Without a clear understanding of direction, software development can begin to feel a bit monotonous to development teams. Each release entails a new group of features being created and added to the existing set. New plans just keep coming and, like clockwork, the team just keeps cranking them out. The steady rhythm of regular delivery can hypnotize team members and lead them on a steady march into the perilous Den of Reason Lost. It’s a dangerous place, this den. For in it, team members fail to grasp the end goals which are driving that very list of features lined up in front […]
If your organization is scaling agile or implementing the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), then you’ll want to take a look at VersionOne’s new Value Stream Board available with the Summer 2016 Release. In general, dependencies are discouraged in most agile methodologies. As the saying goes: “The best way to manage dependencies is to not create them in the first place”. This is understandable, because when teams have everything they need to deliver, they can deliver faster. However, dependencies are a reality for many large and complex software development organizations. Most organizations we work with struggle with removing dependencies as they transition to […]
It’s hard to believe agile has now been around for more than 15 years. With its introduction, teams started seeing increased output and thus a higher number of releases. With the increased number of releases came the need and implementation of Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), and eventually what we’re calling DevOps. While DevOps has increased the speed with which organizations deliver software (both through culture change and new tools) there continues to be a disconnect between development and delivery. The reason for this is often times software teams work on story ABC, however, delivery teams deliver build 1.2.3. […]
Rejoice product owners – the days of dual entry for your roadmaps are gone! No longer will you need to remember to update the roadmap when the ‘real’ plan changes. No longer will you be called out in meetings when your roadmap is out of date. No longer will stakeholders silently wonder if what they are seeing is current and you erode confidence. We’ve heard about the pains you’ve shared with us and have responded.
I’m working with a customer who needed to put their “as-is” product use cases into VersionOne Lifecycle. After looking at several options, we decided to use a combination of planning levels, portfolio items, and user stories to create the customer’s complete product use case repository.