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    5 Agile Project Management Techniques You Can Start Using Today

    December 23, 2011 Share
    “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain Mark Twain wasn’t a Software Development manager in any way; however, his words still resonate very accurately when it comes to how you can get started adopting Agile project management techniques. Here are the top 5 practices you can use TODAY regardless of your situation or environment. 1.Don’t call it “Agile” – The term Agile seems to have become fatigued or simply over/misused. In some organizations it ...
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    Know Thy Customer

    October 26, 2011 Share
    Sounds simple. Why is it so hard then? First, what do I mean when I say “Know Thy Customer?”  Ultimately I mean that the best teams have customer value at the heart of their software development processes – they truly “Know Thy Customer”.   I’m not saying anything new – however, I do want to talk about how to take this beyond simply “proclaiming” you know your customer or that you have a prioritized backlog down to some ways you can execute and engage. I’ve made many mistakes in my almost 20 years of developing software.  Lots and lots of technical ...
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    Agile is for your WHOLE Business

    October 13, 2011 Share
    I’ve said this very often – and I’ll say it one more time. Agile isn’t just about software development. It can be effective to manage your entire business. I’m a huge believer that many aspects of Agile should be applied to business – especially management and sales approaches. In his book Enterprise Scrum, Ken Schwaber introduces the idea of using Scrum at the enterprise level.  I don’t think we need to stop at Scrum to apply Agile to Business development, sales, or virtually any corporate initiative.  The principles hold true.  This is becoming more and more apparent as I ...
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    A Testament to an Agile Team

    October 13, 2011 Share
    I wrote a number of blog posts on a “behind the scenes look” at how the TeamPulse team works.  You can read all about them here (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) As you can see, we truly value and embrace the principles behind Agile and have worked very hard to get the team to where it is today. When I started with Telerik and began to think about how I would form the team, I can’t deny that I hand picked specific people with specific personality and technical traits.  In fact, I will be completely honest ...
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    The Lure of Specialization

    October 13, 2011 Share
    Everyone knows that developers can’t test! Let’s face it – testers should only test. Developers should only develop as they have no clue what test cases look like and can’t be bothered with such mundane and trivial work. Asking a developer to test or to write documentation is like asking Leonardo da Vinci to build his own canvases and clean his own paint brushes. We need business analysts to tell developers exactly what we need to be developed using very detailed models and specifications (I mean.. developers understand code… they need to explicit instructions so that they know how to ...