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Training to become an Agile Coach?

[Edited: Updated links 28 Feb 2011] Today I received an interesting question – “What training is there to develop agile coaches as output of the training?” The goal of an Agile coach is grow a productive Agile team that thinks for itself rather than relying on someone to prescribe the way to do things. Showing […]

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DevOps and Continuous Delivery

Last week I attended the Agile Australia Conference. I will post a conference report soon, but thought I would share the 2 main takeaways I had from the conference. One is the DevOps movement and the second is Continuous Delivery. DevOps is a new movement seeking to achieve the business need for rapid delivery of […]

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For Fun – PMI Agile Response

An article called the ‘Sweet Spot’ appeared in the August 2010 edition of the PMI.ORG PM Network Journal. In response to this article, a video was produced which is quite amusing.  Watch the video.

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Two Pizza Teams

If you have been following my blog, you will notice that Dilbert comics seem to jolt me into writing a new entry.  In this comic, the pointy-haired boss actually makes a wise comment when he says “Just break into whatever size groups you think make sense”.  For Agile teams, what make sense is small teams.  […]

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The Illusive Definition of Agile

What is agile?  How would you define it?  Is it a set of practices?  Is it a way of management? We often say agile is a culture and a mindset. To me Agile is not something you do, but something you are. If you don’t subscribe to the Agile values and principles and only follow […]

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Book Review – Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum

I have been a fan of Mike Cohn and his latest book Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum is another great book.  He blends a good mix of theoretical and practical techniques drawn from his past experiences.  This book doesn’t show you how the Scrum Framework works, but it is more of a cookbook […]

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The Mythical Man-Month Is Not A Myth

Brooks’ law is a principle in software development which says that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”.  It was coined by Fred Brooks in his well renowed 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month. There was a recent project where unrealistic timelines were imposed on a team and the project was running late […]

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Managing Defects on Agile Projects

This recent Dilbert comic strip reminded me of a situation when a client was raising cosmetic defect as severity 2. It is often not clear what a defect is and at what level to raise it at (despite agreed severity descriptions) as my example above shows.  And some defects are raised without being related to […]

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Don’t rely on overtime to salvage a plan

I came across a nice analogy today in Mike Cohn’s Succeeding with Agile book which describes what sustainable pace means: Watch any marathon, and each runner will keep it up for 26.2 miles.  Look more closely, however,  and you’ll notice that the pace is not entirely consistent from mile to mile.  Each works a little […]

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Waterfall Alliance

[Humor] Details of the Waterfall Alliance was released on 1 April 2010, which is driven by the values and principles of the Waterfall Manifesto for Realistic Software Development. Some great resources can be found on the Waterfall Alliance website.  Further news of the Waterfall 2010 conference has been delayed (yet again).

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