After Alistair Cockburn’s opening keynote address at Agile 2009 “I’ve Come to Bury Agile”, I’ve been thinking even more about the evolution of organizational ideas. This topic piques my interest on a recurring basis, so this time I thought I’d see what I could find out about organizational…
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36 Testing Heuristics

I was able to see James Bach at STANZ  2009 and one of his slides REALLY stood out. He called it the Thirty-Six Testing Heuristics, and he uses it as checklist or reminder of the key things that need to be considered in testing anything. Sounds good huh? Well here we…
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More on Agile 2009

The conference theme was “Making Agile Real” and I came away with the strong feeling that Agile is THE way of working in Information Technology today.   The conference tackled some of the significant challenges facing the Agile movement as we move from “small teams in small rooms tackling small…
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Leverage differences

Another good day in Chicago, which feel more like Wellington every day – today it’s windy and raining. This morning’s first session was Diana Larson and Sharon Buckmaster dealing with brain science, gender differences and working together effectively in teams.   They presented an overview of current…
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An Agile Tuesday

Today was a good day at the conference.   It started with the Keynote by Alistair Cockburn, in which he “came to bury Agile, not to praise it” – adapting Shakespear’s words to poignant effect.   The thrust of his talk is that it is time to get past Agile as a separate movement, the good practice…
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If it’s Monday this must be Chicago

Hi from the (other) Windy City.   I have had the weekend to recover from the travel shock (AKA jetlag) and see some of this great city.   Chicago is a really beautiful city – fascinating architecture and very friendly people. To work you say – we don’t want to hear about your travels! Day one of the…
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“Agile” Is much more than a software development process

I’m not at all sure that I know what Agile / Agility is.   I think it has its roots in software development approaches including Extreme Programming, which I think I first heard about more than a decade ago.   Does anyone remember the even older RAD or RIP or JAD from the 1980s?  The idea, then, wa…
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How do your requirements smell?

While delivering the Business Systems Analysis course today one of the participants asked about the FRUEMP acronym (ISO standard 9126: Functionality, Reliability, Usability, Efficency, Maintainability, Portability) for requirements types – he suggested PERFUMe instead, which brings to mind the…
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Changes to the Business Analyst role

With the rise in the take-up of the Agile approaches, one of the most common areas of confusion is the changing role of the business analyst.   I feel that the fundamental nature of the role doesn’t change – ensuring the customer voice is heard and business value is protected. The the way we do…
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High performance teams emerge

Something that came across to me last week when delivering a suite of Agile courses is how high-performance teams emerge.  One day of the course covers the identification of requirements as stories; to help make it real we used two actual projects that the customer is about to start.   They are the…
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Common testing issues

What are the key things that we find are issues for software testing? How can we address these problems? In my experience we usually have a solution to most of the problems – we just need to identify the problems and then we can workshop the solutions! Here is my top 10 problems:1. late delivery of…
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Don’t start until you know when you’ll be finished!

One of the best articles on project management I’ve come across over the last couple of years is this one from CIO magazine. The author makes some great points about making sure you understand what the project sponsor will measure success by.   He makes the distinction between a project that build…
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