Recently, Ken Schwaber--an Agile thought leader, co-creator of Scrum and someone I think very highly of--posted a controversial blog entry " unSAFe at Any Speed " during Agile2013. During my career as an agile transformation consultant, I have had the opportunity to work with Ken, Dean Leffingwell of SAFe and both Scott Ambler and Mark Lines of Disciplined Agile Delivery . I have studied their histories, intensely reviewed their current approaches beginning in 2007 and analyzed the... [More]
One of the things that I enjoy most about conferences like Agile2013 is the opportunity to hear different perspectives. It reinforces that a practice that one team deems critical may be utterly unhelpful to another team working in a different context.
Two people were discussing why there might be so much demand for a session on negotiation:
One took the need for negotiation skills to be a "smell"...that perhaps the team was having issues due to not delivering value on a cadence. Or, perhaps the team had very long... [More]
In response to: 10 Reasons to Consider Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
Scott Ambler presents an in-depth, live, virtual class:
"Disciplined Agile Delivery Overview" on Thursday, June 20th. [Fee:
$100 (register below); 3 PDUs]
Enrollment and details:
During my career, I have used many Agile methods/processes. IBM’s Agile with Discipline (AWD) happens to be one of them; therefore, I would be remiss if I did not share my experiences learning and using it.
I first stumbled upon AWD in 2008 while evaluating a Scrum implementation for a major telecommunications company. I heard the company had, at one time, considered AWD and then decided to hire another company that used Scrum.
As I was an IBM employee and this was an IBM offering, my already inquisitive nature... [More]
10. We are highly interactive virtual community--not just a forum or distribution list
The DevOps Community provides a collaborative environment with discussion groups, work groups focused on hard topics, interaction with some of the world's recognized thought leaders, webinars with interactive Q&A, training for specific practices and more. Better yet, these opportunities are almost always free.
9. We are community-driven and focus on topics of greatest interest to the community... [More]
And, so it is with sadness that the Zone departs Disney ... ahem... Innovate 2013
But, with Tropical Storm Andrea moving in....
(The Zone apologizes to Walt....)
Hi-Ho... Hi-Ho.... It's off to TSA we go....
With the world famous Darrel Rader
Sr Mgr, WW Capability and Community Development at IBM Rational
The Zone had an early morning skip level meeting.... more like skip three levels to kick off the day.... to start off a rockin' day.
It is with profound gratitude that the Zone wishes to thank Dennis Schultz of IBM Rational Unleash the Labs.
Dennis took time in his busy schedule to meet with one of the Zone's clients to walk through Rational Functional Tester. The session was highly educational for the client. It cleared up one of the architectural hurdles they face in implementing an improved... [More]
Today was a busy day for the Zone.
1) A client arrived at the Zone with an agile planning conundrum. It seemed that the development cycle time of two different types of software (two different languages) we so incompatible that the best the team could do sprint length wise was in the order of months. Upon review, it turned out that the client needed finer grained impact analysis between the two sets of software. When this could be understood, assessment of the difficulty (read story points) would be more... [More]
Since 2007, IBM has been enabling agile teams from smaller independent teams to those working in large-scale complex environments to become more agile. While others were focused on implementing electronic task boards and questioning whether agile at scale was even possible, IBM Rational was delivering Rational Team Concert on the Jazz platform and enabling distributed teams to embrace the core values and principles of agile, including collaboration, transparency, continuous improvement and adaptability.
In 2013, seven years after the... [More]
Realize Your Agile Potential at Innovate 2013 – Go, Grow and Scale!
For those that are coming to Innovate this will serve as an insider’s guide to get the most out of your week in Orlando. For those that haven’t registered, this is what you’ll be missing!
We’re finalizing the curriculum, the Solution Center and all the other activities that will make this year’s agile experience at Innovate the best yet!
