Posts Tagged ‘Agile’

Certification Frustration

By | November 7, 2013 | No Comments »

Peter VaihanskyWith agile development steadily gaining in popularity, we are witnessing the proliferation of various sorts of agile certifications. The most popular by far is the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training and certification, which is now available in abundance all over the country and beyond. However, the CSM boom is not without controversy in agile circles. Read more

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We did offshore Agile before it was cool

By | November 4, 2013 | No Comments »

Alexander PozdniakovImagine a very large software project that has been running for over 3 years, 80+ people on the team, classic waterfall process, over a million LOC, 700+ database tables, over 40MB of source code. Now add to that the approaching production deadline, several months spent trying to get quality and performance under control with very little to show for it, lots of patchwork code rendering the system exceedingly difficult to troubleshoot performance-wise, and the number of new bugs discovered by QA steadily exceeding the number of closed defects week after week. Now on top of all that, add a deluge of change requests, some of them contradictory, plus tired people, endless overtime, working weekends, and a general sense of despair. Got it? Good. There you have it, the classic death march. Read more

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Story points or ideal days?

By | October 24, 2013 | No Comments »

Michael Ganchikov There is a long running debate regarding the use of story points vs. ideal days for estimating backlog items. In my practice, I actually use both. Read more

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Can Agile Help Deliver on the Fixed-Price Promise?

By | July 29, 2013 | No Comments »

Peter Vaihansky First, let’s pin down what “fixed bid” or “fixed price” actually means.

It’s not just that the customer demands to know as precisely as possible how much they will have to pay for the project (which, on the surface, is not an unreasonable request). Usually, the customer will also want to fix what it is that they are going to get—the scope. Often, the customer is interested in getting the deliverable by a certain date, thereby fixing the time as well. In reality, therefore, it often makes sense to speak of “fixed iron triangle” projects. Read more

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Agile and Cloud – The Most Efficient DevOps Choice

By | June 27, 2013 | No Comments »

Debbie YedlinThe combination of agile development and cloud computing has dramatically changed software delivery. Since its introduction in 2001, agile has become the dominant software development approach for most software companies because of its flexibility and rapid time-to-market. Cloud computing has also gained momentum over the past six years, and is estimated to reach $240 billion in revenue by 2020, driving significant growth in the tech industry.

Agile and cloud support a paradigm called DevOps, with cloud and agile as the DevOps accelerators. Read more

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Breaking the Iron Triangle: A Case Study in Agile Project Turnaround

By | June 6, 2013 | No Comments »

Alexander PozdniakovWe all know that the famous Project Management Triangle constraints are inescapable, and that the rules of the game dictate that all project decisions are necessarily tradeoffs between “more”, “cheaper”, “faster” and “better”.

But what if you change the game? Read more

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Happy feet

By | May 30, 2013 | No Comments »

Alexander PozdniakovHow I made people believe I could see through walls.
Believe it or not, Agile can help you develop superhuman powers!
Not really, but it comes close. Read more

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Sumo, Architecture, and Enterprise Agile

By | January 29, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Michael Ganchikov Here is a riddle for you: who (or what) is both so strong and solid that it is very hard to move, and yet can move easily at the same time?

The answer: champion sumo wrestler. The other answer: well thought out application architecture.

Why are we talking about 400+ lb Japanese athletes in the context of Agile software development? Let me explain. Read more

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Transparency in outsourced development with Scrum - Part III

By | December 11, 2012 | No Comments »

(Continued from Part I and Part II)

When the client program managers first saw the template-driven reports, they immediately recognized the qualitatively different degree of visibility and transparency all this information gave them. First Line was asked to make a special presentation to the Program Steering Group, and very soon the template was officially introduced as the standard reporting device on all First Line teams participating in the program.

Another thing that became clear pretty quickly was that the customer PM role has become unnecessary. The “tracking” and “control” functions were essentially already being carried out by the First Line teams themselves and evidenced by the template. In the spirit of Lean and Agile, the client eliminated the role of the PM, effectively folding its function into First Line’s Scrum Masters, who were now to report directly to the Steering Group. Read more

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Transparency in outsourced development with Scrum - Part II

By | December 5, 2012 | No Comments »

Sergey Yurasov

(Continued from Part I)

On the client side, the Business Unit formulated business requirements, which were finalized and managed for the supplier’s development team by the Product Owner (PO). Additionally, a business analyst on the supplier side filled the role of Proxy Product Owner (PPO), whose job was to be the sole source of clarifications of requirements for the team.

This additional role was set up in order to mitigate the fact that because of the distance, it would be logistically challenging to make the client’s PO available to the entire team all the time. So the PO and the PPO set up a knowledge management process whereby the PPO was extensively educated by the PO on the business requirements over time and was able to provide explanations for the team. Read more

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