Tag: Agile

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Do Managers Have a Place in Agile?

The short answer – yes they do. Within Agile there is a heavy stress on servant-leadership, self-organizing teams, and emergent leadership. The belief is that through the use of those things, management is unnecessary. The manager of the past has a negative association with authoritarian leadership that dictates […]

Muda Mura, Muri in Lean

Lean Efficiency in Agile – Muda, Mura, Muri

Lean identifies several areas that cause or create inefficient systems. Originally part of the Toyota Production System, these inefficiencies are classified into three distinct groups. Muda: Waste (See 8 Types of Muda Waste in Lean) Mura: Irregularity Muri: Overburden These Lean inefficiencies apply to Agile and are just as […]

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Do You Hate Agile?

I hated Agile once. Some days I still do. What do you call a project with two-week development increments and then a release of a potentially done product? If you said Agile (or Scrum), you are missing some of the most important parts of Agile. Where is the […]

Slicing User Stories

How Do You Split User Stories?

User story creation should not be a difficult process. You may encounter the occasional “what do I do here?” situations, but generally, the process should be fairly easy as long as you have the right people helping with understanding the requirements. At times through your project or product […]

Eliminate Osmotic Events - Osmotic Communication

Osmotic Events

An osmotic event is a failure or breakdown in communication that could have led to issues but was averted by pure accident or coincidence. It occurs when a company either lacks a plan for handling certain communication, the plan is not followed, or the plan is inadequate. (What […]

Be More Agile

6 Ways to Be More Agile

You don’t need to have iterative and incremental development practices, or even a project, to be Agile. Don’t focus on what the Agile frameworks say, focus on what is the best way. Iterative and incremental don’t always make sense – Agile doesn’t actually require iterative and incremental. Even […]

Stop Overthinking User Stories

Stop Overthinking User Stories

First things first, nothing in Agile requires the use of user stories. They aren’t required anywhere. They are a tool, Agile doesn’t really define tools. Tools are useful only when they are useful and not hindering your progress or driving you insane trying to use them. User stories […]

DSDM Program Management Roles

DSDM Program Management Roles

The Roles of a DSDM Program *To see the roles of a DSDM Project: DSDM Project Management Roles and Responsibilities Business Program Owner Business Change Owner Program Manager Program Technical Architect Program Change Architect Project Teams Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator Change Agents Program Support Office Specialists Role Levels and Categories […]

Scrum Project Planning

Scrum Project Life Cycle

While Scrum’s target is in product development, Scrum often gets used within project management. The goal of a project is to create a unique product, so Scrum shouldn’t have too many issues being modified for a project – although it may require some additional considerations. Before choosing to […]