You may have heard Scrum is one of the leading agile software development processes. With more than 375,000 Certified ScrumMasters worldwide, it’s a proven, scalable process for managing software projects. Since its origin in Japanese new product development in the ’80s, Scrum has become recognized as one of the best project management frameworks for handling rapidly… Read more
In this session we will shatter the myth that agile teams can't plan. We'll start by looking at the benefits of the short cycles of iterative and incremental development. We'll then look at the six different levels of planning that occur in agile organizations. We'll see what user stories are and why they've become the preferred approach to planning and managing the… Read more
Scrum has never sat still. It evolves. One team tries something new, and it works so another team tries it. The ideas that succeed most often become part of Scrum and are embraced by new teams. In this presentation, Scrum Alliance co-founder and leading agile author Mike Cohn describes ideas that could be on the verge of becoming Generally Accepted Scrum Practices,… Read more
You believe that agility is right for your team and for your business. You’ve implemented Scrum or XP with some success but have run into some obstacles in moving beyond your initial improvements. You are not alone. The fact is few teams have achieved the 10x productivity or quality gains that the best agile teams have shown us are possible. Partial, half-hearted… Read more
You know that before the development team writes their first line of code, they need a funded project and a prioritized product backlog. What you don’t yet know is how all the front-end planning works on an agile project, where just-in-time and just-enough are the rule of the day. And you aren’t quite sure how to apply user stories and story points from the very… Read more
You believe an agile software development method might be the right answer for your team or business, but you aren’t sure how to begin. You’ve heard transitioning to an agile process from a traditional process is fraught with potential dangers but know teams that do it well succeed by taking small, but steady, steps. Before you begin, you need to know how to get your… Read more
Too many teams view planning as something to be avoided, and too many organizations view plans as something to hold against their development teams. The truth is planning is important for all projects, including agile ones. What you need to know, however, is how to create a project plan that looks forward six to nine months—and yet is accurate and useful.
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Agile leaders and managers have difficulty coming to grips with their role on self-organizing teams. While some refuse to exert any influence on their teams, others rely too much on command-and-control management styles. Either extreme stymies the creativity and productivity of a self-organizing team. What you need to know is how to walk the fine line of leading a… Read more
The early agile literature was adamant about two things: stick with small teams and put everyone in one room. However, in the years since the Agile Manifesto, the increasing popularity of agile and the dramatic improvements it brings has pushed it onto larger and larger projects. Additionally, having an entire team--especially on a large project--in one room, or… Read more
Building the right product at the right time is just as important as building a quality product. Project economics can make or break a project. Knowing the benefits (and the costs) of a project is essential to deciding whether it’s a sound investment. What you need to know is how to quantify benefits in the same way technical teams estimate effort and cost.
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One of the challenges of agile development is coming to grips with the role of leaders and managers of self-organizing teams. Many would-be ScrumMasters and agile coaches go to the extreme of refusing to exert any influence on their teams at all. Others retain too much of their prior command-and-control management styles and fail to unleash the creativity and… Read more
You’ve probably heard some people say, “Agile teams don’t plan.” Nothing could be further from the truth. These sessions, including one presented to the teams at Google, blow that myth out of the water!
These presentations, by leading agile speaker and author Mike Cohn, explain how agile teams plan. Learn why story points have become the most popular unit for… Read more
Maybe you’ve heard about agile software development projects but aren’t sure if they allow for the detailed planning and estimation your business requires. You might also worry if your team provides the estimates that management wants, the numbers might come back to haunt you. Whether you are a manager, programmer, tester, or have another role that involves project… Read more
Agile approaches to software development promise many advantages: shorter schedules, more productive teams, products that better meet customer expectations, higher quality, and more. Many agile teams fall short of these goals. Companies are looking to identify and steer clear of some of the most common pitfalls so that their business can realize its goals. Agile… Read more
When will you be done? Though this question doesn’t go away on agile projects, it does get a little easier to answer. Why? One big reason is agile teams use a metric called velocity, which allows them to track, forecast, and communicate their progress. What you have likely discovered, however, is velocity is difficult to estimate when your team lacks the data and… Read more
You’ve likely heard of agile development processes like Scrum and XP. You might have even begun to implement them at the team level in your organization. What you are beginning to realize, however, is while starting an agile transition is easy, scaling agile practices across an organization is much harder. You want to achieve long-term, sustained success across your… Read more
You know that you want to become a more agile development organization, but you aren’t sure how to begin. You’ve heard of successful, non-agile transitions where a strong, visionary leader plants a stake in the ground and says, “Let's take our organization there.” You might have also been a part of change efforts that started with a lone team thinking, “Who cares… Read more