Posts in category 'agile'

  

Maintaining Business Velocity

Much has been written about how to increase and maintain the velocity of development, especially in an Agile context. But relatively less is said about business velocity – the ability of the product owner or business team to produce sufficiently refined requirements (e.g. user stories) to keep up with the pace of development. Lean thinking […]

Scaling Up From One Developer

I have noticed a common problem afflicting small development teams formed to make significant enhancements to an application that was previously maintained by just one developer. Both the original maintenance developer and their management are accustomed to essentially solo development and this culture spills into the enhancement work. Development is treated as individual efforts rather […]

The Mindset of a ScrumMaster

I have been familiar with the Scrum method for developing software for a number of years. Scrum is a simple tool: it defines just a few meetings, artifacts, and roles. So the basic mechanics of scrum are easy to pick up. Using Scrum to its fullest potential, however, requires a much deeper understanding. One area […]

Industry Adoption of Agile

Agile methods have seen a surge of adoption within I.T. in the last few years. Agile is clearly not a fad or limited to early adopters – it has entered the mainstream and is here to stay. For those of you not yet using Agile, I wanted to provide statistics and recommendations from widely-recognized industry […]

The Shocking Truth about Agile and Waterfall

There is a common perception within I.T. that Agile methods are recent innovations – the new kids on the block – and they are contrasted with the traditional waterfall approach – the old-timer that has been around for ages. This perception is propagated by events such as the widely-discussed 10-year anniversary of the agile manifesto […]

Comparing Agile and Traditional Project Management

I just attended a great presentation about Agile project management by Mike Cottmeyer at Agile Edmonton’s monthly meeting. What stood out for me were two comparisons Mike made between Agile project management and traditional approaches (e.g. waterfall project, PMI/PMP). Dealing with Uncertainty Mike characterized traditional approaches as trying to manage out uncertainty in the effort […]

To Be or Not To Be Agile

I am a big fan of the agile philosophy of software development as summarized by the Agile Manifesto. The agile approach fits well with my pragmatic mindset, and I consider myself an agile practitioner, despite currently working in a bureaucratic environment providing application development and maintenance services to a large, process-heavy government client. But then […]