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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

What do you mean… Done?

The Monday status meeting is drawing a close. Doris the development manager was keen to start working through a file of resumes on her desk, Sarah the lead developer knew her pair Jo had started coding without her, Peter the product manager was on a flight to Madrid in a couple of hours, but Pat… Pat the Project Manager was ...

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Whats Next? – Agile disruption

A question from a LinkedIn follower, I thought I’d share my answer with readers: “Hey Allan, I’m giving this a shot reaching out to you. I recently was exposed to agile in the workplace (I am in a field now that I did not study) and am learning more about the process. My company introduced it to me. I have ...

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How (not) to impress a potential CTO

The other day I was at an event for start-ups and entrepreneurs – no, not the “Agile for Startups” event I’m speaking at in a couple of weeks, for once I was in the audience. Half way through the organisers decided to do a type of speed networking – so we could get to know each other, find employees, find ...

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Every project is test driven in the end

Let me give you the punch-line and then explain myself: As soon as testing starts every “project” becomes a test driven. If there is no formal testing period then that phase begin the moment customers/users start using the product. I’ve recently been watching a slow motion train-crash, I had no power to avert the train crash and those I could ...

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It’s all digital, stupid.

I’m the stupid one. For years now I’ve heard people talk about “digital” but I failed to grasp the significance. It started with “digital agencies” which I took to be advertising agencies which did websites, although the websites they were trying to build contained a lot of functionality. These odd advertising agencies seemed to offering services more akin to Logica ...

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Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Delivery Managers

​From time to time questions show up in my mailbox from people asking questions. I like to post the questions and answers here in the hope that others might benefit. I’ve done this a few times before (“Agile Clinic: problem with our agile…”) I’m always glad to help but it can be hard to find time, plus, not everyone wants ...

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A sad Cobol story

This isn’t a happy story, it has no happy ending, I suffered personally, its personal but I want to share. Its about trying to solve a problem with the fashionable solution rather than rolling back the last fashionable solution you applied which created the problem to start with… A long time ago, well, the best part of 10 years ago, ...

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Technical Liabilities and not Technical Debt

My last – frustrated – post finished with this line: “banks are collecting technical debt the way they used to collect sub-prime” I’ve always disliked the tech debt metaphor, in part because the way it is generally used is different to Ward Cunningham original defined technical debt and in part because those using it often have a simplistic understanding of ...

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Conclusion: Agile & ERP, part 5

The story so far… Agile & ERP? The Good News about Agile & ERP ERP Culture v. Agile Culture Th Bad News about Agile & ERP Where does this leave us? For a modern software developer, who understand agile and is well versed in the current ways of working encountering an ERP system is like stepping back 20 or perhaps ...

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The Bad News: Agile & ERP, part 4

The story so far… Part 1: Agile & ERP introduced Part 2: Good News: Agile can work with ERP! Part 3: Culture: How Agile & ERP cultures conflict In this mini-series I’m discussing Agile development on ERP systems. If you are doing this and you’ve just Googled “Agile and ERP” there is a good chance you’ve found this blog because… ...

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