Now....did you agree that there is 'some stuff' that needs to be done before sprinting?No, I didn't agree with that. Give me a product vision, a small cross-functional self-organizing team, a team room, some Post It notes, and a MacBook and we'll get you some kind of working, tested product in two weeks.
By now, itÂ’s practically accepted that software development and project management, generally, are being re-imagined by agile management techniques. But in a recent article on Projects@Work, called Â“Agile Drivers,Â” CST Angela Druckman explains why that is. As she explains, there are six factors that are driving agility in organizationsÂ—and theyÂ’re changing the way we conceive of doing business. To summarize, the six factors she identifies are:
One of the best ways to illustrate how agile and Scrum can transform the way an organization manages its development is through case studies. Rather than simply saying that agile methods will streamline processes, reduce cycle time, and improve product quality, a case study illustrates how agile and Scrum can achieve those things. Moreover, theyÂ’re inspirational. When you can see that someone at another organization has experienced the same challenges and worked through them to successfully implement agile, it gives you the confidence to embark on that journey yourself.
Lately, Â“LeanÂ”Â—which derives from the lean manufacturing practices popularized by Honda and Toyota in the 1980sÂ—has been a popular topic in software development circles. Not only does much of agile development have its roots in LeanÂ’s streamlined, waste-averse practices, but Forester just held its Business Technology Forum which focused on the new concept of Â“Lean IT.Â”
I just saw this post on InfoQ and it struck me as a really valuable offering for the software development community. For agilists, the idea that learning by example is the best way to learn is embedded in such techniques as pair programming, in which an experienced developer Â“navigatesÂ” and a relative newbie Â“drives.Â” Well, now Antony Marcano and Andy PalmerÂ’s project PairWithUs translates that idea into a series of documentary-style segments that capture the two as they prog