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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

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.

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

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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Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The place to begin innovating your products and services is by first bringing innovation to your internal process. We'll explore the innovation process including the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies and see how to lead with a clear strategy, well-defined tactics, and an unbiased 360 understanding of perhaps the most fundamental question of all; "why are you innovating?"

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: 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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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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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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Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.

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

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: 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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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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Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

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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Introduction to Agile Requirements: User Stories, Backlogs, and Adaptive Planning

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This session introduces a common-sense, tested approach to agile requirements that helps you replace change management with value management. Business user stories

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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

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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Build Delightful Products with Customer Validation

Speaker: John Little, Head of Product Marketing, Centercode

When it comes to delivering a solid product/market fit, customer validation is key. After all, you want to provide customers with a product that not only fills the need, but is delightful -- right? To get there, you need to commit to a vital blend of market research, strategy, and user testing. Join John Little, Head of Product Marketing at Centercode, as he explains a two-part approach to customer validation. First, how do you strategically identify your top product areas that need attention prior to release. And second, how do you turn user data into strategic priorities that help the right teams make the right decisions.

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

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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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)?

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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Get Growth With Partner Integrations

Speaker: Mandy Howard, Product Manager, ServiceTitan

Once your SaaS product hits a certain level of revenue, you'll need to change things up to move past the plateau. One of the ways to do this is to move past your core product and introduce new business streams. If you're strategic about your integrations, you can strengthen your ties to your target market. Join Mandy Howard, Product Manager at ServiceTitan, as she takes you through the three key questions that you need to answer to grow your product with the right partner integrations. Whether you're a start-up, or working on a new product in an enterprise environment, you'll learn how to push through to a new level of growth.

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

Agile Q&A: Team Qualities

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I recently received a question about the basic qualities Agile teams should have via the website. I replied with a reader’s digest version to the requester and promised a more complete answer in a blog post. Here’s that more complete answer. Basic qualities for an Agile team What are basic qualities should Agile teams have? … Continued. People agile teams

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Agile to Agile

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"Never happen…" "Can't be done…" "Too controversial…" These were the comments an Agile team received when they floated an idea for a national Agile initiative to transform their organization's inventory management workflow.

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

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Sharing our experience in making code complexity and unit coverage visible in the hallway adjoining our team room and the conversations that happened around it. Not only did it help to focus the team on the high debt areas of the application, but its red (bad) and green (good) coloring combined with its high-foot-traffic location … Continued. Technology technical debt

Leverage Your Organization for Best Product Decisions

Speaker: Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing, Nyotron

You can learn a lot by studying your product data, but the real magic happens when product managers blend different types of data from different sources. If you want to blend data and intuition to make bold decisions that move your product forward, you'll need to open yourself up to new data sources - but where do you get this new information? Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing at Nyotron, knows the answer: from other teams in your organization! Join us as Rene goes through the different teams you'll find in a B2B organization, how to build a strong relationship with those teams, and what kinds of insights you can get that will benefit your product.

Agile Q&A: Activities for a New Team

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What activities do you suggest when starting a new team? When forming a new team, you want to make sure you can get them started off on the right foot. There are several different ways to do that and the ones you pick are going to depend on a variety of factors, including (but not … Continued. People agile teams

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Increase Your Agile Knowledge with Customized, Hand-Picked Information from 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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Agile Alliance Announces Agile2019 Call for Speaker Submissions

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Premier industry event now accepting session proposals for those who want to present ideas, experiences, and best practices in Agile software development PORTLAND, Ore.,

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Beyond Requirements Dictator: How Agile Helped a Business Analyst Discover Her Real Value 

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Discover how to provide value as a business analyst on an agile team and see how BAs can broaden their roles and step outside of their role boundaries. Business business analyst Coaching collaboration continuous learning culture facilitation Testing

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How To Launch A Feature To Maximize Growth

Speaker: Brian Balfour, CEO, Reforge

Have you ever been part of a launch that, despite everyone's hard work, was more like a balloon deflating than a rocket taking off? It turns out that some of the most popular product and feature launch tactics can be counterproductive to achieving sustainable growth. Brian Balfour, Founder and CEO of Reforge, has taken a close look at these practices to figure out just why they can slow - or even hurt - growth. Now, he has a repeatable model for you to use in your next launches to get the growth you're looking for.

Agile2018 Diversity and Inclusion Experiences

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At the AgileTonight event on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, four Agile Alliance members shared stories about the direct effect of Diversity and Inclusion on their lives with a room full of other members. It was a first and I am very appreciative to be a part of that experience.

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Agile for Humanity Tuscon Meetup Webinar Series

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The Agile For Humanity Tucson launched its webinar series in September 2018 and continues to work toward building an Agile community in the Tucson, Arizona area.

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Sprint Backlog

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A sprint backlog is the subset of product backlog that a team targets to deliver during a sprint to accomplish the sprint goal and progress toward an outcome. Business

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Escape Velocity

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Time and time again teams struggle with Velocity as a genuinely helpful metric. Escape Velocity considers better alternatives to Velocity as a metric. Process velocity

Potholes in your Roadmap and How to Fill Them

Speaker: Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor

As a Product Manager, prioritizing work on your roadmap is an important part of your role. To answer roadmap questions, you're probably familiar with frameworks like RICE and Cost of Delay. But products are built by people, and people are messy - unlike these frameworks. Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Adviser, has identified potholes in your roadmap that are preventing you from planning as best as you can. She'll take you through all the opportunities to improve your organization's relationship to its roadmap that you may have missed along the way.