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Breaking the Major Release Habit: Introduction to the Hyper Agile Methodology

Getting Started with Agile Development

Damon Poole, AccuRev Founder and CTO, discusses the keys to, and challenges of, Agile development.

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What's Your Project Vision?

Clarify the fuzzy front end of project planning by focusing on the overall vision. In this column, Johanna Rothman says clear project vision helps everyone involved in the project move forward better and more smoothly than a detailed project schedule. She also explains how to write succinct project visions in three simple steps.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Agile 2006 - J.B. Rainsberger - XP Day, A Fire Alarm and Buffalo Jerky
Podcast

Joe Rainsberger, the publisher of JUnit Recipes, talks about his work with XP Day around the globe.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
How Do You Think?

What are the attributes of a good tester—of a great tester? As every test manager knows, identifying the right people for a test team can be a struggle. In this column, Fiona Charles describes the qualities of mind she looks for in testers, and the interview questions she asks candidates so that she can evaluate how they think.

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Lean Metrics for Agile Software Configuration Management

Taking an lean-agile slant on metrics for configuration management, the authors focus on ways to measure the value CM and SCM adds to the project and product and how to measure flow and waste.

Agile 2006 - Steve Adolph - Agility in the Art of War ... a dissertation
Podcast

Steve Adolph talks about his research and finds some very interesting agile analogies in war fighting, traditional project success and cultures of success.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Agile 2006 - Barg Upender and David Kane - Agile Movie Making - Sell Your First Increment
Podcast

This unique podcast shares a conversation held between Bob Payne, Barg Upender, and David Kane as they discuss agile movie making. Take a minute to learn one of the exciting ways that agile can be utilized outside of its traditional mediums.

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Sharing the Vision

In this article, Michele Sliger discusses why sharing the vision with the project team is so important and how this knowledge helps the team in its delivery. With examples from Walt Disney and software development, Michele explains how bringing everyone together and getting team members on the same page allows for belief in and commitment to the project, which is a must for a successful outcome.

Michele Sliger's picture Michele Sliger
Agile Top-Down: Striking a Balance

Agile is being evangelized in executive boardrooms and introduced top-down with increasing frequency. Considering that Agile advocates self-management by the individual and within a team, what is the role of senior leadership? My experience from this top-down perspective has given me insight into attitudes and techniques that are successful and others that fail. I assert that there is an effective and appropriate stance for senior leadership that will improve the effectiveness of an Agile transformation. Key to my list of recommendations for making Agile work is the balanced involvement of both senior-level leaders and practitioners in the planning and executing the introduction of Agile practices.

Bryan Stallings's picture Bryan Stallings
Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Agile Software Development

Delivering More Business Value Where Needed

Within the software development community, one of the biggest movements over the past decade has been Agile Development whereby teams adopt practices and attitudes consistent with the now famous Agile Manifesto. Additionally, there has been much discussion over the past four to five years about applying principles from the Theory of Constraints (ToC) and Lean Product Development (Lean) to software development. This has had a tendency to muddy the surrounding waters as teams question whether they  should apply Agile, ToC, or Lean concepts. Are these three approaches mutually exclusive? Is there some hidden magic that can be unlocked by careful application of all three? Isn't it hard enough just trying to be Agile, without also trying to be Lean and ToC-ish? In this article we give an overview of Lean and ToC and show how they can be used in conjunction with Agile practices to focus on an organization's business value. By using elements of Lean, ToC, and Agile together more business value can be delivered with less effort.

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