3 Signs Devoted Agile Development Teams Lack Urgency and What to Do

Social, Agile and Transformation

Last week, I posted 40 reasons why IT lacks a sense of urgency and followed it up with a 5 minutes with @NYIke video on creating a sense of urgency in agile transformations.

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What is the Most Important Agile KPI?

Social, Agile and Transformation

I'm asked this question on selecting agile KPIs all the time from leaders. .

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6 Best Practices for Remote Work by Agile Software Development Teams

CEB IT

In 2020, the sudden shift to remote work created concern among software engineering and apps leaders that development velocity would suffer. Shift to remote work: How are development teams adapting? So before the COVID-19 pandemic, we had frequent, small releases and were very agile.

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How Agile Planning can Boost Digital Business Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

"We're practicing scrum, scaling agile, but not seeing the benefits we were expecting," is a comment I hear all too often. The simple answer is, following scrum ceremonies and focusing on scaling rituals isn't going to achieve agile mindsets, culture, and transformation.

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How Can We Stop Under Utilizing a Key User Experience Champion?

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

With quality assurance/control already embedded in our development process, what if we expand that role to champion usability and customer delight? Join Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant as he discusses how we can educate and equip our QA/QC process to forge champions of customer experience.

3 Important Responsibilities of Business Analysts in Scrum and Agile

Social, Agile and Transformation

Does your agile team practicing Scrum or Kanban need a business analyst? agile planning agile software development cio DevOps innovation it management product management

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Developing great products with StarCIO Agile Planning

Social, Agile and Transformation

The goal was, and still is, to establish a shared understanding of the requirements with the agile development team without overly specifying how the story should be implemented. More mature agile. about me agile planning agile software development digital transformation it management product managementWriting user stories was once a relatively straightforward exercise.

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Breakthrough Agile Transformation: The Important Leadership Roles

Social, Agile and Transformation

I've written several posts on the CIO and leadership roles in agile transformation, agile adoption, and agile practices.

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5 Critical Takeaways from the 2020 State of Agile Report

Social, Agile and Transformation

The 14th annual state of agile report is now available, and it's one of the papers I look forward to reviewing every year. It surveys over one thousand software development professionals from a mix of company sizes, development team sizes, geographies, and industries.

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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. But I don't want to dig in here about Agile+DevOps and how overused and abused the term "DevOps" is. Read more Categories: Agile. Agile Testing. Application Development.

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5 Recommendations on How Much To Invest in Agile and Scrum Courses

Social, Agile and Transformation

Are you considering getting formally trained or certified in agile methodologies or scrum? Are you looking to become a certified scrum master, or maybe get trained in an agile framework such as SAFe or LeSS, or specialize in agile transformation with classes like StarCIO Agile Planning?

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Add User Tests to Your Agile Process: Reduce Risk in Shipping New Products

Agile has become the go-to methodology for companies that want to reduce the risk involved in shipping new products. But how do you prevent building items nobody wants? If you wait to get user feedback until after development, then you’ve waited too long.

What is Agile Planning in 5 Minutes with @NYIke

Social, Agile and Transformation

Why are some organizations stuck with fr-agile development processes? Hint: It's not because you need to "scale" agile. Many organizations succeed in getting an A-team practicing agile and then look to "scale" their best practices to the rest of the organization.

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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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Sysadmins: You're All Developers Now

Forrester IT

In the age of the customer, admins need to be just as dynamic as their developer brethren. In other words, you need to become a developer. As you mature, you must focus on: Agile and Lean methodologies. While you will learn much of this from developers, you will also impress on them key sysadmin principles like standardization, dependability, and security. Read more Categories: Agile. Application Development Methodologies.

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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Why IoT Development is Heading to Agile

Information Week

Applying legacy software development approaches to IoT projects is inefficient and counterproductive. For a growing number of organizations, Agile is the answer

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Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

Five Reasons Your Agile Practices Fail to Deliver Results

Social, Agile and Transformation

We can call many processes "agile," and teams can claim that they are practicing scrum. Still, there are sizable steps going from following basic agile ceremonies to agile methodologies or cultures. Specifically, teams are not agile if all they are doing is.

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2020 Book Reads: Agile, Innovation, and Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

about me agile software development cio DevOps digital transformation enterprise 2.0 For the second year in a row, I share with you all the books that I read as part of my GoodReads challenge.

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How to Capture and Manage Technical Debt in Agile Development

Social, Agile and Transformation

If you're concerned about the technical debt accumulated by your organization, then consider developing ways to capture and measure it. 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 development

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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 be teaming up with Diego Lo Giudice on 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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The Next-Generation Cloud Data Lake: An Open, No-Copy Data Architecture

A next-gen cloud data lake architecture has emerged that brings together the best attributes of the data warehouse and the data lake. This new open data architecture is built to maximize data access with minimal data movement and no data copies.

