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Five Signs of Trouble in an Iteration

During the course of an iteration, an agile team is able to track it’s own progress through the use of burndown charts. The team and the process facilitator can use the burndown chart to watch for signs of trouble. As a coach, I find the following five burndown shapes are common indicators of trouble.

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Agile Advice Recommended Materials

This page contains a number of links to recommended web sites, books or tools relating to Agile Work. This page will be updated from time-to-time and as this is done, announcements will be posted on the Agile Advice blog. As such, this page will always be “under construction”. If you have links to suggest, I will examine them and put them up in my own time. Please feel free to email suggestions to topics@agileadvice.com.

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Agile Offshoring References

Many people are trying out Agile Work in software development. The current industry climate is one that has focused business stakeholders’ attentions on re-examining their core priorities. Where Agile optimizes on “Time to market”, the offshoring “over-the-wall” approach to software development seeks to optimize on raw dollar cost.

What do you do if your organization is attempting both? There are some good resources on-line about this already, however I have yet to see good case-studies with published figures. Also, much of what’s out there comes in the form of mini-articles that are no more than promotional ads for X proprietary “agile-offshore” solution. Regardless, some of the following may help avoid the worst problems of integrating two quite different approaches.


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