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How Can I Be Sure My Agile Project Will Deliver On Time?

In agile development the timescale is fixed. So one thing you can be absolutely sure about, is that it’ll deliver on time! The question in agile development is the other way up – how can I be sure enough features will be delivered to achieve the objectives and realise the benefits? And the truth is, that’s still a really tough

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What If An Agile Team Member Won’t Play Ball?

What do you do if someone in your agile development team is simply not playing ball? Particularly if their behaviour is counter-productive to the key principles of agile development and is affecting the team’s performance. One comment I’ve heard (not at my organisation by the way) was to apply the self-organised nature of Scrum and allow the team to raise

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Agile Development At Full Stretch

In my experience, most developers are over-optimistic and tend to under-estimate. However it’s not uncommon for some teams to estimate on the cautious side. If you find yourself in this situation and finishing the Sprint (or timebox) early, include a couple of nice-to-have “stretch tasks” (or features/stories) in future Sprints. It’s important to specifically identify them as stretch tasks, i.e.

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A Fool With A Tool Is Still A Fool!

VersionOne do tools for agile development and I was interested reading the VersionOne blog. Of course it’s important in any approach to have good tools, but in my view the process is much more important than the tools you use to support it. And even more important than that – by far – is the mindset of the people applying

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Ken Schwaber (father of Scrum)

Conchango are one the leading companies in agile development, providing software development services but in doing so really evangelising the agile development movement. Last night I found this set of video clips from Ken Schwaber, father of scrum. Personally I think it’s a really good concise overview of the key points to take to senior management when selling scrum in

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Lose 25% of Developers When Moving To Agile?!

I attended a very interesting web meeting today about SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) and Agile Development with the Burton Group – a consultancy specialising in Enterprise Architecture. They explained all the advantages of SOA and Agile Development and why they are such cool things to be doing. I asked what the main pitfalls were in their experience and I heard

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What Is Agile? (10 Key Principles of Agile)

What is agile?  Agile is one of the big buzzwords of the IT development industry. But exactly what is agile development? Put simply, agile development is a different way of managing IT development teams and projects. The use of the word agile in this context derives from the agile manifesto.  A small group of people got together in 2001 to discuss their feelings

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