18 08, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Get Continuous About Learning

By | 2015-08-18T12:41:14+00:00 August 18th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Learning Library, Practices, Scrum|0 Comments

How knowledgable is your team?  Are you consistently challenging yourself to learn more about the technologies you're using?  Does your team spend time educating each other on new discoveries? Agility isn't just about shortening your delivery cycles.  It's about developing the skills and abilities to deliver software better. Part of that process is learning from 'safe-to-fail [...]

3 08, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Improve Your Release Cadence

By | 2015-08-03T10:20:31+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Octopus Deploy, Practices, Process, Release Management, Release Management, Scrum, Team Foundation Build, Tools|0 Comments

Are your release practices manual? Do your release practices slow down your delivery? Are you manually configuring your environments? There are many factors that can contribute to less-than-agile release practices.  Three of the most common factors are technical debt in your release methodologies, release management belonging to another organization, and operations owning the environments.  Many [...]

27 07, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Your Team Collaboration Needs Improvement

By | 2015-07-27T09:47:48+00:00 July 27th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Do your team members solve problems together?  Do you use pair programming? Are you working to build a team that is cross-disciplined? Agile software development is about short timeframes, safe-to-fail experiments and delivering small batches in an incremental way.  It's also about delivering value to the customer in small chunks so you can get fast [...]

21 07, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Use Different Reports and Metrics To Track Progress

By | 2015-07-21T09:54:28+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Reporting, Scrum, Tools, Visual Cadence|0 Comments

Do you know why you aren't consistent in your delivery of value to your customers?  Are you confident that your team can deliver value each iteration? Are your reports and metrics helping you continuously improve your agile practices? Every agile team has their own tools and metrics for managing an iteration but are your tools the [...]

21 07, 2015

You Can Easily Create a Mobile Application (That is used by your customers)

By | 2015-07-21T08:27:27+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, DevOps, Kanban, Lean, PaaS, Scrum|0 Comments

You have a smart phone.  You use apps.  And you likely have come up with a great idea for an app.  Maybe you have thought, “Why don’t we turn this Line-of-Business application into a mobile app?” It’s even likely that your leadership has been asking for a mobile application for some time but you just [...]

13 07, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Increase Your Unit Testing

By | 2015-07-13T10:41:10+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Coded UI, Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum, Software Testing, unit testing|0 Comments

Are you creating unit tests for the code you're developing?  What is your current code coverage? Can you easily identify when a change might break your required functionality? Unit testing offer many advantages.  They reduce bugs in both new and existing features.  They force you to make better design decisions and help you better understand [...]

6 07, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Reduce The Time it Takes To Put Together Requirements

By | 2015-07-06T10:27:18+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Why does your team spend so much time building out a requirements document? Is the level of detail necessary? Is it getting in the way of delivering more quickly? Find out what part of the requirements gathering process is slowing down your delivery cycle. Many teams spend more time on requirements definitions than necessary. An [...]

29 06, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Revisit the Purpose of Your Daily Standup

By | 2015-06-29T14:10:39+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Scrum|0 Comments

Why are you holding onto your daily standup? Is it a status meeting or a chance for your self-organizing team to ensure you're focusing on removing barriers to deliver quickly? The standup is a very costly period of time and it can be used for good or bad. Agile development focuses on delivering smaller increments [...]

5 06, 2015

Spoiler alert: I'm speaking at Agile2015!

By | 2015-06-05T14:01:40+00:00 June 5th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Kanban, Lean, Scrum|0 Comments

I've been playtesting my two upcoming Agile2015 sessions and getting awesome feedback to help me make them even better. You'll be able to view the final results this August in Washington, DC!

24 03, 2015

The Only 2 Questions to Ask in Your Daily Standup

By | 2015-03-24T08:25:03+00:00 March 24th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Kanban, Lean, Scrum|1 Comment

Stop statusing and start standupping with the only two questions that have any business being asked in your daily standup. Take back your team's time and its sanity—and more importantly, put the standup to work helping you deliver! In 2013, I wrote that the traditional "three questions" in the daily standup are wrong, and contributing [...]