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The Magic of Small User Stories

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I often run into teams that likes big User Stories. Why spend time writing, planning, and estimating a bunch of small stories when you can write, plan, and estimate just one big story? Bigger stories mean better efficiency, right? Not necessarily. Why smaller stories?

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Daily Scrum: Is it a Waste of Time?

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Daily Scrum? It’s a waste of time and interrupts my work. Daily Scrum is just a chance for the Scrum Master to show up and micromanage. Daily Scrum is for reporting status, but I could do that in an email. Do any of these complaints sound familiar?

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Clear as Mud – Attaining Real Transparency in Agile

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How transparent are you? How transparent is your team, your organization? We all know that transparency is an essential aspect of Agile development, but do you really understand just how critical it is? Transparency is often a key tenant of corporate mission statements.

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Russell Ackoff

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This entry was written as part of the Supporting Agile Adoption program, an Agile Alliance initiative dedicated to supporting organizations and their people become more Agile.

Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

Remote Pair Programming: A Guide for Distributed Teams

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Learn how to implement remote pair programming so that you can realize the benefits of pairing and address some challenges of distributed development. Technology pair programming subscriber

Safeguarding Your Way to Improving Your Code, Your Processes, and Your Life!

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Hi, my name is Brian Button. I’m one of the people who helped put together deliver:Agile 2019. I wanted to share with you one of the sessions I’m really looking forward to seeing.

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Yes, Cross-functional Teams — but Real Ones!

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If you start with Agile, one of the first things you typically do is come up with a team. And yes of course, the team will be cross-functional. But what’s actually meant by cross-functionality? People in software understand this to mean different kinds of developers (e.g.

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Agile Q&A: How Can Project Managers Adjust for Agile?

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Learn how project managers accustomed to a more traditional software development environment can adapt to a more Agile approach in this post from the Agile Alliance blog. People project management

Agile Q&A: What is a Self-Organizing, Cross-Functional Team?

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Learn how project managers accustomed to a more traditional software development environment can adapt to a more Agile approach in this post from the Agile Alliance blog. People agile teams cross-functional teams

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Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Questions about Agile: Agile Beyond Software

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This is part of a series of posts where I take a look at some commonly asked questions and provide my spin on them. The answers are all my own.

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Agile Q&A: What Do Business Analysts Do on an Agile Team?

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I have the opportunity to talk to business analysts quite a bit, and the conversation usually turns to the topic of Agile. More often than not, the question that comes up is “there isn’t a business analyst role mentioned in Scrum. Does that mean that there is no place for business analysts?” The short answer … Continued. People agile teams business analyst

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Test Driving and Unit Testing Thread Safety

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This session shows how to use TDD to drive the design of a multithreaded code. If you've confronted test driving for thread-safety this session is for you. Technology tdd unit test

Mob Programming

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Mob Programming is a software development approach where the whole team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Visualizing the Correlation of Unplanned Work with Feature and PI Objective Delivery

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This article is specifically targeted toward RTE’s, Product Management, and coaches that are currently engaged in establishing a program level workflow (Kanban) that prioritizes the highest valued features as candidates for the Program Increment (PI) Planning event.

It Depends on Context: You CAN get there from here, if you know where here is

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Every Agile project must respond to organizational conditions and climate. Gaining awareness of context helps the core team and project community know how they fit into the larger organization.

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Agile Q&A: Why do Organizations Adopt Agile?

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Explore the main reasons organizations adopt Agile and why your organization's rationale for adopting Agile may impact the implementation's success. Framework agile adoption

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Microsoft DevOps Transformation | Donovan Brown

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This talk introduces a truly unified approach to design, development, and operations that goes beyond merely bolting them together. It presents the view that by making design a continuous part of everything we do, we can fulfill the Agile promise of harnessing change for competitive advantage.

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The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall short? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

The Practice of Sizing Spikes with Story Points

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Every once and a while it's good to take a tool out of its box and find out if it's still fit for purpose. Maybe even find if it can be used in a new way. I recently did this with the practice of sizing spikes with story points. I've experienced a lot of different … Continued.

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Agile Q&A: How is Testing Incorporated into Agile Software Development?

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When the topic turns to testing and Agile software development, I usually hear variations of the following two questions: We usually take six weeks to do systems testing after development is over. How could we possibly develop AND test something within two weeks? If developers are doing the testing, what do testers do? This post … Continued. Process

Selling the Investment to Pay Down Technical Debt: The Code Christmas Tree

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The story of a team trying to solve their technical debt problem by making that problem visible. Technology technical debt

Changing the Culture by Changing Habits

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By Jutta Eckstein and John Buck We hear people often say that an Agile transformation implies a culture change and that this culture change refers actually to a change of the mindset. However, what does this really mean, and how can you possibly change the culture (or help others do it)?

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. This phrase blur is dangerous, as it can pull our attention from what should be our real focus: our our customers' and users' needs. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want. You'll come away understanding: How being customer focused gives you a competitive advantage. Tactics for developing empathy for your users. How to encourage innovation through better customer understanding. September 11th, 2019 11:00AM PDT, 2:00PM EDT, 7:00PM BST

The Origins of Opera and the Future of Programming | Jessica Kerr

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This talk introduces a truly unified approach to design, development, and operations that goes beyond merely bolting them together. It presents the view that by making design a continuous part of everything we do, we can fulfill the Agile promise of harnessing change for competitive advantage.

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Agile Alliance Announces AGILE2019 Program

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Global Agile Conference in Washington, D.C. is the Industry’s Premier Event PORTLAND, Ore., April 23, 2019 — Today Agile Alliance is pleased to announce the program for AGILE2019, the largest annual international gathering of Agilists.

Agile Q&A: Is There a Place for Managers in an Agile Organization?

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Learn how project managers accustomed to a more traditional software development environment can adapt to a more Agile approach in this post from the Agile Alliance blog. People agile development agile teams

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The Spark Engine

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This book describes creative exercises that foster team-building and warm up the right side of your brain – the creative side. People

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Managing Change in an Agile World: Principles and Practices

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This book identifies the principles and practices for managing change in an agile, fast, iterative, environment. People change management

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Increase Your Agile Knowledge With Questions Answered By Our Resident Content Curator

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At Agile Alliance, we pride ourselves on the wealth of high-quality, in-depth Agile-related resources we offer you. But we also realize that sometimes too much of a good thing can be overwhelming.

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An Agile Triple Play: Business Process Re-Engineering meets SOA meets Large Scale Agile

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This experience report will address the volatility, challenges and solutions implemented within a Fortune 500 Order to Delivery manufacturing program with the goal of re-engineering and aligning global business processes with Web-services and Service Oriented Architecture. The program utilizes large scale agile to manage multi-year planning of incremental releases with delivery of quantifiable business value in each release.

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Agile Transformation – What to do with managers?

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This session describes the experiences of a manager who went through an agile transformation and explains how he became a leader in an agile organization. People

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Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

You’re Not Failing Fast Enough: Tips & Tricks for an Agile Build System

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In this session, Sarah Goff-Dupont discusses ways to shorten the feedback cycle related to system builds. She describes these techniques via examples. Technology automated build continuous integration

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