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Biggest hindrances to being agile

I often wonder how projects fail to be agile enough even though the team consists of talented team members.  So today I am planning to summarize few points that are the biggest hindrances to being agile in a team based environmen ...
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From Idea to Code: The Lifecycle of Agile Specifications

We have just started a new project to a customer who sells widgets. This customer is the leading widget provider of the whole world so the project can either make or break us. The project uses agile methods, and the Product Owner ...
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Do You Value Management?

I’ve met many managers who were in the wrong position. Sometimes, it was the Peter Principle. Sometimes, it’s managers who have been founders or who have been technically great and got promoted into management positions. Becau ...
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What we can learn from Scrum

Even if for any reason you cannot apply nor introduce Agile methodologies in your organization, there are of course still important points to focus on and daily share, little by little, as a personal (and professional) mission to ...
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Kanban from a Trench

Introduction After forming part of a software project team that got underway with a significant project at the BBC Worldwide in 2013, I felt that it would be useful to release a few notes about my experience of Kanban and how it h ...
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The bad Agile demand curve

In explaining the Agile Demand curve I told a good news story in the previous entry. This time I want to tell a bad news story. This is every classical Project Managers’ fear about Agile, its story we don’t tell often but it c ...
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10 Persona Tips for Agile Product Management

1. Start with Provisional Personas As its name suggests, a provisional persona is not a fully-fledged, detail rich user model, but a first version that is good enough to start discovering the right user experience and the right pr ...
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The good Agile demand curve

I’ve been slow with this entry on Agile and the Demand Curve, apologies. Part of the reason for the delay is software demand is not simple. In my last entry on software economics I discussed why the Software Demand curve for cus ...
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What an Agile Project needs for success

In my previous posts I explained about the Attitude of a Great Software Developer and Attitude of a Great Software Tester.  I am a huge fan of Agile methodologies.  I believe, if an Agile project needs to be successful, there ar ...
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Acceptance Tests as Specifications

In my previous article about acceptance testing I wrote about how tools like FitNesse and Cucumber focus on collaboration between developers and testers. Of course that’s not all these tools help us with. In this post weR ...
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