Scaling Continuous Delivery

Published November 24th, 2014 Under Agile | Leave a Comment

This talk covers how we have dealt with bottlenecks, technical and organizational, while scaling our Continuous Delivery process. Three years ago we started building our continuous delivery process. We were in desperate need of continuous regression testing. Our delivery platform was growing more so was the number of stakeholders putting requirements on the platform. So to solve our need for continuous regression testing we started doing continuous delivery. Read more

Agile Portfolio Management with Visual Studio 2013

Published November 17th, 2014 Under Agile | Leave a Comment

With Agile Portfolio Management, organizations can manage goals and requirements that can span multiple teams and sprints. This video demonstrates the new Agile Portfolio Management features in Team Foundation Server 2013. Read more

Agile is Not Only for Software Projects

Published November 13th, 2014 Under Agile | 1 Comment

This presentation demonstrates specific practices for applying Agile concepts to all sorts of projects. It starts by reviewing the Agile concepts and then provide examples of Agile practices (and tools) applied to both software and non software projects. It will also describe how this particular set of Agile practices (called Commitment-based Project Management – CBPM) evolved at Intel in the mid-1990’s. Read more

Navigating Politics in Agile Teams

Published November 10th, 2014 Under Agile | Leave a Comment

Have you ever wondered why, when you’ve finally got Agile/Lean working nicely in your software engineering team, managers or ‘outsiders’ can come in and create politics ‘un-necessarily’, despite your best efforts? Have you ever sat there in meetings frustrated and exasperated at the seemingly unnecessary dramatics some participants go through? Read more

Advanced Topics in Agile Planning

Published November 6th, 2014 Under Scrum | Leave a Comment

Velocity is perhaps the most useful metric available to agile teams. In this session we will look at advanced uses of velocity for planning under special but common circumstances. We will see how to forecast velocity in the complete absence of any historical data. Read more

Isn‘t Kanban Just Common Sense?

Published November 3rd, 2014 Under Lean | Comments Off

Many problems we are trying to solve in software and product development are complex, with no obvious solution. As a result it is not possible or appropriate to simply define and follow best or good practice. Instead me must think in terms of heuristics to discover contextual solutions. Learn how you can use Kanban as a set of heuristics to discover what those solutions are. Read more

Combining Agile and Mobile Development

Published October 27th, 2014 Under Project Management, Scrum | Comments Off

When building a mobile app for one of the largest banks in the world you need a process works that copes with evolving requirements, a distributed team and a cutting edge technology. Sounds like the perfect match for Agile. But is it? What are the challenges that you’ll meet? Read more

Best Practices for a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Published October 21st, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

Doing Kanban for the sake of doing it is unsexy and has usually rather low value. Introducing Kanban means working towards the vision of a culture of continuous improvement. Surprisingly, the cultural change does not happen magically after a change agent pushed the practices of Kanban into a company. The cultural change already starts by introducing Kanban with a culture of continuous improvement in mind. Read more

Agile Beyond Software

Published October 13th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

Agile is most closely associated with software development, Agile software development to be precise. That’s enough to put people off right there and then. But for those who listen long enough invariably ask the big question: “Does Agile work outside of software?” Read more

Toyota Kata

Published October 6th, 2014 Under Lean | Comments Off

Toyota Kata is a structured way to create a culture of continuous learning and improvement at all levels. It is an organizations daily habits or routines forming its “muscle memory” for continuous learning and improvements. The daily habits/routines help us to strive towards our vision, or our state of awesomeness in small focused experiments. Read more

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