Amazing speakers and curriculum
When I first heard about collaboration for development teams it seemed to have very soft benefits, and was
hard to quantify. But I've been thinking about it in the context of lean, and realised collaboration is
critical to improving a development process - and collaborative tools may well be the key to unlocking
When you think about software development in terms of a lean process, then an average team will have a
process efficiency of about 20% ( i.e. only 20% of the time taken to deliver a feature... [More]
BAs, product owners, Agile team...be at this session tomorrow (Tuesday: RDM track) and get to know more about the BAs agile practices. Unfortunately I will not be there but Kevin Brennan and Jared Pulham will take you through the journey of a BA in an agile world. Please provide your comments too after attending the session. Cherifa....
The International Institute for Business Analysis’s (IIBA) Body of Knowledge (BABOK) framework is today the foundational standard for business analysts (BA). It provides a clear... [More]
The use of agile techniques for executing software projects continues to grow. However, acceptance isn't universal yet. There are still organizations that haven't switched from their more traditional, waterfall approach and are reluctant to do so. This post will look at the situation from the perspective of an external consultant experienced in agile (me) and my observations working with organizations that haven't made the jump to agile yet.
There have been a number of surveys on barriers to agile adoption. One consistent... [More]
Agile development is often deemed best for projects having variable scope with prioritized backlog, low number of critical dependencies on other applications, limited or no regulatory requirements, subject matter experts availability, technology, teams level of experience with Agile. When any of these boxes are not ticked, teams often find it challenging and difficult to use Agile development and move over to other traditional development methods like waterfall.
My thoughts in this blog are based on experiences and best practices which... [More]
Early on, when I first started coaching
teams on their transition to Agile, it was quite common for teams to
come to me and tell me that they hadn't completed any User Stories by
the end of an iteration. Initially, teams wanted to use this as a
reason to increase the length of their iterations (I recommend
two-week iterations – and teams always seem to want longer
iterations). What they were failing to realize is that there were
fundamental reasons why they weren't completing stories, and
iteration length by and large had nothing to... [More]
Continuous Integration (CI) Practice and Challenges, Part 1
Today, CI is given more attention than ever,
because it is becoming more and more complex to use. Large projects involve
hundreds of developers working together on a huge volume of components. As a
project scales up in size and complexity, it becomes harder and longer to
integrates all pieces together. The effort required for integrating a
system increases exponentially over time and without a Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), CI adoption might fail.
Taking a CI approach to... [More]
Today, Agile practices are being adopted in virtually every industry to deliver softrware-driven innovation from mobile applications to safety-critical medical devices. Leveraging Agile provides organizations with a competitive edge, allowing these organizations to deliver working products faster and with higher quality. The IT Symposium is designed to appeal to both IT managers and their Agile team members, experts will cover the spectrum of the Agile journey, including tips for successful Agile adoption, techniques for extending Agile... [More]
OK, so you and the rest of your team members have decided you want to “try agile” on your next big project. Maybe you’re getting pressured by management to do something (anything) different to get things out the door quicker or to improve your project success rate, and they think agile is just the thing you (and they) need. Maybe some of your team members have used it on prior projects, in prior lives. Or maybe you’ve been reading about all the benefits others have been reaping and have decided you’re ready to give it a try. You could really... [More]
Virtual Roundtable Discussion: "Realizing agility with discipline: Addressing the needs of agile adoption in a government environment" You are invited to participate in a virtual roundtable on Agility in Government. This is a follow on discussion to IBM's webcast on "Realizing agility with discipline: Addressing the needs of agile adoption in a government." Many agencies are adopting, or want to adopt Agile practices to drive faster delivery, higher quality, and improved collaboration. Government agencies spend billions per... [More]
In this blog post , I would like to share some practical experiences gained over past couple of years in Implementing Agile in our team. I intend to write this as a multi part series with each one walking through a different adoption phase for a set of practices we felt were important to implement at particular point in time. I would also like to share on what worked well for us and some pitfalls to avoid . Part 1 : The beginnings
Part 2 : Agile Planning And Tracking