One of the biggest buzzwords in the industry lately is DevOps. We all know by now what DevOps is intended to offer, and most organizations are looking for at least some subset of the promise of a continuous delivery flow and the power of “pulling ops into the room”. But can we really do that if our own job of becoming “more agile” is still incomplete?
This meeting is a waste of my time. When was the last time you had that thought? Was it because the conversation wasn’t focused, or people couldn’t agree, or maybe they were in violent agreement, but couldn’t see it? We recently spoke with Jeremy Kriegel, an independent UX consultant, at Agile Day Atlanta, about a sketching technique you can use to get your meetings back on track, get to consensus faster, and deliver better products. VersionOne: Why is sketching so important to agile teams? Jeremy: It’s not so much about sketching per se. It’s about moving agile teams forward and […]
At Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) we have been involved in many agile adoptions ranging in size from single teams to entire IT development organizations. The single biggest problem we see is organizations not understanding why they are changing the way they work – they don’t visualize the goal, set any targets, measure the improvements, nor demonstrate the benefits generated. This isn’t a problem where an empowered team is looking to improve their own way-of-working. However, it is often a showstopper when attempting a broader adoption, such as an organizational transformation or where the team is not yet empowered. The key […]
In Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) courses, many Scrum myths are busted. One such myth is that the ScrumMaster is somehow an administrative assistant to a development team, to a product owner or to an organization. The Scrum Guide notes that the ScrumMaster is the servant leader to a development team, to the product owner and to the organization: http://scrumguides.org/ The guide describes this service as coaching, guiding, enabling understanding, enabling outcomes and so on. It does not talk about the ScrumMaster typing or writing. Get Your Hands Off the Team’s Work When ScrumMasters describe writing down “notes” for the team or […]
It’s all too easy to take it a little bit easier during the summer, so we created a list of agile books to keep you on your toes. Whether you read them at the beach on vacation or the back porch while the kids are at camp, you can rest assured that your agile practice will be a little bit better this fall. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time By Jeff Sutherland We live in a world that is broken. For those who believe that there must be a more efficient way for people […]