Mile High Agile 2012 The Agile Mile High event on April 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado was a huge success. The conference was for agile practitioners at all levels of experience in the Denver region, including those exploring agile for the first time, This one-day action packed conference provides learning opportunities for agile novices, intermediates and experts, technical professionals, team leaders, managers, executives, and organizational change leaders. What was different about this event it is unlike National conferences that require a... [More]
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]
Are you looking for informative webcasts on the Scaled Agile Framework?
Check out the new SAFe webcast page !
Note: This page is also linked to from the SAFe landing page .
Agile/DevOps Solution Offering Manager
An interesting insight by Dr. Angel Diaz into the Practical Guide to Service Level Agreements ( SLA ), published by the Cloud Standards Customer Council ( CSCC ). Who is responsible for the management of the services that will operate in a cloud environment? Who is responsible for identifying the elements of the agreement? What type of agreement should be in place? These are all questions that should be asked and understood before moving a service to the cloud. To read the complete article, go to... [More]
Target roles: Product Owner and Scrum Master
What do I want you to know? What do I want you to think about?
When it comes to velocity, I want you to look at: changes, direction of change, and relative consistency. These are important measures for team productivity and team skill level.
*For the purposes of this article, let’s stick with Complexity Velocity (i.e. Story Point velocity). However, the lessons from this article can easily be applied to the... [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]
That which does not kill us makes us stronger - F. Nietzsche
As those of you who follow my blog know, last year I attended the Agile Team Coaching Class with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Hamman. The wealth of knowledge I gained in this class literally changed the course of my life. You may think that I am being a bit melodramatic,” but the truth of the matter is that this class, more than all the others I have taken, so intensified my desire not just to do Agile but to be Agile that I decided to devote myself totally to being and doing... [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]
Are you interested in how to leverage the power of the IBM DevOps platform to accelerate your SAFe adoption? Are you interested in how IBM supports SAFe?
If so, you are not going to want to miss these two webcasts.
Mark your calendars!
Date/Time : March 25, 2015, 4PM ET
Title : A SAFe Approach to DevOps
Abstract : An IBM DevOps approach supports the continuous delivery model through an open-standards-based tooling platform to help drive organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The Scaled... [More]
The New Deal for Sof twar e De velo pmen t - Ha ve 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 ... [More]
The Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Systems Engineering (SAFe LSE) is now public. SAFe LSE is an extension of SAFe , the market-leading framework for scaling lean and agile principles, that targets engineered products and systems. It's purpose is to provide values, principles, and practices to help build complex, software-intensive products and systems in a lean and agile manner.
SAFe LSE public site - http://safe-lse.com/
Press release - ... [More]
A couple of months ago at our Interconnect conference, I was on a panel that led to an interesting discussion with a customer. The panel was on “Shift Left Testing”, but I had also introduced the idea of moving some testing to production. The customer said to me, “so some testing is shift-left & some is shift-right.” For me it was an “aha” moment crystallizing things I’ve been thinking a lot about and I’m co-opting the term.
Indeed, that’s exactly what we need to do... [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]
When software organizations talk about “Going Agile”, they often mean they are adopting a set of agile practices, such as Scrum or XP practices. While this approach does help teach teams the mechanics of agile, this often lead to poorly executed implementations or "Agile-Fall".
Many organizations fail to graphs that a “ A move toward Agile implies that your organization is making a cultural transformation to embrace the Agile values and principles and put them into action. ”
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 cycles that... [More]
“Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are.” – Eric Butterworth
The impact of organizational culture on a successful agile transformation cannot be understated. That said; I believe we must not lose sight of the fact that an organization is composed of many different individuals. As the whole can never be greater than the sum total of its various parts, I believe it is necessary to evaluate not only the organizational culture but the individual... [More]
6/10/2014 by Myriam Sanie
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Did you know that, according to Fortune Magazine , $125.9 billion a year is spent on corporate training?
Did you know that according to brain science, not all forms of learning are equal?
Did you know that one of the greatest challenges in Agile is scaling to the enterprise level?
Read on… (you may be surprised)
devEssentials ™ : From Dream to Reality
I have had the privilege of working for over a year... [More]
50,000 square foot Austin Design Studio leads effort to redesign the face of enterprise software
IBM recently announced the opening of a state-of-the-art product design studio in Austin, Texas that will focus on how a new era of software will be designed, developed, and consumed by organizations around the globe. DevOps topics focus on the processes involved in getting software to clients; this design studio will be involved in how those products are designed.
From this studio, IBM will... [More]
Course Description: Disciplined agile software development employs certain principles and practices that enable development teams to quickly build and deploy high quality software products. An example of one agile practice is to establish the Product Owner role. The Agile philosophy is to approach the system under development as a holistic product, not a series of disparate projects. This course explores the responsibilities and expectations of the Product Owner role. You will learn how a Product Owner can infuse business priorities, goals,... [More]