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Seven Strategies for Handling Distributed Agile

Global markets, global talent, and a constant pressure to reduce costs through outsourcing are all major forces that contribute to distributed teams, but distribution can inhibit communication within the team. Here are seven strategies for staying agile in the face of distributed-team challenges.

Sowmya Karunakaran's picture Sowmya Karunakaran
Management Myth 13: I Must Never Admit My Mistakes

Managers are people, too. They have bad-manager days. And, even on good-manager days, they can show doubt, weakness, and uncertainty. They can be vulnerable. Managers are not omnipotent. That’s why it’s critical for a manager to admit a mistake immediately.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Agile Development and Software Metrics

Dan Horvath explores useful metrics that utilize function point analysis (FPA) that you can apply to agile projects. Dan shows how to measure productivity and quality as well as how to estimate for agile projects.

Dan Horvath's picture Dan Horvath
Did You Know That Your Product Portfolio Is in Trouble?

Based on his own work experiences, Anupam Kundu has found some patterns (or anti-patterns) that explain why product managers and product teams have a hard time managing their portfolios.

Anupam Kundu's picture Anupam Kundu
AgileDC 2012 - Jim Highsmith - Organizational Agility and Adaptive Leadership

We're proud to offer this podcast of a conversation between Bob Payne and Jim Highsmith, co-author of the Agile Manifesto. As one of the true pioneers of the agile practice, Jim brings with him an abundance of agile knowledge for teams who are just beginning, and those who have been at it for years.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
From Agile Journal to Agile Connection: A Look Back at 2012

Johanna Rothman shares some of her highlights of the past year, which has been her first full year as the technical editor for the Agile Journal, now called Agile Connection.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
New Skills for Software Testers and Software QA Engineers: 2013 … and Beyond!

Let's take a look into the future—all the way to the year 2013! As a software tester or software quality engineer, are you planning to learn a new skill in the new year. If you are, make sure you approach it in a way that will make that skill stick.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
Function Point Analysis Example: Hands on with Agile Development

In an earlier article, Dan Horvath explored some history and definitions of agile and how Function Point Analysis (FPA) can be used in the measurement of agile projects. Dan emphasizes that the definition of the project is critical to this process. In this article, Dan demonstrates the use of FPA in agile development through a hands-on example.

Dan Horvath's picture Dan Horvath
Management Myth #12: I Must Promote the Best Technical Person to Be a Manager

Managing requires a different skill set from technical work, yet many companies promote their best technical workers to management positions. Here are some things to consider when it's time to promote your technical workers.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Management Myth #11: The Team Needs a Cheerleader!

If you have a cheerleading manager (or, worse, if you are a cheerleading manager) in a troubled organization, then your team is likely missing its purpose. Replace those cheers with transparency, and you might be surprised by the solutions your team will come up with.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman


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