Choose Your Own Adventure in Kanban

Published December 16th, 2014 Under Lean | Leave a Comment

Kanban gives you the means to understand work systemically and take individual responsibility to act on it. Methods such as limiting WIP, minimising batch sizes, visualising work, shaping demand and creating options are universally applicable, yet no two applications are the same. Read more

Getting More from your Distributed Agile Teams

Published December 8th, 2014 Under Project Management | Leave a Comment

Agile is now commonly used in most organisations but most people struggle when the conditions are not in the ideal agile sweet-spot of collocation and small teams. In fact most organisations rarely experience situations that are ideal for agile due to working internationally, with multiple teams and perhaps 3rd party suppliers. Read more

A Bit of Agile in Waterfall Project Approach

Published December 1st, 2014 Under Agile | Leave a Comment

Short stories and lessons learned from a waterfall oriented organization that wants to get more flexible but language barriers and time zone difference bring extra challenges for timely delivery – from iterations to multi-year product road-maps, from individual responsibility to multi-project teams. Read more

Creating Agile Learning Games

Published November 27th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

One of the things Agile Learning Labs is known for is our use of simulations and learning games. Learning games are effective because they engage across all four of the key learning styles: Kinetic/Tactile Spatial/Visual Auditory Logical. Read more

Scaling Continuous Delivery

Published November 24th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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

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