Answers To An Agile FAQ: People Over Process

Forrester IT

Our organization has gone to great lengths to become Agile, and we are well on our journey, but there is friction between our org and those within the company who have not yet transitioned to Agile practices.” Agile teams feel bogged down and relevant […].

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Scaling agile? Five important considerations to get it right

Social, Agile and Transformation

Agile is not a cookie cutter framework or set of practices. I’ve been a part of large number of agile organizations some as CTO, some as CIO, and now as President of StarCIO. Although I’ve reapplied similar agile practices across multiple organizations and teams, none were implemented the exact same way. Agile can’t be baked into a one size fits most framework. about me agile planning agile software development cio it management leadership organizational change

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We are Doing Agile, but are not Agile

Social, Agile and Transformation

Everyone, or at least almost everyone is doing some form of agile practices today. In fact, some leaders drive their digital transformation programs with leading agile to deliver customer facing applications. agile planning agile software development cio innovation it management leadership organizational change product management

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Infosec17: Recruit agile people for agile security teams

Computer Weekly

Organisations should enlist agile people to join agile security teams that are able to deal with the continually changing cyber threat landscape, say security team leaders

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Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

As a senior software leader, you spend much of your time trying to optimize your team's performance – from increasing delivery rate and velocity to reducing defect rates and waste.

How to Capture and Manage Technical Debt in Agile Development

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I suggest teams should target nimble architectures and leverage agile principles that enable iterating on the design. agile planning agile software development it management product management software developmentIf you're concerned about the technical debt accumulated by your organization, then consider developing ways to capture and measure it.

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The Agile Data Center

Eric D. Brown

I participated in the #DataCtrChat Twitter chat last week to join in on the conversation about the Agile Data Center. The question was: What differentiates an Agile Data Center from a traditional data center? That’s the power of the agile mindset when it comes to the data center.

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An Agile Business Needs an Agile IT Group

Eric D. Brown

If you ask any business leader whether they’d prefer that their organization be thought of as ‘slow moving’ or ‘agile’, most would respond with ‘agile’ as their preference. One of the most common definitions of agility is “nimbleness” or “the power of moving quickly and easily.”.

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Crafting an AI-Relevant, Data-First, Agile Methodology for AI & ML Projects

CTOvision

Artificial Intelligence CTO News agile Cognilytica crisp-dm methogologies Microsoft training waterfallCompanies of all sizes are implementing AI, ML, and cognitive technology projects for a wide range of reasons in a disparate array of industries and customer sectors. Some AI efforts are focused on development of intelligent devices and vehicles, which incorporate three simultaneous development streams of software, hardware, and constantly evolving machine learning models. Other […].

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Synergizing Agile Projects

Perficient - Digital Transformation

Let us ensure that it does not upset their tummies at any cost and add a little bit of that “secret ingredient”, plenty of “love” to make it taste “wow”” I explored on synergizing my dish and extended the same to Agile projects.

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Agile Mindsets: Don't try to get a perfect architecture; Plan to get it wrong

Social, Agile and Transformation

I still find teams that have adopted scrum and other agile practices, but still strive for perfection when trying to conceive architectures and implementation plans. agile planning agile software development cloud computing data management DevOps innovation it management software development software qaSome will also try to think through every edge case to ensure that designs are fully future-proofed. This is an unrealistic proposition for most teams and people.

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On An Agile scaling journey ? Take our survey to find out how you are doing.

Forrester IT

This year I'm excited to have my team colleague Amanda joining me in the bi-annual Forrester Agile at Scale Adoption survey. So in addition to successful Agile team practices, alignment with business stakeholders upstream and downstream with testing and operations, we are looking into more Agile at scale issues like budgeting and DevOps. Software development leaders continue to buy into Agile--while they eradicate traditional waterfall style development.

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Building an Agile IT Group

Eric D. Brown

Similarly, the cloud has given organizations access to an almost limitless amount of processing and storage power with low costs, relatively high reliability and a great deal of agility. And saying “yes” is what agility is all about.

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Effective Metrics Are Critical For DevOps and Agile Success

Forrester IT

Read more Categories: Agile. Agile Testing. Agile Agile Testing BizDevOps DevOps IT Infrastructure Robert Stroud automated deployment automated testing cloud cloud computing metricsIn the days of old, not very long ago, release cycles were measured in years --organizations were using "on-time" and "on-budget" as the mantra for project efficacy. Business today is compelled to deliver business technology in cycles of hours, or days.

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Complexity – The Killer of Agility?

Eric D. Brown

In fact, in “The Data Center of Tomorrow” I wrote that the: “data center will be a combination of internal and external systems that combine to create an agile, efficient and effective technology delivery platform.”. Information Technology The New CIO Agility Complexity

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Are You On An Agile+DevOps Journey? Don’t Miss Out On Continuous Testing Services!

Forrester IT

The most dangerous parallel initiatives are those where, on one side, they are changing their development teams to become more Agile, but a separate initiative in the same enterprise exists where their Operations folks are running a development and operations (DevOps) transformation.

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Building the Agile Data Center

Eric D. Brown

When I speak with clients about the software defined data center, the one benefit that the majority of people tend to really latch onto is the ability of SDDC to bring agility to the data center. This post is brought to you by Symantec and The Transition To The Agile Data Center.

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Driving an Agile and DevOps Culture that Delivers Business Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

Thanks to the team at All Day DevOps for giving me the opportunity to speak about this critical topic on the intersection of agile, devops, culture and business transformation.

