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]
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
We all know velocity to be the number of story points a team can successfully complete per sprint. Velocity is a thing of beauty. Let’s take a moment to ponder it. It predicts complexity delivered per sprint It predicts release dates It defines and defends a sustainable pace It binds scope It wards off evil vampires … project managers … oh! yes! strike ‘evil’ too. :-) It out performs industrial strengthened Earn Value Management Systems with a white board It and/or the lack of it, shows the health of Sprint Planning Some say it can jump... [More]
The question was asked: "Can you be Agile without doing TDD (test driven development)?" Credits: The original question as well as several excellent answers was posted on (programmers.stackexchange.com) . I encourage you to check those too. Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: In my experience, Agile is about picking the right level of Lean-ness for the project at hand. What do I mean by Lean-ness? And, why do I bring it into this answer? Lean does not mean chopping everything possible out of your method. As one of our... [More]
I'd like to welcome everyone to our new Agile Transformation Zone community. I say
community ... right now, while there is some great initial content .. the community part is just getting started. It's
like we've just built a brand new house and the family hasn't moved in. As we
all know, just like a house is not a home, this community space is only a
space. It's the people that make a community work. My
experience with building communities over the last several
years indicates that you need 2 types of members (actually,... [More]
I ran across this on Twitter this morning and thought it would be useful for anyone who are currently interested in adopting a DevOps approach with Cloud. Dan Berg ( @dancberg ) posted this easy to understand whiteboard video. If you don't see the embedded window below, click HERE to go directly to YouTube. I apologize in advance if you are unable to access YouTube.
It seems that every year, as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, the lists of the year's best books, movies, CDs appear, quickly followed by the lists of predictions for the next year's top trends. Gartner's top 10 strategy trends for 2014 mention DevOps:
Software Defined Anything
Software-defined anything (SDx) is defined by “improved standards for infrastructure programability and data center interoperability driven by automation inherent to cloud computing,... [More]
The DevOps movement is young and still emerging, especially among enterprises. Like any new movement or trend, it has attracted myths and fallacies. Some of these myths may have originated in companies or projects that tried and failed to adopt DevOps. What’s true in one situation, however, may not necessarily be true in others. To cut through the hype and understand more about the DevOps approach, please get your complimentary copy of DevOps for Dummies where we explore some common myths about DevOps....and the facts to set things... [More]
You have probably heard about DevOps but you want to cut through the hype and understand more about this approach. That is the genesis of DevOps For Dummies, authored by IBM's Sanjeev Sharma. It is written to appeal to both practitioners and managers and to show you how you can apply a new DevOps approach to more rapidly deliver innovative applications and services that solve real business problems.
After reading this book, you will have learned:
What is DevOps, the value to the business and what it means for the developer... [More]
All activities of the Agile ALM Virtual Study Group are now completed.
More information on each session (files, recording, workbooks) is available from:.
Virtual Study Group Part 1: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S1
Virtual Study Group Part 2: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S2
Virtual Study Group Part 3: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S3
The IBM Rational Solution for Agile ALM with Scrum (aka Agile ALM )... [More]
The New Deal for Software Development - Have you signed it yet?
This panel discussion will explain the thinking behind the need for "A New Deal" and answer questions from the audience.
The panel and moderators are all original signatories and invite you to join them on Tuesday, September 17, at 12noon EDT.
Walker Royce, Chief Software Economist, IBM
Scott Ambler, Senior Consulting Partner, Scott Ambler + Associates
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:
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]
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]
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]