Category Archives: Agile|Agile

People before process – and what does it mean for agile manager?

Only recently I came across Jurgen Appelo’s blog and then I read his book “Agile Management 3.0”. I also went to his course and had some time to chat with him as I needed someone to talk about people management in agile … Continue reading

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Do you need Chuck Norris in your team?

If you want to test whether you have Chuck Norris in your team, how about checking this blog post first. If you recognize someone in the team that fits this description, congratulations, this blog post is for you. Chuck Norris is really … Continue reading

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How to organize lessons learned sessions

What is lessons learned? It is a bottom up improvement: you invite people to give their feedback on the quality of the work they do and the problems they face during product development. Final goal of the lessons learned sessions … Continue reading

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Maintenance revisited – part 1

Maintenance is a tricky subject, and before I continue, I would like to distinguish between applications that are truly in maintenance mode and the ones on which there is still ongoing development. Obviously, if the application is not “moving” any more, the best you … Continue reading

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How to be effective at kick-offs

One of the reasons that agile folks hate to call kick-offs a meeting is because people just hate meetings. They are often done so badly that the first association that comes with that word is waste of time. One the … Continue reading

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Project checklist – 7 questions you need to ask yourself first

Very often people discuss project/dev.  methodologies, type of contracts (fixed price vs. time and material), product release cycles and other aspects of project lifecycle while ignoring or forgetting to ask themselves some very important questions first. So, let me go over my … Continue reading

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Budgeting vs. agile

In my previous post I have shortly introduced some basic financial principles. It might look odd that I talked about business and markets in the space that should be reserved for agile posts, but I felt that one of the reasons why … Continue reading

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Software outsourcing dilemma

For people who have read “World is Flat” it looks obvious that in the world of internet and crowd sourcing, starting software business in the so called “low cost” countries is a logical step forward. Since intelligence, expertise and ambition … Continue reading

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How we got screwed in the first place?

The waterfall model was invented in 1970. The founding document of the waterfall model, created by Winston W. Royce, included two figures: one of the model itself and a second illustrating the major problems inherent in the model, or the … Continue reading

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How to manage agile transformation (and manage expectations)

As mentioned in the previous post, most of the agile transformations these days are “top-down”. According to Standish Group “Chaos Reports” we still have more project failures than successful projects. One of (many reasons) for this you can find in … Continue reading

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