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Simulation Games: A Way to Improve Communication in the Team[article]

One of the hardest daily tasks developers, QA, ScrumMasters, and product owners encounter is effective communication with others. Sound implausible? According to many articles, research, and personal observations, the main cause of project failure is not technology or hardware, but inefficient communication stemming from lack of effective communication between team members, incomplete business analysis, imprecise requirements, and vaguely formulated business objectives.

Monika Konieczny's picture Monika Konieczny
flow chart Four Agile Tips to Eliminate Rework in Application Development[article]

Your applications need to meet business needs, overcome complex processes, and provide instant results to customers. And, ideally, they’ll require minimal rework on your part. The first step to success is requirements definition. Here, Filip Szymanski offers some tips from agile methods that will improve your requirements—even if you haven’t otherwise adopted agile.

Filip Szymanski's picture Filip Szymanski
From Red Tape to No Tape: Organizational Misalignment with Agile Values[article]

Charles Suscheck writes that if you’re in an organization that has signs of post-industrial orientation, now is a good time to take a fresh look at your organization’s underlying (and often oblique) belief system.

Charles Suscheck's picture Charles Suscheck
Adapting to Change in Your Agile Strategies[article]

Len Whitmore writes on using agile practices for the development of software. In the ten years since the Agile Manifesto, the agile development domain evolved, as evidenced by such things as the six levels of planning: strategy, release, iteration, daily, and continuous, with strategy appearing to be the least evolved of the planning levels.

Len  Whitmore's picture Len Whitmore
For Project Managers, Agile Is About Asking a Different Question[article]

Daryl Kulak explains that if we don't ask the right question at the beginning of the project, then no matter how well we answer, it won't be helpful. Perhaps the biggest difference between agile and waterfall is the question being asked. The scope of the project and any judgments of progress are related to this very fundamental question.

Daryl  Kulak's picture Daryl Kulak
Applying Agile to Your Business Strategy[article]

Matthew Gelbwaks writes that rather than applying a strategy to agile, you should apply the principles and values of agile to business or organizational strategy. Agile is the new way to compete and the new way to win at every level of the organization—from development to strategy.

Matt Gelbwaks's picture Matt Gelbwaks
whiteboard Experimenting: The Way Forward for Agile Development Teams[article]

If you asked anyone on my team what agile practice is most responsible for our success over the past eight years, I bet they'd say retrospectives. But I wonder if it's not so much the retrospectives themselves, as the "small experiments" (to borrow Linda Rising's term) we perform to try to address our problem areas.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
George Dinwiddie From One Expert to Another: George Dinwiddie[interview]

In this installment of our continuing conversations between software experts, Don Gray talks to George Dinwiddie about his work in the agile community—both before and after it got its name—and how agile approaches affect teams.

Don Gray's picture Don Gray
Feature Injection: Part Two[article]

The tag-line for Feature Injection is "As we pull value from a system, we inject features." So before we can start, we need to identify the business value. But how do we do that? This edition also expands on the 20/20 vision conference concept.

From Red Tape to No Tape: Maximizing Agile in Your Organization[article]

Companies using agile development must recognize that they won’t reap the benefits of agile without the correct organizational philosophy. Companies often don’t even realize that they are following a path that can limit agile adoption. Here, Charles Suscheck describes two organizational philosophies—one that is adverse to successful agile adoption and one that facilitates the agile processes.

Charles Suscheck's picture Charles Suscheck
Make Your Tele-Team Work[magazine]

Can software development teams that include one or more telecommuters work as effectively as collocated teams? Learn how to overcome common obstacles faced by "tele-teams," illustrated with real-life examples.

How Do You Write Good User Stories?[magazine]

Expert answers to frequently asked questions. In this issue, David Hussman explains how to write good user stories.

David Hussman's picture David Hussman
Long-Distance Relationships[magazine]

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Mission Possible: ScrumMaster and Technical Contributor[article]

Teams trying out Scrum might not be able to justify a full-time ScrumMaster to the organization, so the role is filled by a contributor on the team. This can be a challenge and, if done incorrectly, a problem. Learn some potential issues to be aware of and how to make the hybrid role work.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
Are You Leading a Tribe?[article]

In today's organizations, everyone is expected to lead. If you've been waiting for a leadership role to come to you, it might be time to step up and seek out your opportunity to be a leader. Look around you: Self-proclaimed leaders are receiving interesting projects, building enviable careers, and being promoted. In this article, we'll take a look at how Seth Godin's book Tribes can provide a useful framework for leading from the ground up.

Laura Brandenburg's picture Laura Brandenburg

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