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Allan Kelly
Allan Kelly has held just about every job in IT, these days he provides training and consulting in development management, processes & products, especially around Agile. He specializes in working with software product companies, aligning company strategy with products and processes. More about Allan at http://www.softwarestrategy.co.uk/allankelly

Common Agile objections

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Last time (“Waterfall works when…”) I promised to discuss some of those common objections to “Agile.” (Actually, reading back this this post I’m struck by how like my “12 Myths of Agile Development” which was originally a blog post 2 years ago called “11 Agile Myths of 2 Truths”.) (Apologies by the way, “Waterfall works when…” was misposted the first ...

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Waterfall works when…

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I frequently find myself in situations where someone says something like: “Waterfall is appropriate when…” Some people out there think there are occasions when an Agile (mainly iterative) approach is “best’ and other occasions when “Waterfall” is “best”. Most of the time I let this line of argument go because its boring, I can’t be bothered arguing. (I’ll look at ...

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Code and other reviews (a small piece of advice)

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Many teams have some sort of very regular reviews. I’m not thinking personnel reviews or budget reviews, I’m thinking code reviews specifically but it could be test reviews, documentation reviews or some other. Reviews that need to happen every day but which frequently get delayed. Lets stick with code reviews because they are the type I encounter most often. Code ...

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How much does your manager need to know?

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In this social media age I am often surprised by the reaction to what I say online. Usually this is not by the reaction to what I say but rather the lack of reaction. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve written what I think is a killer-blog post, or a super meaningful tweet, pushed it out in ...

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I hate bugs (A rant)

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Rant on. In software terms quality does not mean walnut dashboards, it does not mean gold plating, it does not mean polishing to perfection. These things may happen in a development team but they should not. However you define quality for a piece of software I bet it has no place for “bugs.” In fact, I bet anyone who has ...

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Retrospective Dialogue Sheets updates and changes

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When I say changes, I’m not saying anything about changes to the sheets themselves. I mean I’ve been thinking about how I make the sheets available and I’m going to make two changes. Firstly, I’m going to remove the print-on-demand service for the sheets. Second, I’m going to remove the need to register before downloading a sheet. You can still ...

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The state of Scrum Mastering

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As most readers will have worked out, I’m not a fan of Scrum Masters. Partly this is because I find it a very mixed up roll to start with (see my “Hard Core Scrum” post), partly because the way individuals and organizations choose to interpret the role is so variable the title is meaningless but mostly because the Scrum Master ...

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It is all X or Y management – and why Agile people should read Mintberg

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In the last few years it has become increasingly common to hear Agile supporters talking about Beyond Budgeting, indeed, I was instrumental in inviting Bjarte Bogsnes to deliver at keynotes at Agile on the Beach this year. Agile and Beyond Budgeting are very different, one is mainly about developing software and other is concerned with budgeting, strategic management and personnel ...

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Does Agile require cultural change?

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If Wood Allen was an Agile Coach Consultant he might say: “#Agile without culture change is an empty experience; but as empty experience go its one of the best” I sit in Agile conferences (and I include Lean and Kanban here) and I hear people say “To really become Agile you need culture change.” And I agree with them. Yes, ...

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