Hypnosis, Agility and Creativity

March 27, 2014 0

Agile is founded on people and interactions. This presentation will explain a model to align teams for high performance and give you practical techniques, adapted from clinical hypnosis, that have proven successful with project visioning, goal setting, improved team communication and business collaboration.

Scrum Daily Stand-up Meeting Troublemakers

March 24, 2014 0

The daily stand-up meeting is an important moment in Scrum project. Team members meet to know about potential challenges as well as to coordinate efforts to resolve issues. They usullay discuss the three following questions: What did I accomplish yesterday? What will I do today? What obstacles are impeding my progress? In this blog post, Derek Huether describes 10 types of persons that create trouble in the Scrum daily stand-up meeting.

Implementation of Agile & Scrum at a Government Agency

March 20, 2014 0

Like many IT organizations in state government agencies, this New York State Government Agency primarily used Waterfall. I implemented the agency’s first agile projects. I was challenged by the agency’s unique environment, learned lessons, discovered systemic problems, overcame organizational obstacles and changed misconceptions. I will discuss what I’ve learned during this award-winning project and make recommendations for others in bureaucratic companies and government agencies. The agency’s projects are moving to agile/scrum and the institution’s IT group is incorporating agile into its PM and SDLC methodologies.

Finding Time for Software Design in Scrum

March 19, 2014 1

One of the principles of the Agile Manifesto says, “continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.” In his book “Implementing Domain-Driven Design“, Vaughn Vernon complains however that adopting Scrum has often led to spend less or no time on good software design practices and he is not the only one in this case.

Why Developers Don’t Test

March 13, 2014 0

How often did you meet a situation when everybody knows about an issue, at retrospective everybody agrees that it should be resolved, but next retrospective brings the same issue and the same action items? Why team of mature developers cannot change a situation on a project, cannot apply new practices or fail to apply innovations? Let me explain it on real project example and get you to the root cause, go from best practices to basic principles and back.

Using Job Stories Instead of User Stories

March 11, 2014 0

User stories and their format defined by Mike Cohn “As a , I want so that .” are a classical way to record requirements in Scrum project. In his blog post, Alan Klement discusses a new format that he called “Job Stories” with the format “When … , I want to … , so I can … .”

Manager Facilitation in Scrum

March 4, 2014 0

One of the principles of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development is that you should “Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.” Mickey Mantle and Ron Lichty give some advice in their book on how to facilitate when you are the manager of a self-organized Scrum team.