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Is Agile truly scaleable?



In the last company I worked for, I found Agile to be clumsy and un-scaleable. Bearing all of this in mind, can it actually be scaleable (SAFe seems like a flawed mutation of Agile rather than a genuine solution). This article makes me believe that this could be a better methodology: Slaying the Agile Dragon: The age of agile will soon be over. What do you all suggest? How do you make it work?




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Do you use Driver/Navigator when pairing?



A colleague and I are co-authoring an article on the value of technical practices.  While considering pairing, we began to wonder how often the formal pairing roles of Driver and Navigator are used versus some less formal approach to sharing airtime and the keyboard.  What are your observations and experience of the formal use of these roles?  Any observations on the use of these roles are welcome. (Cross-posted to the XP list.) --- Jean

 


Jean Richardson

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~ Repatterning the Human Experience of Work

 

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Agile UX

I was asked by the UX personal on the smartphone team, “If there is one reference to read about how to do
agile UX, what would it be?” And so I am asking you. 

:)

Michael 

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Research Enquiry



I am  Thom Manuel Osaki Miller, a PhD student of University of Port Harcourt Nigeria. I am making a research on Risk management in Agile Software Methodologies. Scrum and XP agile methods were chosen for my

work. i need you to help me with some information and they are as follows:

 

1. do you utilize agile method of development? if yes, which of the methods or hybrid do you use?
2. how is Total Risk Amount calibrated in the agile method you use?

 

2. can you state some of the  development process risks and task(s) affected by each of them? what monetary value do such tasks have?

3. how many software projects (state their sizes) on average do you execute/annum? please state no of team(s) involved and cost/software  project.

 

thanks for providing me with answers to these questions as given information will  enable me arrive at a more concise result.

 


 

Thanks

 

Thom Manuel O. M

 



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Agile Marketing Manifesto


Any thoughts about this?

http://agilemarketingmanifesto.org

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Agile Center of Excellence (CoE) - Roadmap / Success Patterns




We are planning to establish Agile Center of Excellence (CoE) in my company and I would like to understand different steps and roadmap to create the same.

 

If you have any experience or some material/best practices around how to create Agile CoE and different things (Training, Coaching and other creative ideas..?)  that we can do then please share with me.

 

Thank You !

 

Regards

Manish

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Agile Methodology | Cross Functional Team Competence development - How?



What is a cross functional team (XFT)? a very simple way of defining would be that it is a team where different team members come from different functional blocks to take end to end responsibilities of a tasks. example functional blocks can be marketing, sales and developers formed a team to take end to end responsibility of  delivering a product to the market place.


Continue reading about agile cross functional team competence development 




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Scrum



Hi All,


I am following scrum since last 2-3 years and preparing for scrum master certification now. One of the challenges we faced is definition or design of cross-functional and self-organizing development team. As per Scrum guide, Product Backlog is never complete and it keeps evolving or changing. Change in product backlog may create need of new skill in development team. Sometimes this need may be from totally different domain e.g a web development team may need a member with analytics skillset. In this scenario, how can we choose a development team which is self-organizing and cross-functional while starting a project? Also how should we tackle if we come across situation where there is lack of some skill due to change in product bac klog?


Thanks,

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Requesting Suggestions for Mini-projects for Agile Training



There are many good games and simulations available in the web to illustrate Agile concepts and methods.
But for a 3-day Intro to Agile training program I would like to ask the participants to develop and test small applications using Agile practices.
I have some ideas for applications from business domain (not sure whether they can be developed in 3-days).
Need some suggestions (or pointers to resources) for mini-projects from domains like healthcare, CAD/CAM, embedded software that can be completed in 3-days (three one-day sprints) by a team of 5-6 people of moderate technical competence.
Would highly appreciate your assistance.
Thanks in advance
Gopinath




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I Need Help!!



Programmers … I need your help!

I founded Scrum.org to help developers use Scrum, doing iterative, incremental development. The Scrum.org site needs to be redesigned, on top of new technologies. Then we have more work building measurement tools, data repositories and management, SDKs, and tools to help Scrum Teams do better.

I need 2-3  full stack web and open source developers to work in, around, and with our office in the Boston area.

Join me and do something that you will be proud of and you will be able to tell you peers and grandchildren about, with pride.




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Re: ScrumMaster Job Description



Thanks George and Jesse,

I appreciate the cover. Your framing of my situation and intention is correct. 

Yours in agile!

Michael

On Jan 13, 2016, at 10:48 AM, Jesse Houwing <jesse.houwing <at> gmail.com> wrote:

Glad I could be of service. My apologies for the other folks, somehow people can get a little worked up when job descriptions, bonuses, the difference between project managers and scrum masters and scrum in not so agile organisations may be showing from an email.

On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 4:24 PM, George Dinwiddie lists <at> idiacomputing.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:
Hey, everyone,

I think the hard time you're giving Michael is unwarranted. He's not
some newby trying to follow a formula. It's quite clear to me that he's
looking to colleagues for inspiration on a rather mundane task that's
not central to his coaching, but necessary to help in the context in
which he currently finds himself.

If a group within an org wants to hire a Scrummaster, they probably have
to deal with the HR department. That HR department wants a Job
Description for their processes and advertisements. The work of a
Scrummaster varies a lot, so it's hard to write a succinct job
description that covers the bases, doesn't limit the role, and might
attract people with the right skills and attitudes, all while not
triggering corporate antibodies.

I would find it time-consuming to write this from scratch, and would
feel that I had bigger fish to fry than this one document. I, also,
would ask friends for advice and examples that would help me develop my
thoughts. There are plenty of obviously terrible examples on the job
boards, but I've never searched them for good examples.

Michael, I suggest trying at the Google Group "Lonely Coaches Sodality."
It's specifically designed for coaches who sometimes need fellow coaches
for feedback and ideas.

  - George

On 1/13/16 9:33 AM, tobyanon <at> yahoo.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] wrote:
>
>
> Hm, I don't know many people who seek advice from a juggler. Unless they
> also want to juggle. Are you teaching juggling?
>
> The plate-spinning metaphor is a very dangerous one—a very old-think,
> project-management metaphor in fact. A good manager, or coach has
> massive amounts of slack. Busy-ness and multitasking are the enemies of
> Agility. We work in the knowledge industry. What we need then is time to
> think, to be still, to ponder. We need to create space, not action. If
> you really want to hire someone good, then give yourself time to do
> this, and do it well. There are no templates for this.
>
> Sorry to be preachy, but I feel very strongly that when we start looking
> for formulas, or even to take someone else's work and try to apply it
> wholesale to our own work we completely miss the point of what we are
> trying to do... In the words of the Scrum Alliance, to "transform the
> world of work".
>
> Tobias
>
>
>

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