I’ve been teaching a number of agile courses lately and working with some teams around the world kicking off their agile projects, and I find a common challenge that teams are facing is defining "done" for their stories. The Agile Manifesto has as one of its core values “we value working software…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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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