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Agile 2009 - Olav Massen - Real options[article]

Agile 2009 - Olav Massen - Real options

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Project Portfolio Decisions—Decisions For Now[article]

If you are anything like me, you have a to-do list a mile long. Because I work for myself, I have an integrated list of everything I need to do: projects for clients, books to write, articles to write, columns to write, presents to buy, house maintenance, clothes to organize, office cleanup. The list is long and never-ending.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Timebox your Projects![article]

By putting more effort into fixing time, rather than functionality, agile development projects are able to reach the levels of agility they were intended to reach. By welcoming change, as agile was designed to do, you're able to create an innovation cadence keeps everything in harmony.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Honestly Agile[article]

Joe Krebs discusses why soft skills factors, honesty and integrity are not only essential among team members, but also for entire enterprises—including their portfolios.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Agile Software Development – Past, Present, Future[article]

Almost ten years after the Agile Manifesto was published, Russell Pannone reflects on the past, present, and future of agile software development.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
The Lean-Agile Prism: Going Beyond The Agile Triangle[article]

Project management has contributed diverse triangles as it has evolved. From the traditional project triangle to the agile inverted triangle and, recently, the agile triangle. In this article, I am proposing going one step beyond the agile triangle by taking into consideration lean thinking to add a fourth element, specifically that of design, to form the lean-agile prism.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Using Product Portfolio Management to Improve the Efficiency of Teams[article]

Product portfolio management has become an essential discipline for all development organizations that want to achieve enterprise agility. The repeated process of selecting, sizing, and prioritizing the work to be done ensures that their development teams are delivering the most valuable products and enhancements for the business’ clients. This is required for both external clients in the case of product companies and for internal clients in the case of IT organizations. However, the subject of this paper is another, possibly even more important, reason: avoiding the overloading of the organization’s development teams which greatly lowers their efficiency.

Alan Shalloway's picture Alan Shalloway
Agile Project Management: Part 2 of 2[article]

Estimating Projects give people the fits. On one hand, you have to know when things are going to get done and how much they are going to cost. On the other hand, estimating projects looks a lot like magic from the outside.

I've been successfully estimating and teaching people how to estimate projects for a long time, and if you’ve read Part 1 in this series, you're ready for some tips and tricks of estimating.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Things about Release Management Every Programmer Should Know[article]

I was privileged to contribute to the book 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts. Here are link to a some of the posts I found particularly interesting.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
Book Review: Modular Java[article]

I recently read Craig Walls' book Modular Java: Creating Flexible Applications with Osgi and Spring (Pragmatic Programmers). This book is a very detailed tutorial that walks you through setting up an application using OSGI and Spring with the help of Maven as a build tool.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
So, You Want to Be a Consultant?[magazine]

Many practitioners see becoming a consultant as their ultimate career goal. But what does it mean to be "a consultant"? In this email to an aspiring consultant, Fiona Charles (a consultant for more than fifteen years) discusses different consulting approaches and describes how working for a consulting firm can help you get there.

Fiona Charles's picture Fiona Charles
Are You Agile Enough?[article]

Being agile is a means to an end; your goal is to develop better software more effectively, not to be able to wear a "We are Agile" badge. If you're considering adopting agile, you are probably doing do because your current approach isn't getting you where you need to be so it's worth giving the 'by the book' technique a shot before you try to adapt an agile method to your circumstances.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
Catch Them Doing It Right[magazine]

Rewards can be powerful management tools, but only if you implement them effectively. In this installment of the Management Chronicles, discover how the right timing and getting to know your employees better can improve the impact of your recognition method.

Steven M. Smith's picture Steven M. Smith
Agile 2009 - Bob Martin - The Software Craftsmanship Movement[article]

Bob Martin and Bob Payne sit down for another great conversation in this podcast that delves into the difference between a software build and true software craftsmanship. This podcast was recorded after the Agile 2009 conference.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Rocks into Gold: Part 4[article]

This short book by Clarke Ching is a "biztech" parable for software developers who want to survive—and then thrive—through the credit crunch. We have republished the book in a four-part-series. In part four, our characters pitch Bob's plan to MegaCorp. But will business politics get in the way of a good idea? Follow the story as our characters fight to keep their jobs by implementing creative business ideas and management skills taken from agile development.

Clarke Ching's picture Clarke Ching


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