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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Bring Agile beyond IT

In the nearly fifteen years since the Agile Manifesto was written, Agile software development has slowly and steadily become the most prevalent approach to building software. The values and principles of the Agile manifesto have been an inspiration to software development teams across a multitude…
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Agile is not a noun

The term “Agile” gets bandied around a lot today, many organisations are “doing Agile” in their software development and it is rapidly spreading into the lexicon beyond IT and software into many other aspects of the business world.   There is an attractiveness to the term which makes it almost…
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Reflections on Agile 2015

Earlier this month I was fortunate to be able to join 2300 fellow agilists for the Agile 2015 conference, held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC. The Agile 20XX conference is the Agile Alliance‘s flagship event every year and this year the event was a huge…
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Is Agile a silver bullet?

The belief in the magical power of silver, especially of weapons made from silver, is ancient.   A silver bullet was believed to be the only way of killing werewolves or other supernatural beings.   Today, we use the silver bullet to depict an action that cuts through complexity and provides an…
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Architecture in an Agile world

SoftEd's Senior Knowledge Engineer, Colin Garlick was a speaker on the Architecture Improvements track at QCon London 2015. Watch his talk on An Architect's Worldview. While at the event Colin spoke to Ralph Winzinger from InfoQ about Architecture Design in an Agile World. He talks about hi…
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Knowing when to stop – trim that tail ruthlessly

My friend and collaborator on building our Agile Business Analyst courses (both classroom based and elearning versions) Steve Adolph posted an excellent discussion on the Development Knowledge blog about the importance of leaving decisions in product development projects to the last responsible…
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Scrum Solo Considered Harmful

What is “Scrum solo”? It is the situation in which people think that simply requiring their teams to follow the guidelines of the Scrum Guide is enough to achieve customer delight, engineering excellence, and sustainable continuous improvement. Scrum is an attractive framework for organising work…
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