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12 Findings from the Quantitative Analysis of Agile Methods Study

Reifer Consultants have posted a lengthy study at InfoQ, examining data from 3,000 completed projects across 150 organizations globally. This study examines agile trends and how agile is improving productivity in the enterprise. Twelve findings were derived from the research: Agile methods continue to be the predominant approach used for software development. Scrum is the most popular agile methodology. Usage of hybrid methods and agile-at-scale methods on large projects are nearly equal. Agile reversal has …

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3 Phases of Agile Maturity: Where Do You Fall?

Valerie Silverthorne has interviewed Jeffrey Hammond, a VP at Forrester Research, for TechTarget. In this interview, they discuss the current state of agile in organizations and the upcoming Agile 2017 conference. Among other things, Hammond believes efforts to scale agile are being stymied by the wrong attitudes. He identifies three phrases of agile maturity, and only one of them can create a competitive advantage. Confused Perspectives Hammond recounts an instance of a customer who bemoaned …

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Minimum Viable Analytics for the Bottom Line

What is the least amount of data you require in order to make confident decisions right now? This amount might be called your “minimum viable analytics” (MVA), a concept that consultant Andy Carvell introduces in a post at Mobile Stack Growth. He describes what it will take to home in on the leanest analytics for a variety of different situations. Min-Maxing Initially, the main reason to seek out lean analytics is just to save yourself …

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It’s Okay Not to Use Scrum

People say all the time that “agile” does not have to mean “scrum,” but not everybody really means it. For some, scrum (or kanban) is all they can imagine. HubSpot’s VP of Product Christopher O’Donnell however reveals that their business stopped using scrum six years ago. In an article for ThinkGrowth.org, he explains the processes they have adopted instead. Nimble New Shapes At HubSpot, O’Donnell says they reached a point where sprints began to feel …

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6 Habits for Business Leaders to Succeed with Agile

Although executives now understand the value of agile, they are often led to believe that agile is just something for software developers to figure out. They do not realize they too play a crucial part in agile success. McKinsey aims to rectify this. In an article, Santiago Comella-Dorda, Krish Krishnakanthan, Jeff Maurone, and Gayatri Shenai describe six habits that business leaders should embody when getting agile: Put skin the game. Shape the product together. Cheer …

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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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The Illusion of Measuring What Customers Want

Businesses make decisions based on what they believe customers want. To that end, they use all manner of tools and surveys seeking to quantify what it is customers want, and also how much they want it. However, in a post at JTBD, Alan Klement lays out the case for why “measuring” what customers want is not actually possible, and we need to reframe how we approach the issue. Not a Straight Comparison William Bruce Cameron …

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4 Pillars of Agile Integration

Agile integration has to do with understanding—from conception—how software will integrate with other business components and services in order to generate success. Senior Directors from Red Hat at the Red Hat Summit from May 3 discussed what they view as four pillars of this crucial integration. In an article for TechRepublic, Scott Matteson shares and breaks down these four pillars: Distributed environments Containers APIs People Raise the Roof Old integration efforts fixated on having a …

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The UK Is Losing £37 Billion Annually to Failed Agile IT Projects

An article at TechNative shares data from IT consultancy 6point6, who conducted a survey with 300 CIOs in the US and the UK. The findings might be described as “harsh.” For instance, 21 percent of US agile projects fail completely, and it is estimated that 32 percent of US and UK agile projects fail to some degree. Ouch The failure adds up to an approximate £37 billion loss for the UK. Equally worrying, half of …

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The Three Biggest Challenges of Scaling Agile

Implementing agile is a bumpy ride, but the drive is manageable. Scaling agile, however, is a cross-country road trip, and you better have a good navigator. In an article for TechTarget, CEB IT practice leader Mark Tonsetic describes three major scaling challenges that IT leaders must address. These challenges were identified through collecting data from almost 300 agile teams over five years: Product owners are made, not born. Legacy funding processes are inadequate for scaling. …

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