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More Agile Anti-Patterns

- by Bart Gerardi

Story points are one of the most misunderstood and misused aspects of the Agile methodology. In the second installment of our series on Agile Anti-Patterns, we look at two more ways that story points can be used incorrectly, making the team both less agile and more frustrated in the process.

Is Pomodoro Worth Your Time?

- by Aby League

The Pomodoro Technique is a popular approach to time management, and it shares obvious similarities with some ubiquitous concepts in Agile, Lean and Scrum such as timeboxing and sprints. But is it really a good fit for teams working in Agile environments, or is it better employed as a personal productivity tool?

Agile Anti-Patterns

- by Bart Gerardi

In this new series, we look at some common problems that Agile teams face, and the common “solutions” that rarely seem to work and often make things worse. Sometimes we need to avoid the well-worn path. Let’s start with the misguided attempt to directly translate story points to effort hours.

INVEST in User Stories

- by Bart Gerardi

The most basic form of requirement in an Agile project is the User Story. It describes an actor, what the actor is trying to do, and the actor’s goals. Each story is unique, but they all should have the same components and adhere to the same guidelines. To make this happen, consider the acronym INVEST.

9 Criteria for Better Metrics

- by Pollyanna Pixton

Metrics are easy to get wrong, and the price tag can be high for projects and stakeholders. Are your organization’s metrics providing value or just getting in the way of your team? Here are nine criteria for determining if your current metrics should be tweaked or removed, and if new ones would be more useful.

Making Change Happen

- by Dave Prior

Melanie Franklin’s new book presents an agile framework for planning and implementing change. She says Agile doesn’t just welcome change, it actively seeks it out. Here, she discusses what that means for project leaders, including the often overlooked importance of psychology, relationship-building and self-awareness in managing change. [24:20]

Q&A: Backlog Grooming

- by Bart Gerardi

In a follow-up to an article on backlog grooming, we answer reader questions about how the process differs from requirements documentation; how prioritization works without a complete picture; how a backlog differs from a work breakdown structure; and how to achieve an “all-in” view of product features when the backlog is a work in progress.

Agile in the Middle

- by Dave Prior

Middle managers are often seen as one of the biggest roadblocks to Agile team success. Here, agile transformation coach Chris Matts discusses the important organizational role they can play in mitigating risk and supporting decision-making processes like “feature injection” to deliver business value. [23:50]

CMMI, the Agile Way?

- by Greg Pfister

Can you formalize your processes and still maintain an Agile culture? More specifically, can Agile principles coexist alongside a Capability Maturity Model Integration program? Here is how once organization has embraced both its CMMI journey and Agile ways to achieve new levels of success.

Groom With A View

- by Bart Gerardi

The process of refining requirements to the point that they are ready to be worked upon is known as ‘backlog grooming.’ But this task accomplishes more than clarifying requirements; it informs stakeholders, contributes to the project plan, and reinforces Agile principles in general. Here’s guidance on how and when it should be done.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for BigVisible where he…

Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
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Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
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President, Forward Momentum, LLC
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Janis Rizzuto

Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork
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Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
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DPM Radio Interview: Dave Prior

Posted by Brett Harned

Welcome to another episode of DPM Radio. Beloved Projects at Work author and Agile Shepherd Dave Pior is our guest this time. He’ll be speaking at the Digital PM Summit in Austin this October...
Posted in: The Digital PM


Personal Agility Canvas

Posted by Dave Prior

(Originally Posted on ProjectManagement.com) “What kind of idiot would ask if they were Agile enough? What a stupid question.”  ~ Random guy I heard talking at an Agile ...
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