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There are two major themes to the blog – Strategic musings and Q&A around important Agile topics.

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Agile: Adaptive & Value Driven

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Strategy | 2 comments

Agile: Adaptive & Value Driven

Product development cycles are getting shorter, at the same time customers getting used to high quality user experiences – Companies looking ways to overcome such challenges on ever shrinking budgets, can ill afford to spend millions on products/projects that take months (if not years) to develop and have longer return on investment (ROI) periods. This is why more and more companies are adopting Agile methodologies.  Going agile isn’t about developing software quickly, it is about developing products which are customer...

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What waterfall can learn from Agile – Focus on skills & team

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Agile Q&A | 0 comments

What waterfall can learn from Agile – Focus on skills & team

This post – in a series that I plan to write, covers what waterfall can learn from Agile. A caveat emptor – these aren’t about a hybrid Waterfall-Agile approach, these are about Waterfall as is widely used but highlighting agile best practices that can be adopted without changing the model itself (at least at the beginning of team’s journey to become Agile). Waterfall methodology is still very popular & agile pre-requisites such as deeper time commitment from business teams, short iterations and more importantly a...

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Mapping Agile Toolset

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Agile Q&A | 11 comments

Mapping Agile Toolset

The secret behind the popularity Agile practices over last few years is the emergence of supporting tools, and although the original set of tools are as old as the practices themselves – tools that are now available are very developer (and in some cases end user) friendly, and getting better – most of these are open source but equally in the commercial space. Some time ago, I was looking for a diagram to understand where each of the tool maps with the development processes, but could not find any, so I thought I’ll create...

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Acceptance Tests – Best Practices

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in Agile Q&A | 2 comments

Acceptance Tests – Best Practices

One area where agile methodology often gets criticised is lack of emphasis on documentation, by teams long used to written word in order to specify and validate customer requirements. Agile associate higher value to interactions (over documentation) & one of the key mechanisms for enabling interaction is Acceptance Test. Acceptance Tests are part and parcel of Stories – and often written on the same piece of paper as the Story itself (For distributed teams likely to be part the same record or ‘issue’ on the backlog...

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Engineering practices – Just how important is it to get them right?

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in Agile Q&A | 2 comments

Engineering practices – Just how important is it to get them right?

Most discussion taking place in the Agile community today seems to be centred around management practices (estimation, distributed teams, scaling etc.). Scrum – the most used of Agile frameworks only talks about the team organisation & ceremonies but remains silent on engineering practices. Does this means that teams can become Agile by ignoring the basic building blocks? Not quite, on the contrary the moment team adopts (or forced into following) Agile practices, warning lights starts to come on if the necessary continuous...

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