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Writing Marketing User Stories

- by Dave Prior

The best way to market anything is to explain the solution you have to a problem, and it turns out that user stories are a big help in that effort, says Agile Marketing Academy’s Nic Sementa, joined by special guest Alistair Cockburn. But writing user stories for ad campaigns is different than for software. [39 min.]

5 Ways Agile Needs Managers

- by Bart Gerardi

Organizations that see Agile as a way to remove a layer of management are either missing the point or at risk of missing a huge opportunity. Specifically, the role of a software development manager takes on a different and often more important role in an Agile framework.

When Agile Teams Need Help

- by Bart Gerardi

Agile teams are typically small and ideally stay intact, improving as they bond. But sometimes specific expertise needs to be brought on board. There are several valid reasons to do this but also downsides, from dependency to disruption. Here are three steps to mitigate the risk of adding an "outsider" to your Agile team.

Disrupt or Be Disrupted

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Business leaders lack confidence in their ability to navigate digital transformation, according to a new global survey. Barriers to building an Agile organization include disconnect between project managers and executives, lack of transparency, poor communication, and overreliance on spreadsheets.

Assess Value of Going Agile

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Where will Agile transformation drive the most value in your organization? Probably in the areas where business conditions are changing rapidly and customers or stakeholders expect continual improvement in your service or product. Here is a helpful exercise to better identify those areas that could most benefit from an agile approach.

Sprintus Interruptus

- by Bart Gerardi

Agile approaches are meant to maximize flexibility, while minimizing costly disruption to projects. In practice, they typically accomplish the former better than the latter. Here are six strategies to help teams manage interruptions and mid-sprint changes. Finding the right balance among them is the key to success.

Use Demos to Build Trust

- by Johanna Rothman, Marcus Blankenship

Once a non-agile customer or sponsor begins to see the benefits of an agile approach, it is critical to reaffirm their leap of faith and build trust through demonstrations that deliver working product, facilitate open discussion and change-focused feedback, and keep the project on track.

Sizing Matters

- by Jay Daniel

Agile is about adapting to change, not completely abandoning documentation or dismissing helpful planning and estimating inputs. Here is a look at how the benefits of an agile approach can shine brighter when used in conjunction with a fundamental development practice such as sizing.

Stay Agile with Discovery

- by Johanna Rothman, Marcus Blankenship

What happens to your agile principles when a customer or sponsor insists on knowing the cost and duration of a project before you even start? It’s a common quandary, but there are ways to show a non-agile client the benefits of going agile, starting with a discovery project.

The Agile Education Compass

- by Dave Prior

European and U.S. leaders of the Agile education movement met at the Scrum Gathering last month to create a learning manifesto — the Agile Education Compass — to serve as an adaptable guide for applying agile principles and values in schools and classrooms of all kinds. [17 min.]

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for LeadingAgile where …

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
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Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
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