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Top Five Tips for Starting Agile

In this article, Leanne Howard shares her top five tips for teams that are starting agile. Cultivate a culture and environment where people are comfortable. Offer support when team members need it, but allow them to self-organize to perform their tasks and believe they will do it well.

Leanne Howard's picture Leanne Howard
Implementing Agile in Fortune 1000 Companies

David Thach and Rick Rene share what they have learned are the most effective and readily adoptable agile processes, as well as a few techniques to integrate hybrid waterfall approaches. Companies adopt an agile software development framework to become more effective and more efficient, not to become a model of purist agile utopia—which, if attempted, ironically can be immensely costly and detrimental to progress, if not disastrous.

David Thach's picture David Thach Rick Rene
Mowing the Lawn: An Application of Agility

Anthony Akins explains how he used agile methods to modify the way he mowed his lawn. Learn how any project can benefit from using an agile approach and how large projects can be broken down into smaller chunks, each complete and with value.

Tony Akins's picture Tony Akins
Creating a Culture Change with Visual Management

Have you heard the old maxim “What gets measured gets done”? Management expert Peter Drucker said it, and here, Bill Donaldson shows us how a smart manager uses visual management to apply measurement to change what gets done.

Bill Donaldson's picture Bill Donaldson
Product Backlog Hygiene: Prepare to Be Groomed

How do you start with a product backlog when you’re transitioning to agile? In this article, Darin Kalashian shows us how a cross-functional team at the product owner level creates a product backlog.

Darin Kalashian's picture Darin Kalashian
Why Agile Teams Need to Know How to Inspect and Adapt

“Inspect and adapt” is one of the key agile practices, but not all agile teams perform it well. Here, Raja Bavani has a new spin on an old idea. Let’s learn with Raja as he explains his secret sauce.

Raja Bavani's picture Raja Bavani
How to Know When Things Are Really Done

Do you know when your work is done? Are you sure your feature is done? How about your release? Do you know when it’s done? Leyton Collins has some suggestions for you, your team, and your organization on how to know when things are really done.

Leyton Collins's picture Leyton Collins
How Visualization Boards Can Benefit Your Team

While many teams can use help structuring their conversations, some teams also need some way to know whether the structured conversations that have taken place have provided sufficient information. Kent McDonald explains how using visualization boards can help in these situations.

Kent McDonald's picture Kent McDonald
How Impact Mapping Gives You Multiple Options to Pursue

In this article, Lisa Crispin explains how impact mapping allows your team to generate multiple options to pursue. Be creative with your solution experiments. You won’t solve all your problems or achieve all your goals quickly, but small wins and steady progress mean you’ll enjoy the journey of continually improving how you work.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
An Agile Approach to Thinking Up Front about Requirements

Thinking about interacting with the customer at the start of the project? Who would argue against that? Well, it depends on what you call it. It also depends on whether you then do it without the benefit of the rest of the project team. Here, Ulrika Park helps us see what an agile approach to thinking about the requirements might look like.

Ulrika Park's picture Ulrika Park

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