Agile

One size fits none

Let's pretend we're starting a car company. If we want to build a luxury model, that's going to be reflected in our workflow. We'll focus on hand-made components and meticulous...

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Your Kanban board is a waterfall

The Kanban board has become the staple of progress tracking in software development. There's a "To Do" column, various stages of "In progress" and finally a "Done" list. We think of...

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All aboard the Agile shuttle bus

You are a developer in a bank and like most of your colleagues, you struggle with your commute. Management has heard the call and has come up with a solution....

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Lean: a quick success story

Sometimes it can feel that discussions about Agile and Lean are purely academic. Most of those articles are the business equivalent of those motivational TED Talks. But sometimes, you watch...

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Slow factories and fast cars

Kanban is where software development starts getting interesting. It shows you a lot of flaws in the organisation. https://twitter.com/sftwrcraftman/status/1157972095596470273 What a great question! Most of what we call Agile is based around optimizing...

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Scope is a lie

Software engineers learn early on that building stuff means taking little steps at a time. Once you get into the profession, that means tickets. Whether you're doing Scrum or Kanban,...

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Agiletology

Agile is not a religious cult. We don't have High Priests that preach our dogmas. We don't quote wisdom from books that everyone pretends to have read. To become one of...

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Definition of Don’t

Waterfall teams that finally get some customer feedback are usually in for a rude awakening. All of a sudden, people start to complain. Quality is low and the scope is...

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Guardians of the Gantt Chart

The Project Manager in an Agile environment With the shift to self-organized teams and Agile Software Development, we've seen the traditional manager role erode. The boss has been replaced by coaches...

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Agile is done. What’s next?

Last week I tweeted a rather snarky joke about the current state of Agile software development and the results were overwhelming. There were a few snide reactions from Scrum Managers...

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