Charting a path to the future: roadmaps and story maps
One of the common misconceptions about Agile development is that products are built without any planning or thought to overall architecture and product design. That we “write code like free form poetry” (to quote my friend James King). Of course the reality should be far from this state. To effectively solve a business problem or take advantage of an opportunity we need to have a vision for…
What it means to have an adaptive portfolio
One of the significant benefits of using an Agile flow-based delivery model instead of large batch product development is the ability to change direction easily, not just at the level of the individual team working on a single initiative, but across the whole portfolio of work being undertaken in the organisation. This provides the ability to tactically respond to churn in the marketplace, to…
New Agile book published
Emerging Innovations in Agile Software Development was recently released. SoftEd trainer, Siva Kumar was one of the editors. The book focuses on the use of Agile methodologies to manage, design, develop, test and maintain software projects. Emphasizing research-based solutions for contemporary software development, this publication is designed for use by software developers, researchers, and…
Lost your way with Agile?
Coaching is an interesting journey. For a coaching engagement that stays the course, it can often take both coach and coachee to very unexpected positive outcomes and places. However, there are also many cases where coachees don’t follow through with their own processes and end the coaching engagement. One very common reason for this is that the change required (which the coachee thought they…
The Agile Alliance: A Q&A with Board member Shane Hastie
2016 marks the fifth and final year SoftEd’s Shane Hastie will be on the Board of the Agile Alliance. We talk to Shane about the growth of the Agile Alliance over the past five years and the direction of Agile in the future. For those that don’t know, what is the Agile Alliance?
The Agile Alliance is a non-profit organisation which was founded by the authors of the Agile Manifesto after the…
6 Things the Agile Business Analyst Should Know
There is a lot of confusion about the role of business analysis in agile development – some people say we don’t need analysts, others tell us “analysis is so important we do it all the time”, others say the Product Owner does all the work of analysis, others suggest that business analysts are part of the cross-functional team.
Of course my answer is “it depends”.
Irrespective of the job titles of…