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Why You Need to Be Specific about Agile Practice Adoption

Amr Elssamadisy presents one way to share our knowledge that is more specific than full methodologies and processes, more general than war stories, and will help new agile adopters get beyond the mantra "It depends!"

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Making Agile Mainstream–Crossing the Chasm

For agile adoption to continue, we need to address development issues that large organizations deal with, including large-scale development projects, geographically distributed development, and compliance. Let's take a look at what promising work is happening in each of these areas.

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Formality and Agility

In this article, Jose Silva addresses managers involved in the maintenance of software development processes. The information provided should help readers make more conscious decisions on what and how to include agile practices in a formal software development process. The author also provides a real case example and the practical results that came from this experience.

No Fluff Just Stuff Fall 2006 - Panel Discussion

Bob Payne shares with us the panel discussion he observed during the No Fluff Just Stuff Fall Tour. This podcast features the NFJS panel discussing a wide variety of topics including Java, Ruby, and agile.

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The Whole Product

It's easy to split user-experience experts and software architects into different categories and still grant them equal importance; the former deals with the façade of the software while the latter deals with the workings beneath the surface. This separate, but equal attitude changed for Jeff Patton after attending a workshop in which his eyes opened to an epiphany of holism in software development. From this enlightened moment, Jeff realized a way software development could change for the better.

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Incorporating Part-time Team Members

"Part-timers just don't seem to fit in with the team," a manager complained to Esther Derby recently. "I do everything I can to impress on them the importance of teamwork and team spirit, but they just don't gel with the team. What can I do to motivate these people to fit in?" In this column, Esther Derby reveals the truth of the part-timers' mindset and what you can do to motivate this group.

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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.


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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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