Rituals and routines can help us be more effective and concentrate our effort on the things that matter, but applying rituals without thought can constrain us. Rituals are most useful when they help a team do the right things for the right reasons.
Venkatesh Krishnamurthy shares his recent experience in joining a fitness program assisted by a personal trainer and how that relates to good team coaching. While the program benefited Venkatesh, he writes that his physical change occurred only with willingness and collaboration, not with force.
Often when beginning an agile project, there is a need for some re-tooling in order to be successful. The same set of tools used in traditional development may not be enough to support rapid communication, dynamic user story change and ranking, and increased code development.
When you are a manager, you have to limit your own work in progress. If you don’t, you can’t pay attention to the most important work you have to do, which can affect your whole team. Read on for some tips about how best to manage work in progress, how transparency helps, and achieving efficiency.
Some program managers whose organizations are transitioning to agile are not always clear which program team they are managing. That can be because the organization doesn’t always realize it needs more than one program team. Here, Johanna Rothman describes some program teams and when to use them.
For software projects embracing agile development, cloud computing can be vital in speeding the process and maximizing the. The cloud allows agile teams to focus on the project's goals over the infrastructure, ensuring that the project it main objective: fulfilling a need for the customer.
If you don’t start putting software together a little bit at a time, it gets harder the farther along you go. The cost of continuous integration sometimes can seem high, but it is often well worth the time, even on a large program. Here are some steps to help you move to more continuous integration.
Metrics like recording the number of website visits or the number of downloads are called vanity metrics. Venkatesh Krishnamurthy writes how these metrics are misleading and how companies should start measuring actionable metrics instead.
CSM certification has become popular, but it is not without controversy in agile circles. There has been not only debate about whether it's just a moneymaker for trainers, but also questions about the validity of the title and what it says about actual ability. Where do you stand in the debate?
For many projects that have rapidly changing requirements, agile often seems to be the right approach. But teams have a hard time adopting agile practices. It’s far from rare to hear of teams trying to fit practices from their former waterfall method into their new agile process.