Agile

By Duri Chitayat | Agile project management posts

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult.<p>For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often …

Harvard Business Review

How HR Can Become Agile (and Why It Needs To)

If software has eaten the world, then agile has eaten the software world. While initially designed to improve the responsiveness of software development teams, more recently agile has become the default team-based operational model for companies big and small, across industries and sectors, with …

Harvard Business Review

Building a technical career path at Spotify

Spotify launched a career path framework for individuals last year. Since then, I’ve spoken to leaders at several other companies about it. This …

Great User Stories for Continuous Deployment

Unity Ads delivers targeted video advertisement to hundreds of millions of mobile phones at staggering rates. We have six teams building the platform …

User Stories

Agile unlocked: Pivotal uses paired programming and PaaS to bolster cloud app development

The adoption of agile methodologies and working practices is a process enterprise CIOs are increasingly keen for their digital teams to undergo, as …

Project Management

The Key to Ultimate Productivity in Data Science Teams – Agile Data Analysis

Mar 23, 2017<p>When Agile meets big data and machine learning<p>Machine learning is set on an irreversible path to become impactful on how we’ll do our …

Machine Learning

Agile Development Spawns a Lexicon

<b>In his 1957 book</b> <i>Parkinson’s Law, and Other Studies in Administration</i>, the naval historian and author C. Northcote Parkinson writes of a fictional …

Project Management

What To Say When You Shouldn't Say 'Yes' And Can't Say 'No'

You are juggling a full slate of work, coaching your team, and driving to tight deadlines. Then you get the call. It’s yet another request for your help from an important collaborator — your boss, a critical cross-functional partner, or an internal or external customer. The request is, as usual, …

Agile Development

Being agile was never about the process

We’ve come a long way since the Agile Alliance published its manifesto back in 2001. It feels like the majority of teams and companies doing software …

Do you manage your day, or does your day manage you?

<b>Do you manage your day, or does your day manage you?</b> <br>If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you go through your day like a cowboy: guns blazing, reacting …

3 Measures of Momentum

Momentum is like a booster rocket that when when ignited makes obstacles easier to overcome. When a team has momentum, they are “in the zone”. Things …

The simple system that helped me stop obsessing over work—and start prioritizing my family

In my twenties, I was a lean, mean productivity machine. I created an alternative shorthand keyboard on my Blackberry to reduce my keystrokes by 80%. I devoured audiobook biographies of Steve Jobs and other great leaders by listening to them at 2.5x normal speed. I even optimized my workouts by …

Time Management

3 Tough Truths About Our “Priorities” No One Wants to Admit

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”<br>― Annie Dillard</i><p>Fifteen years ago he walked into my dorm room on the verge of tears.<p>“I …

Agile Development

The 5 Essentials to Effective Coaching

There are all sorts of management styles, but none of them will work without the right foundation.<p>Leading and coaching a single person, let alone an entire organization, can be a daunting endeavor. People and teams are complex. In any coaching situation, there are a number of ways things can go …

Leadership

Add a Drain to the Product Development Backlog

Your product development backlog needs a drain, a construct to focus intent on an important task that all-too-often gets overlooked: removing low …

“I Hate Kanban…”

Wandering the conference halls I overhear…<p>Yeah. Kanban sucks. I hate it! Didn’t change anything …<p>Forget for a moment that you can model anything with …

Principles of Lean Product Managment by Jez Humble

Where Executives and Agile Beliefs Diverge

It is a commonly held belief that Executives and Agile are aligned and the problem with Agile adoption lies with the Frozen Middle (Management). …

Scaling Development Beyond Agile: The DevOps Way

Fast time to market has been a common motto of every organization. Brighter ideas and newer approaches have always paved the way for better products. …

Project Management

Managing - not Just Maintaining - a Product Backlog

By onMarch 16, 2017<p><b>0</b> Flares <b>0</b> Flares ×<p><b>Or Three Ways Product Owners can Stay on top of Scrum</b><p>2016 was a big year for the Justinmind product development …

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If there’s one complaint that I hear consistently in my studies of IT in large organizations, it’s that government IT, as traditionally practiced, is …

Scrum is Not Agile

Last week I was speaking with another Agile practitioner about forming some new teams. During our discussion, I was told that Kanban would be the …

Project Management

6 brilliant ways to slice user stories

Some time ago on my personal blog I was writing about Impact Mapping, a tool to evaluate your assumptions regarding your product. The result of this …

UX Design

Transitioning to Agile: Seven Strategies for Business Executives

<b>Introduction</b><p>I recently completed a long assignment implementing Scrum and decided that, in the spirit of continuous development and learning, it …

Why Agile-Based UX is Hard

Every so often I find myself in a conversation with someone who wants to put UX design into a typical agile or scrum process together with the …

Agile development surprises – growth modest, but large enterprises buy in

Yeah, I'm an agile development fanboy. That's why I need data to keep my idealism in check. Computer Economics' new survey on agile development …

Project Management