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    Two Agile Myths- BUSTED!

    Agile is just a series of waterfalls There’s a lot more to being agile than just shortening the cycle. The waterfall process is defined by stages (or tollgates) that happen in serial - Requirements, Design, Construction, Verification, and then Maintenance. Agile incorporates all of these tasks in parallel, with a focus on collaboration, rapid feedback loops and the embracing of change. Each story (or item of value) moving through an agile queue can be labeled with similar states from waterfall. This does not make the sprint mini-waterfalls. Since the transitions are at the feature/story level (and not at the project ...
    November 22, 2013
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    Personas- Who Are You Building Those Features For?

    All people are different. In bazillion ways. Some are young, some – old. Highly educated or just in pre-school. Some like cats, others like dogs. Some have an iPhone, others use an Android phone. When we build software we most often build it for someone else to use. And the people that use that software are different from us. They know different things, they expect different things, and they like different things. So you cannot possibly expect that when you build a feature, everyone will know how or why to use it. If you bet on a wrong design people ...
    November 11, 2013
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    2 Quick Agile Myths- Busted?

    Agile Projects don’t use Project Managers It is true Scrum doesn’t discuss Project Managers – it focuses on the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and the Development Team. Scrum is only one implementation of the agile principles (albeit probably the most well-known). Even though Scrum doesn’t call out the role of Project Management in its literature, it never states that you can’t have one. Project Managers typically have different responsibilities, such as budgeting, reporting, and portfolio management. These are all extremely important, especially in larger organizations, and experience project managers excel at these tasks. Project Managers are also a vital link ...
    November 07, 2013
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    The Truth About Agile | Top 30 Agile Myths- BUSTED

    Agile is not suitable for fixed bid projects Before looking at this myth, it’s important to define “Fixed bid projects”. Does this mean fixed scope, schedule, and cost? History has proven that software projects of any significance in size or complexity cannot be accurately estimated well. What is more, according to CHAOS reports 24% of all projects fail and 44% are significantly challenged2. Regardless of the project management methodology, attempting to fix all three does not have a high probability of success. Something has to give – whether it’s adding resources, cutting scope, or moving the delivery date. As described ...
    October 23, 2013
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    First 5 Agile Myths- BUSTED

    Agile has no Process, doesn’t have Documentation, doesn’t believe in Contracts, doesn’t follow a Plan These four common agile myths most likely come straight from a misunderstanding of the Manifesto’s value propositions. In order to fully understand the value propositions, you have to take all three parts into account, not just the middle section.
    October 16, 2013