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Building A Dual-Method Culture

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Flexible work approaches allow teams to use the methodologies that best suit their needs. Agile and Waterfall methods can be used within the same program or portfolio of projects, but like any successful marriage, it takes compromise and adjustment. Here are six guidelines to make it work and make your organization more Agile.

Avoid Double Vision

- by Bart Gerardi

While it seems to make sense to create separate backlogs for the technical and business aspects of a project, it can do more harm than good. In addition to causing team friction and inefficiencies, it negates an essential Agile benefit: delivering value based on one prioritized vision.

A Measure of Agile

- by Dave Prior

Can we come up with an economic model that shows whether Agile practices actually deliver the promised value? Troy Magennis is working on it. Here he discusses how quantitative metrics can serve as a common language to join disparate perspectives within an organization, and why intuition is no way to drive real transformation. [33 min.]

Agile Momentum Continues

- by ProjectsatWork.com

The ninth annual State of Agile survey from VersionOne finds the top three benefits of practicing agile remain the ability to manage changing priorities, team productivity, and project visibility.

2015 Agile PM Software Report

- by ProjectsatWork.com

A new research report from Software Advice sheds light on which functionalities of agile project management software have the greatest impact on efficiency, and the extent to which agile methods are used in teams beyond software development.

Everyone In On Estimates

- by Bart Gerardi

Establishing a small "brain trust" to develop project estimates might seem like a reasonable way to optimize resources, but it goes against three closely held Agile principles. Worse, it will likely lead to less accurate estimates, while disengaging the team and undermining value.

How Big Can Scrum Go?

- by Dave Prior

Agile coach, consultant and author Bas Vodde shares insights and practical tips for scaling Scrum efforts in larger organizations, including key principles of the Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework, which features fewer roles, artifacts and handoffs, among other guidelines. [32:40]

A Language of Agile

- by Dave Prior

Michael Vizdos has helped people better understand and implement Scrum for almost 25 years, while Peter Green has led Agile transformation efforts at Adobe since 2008. Here, they discuss how they apply the values and techniques of Nonviolent Communication to their work and their lives. [24 min.]

Do No Sprint Harm

- by Bart Gerardi

Creating a test sprint or varying the length of a sprint might seem like helpful ideas to address common problems on agile projects, but they should be avoided at all costs. These anti-patterns won’t fix the real underlying issues; in fact, they will probably exacerbate them and weaken your team.

Don’t Start Over

- by Dave Prior

Why tear down a liveable house when you could remodel it to suit your specific needs? Specializing in test-driven development, “chief code whisperer” Scott Ford has built a team at Corgibytes to fix and maintain existing applications, which he likens to solving a mystery. Here, he advocates for disciplined documentation and offers suggestions for project managers who want to "peek" into the process. [13:45]

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Decisions, Decisions

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We have launched a new series on decision-making and project initiation, based on contributor Mark Mullaly’s new book “Exercising Agency.” The first article summarized re...
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Scrum Gathering 2015

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Click here to go straight to the podcast The 2015 Scrum Gathering is almost here. In just about 2 weeks 700+ Scrum Practitioners are going to descend on Phoenix for a few wallowing knee de...
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