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Agile is not a binary state

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16 Jul 2013

I was on one of the LinkedIn groups the other day, reading through one of the discussions around testing and one of the contributors stated that Agile "mandates specific practices" and that if.
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Agile already a failure in public sector?

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14 Jul 2013

The DWP has ceased all agile software development work for the Universal Credit (UC) programme. This is disappointing, but not entirely unexpected. Warning bells should have been clamouring loudly when.
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Planning horizons

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13 Jun 2013

I know of an IT department with just three full-time developers. Yes, just three. So what do you do with a team that size? What they are doing is developing lots of small enhancements and defect fixes,.
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Conditional Priorities?

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11 Jun 2013

We are working with a corporate partner, who is providing us detailed requirements for changes to their customer documents. They supply the text, we apply it to the document and get it tested. During.
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When not to use story cards

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29 Apr 2013

I am a huge fan of using the physical index cards to represent Agile requirements in the form of user stories. I have in the past used them to very rapidly re-prioritise a requirements list by moving.
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Are User Stories always the best way to…

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21 Mar 2013

If you are in an agile team and don't use user stories, you are probably in the minority. But if you do, are you finding that they are always the best way of capturing requirements? I have recently.
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DSDM 'Specification-led'

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16 Mar 2013

Over the last few years, I have been asked a few times variations on the question; "What projects are suitable for agile, and which aren't." It's a fascinating question, and one I think.
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Interviewed

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01 Nov 2012

Mary Henson of the DSDM Consortium asking me and colleagues about the #DSDM Advanced Practitioners #certification at this year's Agile Business Conference #agile
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The context behind user stories

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21 Oct 2012

How do you go about generating the requirements on your agile project? Does your Business Analyst go around interviewing each of the business stakeholders? Do you hold one or more workshops where stories.
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Coaching – quality through business involvement

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18 Oct 2012

I was once asked to help a small team adopt agile practices and improve the way they worked. I was glad to help but needed a place to start. What, I wondered, did the team need help with. At a meeting.
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Coaching – the difference between stories…

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17 Oct 2012

My first foray into operating as an Atern coach has been more enlightening and challenging than I had imagined. A while ago, I started working with a team implementing changes to comply with two separate.
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Degrees of agility

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29 Apr 2012

Google "agile software development" (and by the way, any company that gets their name turned into a universally-used verb has seriously 'made it') and you will find literally hundreds.
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Football coaching and the Agile PM

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28 Apr 2012

Let me start by saying I am a football fan. Specifically, a Chelsea fan. Now before you all start hooting derisive comments about our captain, money or Russians, let me ask you this : have you ever considered.
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Bugs & prioritisation

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28 Feb 2012

The courses we are running specifically mention that "all our work is prioritised". Project teams have extended the practice of using MoSCoW prioritisation beyond user stories and are using it.
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You can't just pick and choose agile practices

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25 Nov 2011

DSDM Atern can be thought of as a Framework (the handbook calls it that), or a Method​. It comprises a Philosophy, underpinned by eight Principles and supported by defined Processes, People (Roles and.
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The very heart of being agile

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11 Nov 2011

The heart of agile – it's very essence – is the principle that the best solutions come from exploring the evolving solution with the customer, rather than specifying it all up front and presenting.
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Evolutionary practices

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12 Oct 2011

In an agile environment, where process and practice are not rigidly prescribed and enforced, ways of doing things will change. They will evolve. Conventional agile wisdom says this is a good thing, but.
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The daily stand-up – crisis management…

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11 Oct 2011

Many years ago, when I was working as a project manager in a large corporate environment on PRINCE2-governed projects, I once had the misfortune to report a project as RED on the old Red, Amber, Green.
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Agile Business Conference 2011

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06 Oct 2011

I have been to the last three or four conferences, and I believe this was the best in terms of quality of content and quality of speakers, completely discounting myself of course. Which is a pity, because.
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Coaching – co-location

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01 Oct 2011

I recently attended a timebox retrospective of a team I have started coaching. The team have been together for some time now and are constantly improving their performance. But one issue that came up.
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