How effective are your agile ceremonies?

Kiron Bondale

We hope that by conducting effective ceremonies we will achieve the agile trinity of improved value delivery, better quality and more fun. The Scrum Guide calls sprints the heart of Scrum as these time boxes set the cadence for all other events.

Agile 233

Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

There has been a rise in the transition of project management, product management and software development teams from traditional Waterfall methodologies to Agile ones. Those who don’t know much about agile, are also unaware of its popular frameworks like Kanban that is used to implement agile software development. Scrum is also the framework of agile for completing complex projects. The scrum master is a facilitator of an agile team.

SCRUM 105

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum

Digite

Continuing our theme of helping Agile teams understand the Kanban Method, so they can effectively adopt it for their improvement efforts, I am again honored to publish a guest article by another great friend of ours – Dave White. In this article, he outlines the similarities of the two as WIP Limiting, Pull-based systems – with cadences and a focus on learning – while also explaining their differences. Scrum. Cadences. This also includes cadences.

SCRUM 84

Scrum or Kanban for Application Support teams?

Digite

The questioner asked – “I have recently joined a company and to one of the projects that I’m engaged we have this Scrum team that has a mixed backlog (USs and Bugs). My question is: Am I missing something that could make this team to work better and to keep this structure of application support + product increment while using Scrum? Frequently, especially in a Scrum environment, it can be difficult to match the cadence of doing both. Not Scrum OR Kanban.

SCRUM 99

Leveraging Agile to Get Predictable

Leading Agile

Agile isn’t ever really about Agile. In our Business Drivers of Agility webinar series hosted by LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer, Mike dives deep into six key business drivers to uncover how Agile can enable organizations to connect these drivers to better business outcomes.

2020 87

Kanban and Scrum Together – Not So Fast

Digite

Continuing our theme of facilitating Scrum and Kanban, we’re honored to publish another guest blog post by Dave White on ‘Kanban and Scrum Together – Not So Fast’. Here Dave white has shared his thoughts on the article ‘Kanban and Scrum Together’ written by Steve Porter. KANBAN AND SCRUM TOGETHER – NOT SO FAST. A colleague of mine who works at Scrum.org now posted a blog about how Kanban and Scrum are stronger together.

SCRUM 68

Agile Release Train (ART)

Digite

The concept of Agile Release Train is central to understanding the constructs of SAFe and to implement them. The Agile Release Train is the primary value delivery construct in SAFe. The Agile Release Train is a long lived, self-organizing team of Agile Teams, a virtual organization (5 to 12 teams) that plans, commits, and executes together. An Agile Release Train typically consist of 50-125 people. Principles governing the Agile Release Train.

Agile 86

Is SAFe Agile?

Digite

Since the arrival of Scaled Agile Framework in the world market, there have been comparisons ad nauseum between the Scrum and SAFe frameworks. Many industry experts have come out and pointed possible flaws in the Scaled Agile Framework. However, the Scaled Agile Framework indeed subscribes to the ethos of the Agile manifesto. In the context of SAFe, you have multiple Agile teams working independently but in sync. Image credits: Scaled agile .

Agile 60

A Review Of Scrum For Kanban Teams

Digite

This article is the fourth in a series of “Kanban and Scrum – Stronger Together”. Inspired by Steve Porter’s efforts to bring process practitioners closer together and educate Scrum practitioners, I’m writing a shadow series of posts that will follow the Kanban and Scrum – Stronger Together series and continue my own efforts to clear up misconceptions between practitioners of these methods. And maybe that isn’t how Scrum is taught.

SCRUM 81

Questioning Agile Dogma

Leading Agile

When I first learned about Agile methods in 2002, the principles seemed to offer an ideal solution to many organizational issues common at the time. It’s time now to move forward to the next level of proficiency in software delivery; what we might call “post-Agile.” ” A lot more is possible than was imagined when “Agile” was first defined. Let’s begin with some parts of the Agile canon itself.

Agile 92

A Comprehensive Guide to Agile Project Management

Redbooth

If you work in tech or any industry where things change fast, you probably are familiar with agile project management. Agile methods are baked into productivity tech, from Trello to Airtable to Redbooth, and can improve any large body of work, from ad campaigns to app design. It’s easy to set up an agile project management system. Agile practices are simple and adaptable to your team and company goals. Agile project management basics: project as product.

2018 105

Kanban Boards vs. Scrum Boards: How Are They Different?

Teamweek

Right now, project managers are falling in love with Scrum and Kanban boards. If you are interested in using these systems, it’s worth spending time learning more about Kanban boards vs. Scrum boards. Scrum and Kanban do have similarities in that both frameworks allow work to be divided into smaller chunks. This makes managing workloads easier for teams, which is one of the reasons why they are so popular among agile development teams. What Is Scrum?

