Agile

How to go about implementing an Agile Project Office

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The Agile Manifesto written in 2001 in essence is a set of four values and twelve principles.

Agile Maniesto

“We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working software over comprehensive documentation
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. Responding to change over following a plan

“That is, while there is ...

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What is an Agile PMO?

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PMO as per Wikipedia

A project management office, abbreviated to PMO, is a group or department within a business, agency or enterprise that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization. The PMO strives to standardize and introduce economies of repetition in the execution of projects. The PMO is the source of documentation, guidance and metrics on the practice of project management and execution.

PMOs may take other functions beyond standards ...

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Infoware Studios 2018 Training Offering and Calendar

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We are very excited to launch a jam packed training calendar for 2018.

We are introducing a few new public courses that we have been running on demand for clients over the last 2 years. With the increase in the Atlassian toolset adoption and it being the number one agile project management tool globally you can be sure to benefit from our new courses combining our deep experience with agile delivery together with the Atlassian toolset.

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Agile Courses – Long term vs Short term

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Agile isn’t something that can be learned in-depth in a couple of days. Certain agile basic concepts can be learned in 2 and 3 day agile courses, but what happens when you get back at the office and you receive scenarios that weren’t quite covered during the course?

Introducing a new era in Agile education

agile courses - agile university

At Infoware Studios, we have identified agile as ...

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Agile tooling

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The Agile Tooling Debate 

We have had many debates over the last couple of years on agile tooling, what works and what does not work. When agile is scaled and needs to solve enterprise wide problems, the reality is that agile tools are a must.

Manual interactions and collaboration between people becomes too time consuming and it is difficult to coordinate schedules to have all the right people in the same room at the same ...

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Agile & Employee Satisfaction

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Agile in ICT

In recent years, Agile has become one of the most highly used methodologies in the ICT industry. It’s being implemented by many companies to improve their end product on time and involves every team member.

However with agile, many questions arise concerning employee satisfaction in the execution of such a methodology. As company CEOs tend to be excited about the implementation of new methodologies knowing that it will ...

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The Agile Creative

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Creative people are strange

Their brains are like spaghetti at times, and in and amongst those noodles are nuggets of brilliance. Creative people like to dictate their own hours. Well that makes sense, because flashes of brilliance don’t always exist from 9-5. Sometimes ideas will come at odd hours. So how do you introduce a creative person to an Agile tool such as Jira without making them feel like you’re trying ...

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Grow with Agile

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Comfort zone

How easy isn’t it in life to get comfortable at work, in your life and career?  We are creatures of habit that prefers the familiar. Even as babies we are kept in a strict routine to sleep and eat better. 

We get stuck in the usual and forget to innovate and shut our minds to thinking out of the box. That’s the way we have been doing it ...

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Remember to celebrate

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I have recently read about how important it is to reward yourself when you achieve a goal. During our childhood years we have parents, if we are lucky, that teach us about good and bad behaviour through rewards or punishment. A lot of the time in projects, and even in life, we set out goals for ourselves to achieve and when we reach them we start focusing immediately on the next goal.

Take the ...

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Building Healthy Agile Teams

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It is not easy to build a relationship. And it is even more difficult to maintain a good and healthy one.

Some people say the key is in simply spending time together. Others say it is about spending quality time together. But how do you ensure that the relationships you are building within an agile environment are healthy, resulting in healthy agile teams?

Agile teams

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The Role of the Product Owner

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The Role of the Product Owner

As Agile Scrum Masters, we are typically faced with many questions. Here we are focusing on the questions asked around the Product Owner’s role. Following this, we will be addressing a few of the most frequently asked questions in a series of posts related to other topics when implementing agile.

Question:

What is the role of the Product Owner in the sprint ...

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Jira Plugin Development – Making sense of the Jira Technical Ecosystem

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This is the first in a series of articles dealing with Jira plugin development.

Overview

Jira is a project tracker web application built by Atlassian in Java, and is used for agile software development by thousands of project teams. Jira can either be used as a hosted application (Jira OnDemand), or can be installed on a local server. Jira OnDemand is ideal for smaller companies that do not want to take ...

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Discovering Agile

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I have heard a lot about agile over the past few years but never really understood it as that stage; it was not a part of my life. A few months ago I came face to face with agile and started to dig deeper into this new methodology that is changing the world by discover agile.

After a lot of learning and discovering, I came to a few conclusions – Agile is common ...

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Using lists in Trello for Agile software development

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Introduction

Trello is a so-called horizontal product, meaning that it can be used by a wide variety of people, solving a wide range of problems. It is also well-suited for smaller agile software development projects. 

Lists

One of the key features of Trello is the ability to create custom lists (swimlanes). Cards (which can typically contain user stories) can then be attached to custom lists.

Examples of lists

The flexibility of ...

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