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Bad Governance – I have the cure

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21 Mar 2011

Someone on Twitter pointed me to this article which contains a link to a video of an interview with Dr Jon Whitty in which he compares a peacock's tail with a Gantt chart. Yes, I know – totally.
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The emotional reaction to Agile adoption

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19 Mar 2011

I read with interest this blog post on how the emotional change curve can help you to understand how people are/will deal with the change being introduced. What struck me is that I have experienced none.
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Collective code ownership – no way or…

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18 Mar 2011

The concept of collective code ownership originated with Extreme Programming in the nineties. It is seen as part of the very fabric of Agile. The idea that anyone on a team can change a component, a method.
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Acme Agile re-branding change

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18 Mar 2011

If Acme Enterprises were to decide to become more lean and agile, they could adopt DSDM Atern, Scrum, Lean, Six Sigma, Kanban, XP, or a combination of any of them. But when someone decides that this change.
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Resource allocation and funding

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15 Mar 2011

Consider two companies – Both have an annual budget for product development but they differ in how they manage and monitor their spend against that budget. One divides and allocates that money across.
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Estimating & Progress Reporting

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07 Mar 2011

We estimate projects for two reasons: 1) To plan work 2) To monitor progress against that plan On agile projects, estimation is usually done differently to traditional (waterfall) projects. But I am still.
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Agile CMMI discussion

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04 Mar 2011

The CMMI consultant came to visit us today. A cheerful white-haired chap from New Joisey. He pointed out that this was not a formal appraisal; merely a discussion. After attending our 'scrum of scrums'.
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Agile Project Governance

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03 Mar 2011

First a brief background. Shortly after I started working on agile projects here, we began to realise that there were things that we were forgetting to do. Some were little things but others were quite.
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Agile CMMI – an oxymoron?

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02 Mar 2011

CMMI generally has a pretty poor reputation amongst… well everyone except the process geeks. It is generally perceived as bureaucratic, pedantic, heavyweight and ultimately ineffective. So you can imagine.
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Retrospectives

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28 Feb 2011

Arguably the most powerful tool in the agilists kit is the regular retrospective. Done properly, these short meetings can have an amazing effect on a team's effectiveness. This article by Lyssa Adkins.
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Genesis – user stories

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28 Feb 2011

I was thinking of starting this blog with a rambling story about what I do and a potted history of how I came to be doing what I do. But then I read an article this morning that gave me a better idea..
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