2020 41

9 Best Practices for Your Daily Scrum Meeting

Project Bliss

When my team first started holding a daily scrum meeting, it honestly felt awkward. From the lessons I’ve learned through experience, I’ve compiled nine best practices that have helped our daily scrum meetings stay focused and efficient. I proposed the Daily Scrum Meeting, along with two other activities , as an Agile practice you can adopt if you want to gain some of the benefits of Agile – even if your team hasn’t adopted full Agile.

2017 202

Half Agile Isn’t Real Transformation

Leading Agile

If those worlds are not connected, then there’s a limit to the level of business agility the IT department can support. Business agility is what organizations are looking for; agile software development may be one enabling factor in achieving it, but it isn’t the point of a transformation. Half-Agile Transformations. Most agile consultants and coaches are unfamiliar with back-end technologies, and they tend to treat them as a mysterious black box.

2019 95

Review: Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

ambler and Mark Lines are the creators of the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework and the authors of the book Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery – a small Agile Team’s journey from Scrum to Disciplined DevOps ( 2 nd edition). Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is one of the four elements of Disciplined Agile (DA). The other parts are Disciplined DevOps, Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT) and Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE). Scott W.

SCRUM 48

Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing

Digite

We’re honored to republish this blog post ‘Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing’ by Andrea Fryrear which was originally published in the Agile Sherpas blog! Compared to Scrum, Kanban is a young work-management method. But, for teams that chafe under the strictures of the Scrum process, Kanban can be a freeing alternative. In fact, many Scrum teams use this type of visualization to manage their work. Agile Marketing agile Kanban Lean

2018 94

How To Make Agile Work For Your Marketing Team

Proofhub

According to a Collab Net report , 97% of respondents are using Agile development methods. For engineering teams, Agile is second nature and often the chosen framework for teams. However, Agile can also be incredibly useful for other functions within a company, including marketing teams. If you’re a marketing leader looking to use an Agile framework with your team, read on! In this article we’ll walk through: What is Agile? What is Agile?

2020 60

Agile Portfolio Management in an Adaptive World – Q&A with the Experts

Keyedin

Agile Portfolio Management is a hot topic for many PMO leaders today trying to forge forward in a world where things are requiring a high degree of adaptability. Can you share any insight on changes or uptake of Agile due to virtual working? Agile provides for more timely recognition.

2020 78

Is Your Agile Project Healthy?

Project Management Essentials

Experienced agile coaches and practitioners develop a sixth-sense. They can quickly assess the health of an agile project or team just as doctors do with their patients. In 2013, Mike Cohn coined the term scrum smells to describe the signs that a scrum team is in trouble. In my agile training and consulting practice, I have witnessed similar symptoms when an organization is struggling with its agile adoption. Who is the Scrum Master or Product Owner?

SCRUM 40

Influencing the eternal optimism of a delivery team

Kiron Bondale

When I teach agile fundamentals classes, I frequently emphasize the importance of inspection and adaptation. Teams which don’t use feedback loops with their products and their processes should not consider themselves to be very agile. For those teams which use an iteration-based cadence for their delivery such as those who have implemented the Scrum framework there have multiple feedback loops to help them improve.

Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio

Keyedin

Today, PMOs working with waterfall (predictive), agile and hybrid project methodologies have a difficult time identifying a single version of the truth, which causes serious obstacles to productivity. Recent research from the Project Management Institute is clear: Almost fifty percent of projects managed in PMOs are agile or hybrid based. Within agile, PPM solutions must provide data in real-time, or PMOs are at risk of losing status visibility.

Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio

Keyedin

Today, PMOs working with waterfall (predictive), agile and hybrid project methodologies have a difficult time identifying a single version of the truth, which causes serious obstacles to productivity. Recent research from the Project Management Institute is clear: Almost fifty percent of projects managed in PMOs are agile or hybrid based. Within agile, PPM solutions must provide data in real-time, or PMOs are at risk of losing status visibility.

Agile Unplugged: EP 02 | Mike Cottmeyer and Dennis Stevens

Leading Agile

Listen to the Agile Unplugged Podcast on the go! Find and subscribe to Agile Unplugged on: Apple Podcasts. Agile Unplugged is your chance to explore LeadingAgile’s freshest ideas, mental models, frameworks, and solutions with the people that are actually doing the work of leading large-scale Agile Transformation, out in the field. You get super clear backlogs, you find out what the real cadences you’ve finished work that you start.

