Session 2: Backlog management and release planning
Link to the Agil e AL M Vi rtua l St udy Grou p Se rie s for information on registration and details on the different sessions
Link to session 1: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S1
During the second session on this series, we review the key element of a Rational Team Concert (RTC) project based on the Scrum-Agile ALM process template.
Using RTC, we conduct activities to manage a product backlog... [More]
As promised in Part 1 , I have continued my effort to document the differences between the RTC Scrum template and the Agile ALM Scrum template.
The summary-of-differences document, Link-to-Summary , has been updated with links to detailed information on the revised Defect and Story workflows . (See the first bullet under Work Item Types and Attributes .) The states and actions for these two work item types caused some confusion in the user community. T he Agile ALM Scrum template... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
IBM is hosting the “Open Cloud Summit” on Sunday, March 3rd at the IBM Pulse Conference. Through a series of interactive discussions, the event will broaden the importance of supporting, adopting and participating in cloud related open standards and open source software. You will hear from leaders from The Open Stack Foundation, Cloud Standards Customer Council, OASIS as well as other leaders to discuss the direction standards are taking to increase interoperability and portability across the Cloud and how you can influence the standards. The... [More]
The Rational user experience team is looking for participants who play any role in an agile team for a 45-60 minute interview. No experience with Rational products is required. Serious inquiries only, please. We will present an honorarium to selected interviewees. If interested, please email Corrie Kwan (chykwan -at- ca.ibm.com) with your name and contact information.
So 2012 is in the past and it's time for your team to look ahead to 2013. Brian Bryson, Rob Retchless and I recently discussed New Year's Resolutions in our latest Software Threads podcast. We agreed that 2013 is about fostering an environment that supports an extended agile team by implementing new practices that enable continuous software delivery. With a heavy focus on three areas, DevOps, Customer Collaboration and Incremental Design. Resolution #1: Connect with operations Agile teams must include operations in their team... [More]