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This week in #Agile 21/07/2017

Posted by Sarah Nevett on 21/07/17 10:49

Hello again from LoansWithNoCreditCheck and our Project Management Team. This is our forty-third edition of “This Week in #Agile”, please take a look through the articles we’ve found interesting this week.

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Distributed teams are generally the norm nowadays. This article covers areas managing culture, organising work, examples and best practices. Hugo tells his story of learning how to manage distributed teams and breaks down points on how to achieve this in 8 key areas.

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A well established best practice is those who do the work, should estimate the work. Planning poker is a great tool to help during estimating, here each team member will produce a figure per ticket / task, generally this is either based on time or complexity and reveal this to the rest of the team. If numbers vary greatly then the team can discuss why they believe the task is bigger or smaller and as a group decide on the value. 

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The concept of Waste comes from the lean manufacturing movement with the focus on eliminating waste within the product lifecycle. David describes what waste is when referring to software and how the lean manufacturing concept is applied.

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When it comes to Scrum, people are often focused on the role of the ScrumMaster. As a result, organizations will invest large sums in training and hiring of ScrumMasters. Scrum cannot move forward without a Scrum Product Owner.


Be Agile, don’t just do Agile

The success of Agile lies to a large extent with management. Agile only works if you trust the team and can move away from the command and control culture. shows a path toward the right approach in his blog  . Also look at an older entry where he has a tongue-in-cheek list of general agile anti patterns in the . It becomes less funny if you start recognizing several of the behaviors listed.

Even the best intentions may have adverse effects. Look at   by

Senior management too often focusses on team training and does not train the leaders. A major source of problems with Agile (transformations) is management confusion. “What is my role under Agile”, or to quote Mayuri Patel “f”.

Finally when you push for change do not drive other changes under the agile umbrella. See  by Shane Billings.

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