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No Bull!

by Kelly Waters, 03 May 2012

Simon Baker from Energized Work has written a great paper about whether or not twelve years of agile has really changed anything in the world of software development? In the paper, Simon writes about the industry as a whole and his own personal experience, in what I think is a really interesting view of what […]

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“Over’s” Usefulness in Decision Making

by Jim Highsmith, 27 March 2012

The Agile Manifesto was written in a very deliberate style, for example, “Individuals and interactions over process and tools.” The word “over” was carefully chosen and establishes a key agile principle that many things in our world are too complex for black or white answers so we need to differentiate between what is critical and [...]

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10 Things Agile Executives Need To Do Differently

by Kelly Waters, 12 March 2012

Agile adoption is sometimes driven from the top by courageous executives boldly declaring “We’re going agile!”.  They see a vision of a better, happier place, where development is better, faster, cheaper, and they want it.  That’s understandable, of course.  But some don’t realise the implications.  When moving to agile methods, it’s not just teams that need to […]

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Beyond Project Plans

by Jim Highsmith, 08 March 2012

The Agile community has long advocated self-organizing teams. However, the emphasis has been on how teams perform work, make technical decisions and the like. Most teams are still operating in the same traditional way when it comes to measuring project performance and the application of controls. If empowerment truly focuses on decentralized decisions and authority, [...]

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The Lean Startup – Not Just For Startups!

by Kelly Waters, 21 February 2012

I recently read the book ‘The Lean Startup’ by Eric Ries.  I was really impressed. First of all, it’s not just for startups!  Eric defines a startup as anyone working on new products or services in an environment of extreme uncertainty.  In today’s business world, where we’re living with a volatile economy, the rapid pace […]

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Clever

by Kelly Waters, 02 January 2012

I’ve recently finished reading this book, Clever, by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, who work alongside Gary Hamel at the London Business School. Gary Hamel I’m sure you know has written many fine words about a new style of management and is one of the world’s leading thinkers in business strategy and management. It’s an […]

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What will 2012 bring?

by Kelly Waters, 21 December 2011

I’m not a big fan of predictions, but I was asked to make some comments about what I think 2012 will bring for the agile community. This is what I think… I think 2012 will see a potential backlash against agile, as more large companies try it and fail. I think this will create more […]

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