Book Review: The Agile Mind-Set: Making Agile Processes Work

Gil Broza's book The Agile Mind-Set: Making Agile Processes Work speaks to the challenges faced by people who focus on "doing agile" rather than "being agile." Rote execution of methods can only get you so far, and Broza gives insights into how you move beyond practicing agile by habit into living it.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
What Rugby Can Teach You about Trust in Agile Teams

Unconditional support, trust, respect, generosity, and courage are the behavioral values required for agile—and also for rugby. On the surface, the software development methodology and the rough team sport may seem to have little in common. But Luis Novella writes that rugby can actually teach you a lot about agile.

Luis Novella's picture Luis Novella
Assessing the Business Value of Agile User Stories

Allan Kelly says that ideally, companies should put a dollar amount on each planned business decision. But pinning down financial value can be hard, and besides, there are many other factors to consider, such as sustainability and customer service. He looks at various ways to assess the business value of user stories.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
Stop Re-estimating Your Stories for Every Iteration

Many agile practitioners recommend re-estimating stories at the beginning of each iteration to increase accuracy. Adrian Wible, however, argues that re-estimating stories within an iteration planning meeting actually distorts results and decreases predictability. See if you need to rethink your planning procedures.

Adrian Wible's picture Adrian Wible

Better Software Magazine Articles

Balancing Waterfall Predictability with Agile Flexibility

In this FAQ column, Arlen Bankston highlights the difficulty many companies have making the full transition to agile, straddling between waterwall ways and the new horizons of agility.  Arlen provides techniques that can enable companies to ease into the transition, allowing their organization to make the adjustments without the burden of large plans and commitments.

Arlen Bankston's picture Arlen Bankston
Do You Give Your Manager What She Wants or What She Needs?

High-stress situations arise when you have to respond to management's never-ending tough questions regarding product delivery. According to Johanna Rothman, you can properly set expectations without stress simply by understanding your manager's point of view.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Six Ways to Use Business Analyst Superpowers in Agile

There are those agilists who believe there is no place for a business analyst on their team. Joy Beatty and James Hulgan, both experienced agile consultants, refute this belief and explain how business  analysts can enhance the effectiveness of most any agile team.

Joy Beatty's picture Joy Beatty James Hulgan
Incorporating User Experience into Early Agile Cycles

Chris Nodder explores the emerging need to focus on a software app’s user experience. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to perform some basic user experience analysis as long as it is done early and tested throughout a  project’s lifecycle.

Chris Nodder's picture Chris Nodder


DevOps: Find Solutions, Not More Defects: STARWEST 2015 Interview with Andreas Grabner

In this interview, TechWell speaks with Andreas Grabner, a performance engineer who has been working in this field for the past fifteen years. At STARWEST 2015, he presented DevOps: Find Solutions, Not More Defects.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Putting Quality First through Continuous Testing: STARWEST 2015 Interview with Adam Auerbach

In this interview, TechWell speaks with Adam Auerbach, a technology director for advanced testing and release services at Capital One Financial Corporation. At STARWEST 2015, he presented "Putting Quality First through Continuous Testing."

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
The GROWS Method: A Modern Software Development Suite: An Interview with Andy Hunt

In this interview, Andy Hunt, a consultant, author, and publisher, explains why agile development is in a rut. He also covers why agile is so often abandoned, the issues with doing agile "by the books," and his GROWS Method.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Scaling Agile: A Guide for the Perplexed: An Interview with Sanjiv Augustine

In this interview, Sanjiv Augustine, the president of LitheSpeed, sheds light on a handful of scaling frameworks, including the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), and the simple scrum of scrums meeting.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin

Conference Presentations

The Tester’s Role in Agile Planning

All too often testers passively participate in agile planning. And the results? Important testing activities are missed, late testing becomes a bottleneck, and the benefits of agile development quickly diminish. However, testers can actively advocate customer concerns while helping to...

Rob Sabourin,
The Next Decade of Agile Software Development and Test

After almost fifteen years of history with agile practices, J.B. Rainsberger sees some alarming trends in our attitudes, practices, and even what we teach about agile. At the same time, he sees some progress in approaches and technologies—e.g., behavior-driven development, naked...

J.B. Rainsberger, JBRAINS.CA
Be Fast on Your Feet: Kick Back and WATCH the Board

Have limited time monitoring complex projects? Need to be fast on your feet during your teams’ standups? It’s a daunting task to keep track of the current work in flight. Steve Dempsen shares a mnemonic technique―WATCH—to help you think of and articulate critical questions to ask on the...

Steve Dempsen, Capital Group
SAFe Integration Patterns: Scaling with Continuous Collaboration

“Going agile” at a fifty-person startup is easy; at a 5,000 person ISV it’s impressive; and in a Fortune 500 company it’s often a nightmare. At large scale, the sheer number of legacy systems, stakeholder specific tools, and governance processes can turn even a simple agile deployment...

Jeff Downs, Tasktop Technologies

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