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Why Agile Works

Here is an article I read recently that I found really interesting.  It’s an introduction to complexity theory and provides some insight into human behaviour and why agile works… Introduction to Complexity Theory Hope you find it interesting too… Kelly.

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IT Transformation

Agile is often the subject of an entire IT transformation within an organisation. But what is IT transformation? Transformation means different things for different organisations and what it is depends entirely on each organisation’s own unique situation, and what they are trying to achieve. It’s also something that keeps changing, as the organisation, customers and the market continues to change,

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Scrum Team in Waterfall Land! What to do?

The real question sent to me was: What are some tips for integrating our SCRUM model with non-Scrum groups who will not be adopting the process?

One can go many places with this question, and there could be other questions within this questions.

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Independent Interpretation

Many organizations segregate their programmers and testers in order to achieve independent validation of requirements.  If the system is tested according to an independent interpretation of the requirements than used for implementation, then errors in those interpretations may be detected. This course of action is obviously prudent when the requirements are handed down to the […]

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The Value of Stable Teams

As a senior manager, one of the most valuable things you can do for any development team is to create an organizational structure that enables stable teams.  Permanent, lasting teams; not teams that assemble for a project and then disband to reform around a new project.  Particularly if projects are relatively short, it’s highly valuable to keep teams stable, not

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Top 3 Reasons Designers Object to Agile and How to Overcome Them

As larger organizations are diving into using Agile methods, we hear a lot of questions about how teams integrate various specialities and skill distributions. One common question that is frequently asked by traditional UX departments is “How will our work and focus change?” Moving from traditional design practices to agile design practices is a big […]

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Solving Symptoms

Recently, I attended two retrospectives.  Different teams, different states, different facilitators. I’m usually on the other side, leading retrospectives. Both retrospectives followed the “make lists” pattern.  One made two lists  “What worked well” and “What didn’t work well.”  The other made three lists “What worked well,” “What didn’t work well,” & “Issues or questions.” Once […]

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Productive Meetings: 1, 3, many

Do you know how to run a really productive meeting? I don’t. I’m learning, and I run meetings with various success so far. My most recent insight is related to the size of a meeting group. Let’s evaluate various sizes and identify str…

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Where should I sit?

Inevitably, there will be some change to your team.  Someone will leave or perhaps you will have new members joining you. Either way, you will be asked the question “Where should I sit?”. Do not take this question lightly.  You have the opportunity to make significant changes with the addition or departure of a team […]

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The Michael Phelps attitude

Whatever thing we do, what is our attitude?  In work or in much of the rest of life, I think our attitude should be some interesting combination of humble and aggressive.

My business is lean-agile-scrum.  Are we ever finished learning Scrum …

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All About Agile

By Kelly Waters

“’Agile’ is one of the biggest buzzwords of the last decade. Agile methods often come across as rather more complicated than they really are. This book is an attempt to unravel that complexity. To simplify the concepts. This book breaks the concepts into small bite-sized pieces that are easy to understand and easy to implement and delivers the message in a friendly and conversational style. Allaboutagile.com is one of the most popular blogs about agile on the web. ”

Kelly Waters

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Emma Hopkinson-Spark

“Whilst there are lots of ways you can vary the game depending on the teams you have and the learning outcomes you want, the basic flow of the game play is common to all.”
Emma Hopkinson-Spark

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