Christa Conner

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Five Agile Challenges for Distributed Teams

I recently had an opportunity to co-lead a session for Agile Charleston, a self-organized, local group focused on evangelizing agile software …

Project Management

Key Elements of an Agile Culture

Source: SomeEEcards, created by jeanene1981.<p>What’s “Culture?”<p>A culture is not defined by framed exultations on a wall.<p>At its most basic, a culture is …

Project Management

What is Continuous Integration?

Definition<p>Teams practicing continuous integration seek two objectives:<p>minimize the duration and effort required by each integration episode<br>• be able to …

Secrets to agile estimation and better planning

Estimation is hard. For software developers, it's among the most difficult–if not the most difficult–aspects of the job. It must take into account a …

Comment on PK Basics: Why Limit Your WIP Series, Post 1 by Kevin Rutkowski

I love the concept of applying Kanban to our personal life. It’s important to have reminders about the value of limiting WIP. Intuitively, it can …

Project Management

Tomas Rybing Introduces the Shooting Target - Value Kanban Board

Tomas Rybing, Director, Project Management at Aptilo Networks, introduces Value Kanban Board, based on the shooting target concept, in his recent …

Project Management

Saving TDD from Itself

Before Extreme Programming and TDD (Test-Driven Development) were absorbed into the Agile movement, unit testing was well understood and infrequently …

Software Development

Scrum Alliance - Member Articles

Member Articles<p>Enjoy our extensive collection of member-contributed articles to learn how other Scrum practitioners use Scrum in the workplace.<p>Read …

Lean Discovery Practices

In our previous <b>post</b>, we discuss the difference between Minimal Viable Products (MVP) and Minimal Marketable Features (MMF). Here we are going to look …

Product Management

Why Scrum masters shouldn’t be the one solving all impediments

Who should be handling and solving impediments? Should it be the Scrum master? The team as a whole! Their agile coach? I prefer that team members …

Agile Development

Comparing scaling agile frameworks

When the Agile Manifesto hit the street in 2001, it combined several methods, sometimes called "lightweight methods," under a single banner. Scrum, …

No. Agile Does Not Scale.

(but agility scales quite well, thank-you-very-much)<p>Without a doubt, Agile development has been one of the most successful global movements in the …

5 misconceptions CIOs still have about agile

By now, CIOs should be aware of the many benefits of the agile methodology. But there's a few persistent misconceptions that could be getting in the …

Project Management

The Benefits Of Using Agile Software Development

Scrum is a flexible and collaborative way to manage a software project. It’s a framework that lets you move quickly and pivot easily when needed.<p>While scrum is favored among many technology leaders, what makes it so attractive for managing projects? Below, technology executives from Forbes …

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Avoiding the Sorcerer's Apprentice Problem of Software Releases

One of my favorite scenes from Disney's film <i>Fantasia</i> is that of the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" (originally, a poem by Goethe). Mickey Mouse, as the …

Project Management

Scaling Agility Without Killing Agility

Frameworks for scaling agile methods have exploded in variety and popularity over the past few years: Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), LeSS, and DAD …

Project Management

Bad Things I’ve Wanted to Say About Lean and Agile

<b>Executives:</b> “Lean” and “Agile” won’t fix a broken vision. Instead, when done right, it will make it glaringly obvious because “garbage in, garbage …

How to make Scrum fail

<b>No or bad retrospectives</b><p>How would it be possible to make things better if you’re not looking behind? Retrospectives are required because there every …

Selecting Backlog Items By Cost of Delay

Selecting the right items for an agile project to work on next is vital to ensure your team is delivering the maximum value possible to the business. …

How Complexity Changes Leadership

I just finished reading Retired General Stanley McChrystal’s outstanding book: Team of Teams. While the book is not specifically focused on Agile …

Refactoring: 4 Key Principles

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramI believe in refactoring. The Agile Manifesto holds that The …

Agile Development

What Is An Agile Team and How Do You Form Them?

An agile team is not just any random group of people. An agile team is not a group of business analysts doing a daily standup to coordinate their …

Project Management

How to do Agile performance reviews • Scrumology Pty Ltd

My last post of Performance reviews and Scrum left some readers unsatisfied. Brett send me an email where he comments:<p>So, while my heart leapt when I …

Project Management

Knowledge and Alignment driving Agile Transformations

<i>Part 2 in our 10 Agile Transformation Pitfalls and How to Address Them</i><p>In part 1 of our 10 part blog series, I discussed a pitfall that is commonly …

Project Management

Is Scrum Master a Coach?

The Scrum Master is an amazing and at the same time very challenging role. He needs to have different skills, and depending on the situation put on a …

Project Management

CIOs need to avoid a mistaken path to DevOps

DevOps is the completion of the Agile methodology and creates an engineering environment in which developers can achieve speed. How fast is the …