Grasping Agility: Agility, Personality and Failure

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I’ve never been much of a blogger. The concept of short but frequent commentaries on subjects causes the perfectionist in me horror.  I hate failing on a deep visceral level. Even my small failures tend to cause me distress for weeks or months after whatever the mistake was. My personality tends to stop me from starting things that may fail, but others deal with failure in other ways. Some try to hide the failure, others deny that a failure is actually a failure and continue to go along without making any sort of correction. In business today my personal preference … LEARN MORE »

The Agile Journey Begins – or Ends – Depending on your Culture

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 After the Webinar – More Insights from the DevOps Experts, part 1 We recently conducted a webinar called Dev Ops in the Enterprise with Forrester Principal Analyst Kurt Bittner, Gene Kim, co-author of “The Phoenix Project and CollabNet’s own Laurence Sweeny. The audience engagement was fantastic and we received many insightful questions from our listeners. Here are a few I hand-picked from the audience for Kurt Bittner around: The Agile Journey Begins – or Ends – Depending on your Culture. Doug: What are some best practices in measuring/surveying the current culture? Kurt:  Agile practices require cross-functional teams. An organization that … LEARN MORE »

Why Take A 3-Day Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Class?

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The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) class I’ve usually offered is an interactive cartoon e-learning series (Scrum Training Series completed before attendance) + two days of team lab activities.  It gets great reviews, such as this one from my last class: Attended a Scrum Master class with Michael James as the teacher, and it was amazing. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and fun to get along with. I’d highly recommend anyone to take one or more of his classes. While I was writing this article, a participant from the Washington DC area posted this on my LinkedIn profile: I left the … LEARN MORE »

Continuous Improvement – Helping Agile Teams make NEW Mistakes

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Mistakes in pursuit of curve-jumping innovation are an unavoidable part of the agile process and investment. Some organizations are afraid to allow Dev teams to make mistakes (or experiment with change) and they build engineering cultures that discourage risk-taking or the trying of new things. These cultures ultimately limit opportunities to build competitive business advantages and put their business at unnecessary risk in changing markets. Consequently, mistakes are a necessary component of innovation. That being said, the best Dev teams only make new mistakes. What do I mean by “new” mistakes? Developers in challenging situations come up with a “new” … LEARN MORE »

Free Workshop in DC: Steps for Achieving Agile and DevOps Success

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On December 5th in Washington, DC, CollabNet along with their partner Carahsoft, a government IT solutions provider, will be hosting a complimentary half-day event on “Steps for Achieving Agile and DevOps Success” which will feature best practices and lessons learned from DISA Forge.mil. I will be attending this event and look forward to networking with others interested in next-gen software solutions that are scalable in the enterprise. In addition, check out this recent white paper to learn more about how you can achieve the benefits of DevOps on an enterprise scale and to get you excited about the context for the event. The … LEARN MORE »

Summer Agile Sale!

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Hope everyone is enjoying Agile 2013 in Nashville as much as I am. Asked at the end of the second day during an analyst session discussing trends in the industry surrounding Agile, “do you know any software development being done without Agile?” A stumped audience of 150-200 session attendees pondered on the question. It’s hard to think of a particular instance nowadays, isn’t it? Between the great speaking sessions and cool, innovative booth games that you get when cramming a conference hall with a few thousand software development enthusiasts, Agile 2013 has been great so far. And there’s still much … LEARN MORE »

Agile Negotiation: The Agilist’s Guide to Persuasion and Influence

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Years ago, around the time I first discovered Scrum, I took Jimi Fosdick’s CSM course. Armed with new knowledge, I dove in the next week with my new Scrum team. I figured I had all the tools I needed to be highly successful. After all, I was a Certified ScrumMaster, and I understood the Scrum framework: the meetings, the reason the ScrumMaster protects the team and removes impediments, and why the Product Owner prioritizes the backlog by business value. I have learned a lot since my first week as a ScrumMaster. My introduction to Scrum inspired the start of my … LEARN MORE »

敏捷嘉年华, 2013 Scrum Gathering in China (Scrum 中国聚会)

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I had the privilege of participating in this month’s China Scrum Gathering, called 敏捷嘉年华, which means Agile Carnival!  While this was designated a “regional” gathering, I saw at least 300 people at the Shanghai carnival.  The gathering also covered Beijing and Suzhou, and featured presenters from the US, Europe, China, and Japan.  Read more about who was there in English or 汉语普通话.  Session proceedings and video will be available soon. Interest in Agility has taken off since my first visit to Shanghai in 2009.  Chinese businesses are trying it for real now, supported by a growing community of local experts and enthusiasts. … LEARN MORE »

TeamForge: An Essential Cog Driving CloudForge

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Recently, we opened up our CloudForge platform to allow unlimited free TeamForge projects; previously only available to CloudForge Agile Enterprise subscribers. This alone represents a big leap forward in the functionality available within CloudForge: issue tracking, document storage, wiki, and discussion forums within a single platform integrated with subversion and Git. However, we also took this opportunity to make a few sizable changes in our implementation of TeamForge to better integrate TeamForge with CloudForge and improve your user experience. The first new feature that users will encounter is single sign-on (SSO) between CloudForge and TeamForge. Whereas CloudForge has been the administrative … LEARN MORE »

Forecasting in Agile

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This question came in and I was asked to see about answering it: We are struggling with how to forecast feature delivery to stakeholders / customers in Agile – esp for a client data migration project where we seem to keep finding bugs and exceptions. How is forecasting handled in Agile? I spend a lot time answering this question, primarily because our software ScrumWorks assists in doing this in a variety of ways, and it’s my job to sell ScrumWorks. The underlying concepts and methods are not software dependent however, just easier. So I am going to run through some … LEARN MORE »

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