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Project Focus Is An Impediment to Long-Lived Teams

Many companies operate with a project-based focus. When a new project is authorized, often times a new team is created to work on that project. Frequently the members of this new team may have limited prior experience working with one another. In those cases, we have to spend…

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Output vs. Outcome—Measuring Business Success with Agile

These days I spend more and more of my time with executives in companies that are doing larger-scale agile adoptions. As trusted stewards of their companies’ resources these executives are rightfully interested in knowing how best to measure the success of their efforts.

Often…

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The Benefits of Timeboxing

Sprints (or iterations if you prefer) are rooted in the concept of timeboxing, a time-management technique that helps organize the performance of work and manage scope. Each sprint takes place in a timeframe with specific start and end dates, called a timebox. Inside this…

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How’s That Working for You?

During my client work I am frequently presented with a description of some approach a team or organization is taking when applying agile. I am then often asked for my opinion on that approach. I most frequently respond by asking the following question: “How’s that working for…

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Agile Documentation and the Economics of Batch Size

Nearly every week, an agile team will ask me, When should we create and update our development documentation?

For example, I recently taught a class for a company that is developing a medical device and its surrounding software ecosystem. It was a diverse class that included…

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