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The Pool–An Agile Fable

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Once upon a time there was a pool. It was in a club, and the club people loved the pool. This pool had 6 lanes. Each lane was wide enough for 2 persons to swim in parallel. Because the pool was popular, sometimes in certain hours, there were more than 12 people, and then people joined in already populated lanes. ...

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The New Agile – But Does It Scale?

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If business analysis is where we come up with ideas, then product development process is the factory that makes the vision real. What did we take from agile and how is it different today from 15 years ago? The magic word of today is SCALE. And the king of Scale is SAFe. I’ve already written before why I didn’t like ...

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Burning Down The House–Agile Remix

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Burn-down charts are awesome. They are part of agile’s set feedback loops. Take a look at a burn-down chart, and it will tell you if you’re on track or not. Here’s a simple example:               Note that I haven’t used a unit on the Y axis. It can be story points or hours, or ...

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The New Agile – Size Matters

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Coming up on the 15th year of agile, do we understand business better? Remember that agile started in development teams? As the time passes, we feel that what the agile manifesto can be applied also at the product level, and maybe even at the portfolio level. There’s definitely a demand for scaling the process from the business side. Let’s take ...

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The CHAOS Report and #NoEstimates

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You know what’s the best way to start the year? Going over success rates of projects! The Standish Group has been publishing the CHAOS report for more than twenty years now. I wasn’t surprised to find that they still use the same criteria for success and failure of projects. Here’s a summary of the CHAOS definition:         ...

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Regression

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When we think of regression, we think of bugs. That’s the first thing that pops into our minds. As with many other things, there’s a deeper meaning, if we just look closer. We have two kinds of usage for the word regression. We use it to describe a test suite that we run at the end of specific functional testing, ...

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The New Agile–More, Please!

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The current buzz at the agile world is scale. Now that we know that agile looks golden, we want to apply it to everything. Agile started as a development team practice. Extreme programming, Scrum, Feature Driven Development, and others all originated in software development teams. Since they were successful, it made sense to apply those successes to other teams as ...

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The New Agile–Why Is Agile So Popular?

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Is it the cool name? Is it the actual successes? Is it the drawings with lots of loops in them? Might be all, but above all else, there are the perceived (and maybe the not actual) value of agile, that organizations want. Let’s look at those:     Reduced waste – When Lean was given its name, it was a ...

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ROI Is Dead!

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Last month I was in Huib Schoots’ workshop. He talked about being asked “What’s the ROI of testing?”. To which he replied “I don’t know, what’s the ROI of management?”. We are really obsessed with ROI, aren’t we? We use it a lot as a tool for decision making, but are we using it wisely? ROI (Return On Investment) is ...

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The New Agile – Certifications

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Last time we looked at how things came to be. How things converged around a group of software developers in a ski resort: There were actual experiments in the field with reported successes. There was a funnel for communication to spread those ideas. And now there was a joint vision and a name. The agile manifesto would still remain a ...

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