How Feedback Loops Drive Powerful Culture Change in Agile and Digital Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

agile planning cio customer experience DevOps digital transformation future of work innovation it management leadership organizational change product management software development

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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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How to Implement Agile on Lowcode and aPaaS Development Platforms

Social, Agile and Transformation

A colleague and friend recently asked me whether agile practices were appropriate when managing development on lowcode or aPaaS (application Platform as a Service) technologies. These higher level languages enable developers to write a class of applications faster and maintain them easier by providing development environments, programming constructs, and other tools.

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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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Monitoring AWS Container Environments at Scale

In this eBook, learn how to monitor AWS container environments at scale with Datadog and which key metrics to monitor when leveraging two container orchestration systems (ECS and EKS).

How to Become an Agile Superhero

CEB IT

Agile is as much a philosophy as a methodology. Highly successful agile practitioners model their growth after the second set of superheroes. They develop skills, live agile values, and strive to continuously improve their proficiency and breadth of knowledge?—

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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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5 Ways to Improve Developer Productivity and Quality on Agile Development Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

Many leaders that are new to scaling agile ask me about measuring individual developer and tester productivity since most agile metrics such as velocity are aggregate measures around a team's performance. These leaders support team dynamics and some promote agile's self-organizing principles.

How to be a Program Manager in Agile Organizations

Social, Agile and Transformation

"We don't need program managers," said the agile leader. Surely, many of the responsibilities we expected of program and project managers have shifted since the pre-agile world. . Let's think about that for a few seconds.

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How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Customizing embedded analytics in this way means thinking about packaging and pricing early in product development cycles. Teams of agile developers race along the product. Develop your user classes by interviewing a representative sample of users within your customer mix.

15 Reasons Why StarCIO Agile Planning Drives Results!

Social, Agile and Transformation

I have been introducing different aspects of StarCIO Agile Planning. Prior to that, I posted on how StarCIO Agile Planning drives architecture standards and developing great products! This week I published a first white paper titled StarCIO Agile Planning: The Missing Practices to Gain. about me agile planning agile software development cio digital transformation enterprise 2.0

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What is the Role of the Tech Lead in Agile?

Social, Agile and Transformation

agile planning agile software development enterprise 2.0 Tech lead is a role many organizations assign without providing a role description or defined responsibilities.

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Agile Development is like Running a Restaurant Kitchen [Video]

Social, Agile and Transformation

I had the opportunity to work with Infoworld on this video illustrating how agile development is a lot like running a restaurant. They also require some creativity and innovation when developing new menu items and adjusting ingredients based on what's. agile software development DevOps software developmentRestaurants requires operational excellence to deliver high quality meals, excellent service, and on time delivery to restaurant patrons.

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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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5 Risk Mitigation Strategies for Agile Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

I find that agile teams, because they are agile, may leave behind fundamental-to-IT risk mitigation strategies that can make sprints, releases, and application development more reliable and robust. Risk mitigation should be a basic tenet of agile mindsets and culture, and perhaps even agile governance. It's particularly important for teams new to agile, teams working on complex legacy.

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How to use Spikes and Deliver Agile POCs

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I discussed shallow commitments, an agile tool team can use to negotiate with product owners when they are asked to commit to more stories in a sprint above their velocity and comfort zone. agile planning agile software development innovation software development

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Why Data Science, DataOps, and Data Governance need Agile Methodologies

Social, Agile and Transformation

While the words I'm using to describe a data science are different than software development, the process and mindset are very applicable to agile methodologies. . And just like software development, data science requires a. It's called science for a reason.

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Adapt Business Applications to Deliver Agility and Innovation

CEB IT

New business opportunities require agility from application portfolios. Develop a vision for the composable business. In which areas can we gain competitive advantage by developing capabilities in-house, rather than buying standard capabilities from vendors?

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33 Bad Behaviors of Agile Developers and IT Operations

Social, Agile and Transformation

I recently published 20 Bad Behaviors of Agile Product Owners and decided not to leave this subject one sided. agile software development cio DevOps it management organizational change software developmentIn trying to improve the organizational culture and more specifically, the culture in IT, the CIO and IT leadership must consider, review, and improve on its own behaviors. So this week I'm itemizing some of the bad behaviors in IT.

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Episode 2 @DrivingDig Tip of the Day: Agile Planning, Development, and Culture

Social, Agile and Transformation

As I am celebrating the launch of StarCIO Agile Planning, this month's @DrivingDig tweets are a mix of some of my early and best posts on agile development and planning. DrivingDig agile data agile planning agile software developmentYou'll see some themes in these posts.

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