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Coaching – finding the challenges

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17 Sep 2011

For months I have been offering help to teams who might need it – coaching, training, facilitating, whatever. I can't be dictatorial because that will just antagonise the team. So I need to get.
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Agile measurement and reporting – is anyone…

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14 Sep 2011

I recently had a conversation over breakfast with a number of senior and influential people on the subject of measurement and reporting. The talk centred around the question of how organisations can report.
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Products with strange requirements

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03 Sep 2011

I sometimes look at a product and wonder: "What were the requirements for that? Who thought it was a good idea?" One such product is SkyGo. It allows Sky subscribers to access live satellite tv.
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DSDM Atern on a non-IT project

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31 Aug 2011

I have been asked to help with a workshop being run by a team of people doing some business change work. "Introduce them to the Atern way of working," I was asked. Intriguing. DSDM originated.
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Agile Testing with DSDM Atern

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12 Jul 2011

The objective of each timebox is to deliver an incremental subset of the solution. Deliver. I will repeat that – deliver! To your customer. That means the person/s who raised the requirements initially.
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Measuring performance

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12 Jul 2011

Apart from Agile improvement, another current focus of mine is measurement. My team has been charged with measuring the performance of the IT organisation to understand where we are, baseline it and help.
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Mapping Agile practices to CMMI

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04 Jul 2011

I was in London today doing some CMMI mapping with a chap who is familiar with the model, as well as our implementation of Atern. It was a pretty productive day, I think. I find it so much easier to think.
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An Agilist by nature?

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10 Jun 2011

This is not my first blog. I started blogging under a different identity – an anonymous one – back in 2006. It was, like this one, about my working life. But in 2009 I stopped. Just yesterday I wondered.
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Atern principle 7 – Communicate continuously…

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01 Jun 2011

What is the common thread in the following list of oft-cited causes of project failure? * Unclear goals and objectives * Poorly explained requirements * Lack of user involvement * Scope creep Yep –.
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Agile is better than Waterfall

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26 May 2011

Many years ago, as a traditional, PRINCE2 project manager, I battled with the apparently counter-intuitive demands of my stakeholders and PMO for big detailed plans up front, when no-one in my team really.
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Atern principle 6 – Develop iteratively

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25 May 2011

Why develop iteratively at all? Well, clearly because it gives us more frequent feedback loops. Developing a small chunk of the solution allows us to get an early indication that it is evolving correctly,.
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Achieving through others

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13 May 2011

It has been said that a project manager's role is to achieve objectives through the work of others. In the sense that an IT project manager rarely does the analysis, the design, coding or testing.
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Atern Principle 5 – Build Incrementally…

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10 May 2011

Have you started an agile project and realised part-way through that you had made a decision early on that now needed to be changed? Did you ever deliver on time and not meet the objectives of the stakeholders?.
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Agile Project Management – there IS a…

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30 Apr 2011

I mentioned on Twitter a while ago that, although we're an agile organisation, we do employ Project Managers. To my surprise I was criticised – indeed derided – and unfollowed for it. Why, I wondered..
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Atern principle 4 – Never compromise quality

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18 Apr 2011

Let us first define what we mean by Quality. Atern recognises that there are two elements to quality. * Solution Quality – the solution delivers customer satisfaction. It meets the business need, and.
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Atern Principle 3 – Collaborate

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12 Apr 2011

Teams that work in a spirit of active cooperation and commitment will always outperform groups of individuals working only in loose association. But challenge anyone on any project team and they will.
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Atern Principle 2 – Deliver on Time

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04 Apr 2011

Atern's second principle is "Deliver on Time". What, I hear you ask, is different about that? Every project in history has aimed to deliver on time. And a lot have failed. True, but what makes.
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User Story mapping

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30 Mar 2011

I love the story mapping idea, although it's probably not the best name for it. After all, it is a technique best used when all you have for each requirement is a few words on a sticky note, but no.
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Atern Principle 1 – Focus on the Business…

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28 Mar 2011

This is fundamental to Agile, not just Atern. It implies a focus on the immediate need of the Business as a whole, not just what is in a plan published six months ago. That plan will probably have changed..
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DSDM Atern Principles

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25 Mar 2011

DSDM Atern has just 8 underlying principles. They are: 1) Focus on the Business Need 2) Deliver on Time 3) Collaborate 4) Never Compromise Quality 5) Build Incrementally from Firm Foundatioms 6) Develop.
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