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spacer spacer Josh Adell03/08/13
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Storytellers and Prognosticators: Lessons in Communication Style

I tried to come up with different personas for the different types of communicators on my team. So far, I've broken the communication styles down into these general personas:

spacer spacer Roman Pichler03/08/13
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Backlog

The product backlog is an important tool: It lists ideas, requirements, and new insights. But is it always the right tool to use? This post discusses the strengths of a traditional product backlog together with its limitations. It provides advice on when to use the backlog, and when other tools may be better suited.

spacer spacer Gil Zilberfeld03/08/13
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A Sacrifice to the Agile Gods

The role that Scrum left behind: The manager. That’s the classic team manager, the one who is responsible for her team, from the view point of the organization. You remember her, right? Usually, team leaders get promoted by being the best at what they do, usually develop software.

spacer spacer Greg Duncan03/08/13
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Scrum, Anime style...

A fun infographic made by a Scrum practitioner who was probably bored. It's a fun and simple infographic to make non-agile folks understand it.

spacer spacer William Martinez03/07/13
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Exposing Agile Software Development Myths

Agile development is a movement that started 11 years ago and now is a commonplace discussion for software development teams . . .

spacer spacer Jurgen Appelo03/07/13
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Nonviolent Communication (Stop It!)

Does Nonviolent Communication really work for you? Great! Then you're one of the few people in the world whose neocortex is able to bypass the limbic system. Consider yourself priviliged. ;-)

spacer spacer Tobias Mayer03/07/13
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The Robustness Index

Running into a common problem, again—deliver fast and maintain quality—a team of developers and I discussed how we might create visibility around this without having to get into long explanations about about technical debt with non-technically-minded people. We came up with the robustness index.

spacer spacer Jim Highsmith03/07/13
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Build Less, Start Sooner

So these two strategies, Build Less Software and Start Sooner, sound simple on the surface, but in practice they can be very difficult to implement because of organizational inertia and politics. But they can be very effective and worth the effort to pursue.

spacer spacer Jurgen Appelo03/06/13
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The Big List of Agile Practices

This post is probably going to be hated and loved at the same time. Because, when people talk about agile practices, they can sometimes become very religious. Which means I may be putting my head in a noose with this one.

spacer spacer Johanna Rothman03/06/13
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Organizing an Agile Program: Part 2, Networks for Managing Agile Programs

What works for small programs is going to be different from what works for medium programs. It is going to be different from what works for large programs. Why? It’s the scaling problem and the communication path problem. Larger programs are not linear scales of smaller programs.

spacer spacer Tathagat Varma03/06/13
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So, Does Agile Really Kill Innovation?

In continuation of my earlier blog post on ‘Does Agile Kill Innovation?’, the question continues to be, does agile implicitly become the rate-limiting step for your innovation process?

spacer spacer Olga Kouzina03/06/13
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Mastery vs. GTD

One of my favorite books, called "Mastery", gently reminds us of the basics for any learning making readers aware that the mass culture quest for scoring, quick wins and quick fixes at any rate proves wrong in the long run and brings along the consequences more grave than one can imagine.

spacer spacer Tobias Mayer03/05/13
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The Inadequacy of Feedback

Or more accurately, the inadequacy of the after-course evaluation process to gather meaningful and actionable feedback.

spacer spacer Michael Sahota03/05/13
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Agile Failure and Corporate Culture

I did a hand vote with a user group to see how much failure people had seen with Agile adoption they were involved in. The results were pretty much consistent with the other times I have run this: about 50% failure.

spacer spacer Steve Rogalsky03/05/13
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Agile Scope Completion Techniques

One of the questions I've received in the past about agile techniques is how to ensure you've captured enough detail about your requirements in order to proceed without missing major scope elements.

spacer spacer Jurgen Appelo03/05/13
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A Lead-By-Example Business Network

When you create a standard business, it is deceptively easy to create one legal entity with shareholders, appoint a top manager, form a management team, and a hire a truck load of employees to be bossed around and do all the work.

spacer spacer Mitch Pronschinske03/04/13
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Ted Talk: Agile Programming -- for Your Family

I found a new Ted Talk on agile methodologies applied to family life. I've actually read about many families who do this and I've even met a developer who does this. He used Scrum in his own home. Now this little movement is getting attention in the form of a Ted Talk. Watch it here...

spacer spacer Marc Löffler03/04/13
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Penitence For The 7 Agile Sins

Half a year ago I wrote a blog post about 7 Agile Sins. As I’m sure that I’m not the only one who is guilty for one or more of these sins, I collected a list of possible ways to show penitence and to do it better next time :) So here is my list of the sins and their appropriate penitence.

spacer spacer David Bernstein03/04/13
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Making the Right Tradeoffs

Together the principles and practices we follow help us make the right tradeoffs so we can build the best system within the constraints we must work in.

spacer spacer Esther Derby 03/04/13
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Agile Teams at Scale: Beyond Scrum of Scrums

Agile methods depend on effective cross-functional teams. We’ve heard many Agile success stories…at the team level. But what happens when a product can’t be delivered by one team? What do you do when the “team” that’s needed to work on a particular product is 20 people? Or 20 teams?

spacer spacer Esther Derby 03/03/13
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Peer-to-Peer Feedback

One of the traps people fall into on teams is withholding information that’s critical for the team to function. Sometimes the information is about friction between team members. When team members don’t have a way to talk about small frictions, they turn in to big events, damage relationships and spill over onto the team.

spacer spacer Johanna Rothman03/03/13
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Why an Agile Project Manager is Not a Scrum Master

A Scrum Master is not a project manager. A scrum master does not manage risk by him or herself. A project manager will take on the risk management responsibility without asking the team.

spacer spacer Gil Zilberfeld03/02/13
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Chicken Thinking

"Put a good person in a bad system and the bad system wins, no contest.” It was amazing how quickly people, whose day job is to control actual important business numbers, lose focus of the same numbers (chicken-related, but important all the same) and their meaning.

spacer spacer Allan Kelly03/02/13
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Story Points Considered Harmful? 1 of 4 - Journey's Start

Now I’ll admit, when I first heard this argument I thought “Well I can guess where they are coming from” - I have sympathy with the argument, I’ve always considered story points as suspect myself. I also thought “But I don’t think they are right”.

spacer spacer Steve Smith03/01/13
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A Flaccid Scrum is a Missed Opportunity

Martin Fowler wrote a prescient article about the rise of Flaccid Scrum. Having recently worked on an agile project that could act as Exhibit A for Flaccid Scrum, I have hardened my opinion on Scrum to the point where I believe that Scrum cannot succeed without XP-style technical practices.

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