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Don’t “Control” Agile Projects

by Jim Highsmith, 20 March 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

One common complaints about agile methods is that management doesn’t have the same degree of “control” over projects. We need to stop worrying about this complaint as a vice and start thinking of it as a virtue. When we “control” agile projects we can lose a significant portion of the benefit of agile methods. The […] The post Don’t “Control” Agile Projects appeared first...
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Agile Tetrahedron move above the PM Triangle for Value

Agile Tetrahedron - ver 1Who can explain the classic Project Management Triangle?  I've found that everyone has heard of it and uses it fairly well in a sentence. But when it comes...
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The Agile Late Majority has different needs

Are we applying a great solutions to a poorly understood problem?   What is the question - we know the answer is 42.The early adopters of Scrum were seeking a method of controlling...
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User Stories and Story Splitting

In Scrum and other Agile methods, a common way to manage feature requests is with User Stories.  I’ve been teaching people about User Stories and doing workshops with teams for...
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Our Evolution of Visual Process Management

I’ve poked around the subject of visual process management in my previous articles, accentuating the complexity and non-linearity of software production process, and how a traditional...
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Tracking velocity

It’s very common for organizations to track the velocity of the Agile teams over time. This is quite a reasonable datapoint to plot. Combined with other data, it might give you...
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Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

by Jim Highsmith, 28 February 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

A couple of years ago I was talking to the CEO of a medium-sized company. “We started the year with 10 strategic initiatives,” he said. “It’s now May and we’ve scrapped 4...
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SAFe – Good But Not Good Enough

by Ron Jeffries, 27 February 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

I recently took the SAFe SPC training, with instructors Jennifer Fawcett and Al Shalloway. My bottom line assessment is that it will be a marketing success, organizations trying it...
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Why Self-Organization Is a Luxury

by Olga Kouzina, 26 February 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

I continue exploring deep reasons behind various phenomena in agile software development. It’s amazing, how often the universal principle of entropy manifests itself in the  relatively...
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Open Agile Adoption

by Joe Little, 22 February 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

Open Agile Adoption is an ‘open’ approach to adopting and evolving agile, eg, in a given company. By ‘open’ we mean that we are getting the people that will...
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The First Org Chart

by David Koontz, 20 February 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

Real leaders know how to draw an org. chart.  When did the leaders ego grow so big as to invert the  diagrams purpose and meaning?The first organizational chart (How...
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Keeping Everybody Happy with Separate Agile Systems

Agile systems provide better predictability, progress visibility and collaboration, but many organizations fail to realize the benefits throughout their entire organization. Why? They...
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Restaurant Simulation Kanban

by David Koontz, 9 February 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

How would you visualize the value stream of a restaurant?A great teaching example for a team wishing to start Kanban. How do you like to visualize the concurrent activities of beverage...
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