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This Week in #Agile - 10/10/16

Posted by James Brookes on 12/10/16 09:15

Hello one and all. Another week in the agile world and the seventh edition of “This Week in #Agile”. The PM team from trawling the web and reading through your blogs and articles. Here are a couple of the blogs which we would like to share with you today along what takeaways we got from them.

10 Ways an Agile Mind Uses World Class Thinking” by John Falcone

A very thought provoking look at the Agile mindset and how this is somewhat reflective  “world class” thinking. I’d consider the Agile mindset to be very much similar to the world depicted in Star Trek: Next Generation, where the individual seeks to better himself and others, rather than a ego driven thought process. By improving things and being open, truly Agile teams will constantly seek to and actively improve themselves to become a better team.

The Importance of Oblique Goals” by George Dinwiddie

Cracking article, when pressures on many people, organisations, and teams would do well to heed this.

7 Reasons Why Some Corporations Hate Agile methodologies” by John Falcone

Shock horror!!! Some people don’t like Agile, and we’re talking about this!?! Interestingly this is something I have noticed with some of the bigger organisations we have dealt with, which have a very “old school” command and control approach to projects. In my humble opinion the final reason is often the biggest impediment - the amount of visibility Agile methodologies offer shows failings in projects, which rather than being embraced and fixed through process, are covered up as they are seen as a “risk”.

Good Change Vs. Bad Change” by Andy Jordan

Some nice tips in terms of managing change and ensuring that any changes made are positive in terms of their impact on organisations. The two lists Andy provides in terms of what bad change looks like and is often lacking, and then the best practises are incredibly useful.

Mike Cohn’s article titled Don’t Equate Story Points to Hours

A short but useful article from Mike explaining why we should use story points to represent the complexity of a story and not relate these to a time estimate measured in hours.

If you write a blog or read an article you would like to be included feel free to contact me either via email - jamesb@cakesolutions.net -  or twitter - @JBrookes91 - and we can try and include it in a future edition!

This week’s image is another by Dave Bales and is around story mapping and sizing. It’s a good reflection of how to break down larger tickets and begin to form a semblance of a plan going forward.


Thanks for reading folks and see you next week!

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