A joke I heard once was that in an 8 hour day, Agile has 7 hours of meetings and 1 hour of work. There can be some truth to it if you let it happen.
Agile is supposed to be strict. I am not saying miss a daily standup because you don’t feel like doing it, I am saying there are situations where letting some team members not attend would be acceptable.
The answer is yes you should hold a kick-off meeting. But why? The kick-off meeting gives everyone a chance to get together (team members, stakeholders, customers, etc.) and discuss the project. You can make sure everyone is informed of their expected role in the project It gives you […]
Article on the PMI ProjectManagement.com Knowledge Base: Telecommuting Teams with Agile Projects It may seem counter to the “rules” of agile, but distributed, telecommuting agile teams can be more effective than their colocated peers, and most of what you have to do to be successful are things you […]
Originally published as a guest post on http://techotics.com/agile-environment/. Some have called co-location common sense among Agile practitioners, I state that it should be common sense that the requirement is not actually very Agile. What is more agile; picking a particular city and only having access to employees from that […]
I make the mistake sometimes, when someone asks me what they think about their particular industry and how can they adopt Agile, of thinking of different Agile frameworks and trying to find one that fits for them. This is probably not the best way to approach Agile adoption. […]
I had considered the Professional Scrum Master exam for a while before finally taking it. When I did finally decide to go for it, it was 3 days of studying and then a test. My job at the time opened up their own internal Scrum Master certification (for […]
That often depends on who you ask. Some will say it is the Scrum Master. Some will insist it is the Product Owner. Some people will insist there isn’t one – technically, by name only, there isn’t one. But I am here to tell you that A) There […]
Now that you have Jira on your computer(Self-Hosting Jira for Small Teams Part 2: Setting Jira up on First Run), you might just find that you want others on your network to access it. If you recall from the earlier tutorials, there was talk about “localhost.” If someone […]
*The following is written by guest blogger Salarco Since 2012, I’ve been working for an international organization that promotes leadership through different kinds of cross-cultural exchanges for young people between 18 and 30 years old. Our goal is to promote peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential through […]
*The following is written by guest blogger Salarco Why do companies fail? It isn’t because they have bad strategies or took bad choices in the past, the issue is never the lack of ideas or people that are not smart enough to find a common vision. The seventy […]
“The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.” – Agile Manifesto; Beck, K. et al (2001). Face-to-face communication is typically described as communication without using some sort of technology to facilitate that communication. It is also how most […]
If you haven’t already, complete Self-Hosting Jira for Small Teams Part 1: Installing Jira At the end of Part 1, you either had the installer launch Jira for you, or you can navigate a web browser to http://localhost:8080/secure/SetupMode!default.jspa This is a reference to the localhost. That means your computer. You […]
There is a claim among people that Agile teams are leaderless. The claim can sound reasonable on the surface, with all the talk about self-organizing teams and a lack of defined roles… But it is wrong for several reasons: Self-organizing does not mean leaderless Agile is not a […]
I never really cared for certifications. You pay a bunch of money to take a test, and then you get a piece of paper or a PDF file. I already have pieces of paper, much more expensive pieces of paper. I came to a conclusion, though, that much […]