Great new video about Kanban by Michael Badali. This is the third video in a regular series:
Great article by Dave Rooney “People and Resources… again“.
This article which lists three high-ROI practices has been updated with new images and a few other minor fixes:
Scrum has really come far!!! Check out “Scrum Your Wedding“. I love the ScrumMaster and Product Owner tips. Here’s a good one:
SCRUM MASTER TIP – The stand-up is overkill in most wedding planning scenarios, but we do think it’s useful to ask the questions at least a few times per sprint, perhaps over email. It’s your job to make sure the questions are asked and answered.
They have taken the core ideas of Scrum and made some intelligent modifications to make it suitable for a fixed deadline event planning scenario. Honestly, I think that the ideas presented here could be a great approach to doing Scrum on other similar fixed deadline projects. Thanks to Hannah Kane and Julia Smith for creating a unique and useful resource!
Pair Programming Economics by Olaf Lewitz describes three activities in programming: typing, problem-solving and reading code. How does pair programming help? By making the balance between those three activities better.
Agile Advice was started in 2005. In ten years, we have published over 850 articles (an average of just about 2 per week!). Here are some collections of the ten “best” articles. I hope you enjoy looking back at (or discovering for the first time!) some of the things that have made this such a great joy for me.
Ten Most Popular Agile Advice Articles
Ten Most Commented Upon Agile Advice Articles
I also want to acknowledge that there are a number of other contributors to Agile Advice besides me (Mishkin). These contributors are all experts, all have great experiences, and all are fantastic people to know. I’m grateful for their contributions since they have all made Agile Advice a better place to browse!
Five Most Frequent Contributors (of Articles, besides Mishkin)
Plans for the Future – Five Top Ideas for Series
Lyssa Adkins, the “Agile Coaches’ Coach” has written a fantastic article sharing her feelings and perspective on SAFe. (Thanks to Gerry Kirk for bringing this article to my attention!)
As you know, dear readers, my colleague Travis and I are at SAFe Program Consultant training with Dean Leffingwell this week in London, UK. I have lots of notes even after my first day and I will write one or two articles this week giving you my impressions and highlights. I have already reviewed all the course materials including appendices, ahead of the actual training. I can say this so far: SAFe has a lot of great things in it, and overall, I think it is a fantastic example of a Pragmatic approach to Enterprise Agile Adoption. I will definitely be writing more on this idea of Ad Hoc, Pragmatic and Transformative approaches.
I’ve proposed a session called “Agile Manifesto and Enterprise – Rant and Rave” for the Toronto Agile Community’s conference “Toronto Agile and Software“. The session is based loosely on my earlier article “The Agile Framework: Agile Values and Principles, The Agile Toolkit, The Agile Organization“, as well as some of the things that I do in the 2nd day of my Certified Scrum Master training session. If you are thinking of coming to the conference, I would greatly appreciate your votes or feedback on my session proposal!
Another fantastic article by Mike Caspar: Sprint Retrospective vs. Lessons Learned (a Generalization)
Consider reviewing these differences in your environment to determine if you are getting benefit from your Sprint Retrospectives and following their intent.
Thanks to my good friend Deborah Hartmann Preuss for showing me this great tool: Retr-O-Mat – Inspiration (and Plans) for Agile Retrospectives. It’s a great way of generating a plan for your retrospective if you’re feeling a lack of inspiration! Includes all five stages of a retrospective: set the stage, gather data, generate insights, decide what to do, and close the retrospective.
I just finished reading “Test-Driven Development as Pragmatic Deliberate Practice“. Fantastic article. I highly recommend it to anyone who is actively coding. It strongly reflects my understanding of TDD as a fundamental technique in any Software Development Professional’s toolkit.
“Truthfulness is the foundation of all the virtues of the world of humanity”
Many people can see some validity or value in this statement, but it may seem strange to them to incorporate this component into business practices or corporate culture. After all much of what is common practice does not reward or encourage those who choose to be truthful.
But as Bob Dylan so aptly put it, “the times they are a-changin’”.
The environment, our capacities as human beings, and our tools to interact with the world are constantly evolving and growing. Yet much of what we do today is based on assumptions about human nature arrived at hundreds or even thousands of years ago when we had less knowledge and understanding about the world and ourselves. Along with the rest of the universe we are evolving as a human species, as such it only makes sense that our higher understanding and knowledge inform our decisions and practices, so we can keep progressing forward.
OpenAgile recognizes the true nature of humanity and how it can work to create a remarkable world in every endeavour. Scientific discovery is revealing this truth about our nature as well, as the video below so wonderfully illustrates.
Be Open, Be Agile, Be Free.