and what will make you happy …

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How Businesses Are Making IT Go Agile

Practically any business worth its salt is at least experimenting with agile these days. In an article for ZDNet, Conner Forrest discusses the value of going agile and how IT departments are making the change. It is leaving a good taste on their mouths. The Salty Shift PayPal, in its early days when it was just realizing that it had become a juggernaut of payment innovation, realized its processes could no longer scale well. It …

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What Makes a Great Product Manager?

There is more than one way to cook an egg, but you generally know what you are getting into regardless. Likewise, a product owner might mean something slightly different depending on the business, but there are some qualities they should all share in common. In a post at his blog, the Clever PM Cliff Gilley describes three general areas upon which all product owners should fixate: Relationships Curiosity Focus Managing Sunny Side Up Gilley notes …

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Get SMART about Regression Test Value

On Career Day in middle school, each year they would bring in many of the same people who would tell the same stories. It got old. Regression tests can get old too when they are not expanding their code coverage and regularly demonstrating their value. Leanne Howard writes for AgileConnection about how to only use regression tests that really count. Regression for Progression Howard recommends designing “SMART” regression tests, which you likely know stands for …

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You Liking the Product Doesn’t Mean the User Will

You might be a product owner who fires on all cylinders, but as the Clever PM warns at his blog, you need to remember not to fall in love with your own ideas. There exists a big wide ecosystem beyond yourself, and that ecosystem must be considered if the product you deliver is to be the one that makes people happy. This is a situation where you are not #1. Who’s the User? Chiefly, the …

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4 Ways to Make Agile and Waterfall Work Together

Some businesses just are not comfortable making a hard leap into agile. They might allow some experimentation, but they would like to see some standard waterfall kept in the mix. In an article for CIO.com, David Taber considers four “coping tactics” to blend agile and waterfall in a way that does not ruin both methodologies: Vigorous account management Plentiful change orders Explicit closure of discovery Stipulating a not-to-exceed for each major functional area Agilefall In …

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Who Should Run the Sprint Review Demo?

The sprint review demo should serve as some facsimile of how a product would be used in reality, right? Then who should run it, and how much effort should go into preparing it? In a post at her blog, Natalie Warnert articulates the different schools of thought on the matter to help you build the most meaningful possible demos. The Dry Run One way to approach the demo is that whoever built the functionality should …

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Two Quick Tips for Silencing Complaints about the Daily Scrum

Sometimes team members feel like the daily scrum is too long, perhaps that the “daily” part is taken too literally. Mike Cohn goes over some very simple things that can be used to address and cease these sorts of complaints. Then everyone can get back to complaining about more serious things, like road construction or the prices at movie theater concession stands. Making It Snappy Since the daily scrum is not technically supposed to be …

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