Join me (Matt Holitza) at Mile High Agile on April 3rd in Denver, Colorado. This is the first year we are sponsoring the conference, and the good news for me is I only have to drive a few minutes to get there... We'll be talking to the Agile practitioners in Denver about the new Agile Transformation community and hopefully get a few hundred more members! To get more information or to register click here.
Much of the mainstream agile discussion focuses on the construction of straightforward systems by a small, co-located team working in a collaborative and self-organizing manner. Yet we know that there is more to software delivery than just construction, that many teams are neither small nor co-located, and that many teams are working on complex systems within a complex environment. The evidence that agile approaches result in improved time-to-market, improved quality, and improved developer productivity compel us to tailor agile strategies... [More]
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Calvin Powers, managing editor for security at developerWorks, hosted a panel in which Gene Kim discussed his new book, The Phoenix Project , with IBM DevOps experts, Ann Marie Fred and Michael Elder. Gene has also written a "DevOps Distilled" article series for developerWorks. In that series of articles, Gene shares his unique perspective on the history of the DevOps movement and where it is heading today, with an eye toward how information security fits into the overall operations perspective of DevOps. If you haven't already... [More]
Ascendant Technology recently worked with a valued customer, Market Force Information, to help them implement Disciplined Agile practices on a business-critical software project. See the case study at: http://na.atech.com/case-studies/market-force “The Customer Intelligence Platform is transformational for our business. We have a lot invested in making this software successful. Ascendant definitely played a role in helping us create a high performance development team and great software. The discipline and... [More]
I ran across this article on Agile Learning that I wanted to share. Most organizations are still practicing waterfall techniques when it comes to learning. One of the reasons that we are wanting to build this Agile community is to create an agile learning environment ... for people wanting to learn agile practices ... in an agile way. Take a look at the following diagram and see where your organization falls.
IBM Press has published, Being Agile: Eleven Breakthrough Techniques to Keep You from "Waterfalling Backward" by Leslie Ekas and Scott Will. This book is available in hardcopy and ebook formats. About the Book Drawing on their experience helping more than 100 teams transition to agile, the authors review its key principles, identify corresponding practices, and offer breakthrough approaches for implementing them. Using their techniques, you can break typical waterfall patterns and go beyond merely “doing agile” to actually thinking and... [More]
Healthcare is a complex industry requiring compliance with numerous regulations. With Agile practices focusing on frequent iterations and an emphasis on working software over comprehensive documentation, Some might question whether Agile can be effective in delivering software for such a complex environment. I recently watched a webcast that dispels any myths that Agile cannot work for healthcare. In the webcast, Kim Werner, Agile Coach from ATSC and Liz Parnell, Solution Design Manager from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina... [More]
Succeeding with your First Agile Pilo t Pr ojec t Re post : orginally posted on February 19, 2012 by rfeggins Successful agile transformations often times require successful agile pilot projects. Often time a successful initial pilot is the most critical step early in a successful enterprise agile adoption . If the pilot project is a success then the organization has a tangible example to get behind but if the project fails (or just fails to meet expectations) then the entire agile initiative could be derailed by critics. Because no... [More]
Wednesday, June 6th This video pretty much sums up the success of Agile at Innovate 2012: Tuesday,June 5th The week is flying by... Just attended keynote which covered our newintegrated PureSystems that has Rational software in the box preconfigured allowing enterprises to getup and running rapidly. Martin Nally moderated a great CTOpanel that talked about many of the issues we are facing in the current ITclimate... mobile, cloud being the most talked about topics. He briefly talkedabout the newly released Agilefor Dummies and Scott... [More]
I'm very excited to be presenting at Innovate 2012 again this year. But I'm particularly excited to be talking about one of my favorite topics. Over my many years of doing test automation, I've built several homegrown solutions to solve the end-to-end automation problem to apply interesting integration tests to the nightly build. As a tester, nothing was worse than spending hours or days setting up a complex system to discover that although the build had passed all the unit tests, it basically was unusable! And as systems get... [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... [More]
After interesting sessions at Innovate 2012, here we are with another discussion on whether requirements management paves way to success in agile projects? If you were following this blog, Cherifa touched on this topic in the blog post about using user stories to achieve better requirements in agile projects . Views, myths and school of thoughts exist when it comes to requirements in agile. But a disciplined business analysis and requirements is required for a successful agile product delivery. Join us for a webinar with Agile business analysis... [More]
Thankyou for participating in the AgileMetrics Virtual Round Table event . It was a very successful event for ourcommunity with 190 posts, 28 participants, 8 countries represented in 4discussion threads. During the discussion, we also welcomed over 80 new membersto the community! It was really great to see such lively discussion with some key topics emergingfrom the conversation, including: • Agile metrics and metrics that matter most at the project level • Metrics at the enterprise level • The importance of measuring business... [More]