Theory of constraints in Agile

A concept from Management Theory called “theory of constraints” has become popular in Agile and Lean circles. The theory is quite simple, and relates to the constraints or bottlenecks in any process (manufacturing or knowledge work). This article will explain the theory of constraints and how it relates to agile software development, in a micro […]

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Are scrum masters project managers?

A common idea in software development is that scrum master are basically project managers. When an organisation implements Scrum, all the project managers do their training, put on a “scrum master hat”, and away they go. This article will explore this idea and answer the questions like can a scrum master be a project manager, […]

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A Manager’s Role in an Agile Process

“Agile development reflects a product lifecycle approach (continuous delivery of value), rather than a project approach (begin-end). While an individual release of a product can be managed as a project, an agile approach views a release as a single stage in a product’s ongoing evolution.” Jim Highsmith  It may interest you to know that more […]

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Can agile be used for non-software projects?

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Agile is a recent philosophy and approach to software development that has changed IT and software by promising frequent releases and a focus on value. But can it be used outside of the software domain? This article will explore this idea, and explain what makes agile work, why it can be effective outside software, and […]

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What is Backlog Refinement in agile

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Backlog Refinement is an important but poorly understood part of Scrum. It deals with understanding and refining scope so that it can be ready to be put into a sprint for a development team to turn into a product increment. Good backlog refinement involves a regular team discussion, plus informal ad hoc discussions. The output […]

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What does a cross-functional Agile team look like?

Although not declared in the Agile Manifesto, pretty much any Agile advocate will tell you that you need cross functional teams in Agile. What does that mean exactly? How wide does the scope of the team’s skills need to be? This is an interesting question and touches on organisational design, DevOps, HR, and other topics. Caveat: […]

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Cybersecurity in an Agile Environment

(This is a contributed post) When Agile first found its way into software development, it was recommended to not be used in high risk development for fear of its lack of security. Today, though, Agile can and should be used in the workplace to increase cybersecurity, not weaken it.  At its core function, Agile promotes […]

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Agile versus traditional project management

You might be wondering about the difference between agile and traditional project management. These are very different approaches and should be used in different situations. This article will explain what these philosophies are, their pros and cons, and when you might want to use one or the other. So let’s find out about the difference […]

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Why technical user stories are bad

You might sometimes come across “technical user stories” when doing agile software development. These are generally a bad idea and should be avoided where possible. This article will explain what technical user stories are, and why technical user stories are bad. And some tips on what to do isntead. It will also cover the rare […]

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Why DevOps Is Broken

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Like most management ideologies, DevOps is stuck in its ways and resistant to change. While traditional strategies might have worked perfectly well in the past, today’s software development landscape is radically different from where it was twenty years ago, and we desperately need new management paradigms. The problem with DevOps is mostly one of culture. […]

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