Monthly Archives: March 2011

User Story mapping

I love the story mapping idea, although it’s probably not the best name for it. After all, it is a technique best used when all you have for each requirement is a few words on a sticky note, but no … Continue reading

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Atern Principle 1 – Focus on the Business Need

This is fundamental to Agile, not just Atern. It implies a focus on the immediate need of the Business as a whole, not just what is in a plan published six months ago. That plan will probably have changed. It … Continue reading

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DSDM Atern Principles

DSDM Atern has just 8 underlying principles. They are: 1) Focus on the Business Need 2) Deliver on Time 3) Collaborate 4) Never Compromise Quality 5) Build Incrementally from Firm Foundatioms 6) Develop Iteratively 7) Communicate Continuously and Clearly 8 … Continue reading

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Bad Governance – I have the cure

Someone on Twitter pointed me to this article which contains a link to a video of an interview with Dr Jon Whitty in which he compares a peacock’s tail with a Gantt chart. Yes, I know – totally batty. But … Continue reading

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The emotional reaction to Agile adoption

I read with interest this blog post on how the emotional change curve can help you to understand how people are/will deal with the change being introduced. What struck me is that I have experienced none of that model when … Continue reading

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Collective code ownership – no way or the only way?

The concept of collective code ownership originated with Extreme Programming in the nineties. It is seen as part of the very fabric of Agile. The idea that anyone on a team can change a component, a method or a class … Continue reading

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Acme Agile re-branding change

If Acme Enterprises were to decide to become more lean and agile, they could adopt DSDM Atern, Scrum, Lean, Six Sigma, Kanban, XP, or a combination of any of them. But when someone decides that this change initiative needs to … Continue reading

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