Does Agile Empower the Knowledge Worker?

Published July 21st, 2014 Under Agile | Leave a Comment

In the information technology industry, decisions impacting the design, construction and implementation of projects were solely the realm of architects and project managers. These decisions would be made and locked down at the outset of the project and tasked to subsequent business analysts, developers and quality assurance personnel to define, construct and test, respectively. Read more

Making Sense of Complexity

Published July 15th, 2014 Under Agile | Leave a Comment

A recent Gartner report identified the importance of the Cynefin framework for IT departments as a sense-making methodology, suggesting a significant market share by 2016. Cynefin is emerging as one of the main approaches to understanding complexity within the Agile community and provides a means to integrate, and understand the proper boundary conditions between methods and tools. Read more

Performance Testing in Agile Contexts

Published June 30th, 2014 Under Software Testing | Comments Off

Performance Testing has long been conducted as a single experiment against a fully complete and assembled system. Architecture, software, hardware, networks, data states, and workload models are all combined to try and create the most “accurate” simulation possible to produce test results predictive of production experience. Read more

The Chaos of Leadership or the Leadership of Chaos

Published June 23rd, 2014 Under Project Management | Comments Off

Our world suffers from terminal normality. Our world also suffers from too much false expertise, wrong answers, manipulative influence, and bad advice. In this chaos we are taught to make our way to be a success! Read more

The Art of Learning and Mentoring

Published June 12th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

Similarly to design patterns, present pedagogical patterns solutions to recurring problems in a given context. The wider context for the pedagogical patterns is teaching and learning, especially of technical subjects. Read more

Martin Fowler and Neil Ford Explain Agile

Published June 5th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

Martin Fowler, co-author of the Agile Manifesto, and Neal Ford tackle the following question: Why does Agile software development work so well? They provide advice and stress the importance of communication, feedback as a crucial part of software development, the importance of boosting the creativity of developers, and how introspection is essential to continually improving the project. Read more

Adopting Extreme Programming

Published June 2nd, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

This video is a presentation about the adoption of Extreme Programming (XP). It presents Extreme Programming and Agile. Technical best practices like Test-Driven Development (TDD) and continuous integration are also discussed. Read more

Management Innovation

Published May 26th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

There have been numerous writings about agile tools and methodologies, but very little mentioned about the critical leadership aspects behind continuous agile product delivery. In this talk, we will connect leadership characteristics to drivers that enable organizational capabilities that have resulted in 8x improvement in productivity along with 3x improvement in quality. Read more

An Approach to Agile Coaching

Published May 19th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

We all have different styles of doing agile coaching; and to me there it not “THE one way”. We each have to find our own. For me to be the best coach that I can be, I have to be me. I have found my way and will talk about this, with examples of what i do. Read more

How Sustainable is your Agile?

Published May 12th, 2014 Under Agile | 1 Comment

As many organizations are adopting more and more agile, a key question is emerging … how sustainable is agile in our organization? When the embedded agile coaches or consultants leave, will things go back to the way they were? How long will it take before agile becomes just empty rituals and checklists, like the other processes did? Will things go back to the way they were after our sponsor moves on? Read more

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