Large Agile Teams

I recently wrote a detailed article about Large Agile Teams that was a detailed walkthrough of how to structure agile teams of various sizes.  I suspect that this is the most comprehensive online discussion of this topic.  The article addressed the following topics: Organizing Agile Teams.  The article starts with a summary of the results of some industry research that...

Offshoring Agile Testing

Over the past few months I've had several people ask me whether it makes sense to offshore agile testing, and more importantly when it makes sense to do so.  So I thought I would share my thoughts on the subject: Focus on whole team testing. ...

Eliminating Waste Depends on Context

On Twitter one of the people that I follow recently tweeted in jest "I am waste".  He had been tweeting about the problem that people will often pay consultants for their advice yet will not follow that advice once it's...

Agile Adoption Success Factors

In November 2011 Paul Gorans, the Accelerated Solution Delivery (ASD) practice lead in IBM GBS, and I ran an agile adoption survey.  The survey explored a range of issue, including the factors that appear to be associated with the success and failure of agile...

Collaborative DevOps

I recently recorded an audio podcast about Collaborative Development and Operations (DevOps) and how it relates to Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD).  The podcast is 17 minutes long and covers a range of topics including:What are the challenges typically faced...

Disciplined Agile Delivery: An Introduction white paper

My new white paper, Disciplined Agile Delivery: An Introduction, is now available free of charge from The paper overviews the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework, a hybrid comprised of strategies from Scrum, XP, Agile Modeling, and other...

Context Counts – Choose the right tools for the job

For some reason, it seems as if everyone's grandfather at one point in time recommended to use the right tools for the job.  That's practical wisdom from my point of view, one that is certainly an issue for agile development.  One of the primary messages, I hope,...

Lean Development Goverance Revised

I'm happy to announce that a revised version of the Lean Development Governance white paper which I co-wrote with Per Kroll is now available.  This version of the paper reflects our learnings over the past few years helping organizations to improve their governance...

The Agile 3C Rhythm

There is a distinct rhythm, or cadence, at different levels of the agile process. We call this the agile 3C rhythm, for coordinate, collaborate, and conclude (which is sometimes called stabilize). The agile 3C rhythm occurs at three levels in Disciplined Agile...

Agile Reality over Rhetoric

There is a fair bit of rhetoric surrounding agile methods, some of which we subscribe to and some of which we don't. We'd like to briefly examine the rhetoric which we've found to be the most misleading for people trying to be effective at adopting agile techniques....

IBM Rational e-book: Agility@Scale

IBM Rational recently published an update to my Agility@Scale e-book, which can be downloaded free of charge.  The e-book is a 21 page, 2.3 meg PDF (sorry about the size, guess the graphics did it) .   It overviews the Agile Scaling Model (ASM), Disciplined...

Agile and Independent Testing

When it comes to testing on agile projects it is common practice for agile teams to adopt a "whole team testing" approach where the team itself does its own testing.  To accomplish this agile teams will often embed testers in the development team. ...

Reworking the Agile Manifesto

I've recently been working with Mark Lines of UPMentors and we've had some interesting discussions around evolving the Agile Manifesto which I thought I would share here to obtain feedback.  Note that this is not any sort of official position of IBM, nothing in...

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