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This Week in #Agile - 6/1/17

Posted by Marc Nevins on 06/01/17 14:17

A big hello from Cake and our Project Management Team. Another week in the agile world and the fifteenth edition and first edition for 2017 of “This Week in #Agile”. Our PM team continues to scour the web and read through your blogs and articles. Here are a handful of articles that we found to be most interesting and that we would like to share with you today, along with our brief thoughts on them.

Mike Griffith’s

 article on “The role of BA's on Agile Projects?"

Mike's article explains the role of a BA in the context of an Agile project, what a BA is meant to do within their role and the skillsets required.

Andy Jordan article on “The Art of Letting go"

Andy's article offers ideas and actions to diversify and accelerate the decision-making process, which, he states, will improve short and long-term performance.

Why NoSQL Is the Perfect Fit for Agile Development” by Patrick Emmons

A slightly more technical blog but one that we thought was worth showing. Often technical stack choices can help Agile processes, and as Patrick points out NoSQL can help in this instance. At Cake we always try to use the most appropriate tech, with a focus on Scala and the Lightbend Stack. But is often worth considering how a stack will help your process as a PM.

Ann King's article entitled “Top 3 Methods of Project Management. Scrum vs Agile vs Kanban

looks at how enhanced methods of project control utilising Scrum, Agile and Kanban work. There are Pros and Cons written about each of these three methods, with users experiences highlighted and free literature sources too.

Harry Hall's article on Business Analyst & Project Manager: What’s the Real Difference?

Harry discusses for smaller projects how one person (a BA or PM) can manage a project and perform the role of the requirements analyst and the importance of ensuring separation of these BA & PM roles for larger projects.

If you write a blog or read an article you would like to be included feel free to contact me either via email - marcn@cakesolutions.net 
-  or Twitter - @Nevins_Marc - and we can try and include it in a future edition! 

We are hiring Agile Project Managers
- get in touch with the recruitment team at Cake Solution for more details.

This weeks image illustrates a simple iteration of a sprint starting with items in a product backlog through to a potentially shippable product at the end of the sprint. Thanks for reading folks and see you next week!


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