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PMBOK and Agile

by Kelly Waters, 20 July 2011

When I was a project manager using more traditional project management methods, I found the PMBOK (Project Management Body Of Knowledge) really useful.  Unfortunately the PMI (Project Management Institute) charge for it now, but it was useful to me at that time, pulling together all of the most common project management practices in one place. The […]

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Discussing the Definition of Done: 8 Questions & Answers

by Zach Nies, 11 July 2011

Establishing an upfront, common understanding of “done” that suits the unique dynamics of each development project can be one of the most critical activities for Agile teams. With a consistent meaning of done, agreed to by the whole team, velocity or throughput becomes more stable – allowing your team to make and meet commitments, establish [...]

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Do Not Drive Beyond Your Headlights

by George Dinwiddie, 07 July 2011

I’ve heard stories where organizations have “tried Agile” and the results were so bad that they’ll never make that mistake again. In some of these stories the blame is laid at the feet of bad coaches. In some it’s blamed on lack of coaching. In some, the blame is placed on clients who aren’t ready [...]

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Feature Folly

by Jim Highsmith, 01 July 2011

In my executive presentations I spend a fair amount of time on the topic of Do Less, talking about how we waste an incredible amount of time and money building features that are rarely or never used. Published studies put this number at far greater than 50%. I see audience members agreeing, but I can [...]

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Balancing Adaptability and Predictability

by Jim Highsmith, 17 June 2011

One of the most vexing issues for executives and managers is balancing the need for both predictability and adaptability in software delivery. While this might seem like an either/or issue, the solutions are really both/and ones. In presentations I often ask the question, “How many of you have been on Agile teams and were asked [...]

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Agile Best Practices?

by Mike Cottmeyer, 11 June 2011

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 [...]

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Don’t You Have to LOGIN first?

by George Dinwiddie, 11 June 2011

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 is, of course, right in a narrow sense. You can [...]

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