Battle Plans for the Self Disorganized

As agilists, we all hear a lot about self-organizing teams.  I'm pretty sure I have already aired several, probably conflicting, opinions about self-organizing teams, like "someone else should assign people to the teams and decide what they should do, and THEN they should self-organize," but today I would like to talk about something even more fundamental:  the self-organizing self.  Are you

From "Agile" to "Astute:" Value Wrangling Requires Technique

I've been putting my shoulder to a wheel which Jim Highsmith has steadily pushed for a long time, and which Gojko Adzic has started actively evangelizing over the past year or so, which is a group effort to brand, rationalize, and advertise practices to help teams...

Agile Quality Tactics Explained in 7 Easy Steps

Are you new to the testing concept, or the "quality" concept, as I've learned to describe it?  I'm still learning, myself.  You may have seen some previous attempts, but I'm happier now.  Here's the framework I've devised most recently to help express how I...

Agile Without Social Engineering

In 2006, Ivor Jacobson famously summarized, "Most important, agile is about social engineering."  And indeed one of the things that makes so many agilists so darned loveable is that we are, as a friend of mine put it yesterday, "the kind of people who want to...

Automated Agile Testing Is Needed, And Someone Needs To Decide To Do It

Did you wake up this morning and think to yourself, "gee, I think I'd like to try some agile today?"  Allow me to leap between you and your coffee to announce that your adoption of agile requires more than just management techniques (stand ups, burn downs,...

Fixed Bid Agile Without Cognitive Dissonance

I've been following a LinkedIn forum discussion with interest entitled "Could we use Agile methodology with a fixed bid contract."  There are some quick, snappy answers to the question which came up immediately which I will quickly put into two categories: Straightforward: ...

6 Steps To Success With Your Executive Boss

You probably think it's simple.  Your boss wants "good news."  The way it will work is three steps: You will do "a good job" at your job You will tell your boss They will reward you "Brotherhood of Man" from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really...

Agile Expects More Than Scrum: A Bulletin From The World of Rugby

Are you tired of being lectured by "Pure Scrum" fanatics?  Some people are so quick to judge!  They will tell you "that's not agile!" or "that's a smell!" when: you have a defined Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) team members are distributed to different...

A Corporate Agile 10-point Checklist

I'm pretty sure my few remaining friends in the "small, collocated team agile" community are going to desert me after this, but I actually have a checklist of 10 things to think about if you're a product owner at a big company thinking of trying out some agile...

Einstein’s Sailboat: 3 Ways To Speed Learning for Agile Newbies

Albert Einstein turns out to have been both an awesomely brilliant physicist and an enthusiastic but comically bad sailor.  Apparently, he spent whole summers amusing his neighbors by capsizing frequently and needing to be fished out of the water.  You would...

Two words for Agile Business Analysts: Pan and Zoom

Do you have trouble wrapping your arms around the question "what do Agile Business Analysts do?"  I figured it out today!  And I will tell you!  And as a special bonus, I figured out what the Waterfall BAs do too--so if you didn't know, and you were worried--and...

The Agile Lumberjack: Why Batched Requirements Are Not As Sensible As You Think

Let's say you're a Business Analyst, and you're okay.  You've done your job for years.  You are a subject matter expert in your own right, and you get the job done.  Suddenly, a sparkly-eyed Agile Guru (SEAG) shows up at your workplace and asks you to stop...


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