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5 Reasons to Estimate Agile Development with Story Points

Social, Agile and Transformation

I have a few posts on agile estimation. Here's one on why estimating is important, another one on how to do one-week agile planning sprint, and a more detailed one on how to conduct an agile sizing meeting. Does agile poker help? agile planning agile software development product management software development

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Adopt The “Spirit Of Agile”—Beyond Software Development

Forrester IT

There are two types of Agile people in the world: Capital “A” Agile people equate “agile” with Agile software development methodologies or frameworks. Agile requires specific roles, processes, and deliverables. You have to do Agile, to be Agile.

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20 Bad Behaviors of Agile Development Product Owners

Social, Agile and Transformation

I've worked with some very strong Agile Product Owners, others that needed a lot of help transitioning from BRD centric waterfall product management, and others that have strong backgrounds in other product roles (product strategy, management, or marketing) and are new to agile product development. I've partnered with many successful agile product owners that have launched innovative.

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Defining Your Agile Release Management Strategy

Social, Agile and Transformation

I recommended in an earlier post that release management strategies are important to agile. agile planning agile software development DevOps organizational change software development software qa

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Release management strategies for agile development teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

Is release management part of your agile practice? agile planning agile software development cio DevOps it management software development software qaAre you able to tell stakeholders target dates for your next application releases? Are you tracking how often your teams hit these targets and which releases hit the targeted scope and quality? I’ve asked this question of many teams and hear various answers.

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10 Practices of Strong Agile Product Owners

Social, Agile and Transformation

I've worked with some excellent agile product owners that have developed new products, delighted customers, grown revenue, and collaborated well with their agile teams. agile planning agile software development customer experience digital transformation innovation product managementI've also worked with other product owners that have some very bad behaviors reflecting in poor under performing products and angry team members.

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Legacy Thinking versus Agile Thinking

Social, Agile and Transformation

We know what this looks like as an end product; legacy software applications, roads that are in disrepair, hospitals with antiquated practices, agile planning cio digital transformation leadership organizational changeToday, I am intrigued and bothered by "legacy thinking". Legacy thinking, is when leaders in an organization, stakeholders on an initiative, or managers of resources or funding believe that they can invest once and largely get it right the first time.

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Three Agile Management Practices for Driving Digital Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

about me agile planning agile software development cio DevOps digital transformation innovation leadership product managementWhen I joined Businessweek ten years ago to lead their digital technology team, I was very surprised that they wanted to develop their own proprietary web applications. Could a magazine owned by a publisher mature a software development practice and deliver new customer experiences?

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How To Write Meaningful Agile User Stories

Social, Agile and Transformation

Many teams struggle with defining "good" Agile Stories. Newly formed agile teams sometimes struggle with the basics, "What is a story?" agile planning agile software development innovation leadership organizational change software development and can be challenged understanding the difference between a story, group of stories, epics or tasks.

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Your Features are too BIG! Defining Epics, Features, and Stories in Agile Development

Social, Agile and Transformation

How you define a feature impacts your agile mindset and may impact the culture and collaboration you are trying to achieve. agile planning agile software development organizational change product management standardsFollowing up from my recent article on InfoWorld on 5 tips on configuring Jira for multiple teams, I thought to describe some of the antipatterns in defining features and some best practices. Let's first look at the antipatterns.

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How To Handle Difficult Agile Product Owners

Social, Agile and Transformation

There are many product owners that understand agile practices, enjoy collaborating with technologists and leverage data to make sound prioritization choices. But if you've practiced agile long enough you've probably experienced a dark product owner who's exhibited some of the bad behaviors of product owners that I posted a couple of months ago. agile software development cio it management organizational change product management

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Business Agility in the Cloud | Maximizing Business Value with AWS

Linux Academy

Let’s now discuss business agility in the cloud. Business Agility in the Cloud. Business agility is one of the most important activities that a healthy business must do in order to continue to grow and innovate is to scope, prioritize, and to take on new initiatives. In addition to cost savings and cost avoidance, let’s look at some of the ways you can realize improved business agility.

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Three Advanced Practices for Agile Development Organizations

Social, Agile and Transformation

Sometime ago I saw a question posted on a social media site, "Why is Agile hard to adopt?" The basic practices of agile are relatively straightforward, so what''s hard? Driving an agile culture, or getting an organization to "operate with agility", yes, that''s not trivial and it takes time for teams and individuals to "think agile". agile planning agile software development it management organizational change product management software qa

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Agile Takt Time

Perficient - Digital Transformation

My earlier blogs was focused on Agile Risk Management. Let’ say a fictitious agile team completes 7 story points (or tasks) in 10 days of the first sprint. Takt time can be tweaked and calculated for agile projects. Agile Takt Time = 10 / 7 = 1.42. What is a “TAKT Time”?

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Agile Processes Can Transform Companies From Unexpected Places: The VGZ Success Story

Forrester IT

In today’s fast-paced world, you’d be hard-pressed to find an IT shop that isn’t at least experimenting with Agile. age of the customer agile chief information officer (CIO) digital business digital transformation

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Why Agile Development Should Not Own DevOps

Social, Agile and Transformation

Thanks to Ramon Monteiro @ivisualize for developing this cool visual depicting my last post on The Key to aligning Agile Dev and Stable Ops to a Successful DevOps Transformation. While agile development teams continue to iterate and improve applications for the Business, and Ops insures that systems are stable and reliable, the CIO leads the entire IT organization through a DevOps transformation.

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Agile is not the absence of ITIL!

Cloud Musings

As a result, executives are considering more use of Agile or DevOps frameworks to speed up the delivery of valuable services to end-users. Agile improves the delivery time of an ITIL- inspired service. Contemporary cloud services provide the ideal place for Agile and ITIL to meet.

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