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]
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
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]
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]
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]
Last year, Alan Brown, Scott Ambler and I collaborated on a
technical paper that captures IBM Rational's experience in achieving
agility in large scale enterprises. This paper was recently accepted for
publication at the International Conference on Software Engineering
(ICSE). We will present and officially publish this paper in May 2013 in
the proceedings. Below is an abstract for the paper. The full
(draft) version can be accessed here. We are still editing and finalizing for publication but it is close to camera ready. ... [More]
Recently, while visiting a client site, I was excited to see a large breakout room labeled “Agile Room”. You can only imagine my surprise when I walked in the door. I saw a series of cubicles. I saw people working very quietly and independently. I saw a scantly populated dusty board with only a few sticky notes and one single column labeled “Done”. When I asked about the naming of the room, they replied, “Oh, well, we just call ourselves ‘agile’ because we deliver faster by not testing at all.” Doh! But all is not lost (on you, not them)... [More]