2020 51

Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations

Digite

Most people, as well as me, are used to Scrum (or more likely Zombie-Scrum or Scrum-But ), but I believe it is too early to do proper Scrum here. In the usual Scrum process, the P.O. The Kanban boards and cadences ensure that everyone is aware and aligned; and if there are conflicts, they are resolved during one of these meetings (other than the Daily Standup). Is this you?

2018 123

Releases and Deadlines in Agile

Herding Cats

This is not to say those 5 developers sitting around the table with the Product Owner and the Scrum Master are not working on vitally important code. But Agile at Scale has a different paradigm than Agile at the Table. Cadence Release - when a fixed period ends, go with what is ready to go. Cadence Release paradigm, is a flow-based approach. The variability of the development work is minimized through the planned cadence.

Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 2 – Agile Features & Capabilities in MS Project / Project PPM

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Tim Runcie’s Agile Series Part 2 webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Kyle: Hello everyone and welcome to part two of MPUG’s Agile training series. Today’s session will cover Agile features and capabilities in Microsoft Project and project PPM. So really want to help educate you guys, get you going and continue the discussion around Agile. Hence Agile, right?

2019 40

Handling Unplanned Work

Leading Agile

Scrum calls the list the Product Backlog.) Fortunately, contemporary lightweight software delivery methods based on time-boxed iterations (like Scrum) or continuous flow (like Kanban) include mechanisms to handle unplanned work gracefully.

2018 106

Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Levine wrote with People Over Process – Leadership for Agility a very pragmatic and down to earth book about leadership and agile projects. The classic formulation of agile in the Agile Manifesto has no role for leadership. Furthermore, neither agile or scrum contemplates how the agile team should be connected to a larger organization and to external partners who will likely have differing development processes and cadences. Michael K.

Team using “Waiting for Release” column on their kanban board

Digite

We do product releases every 4-6 weeks, and these get deloyed to our SaaS servers – that cadence is well established. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is another question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

2018 68

Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily

Digite

We do product releases every 4-6 weeks, and these get deployed to our SaaS servers – that cadence is well established. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is a question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

2018 64

Essential SAFe 4.0 – How is it Different from SAFe 4.0?

Digite

was launched by Scaled Agile Inc. in 2016 as a method to help organizations scale up their existing agile practices. But isn’t that also the reason behind organizations adopting Scaled Agile framework in its glorious entirety? What was the need for Scaled Agile Inc. to introduce a derivative of their existing and successful Scaled Agile Framework? Image Credits: Scaled Agile. Scaled Agile Inc. Lean-Agile Mindset. Release Train and Cadence.

2017 76

System of Transformation Defined

Leading Agile

Agile was designed to work in a particular organizational context. So, when you guys go to Scrum class and you learn how to do Scrum, you are learning a System of Delivery. When you learn how to do SAFe and you learn all the stuff about SAFe, all the different roles and cadences and things like that, you are learning a System of Delivery. It was designed for a certain kind of team structure. It was designed for a certain kind of governance.

Unravelling PI Planning

Digite

There is a quote introducing PI Planning content on the Scaled Agile Framework website. A Program Increment is a fixed timebox of 8 to 12 weeks (default being 10 weeks as recommended by Scaled Agile Inc.). The 10 weeks’ time-box encapsulates 5 Agile Sprints or Iterations with each spanning 2 weeks. The PI Planning is meant for the entire team allocated to the Agile Release Train and everyone is expected to attend it. Img Src: Youtube.com/VanceLowe.

From Order Taker to Opportunity Maker…IT’s Digital Transition for Driving the Business

Leading Agile

It takes more than a few Scrum teams to solve the Transformation puzzle. Teams delivering on a predictable cadence earn the trust of the business. Hold Teams, as well as overall organization, accountable for producing a working tested increment of product on a regular cadence. Dependencies always limit business Agility. They clearly understand the importance of not just Agile Transformation, but more so broad-scale organizational that leverages Agility.

2020 51

Customer Q&A - Office Depot

Keyedin

In a recent virtual event, Ruth Bedingfield, PMO Manager at Office Depot was asked questions from attendees about her experience using KeyedIn and specifically in their ability to apply agile principles at the portfolio level. Can you provide some guidance on how to adapt to dual-modal delivery success model by incorporating Agile into a traditional waterfall world? How can we Increase Agility to accommodate change effectively and efficiently?

2020 60

Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Agile Project Management (#APM). Agile Software Development (#ASD). Integrating Agile and Earned Value Management (#AEVM). Agile and Earned Value Management Bibliography of papers, books, and thesis (#Biblio). Agile Project Management. Managing agile projects have many of the same principles as traditional projects and have principles much different from tradition projects. Agile and all SW development operates in the presence of uncertainty.

2003 35