7 03, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Rethink How You're Using Story Points

By | 2016-03-07T10:34:47+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Scrum|0 Comments

Do you use story points for scheduling? Are your story points associated with effort?  Does your management hold you to a schedule that you created using story points estimating? As we work with customers and help them move from traditional development practices to agile practices (whether Scrum, kanban, or other agile practices), we find that [...]

29 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Improving Team Communication

By | 2016-02-29T14:45:04+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Does your team share information in a timely and efficient manner? Do you have tools that enhance your communication?  Can your team communication practices improve? Do you experience problems related to poor communication? One key to successful agile software development is continuously improving communication practices.  Whether it is communication between the Team and the customer, [...]

22 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Delivering Minimum Viable Product

By | 2016-02-22T09:29:33+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Are you able to consistently deliver value every 2 or 3 weeks? Does your team frequently bite off more than they can chew in a single iteration? Does your team keep falling into old patterns and habits instead of focusing on delivering minimum viable product? One of the biggest challenges in adopting agile software development is educating [...]

8 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Is your development team committed?

By | 2016-02-08T11:11:58+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Is your development team fragmented between development and management tasks?  Does your development team have predictable time each iteration dedicated to development and testing?  Does your development team have at least one developer committed to actual development? Get your Development Team developing! Enterprises that are accustomed to longer delivery cycles often find serious challenges evolving to [...]

24 09, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Building Minimum Viable Product

By | 2015-09-24T08:58:25+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Are your requirements small enough to complete in a single iteration? Are you able to reduce the scope of a requirement when necessary? Does your development team support the practice of delivering minimum viable product (MVP)? Traditionally, the business or the team comes up with an idea, defines requirements, fleshes it out, and then attempts [...]

2 09, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Can Your Organization Truly Become Agile?

By | 2015-09-02T15:11:27+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Coded UI, Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum, Software Testing, unit testing|0 Comments

Are your projects managed by a traditional PMO? Is your company culture all about planning? Are your executives expecting gantt charts, EV, and strong budgetary management of your software projects? Are you trying to transition from a traditional SDLC to an agile SDLC? If your organization follows a more traditional SDLC and you want to [...]

26 08, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Real Agility Requires Customer Agility

By | 2015-08-26T10:40:12+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Agile, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Are your customers giving you feedback as fast as you need it?  Are you finding that your agile practices are delivering features faster than your users can review?  Is your team frustrated by the quality of feedback from your stakeholders? We spend a lot of time focusing on our software development practices, working on our [...]

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 [...]