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This week in #Agile 05/01/2018

Posted by Jonathan Orgel on 05/01/18 11:46

Happy New Year everyone! Another week in the Agile world and our sixty-fourth edition of “This Week in #Agile”. As per the routine the PM team here at LoansWithNoCreditCheck have been reading up on your blogs and articles - here are a selection of the blogs which we found interesting this week.

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To advance the movement and acceptance of Agile frameworks (such as Scrum or Kanban), there has been plenty of coercion. directives, initiatives, plans, and forceful edicts. Why would we force people to use an Agile approach when it is counter to the very spirit and value of Agile?

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Interesting NY Times article by professor Mullainathan about why we do not experiment enough and the consequences of following our habits. “On Feb. 5, 2014, Milan Underground workers went on a 48-hour strike, forcing the closings of several tube stops. The affected commuters had to find alternate routes. When the strike ended, most people reverted to their old patterns. But roughly one in 20 stuck with the new route, shaving 6.7 minutes from what had been an average 32-minute commute.”

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This Article “Product Backlog Grooming Best Practices” is Samers best practices and i can confidently say i agree with all three of his statements 1 - Timing is Critical. 2 - Plan for Success. 3 - Right Folks, Right Time. If you get this three simple point correct you stand a much better chance of achieving your goal for Backlog Grooming.

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An interesting article from Mike in which he discusses the concept of ‘concurrent engineering’ whereby teams must become comfortable with uncertainty and that development can begin within a sprint with some uncertainty thereby allowing the team to continue to work around open issues.

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52% percent were delivered late, over budget or missing features and 19% failed completely, either through being canceled or delivered and never used.

And the main reason for these failures? You guessed it, that nasty old sea monster, scope creep

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A group of us in Google’s People Operations (what we call HR) set out to answer this question using data and rigorous analysis: What makes a Google team effective?

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If we look at Agile as a movement, then as with any other movement, we should ask: can we do better? Specifically, can we use the Code Review to improve Agile? And can we get the Scrum Master to do it?


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