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Why some developers and companies like Google consider Agile development to be nonsense?

Companies today are fighting to deliver market value, and they want to do it fast. They wish to deepen the relationship they have with their customers, welcome change and improve engagement among empl...

What is a Scrum Master?

At Siteset we eat, sleep and breath Agile. We adopted Agile and Scrum over a year ago and we’ve constantly refined our Agile process to meet our needs. As part our journey the projects team were sen...

How much of a scrum is SCRUM?

When I was given my ScrumMaster training, the course leader put forward their opinion that, whilst rugby works as a good analogy for Agile, a rugby scrum is less effective when compared to Agile Scrum...

2015 Agile Awards – The Results are in!

A couple of weeks ago the good and the great of the Agile world got together at The Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch and 16 winners were crowned for the 2015 Agile Awards. This year saw a few changes to...

Agile Awards Supporting Help for Heroes

In 2014, Agile Awards UK supported Help for Heroes with their wonderful awards ceremony celebrating and awarding the top Agile talent. During this great event held at London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom, t...

Look at what you could have won

The 2015 Agile Awards take place on Thursday November 12th at the MontCalm Hotel, Marble Arch and a lot of companies have been very generous in donating prizes for the amazing charity auction at the e...

Estimating in an Agile World – Delivering Value

I’ve been musing on how some Agile organisations deliver software very effectively, while others do not. It seems to me that a clear focus on value, and knowledge of the organisation’s capabilitie...

How Can We Run Waterfall and Agile in Parallel?

Scope of this Report

To answer the question, we must make some assumptions:

  • Readers are familiar with the waterfall and Agile SDLCs.
  • In this context, Agile primarily means scrum because...

7 Steps to Changing a Culture

Before going into detail we must first understand how cultures are shaped. Shaping a culture is largely a direct result of the behaviour, values and beliefs of the leadership. However not all the peop...

The 3 C's of Agile

When you think of Agile, there are a couple of questions -- myths, in fact -- that repeat frequently with just a verbiage change. It is important not only to know about the Agile framework but also to...

Continuous Integration - Survival of the fittest for agile software development

Let's agree on this first. We all embrace agile software development and the tremendous change it has induced on how we approach, implement and deliver software. Shifting the focus from up-front ana...

Agile Documentation

Every successful multi-year software project that I’ve ever seen has had some sort of documentation. Whether it’s a user manual, deployment guide, sample usage code, wiki, a run book for operation...

Simplicity

One of the key values of the Agile software development mindset is simplicity. Maxims such as “do the simplest thing that can possibly work” are very popular, and developers swear by them. Unfortu...

Servant Leadership, What’s in it for me?

A fascinating subject, the servant leader can be one of the most misunderstood, confusing and enigmatic roles and leadership styles in business. Yeah, yeah, yeah very interesting I hear you say… But...

The Agile Business Conference

The Agile Business Conference (6th & 7th October, London) is in its thirteenth year. The theme for this year looks at ways to ensure that an Agile culture can be sustained within an organisation.

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Case Study: Distributed Teams – Problem or Opportunity?

One of the first DSDM / Agile projects I worked on was what we would today term a distributed project.  The project was for a major newspaper group in the US, based in Boston MA.

We had just acqu...

Agile Principle 2: Agile Development Teams Must Be Empowered

An agile development team must include all the necessary team members to make decisions, and make them on a timely basis.

Active user involvement is one of the key principles to enable this, so t...

Agile Executive - Workshop

Until now, I have only offered training & workshops as part of my consulting service to clients. Now, for the first time, I am offering an open workshop for managers and executives that are embarking...

Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®) has finally arrived!

The past year has been a whirlwind of iterations and releases. As many of you know, working in an Agile way is not an easy get out of jail card, it takes hard work, commitment and most importantly goo...

Winning an Agile Award

Winning the Agile Award for Best Agile Coach or Mentor (Technical) was one of the highlights of my career. Not only to be awarded by the judges, but to be nominated and recognised alongside some of th...

Living Agile

Changing the culture of a business is hard and often it is even harder to find the right culture and balance for that business. But the difficulty in making that change shouldn’t be the reason for n...

Agile in Asia

A headline in Chinese newspapers in October 2014 took me by surprise: ‘Agile leader arrested’. I thought this meant that China was cracking down on shady development methodologies but in fact it r...

Agile Awards

Agile Control - two terms in conflict or in harmony?

On one hand, project and regulatory governance (project control) has become increasingly important in recent years. On the other hand, many Agile evangelists consider control to be an intrinsically an...

The Scrum Framework in 30 seconds

Case Study: Highline College's Dramatic Scrum Success

How one instructor and one Scrum coach helped students and local businesses succeed

Take a professor with vision. Add an Agile coach with the practical know-how, some willing business owners, and...

4 Things You Need to Know about Scrum

Are you thinking about starting a journey toward implementing Scrum?

Are your employees and IT management talking about the benefits that could be achieved by moving toward the most popular of th...

Agile Principle 1: Active User Involvement Is Imperative

In my mind, active user involvement is the first principle of agile development.

It’s not always possible to have users directly involved in development projects, particularly if the agile deve...

The Last Unicorn – Cutting Edge Product Ownership in the Digital World

Reading through academic and practice literature there are a few facts that are evident when investigating product ownership.

    1. Good product owners inhabit a very small space in the ether...

The Financial Benefits of Scrum

What does Scrum mean for your company's bottom line?

You often hear about the benefits of Scrum for teams and team members. Those benefits are real, and they can be significant. However, Scrum de...

Case Study: Mayden's Transformation from Waterfall to Scrum

A Health Care and Software Success Story

Mayden is a small and successful U.K. company that develops managed Web applications for the health care sector. They specialize in flexible, cloud-based...

3 Ways Scrum Attracts Top Performers

You want to attract and keep the best talent, but as the economy rebounds, that's becoming harder and harder.

Your best candidates expect more than just salary and benefits. So how do you attract...

The Right Tools for the Job

Consider a master craftsman such as a master carpenter.  They will have many different tools in their toolbox to ensure the final product is of a sufficiently high quality and meets the requirements...

A really useful sprint planning agenda!

The first sprint planning meeting for a team new to Scrum can be challenging. There is bound to be lots of questions from people, and perhaps uncertainty about what to expect or is expected, especiall...

Is Your Organization Ready for Scrum?

Consider these key points if you're trying to decide whether you -- and your organization -- are prepared to implement Scrum.

You're thinking about implementing Scrum in your organization -- but...

Case Study: How Bottomline Reached for the Top - - and Got There With Scrum

Vision and opportunity combine to take a company further than imagined

Sometimes the adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" doesn't apply. Bottomline Technologies was a successful and growing c...

Case Study: Scrummy School: Learners successfully self-organize

The University of Wolverhampton teams with local school students

One of the best things about Scrum successes is that they sometimes occur in environments where Scrum is not the obvious choice. N...

Welcome To The Agile Portal

The aim of The Agile Portal is to bring together professionals, thought leaders, service providers and newcomers from around the world in a single place where they can share relevant and interes...

Scrum Roles Demystified

Who the 3 main players are, and what they do

When an organization decides to embrace Scrum, one of the first things to understand is how Scrum roles differ from traditional project execution role...