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Agile Coaching in British Telecom

Over the last two years BT Exact, British Telecom#39;s IT organization, has been going through a radical organizational transformation. A central plank of this transformation has been BT Exact adoption of an Agile approach for systems delivery. When BT began to look at how you transform an organization of approximately 14,000 people to become an Agile organization, the size and complexity of BT seemed to be an issue. One challenge faced was how to support this size of a transformation from a coaching perspective. That is, how do you leverage a relatively small finite coaching resource so that it can be effective? This article will chart ongoing journey to address the need for Agile coaches and how "jam" proved to be inspiration along the way!

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Scaling Agile Development via Architecture

Every system has an architecture, even systems developed using agile methodologies. Whether you attempt to define that architecture up front in detail or whether it emerges over time is up to you. My experience is that most agile teams follow a strategy somewhere between these two extremes. That strategy, combined with proving your architectural ideas as soon as possible through working code. This article summarizes a collection of strategies for addressing architectural concerns on agile projects and discusses how such strategies can be applied to scale agile methods to large development efforts.


Scott W. Ambler's picture Scott W. Ambler
Relating PMBOK Practices to Agile Practices--Part 4 of 4

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) outlines the specific actions required for proper quality management. In the conclusion of Michele Sliger's four-part column, she determines how compliance with the PMBOK practices correspond to activities that an agile team might perform.

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Agile06 - Jeff Nielsen - The Psychology of Build Times

In this podcast, Jeff Nielsen and Bob Payne discuss previous presentations that the two have given, and Jeff's more recent session on the psychology of build times that he gave at Agile 2006. We invite you to listen in to their conversation about a variety of subjects.

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Agile06 - Bob Martin - Fitness, New Book and the Conference

Bob Payne and Bob Martin sit down for another great conversation on all things agile during this podcast recorded at Agile 2006.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Agile06 - Michael Spayd - Cogility and Agile Transformation

Michael Spayd and Bob Payne sit down to discuss Michael's years of work, and his wide variety of experiences working on agile projects. We invite you to listen to this podcast to learn more about agile's applications on projects of all shapes and sizes.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Transitioning to Agility - Sanjiv Augustine, Thad Sheer, Bob Payne, and Cliff Berg

This podcast offers the unique opportunity to hear an entire group of agile experts all sitting down to discuss everything agile, especially the challenges of those transitioning to agile for the very first time. Sanjiv Augustine, Thad Sheer, Bob Payne, and Cliff Berg are all featured in this session.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Offshore Testing: The PITS?

Offshore resources have proved useful, and companies continue to try and cash in on the cost savings. But those savings might not be what you or your company expected. In this column, Linda Hayes warns that outsourcing has some pitfalls we should always look out for.

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Taking Off to the Smart Shore

Offshore and onshore development, outsourcing, and the relocation of IT jobs to low-cost countries are headlines we see in everyday news. Jochen Krebs has played several different roles in software engineering throughout his career. From those experiences he shares some thoughts and ideas about current industry trends regarding outsourcing. The scenarios in this article, "Inside the Project," lead to the second part, which will offer a critical view on those trends. The last part, will address trends for a better offshore approach.

Jochen Krebs's picture Jochen Krebs
Be a Sub Commander

Projects involving subcontracts have their own special kinds of risks and problems. In this column, Peter Clark offers advice on how to use leverage and visibility to minimize the risks and help ensure the successful delivery of the required scope when working with subcontractors.

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