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Book Review: The Human Side of Agile

Being agile is difficult. Not only are there technical and organizational challenges, but the very nature of the way agile methods work brings the assumptions, context, and fears of team members to the foreground. These people issues are explored in Gil Broza’s book, The Human Side of Agile.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
A Product Owner’s First Glimpse of Agile

Kent McDonald introduces us to Arthur, a middle manager and product owner in a medium-sized insurance company who has been assigned to take on an agile project. For those unfamiliar with agile, the terminology and techniques of agile approaches can seem strange and often a little silly when not accompanied with an explanation as to why those techniques exist. Kent explains the challenges product owners like Arthur face and how to make product owners understand agile better.

Kent McDonald's picture Kent McDonald
Agile 2012 - Bob Martin - Clean Coders and Clean Code
Podcast

Bob Martin and Bob Payne site down for a discussion about the importance of clean code on any project. Bob Martin is responsible for the CleanCoders.com video series, and in this podcast, the two Bobs get together to discuss the evolution of clean code's role in software development.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
ADP West 2012 - Jonathan Chashper - Product Management Consultant
Podcast

In this podcast, Bob Payne speaks with Jonathan Chashper about a variety of topics in the world of product management consulting. Jonathan brings a wealth of knowledge to companies of all sizes, in hopes of boosting revenues on any project.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Six Steps for Implementing Agile across the Organization

After facing difficulties attempting to transform a group of twelve skilled people into a self-organized agile team, Ove Holmberg learned some valuable lessons on what it takes to implement agile within an organization. In this article, Ove presents six steps for a successful agile implementation.

Ove Holmberg's picture Ove Holmberg
How to Rule a Self-Organizing Team

Matthias Bohlen shares with us the importance of self organization. As a manager, you must set time or organizational boundaries that serve a purpose and let team members do what they think is appropriate and necessary within those boundaries.

Matthias Bohlen's picture Matthias Bohlen
Agile ALM for Delivering Customer Value: Getting Started

In this first part of a two-part series, Mario Moreira writes that a reasonable application lifecycle management (ALM) product will have a common user interface for utilizing the ALM functionality. It will also include a meta-model and process engine to parse and share information across and amongst the various functions within the ALM framework. These technical needs must be accompanied by a strong business case for delivering higher customer value and new approaches for seamless integration.

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira
Agile 2012 - Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman - Discover to Deliver
Podcast

In this podcast, Bob Payne speaks with Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman about their new book, Discover to Deliver. Using lean startup and agile delivery, Mary and Ellen give a compelling strategy for building products the right way and with high quality.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Hoarding: How to Prioritize Features to Clean Up the Clutter

Hoarding is an incredibly common—but usually unnamed and invisible—phenomenon in corporate software development. If you’ve been doing agile for a while, you are no doubt aware of the cost of hoarding and you’ve probably removed much of it, but what happens when you aren't doing agile yet? Clarke Ching explains how to counter hoarding by prioritizing the right features.

Clarke Ching's picture Clarke Ching
ADP West 2012 - Karl Scotland - Visual Management and Kanban
Podcast

Karl Scotland shares his insight and tips for teams who are looking to implement Kanban in their organization. Visual Management is a great tool to help your team along the road and Karl discusses this topic and others in this podcast with Bob Payne.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne

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