Posts Tagged 'agile'

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

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

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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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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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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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Measuring Agile readiness throughout the Scrum Delivery Life Cycle

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At Agileware Studios we have 3 definitions we use to measure agile readiness and work as it passes through an agile scrum delivery life cycle. This assists in measuring agile readiness and ensuring that the right quality of work is delivered throughout the agile life cycle for delivery.

Ready for development

For requirements to be moved into a sprint for implementation we need to ensure that the requirements apply to a certain ...

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Can Agile overcome cultural barriers

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In the end we are all different and unique human beings with our own beliefs and cultural backgrounds. So can agile overcome some of these barriers?

Agile in practise

I have had the privilege these past couple of months to experience the difference agile can make in different cultures. In the Indian culture it is custom to have a representative or a spokesperson. It was a challenge to get the whole team ...

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The roles within agile

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One of the biggest challenges in any industry is finding the right people for a particular vacancy. Within agile we have two very important roles that will ensure agile survives at your company.

The Product Owner

The product owner is responsible for a product and thus must know his product thoroughly.  Ideally it should also be someone that will be comfortable in a client facing role.  A common mistake that is made ...

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Learning through making mistakes

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Since early childhood we all are taught not to make mistakes. We are constantly reminded to be perfect.

Even in adulthood we are scared of making mistakes and usually in the corporate world we get punished for making mistakes.  When agile was found there became an awareness of the benefit to learn through making mistakes.  Through making mistakes we can as a team assess our mistakes and work towards finding a solution. But this doesn’t mean that ...

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Agile: A Journey

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Every journey has a start and an end destination. In life we tend to focus so hard on the end destination that we forget about the journey itself.

Agile is a lifestyle

With agile people tend to think it’s a quick fix or the silver bullet instead of a journey.  Or we start the journey and then decide it takes too long or it simply isn’t working and then start all over ...

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Agile Documentation

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Documentation? What Documentation?

One of the biggest misconceptions within agile teams is that we do not need documentation. Also, many teams struggle to get to grips with documentation that is needed within agile projects. When implementing agile for the first time, many teams actually drop the ball before realising that some sort of documentation is still needed within agile projects.

The approach

So the first approach is the following:

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Clear user requirements using agile user stories and automated testing

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It is vital to have clear user requirements. This can be achieved by using agile user stories. Lately one of the biggest problems we experience in the agile space is the lack of clearly defined requirements.  Lack of clear defined non agile requirements results in a lot of problems during the development cycle.  The following is just some of the key observations around this:

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  • Lots of rework is identified during
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