Agile Best Practices?

I’ve decided I really don’t like the idea of best-practices… it’s too easy to use them as a crutch. Some of our best stuff… daily standup meetings, sprint planning meetings, retrospectives, Scrummasters, and Product Owners… all have their limitations. They are not best all the time. But Mike you say… you are a Ri level coach… people new to agile need Shu level practices to get them...

Don’t You Have to LOGIN first?

In my previous post, Avoiding Iteration Zero, I suggested starting with “the one obvious thing that needs to be done? (Hint: it’s not ‘login.’)” As Jon Kern has recently mentioned, this same topic has come up elsewhere. I was also in that list discussion. Jon...

Agile ALM: The Future of Delivery Automation

In the old days, you know those days when waterfall reigned and a certain 3-letter acronym product was widely used, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) systems were large, monolithic, document-centric, and universally hated by rank-and-file engineering staffs. Then...

The “To Do Less” List

“Everyone tries to do too much: solve too many problems, build products with too many features. We say ‘no’ to almost everything. If you include every decent idea that comes along, you’ll just wind up with a half-assed version of your product. What you...

Avoiding Iteration Zero

Teams new to Agile often realize that they have a lot to do before they get their new development process at full speed. Looking at this big and unknown hill in front of them, many Agile teams choose to do an Iteration Zero (or Sprint Zero) to prepare before they...

Public Impediments List !!!

This is essential in Scrum. Why public? Well, so everyone can see and offer feedback on what are our team's biggest impediments. Oh, and the list is prioritized. If the priorities are not obvious, then the ScrumMaster breaks ties. And the real juice is that...

Building Trust, One Iteration at a Time

A while back I talked to a CEO of a contract development shop.  He wondered how Agile could help him with fixed price, fixed scope contracts to deliver software. Of course, the requirements that come with these contracts are never complete or completely accurate....

Scope Issues in an Agile Project

I was talking with a colleague the other day about troubles with scope management in an Agile project. She was lamenting problems that were arising with a particular client who was concerned about the progress of the delivery team. Since Agile teams use time boxed...

Impediment Management and the Agile Triangle

The Agile Triangle, a concept that was discussed by Jim Highsmith in his book Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products, describes how teams and organizations can go beyond the traditional Iron Triangle in defining project success criteria. In the...

Track Your Agile Projects with a Project Burndown Chart

Agile project management often needs more than the practices provided as standard by agile methods. Tracking project status is one area where I think that's true. Scrum includes the concept of a Sprint Burndown Chart.  For those that aren't familiar with it,...

Aldon Agile Manager Now On Windows

A little while ago, I blogged about Aldon's new agile project management application - Aldon Agile Manager. They have just announced that it is now available on Windows, which is obviously great news for all those Windows teams out there! Below is a copy of their...

Aldon’s New Agile Project Management Application

I am delighted to announce that the new sponsor of my blog is Aldon, who have just announced the release of a new project management application called Aldon Agile Manager. I've had a good look through their web site and I've also had the benefit of a pre-launch...

Computer Weekly Blog Awards

Quickly off the back of my recent award at the UK's first ever Agile Awards event, I was pleasantly surprised to learn today that I've also been shortlisted in the Computer Weekly Blog Awards, in the Project Management category. Naturally I was really pleased...


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