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The Insufficiency of Scrum is a Fallacy | Agile Zone

The Insufficiency of Scrum is a Fallacy | Agile Zone | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
The insufficiency of Scrum is a fallacy perpetrated by teams that don’t step up their practices in concert with their planning and don’t really want to...
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Your process is agile, but are your engineering practices? If not, you might get some ideas from this article.

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Agile isn't the solution for every Web project, but every Web Project Manager should be familiar with agile.
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Keeping agile development a priority

Keeping agile development a priority | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
Facebook's latest product is a crash course in agile development, and why it's so important to keep it a priority.
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More and more stories showing up regarding big companies using agile , although this one is not so much a case history as an aside note at the end. There is an interesting video on facebook's Paper, which is the focus of this piece.
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The Power Index: Why a Transition to Agile Is a Cultural Issue, Too

The Power Index: Why a Transition to Agile Is a Cultural Issue, Too | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
In countries with high power indices, it’s more difficult for people in less powerful positions to talk to people in more powerful positions. A transition to agile exposes this power differential, which can be uncomfortable or intimidating.
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Nice observation regarding cultural challenges facing distributed agile trams. Also applicable to multi-cultural centralized teams. Agile always requires education and training.
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Tesla and Adobe: Why Continuous Deployment May Disappoint Customers

Tesla and Adobe: Why Continuous Deployment May Disappoint Customers | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
How agile deployment of products can affect a company's business model in unintended ways
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This is an interesting insight into the effect of continous deployment on customers and their expectations.

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To Estimate, or Not to Estimate. That is the Question. | Agile Zone

To Estimate, or Not to Estimate. That is the Question. | Agile Zone | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it

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Great article. I don't buy the don't estimate argument. Allan Kelly  nails the essential point of the article in the last line: How do we produce meaningful estimates and when is it worth doing so?

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AgileSherpa Sessions | Agile Sherpa | Agile Sherpa

Watch and learn from agile experts.
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Nice collection of Agile videos. Want a break from football this weekend? Sit back and watch a few of these.

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Is Agile a Methodology or a Set of Guidelines? ~ Future of CIO

Is Agile a Methodology or a Set of Guidelines? ~ Future of CIO | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
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The point of the article? Does it really matter which it is? (and the answer is really it is both.)

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Got Discipline?

Got Discipline? | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
A common question we get regarding Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is “What makes DAD more disciplined than other approaches to agile?”  It’s a fair question, particularly from someone who is new ...
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Agile is maturing and comes in many flavors. This is good explanation of DAD and worth a read if you haven't encountered this approach.  

"...in our experience the key determinant of success is the ability and willingness of the team to work well together and with  stakeholders, both within and external to the team..."

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Adopting Agile When Your Management Style is Mostly Command and Control

Adopting Agile When Your Management Style is Mostly Command and Control | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
Agile adoption in organizations where command and control is the most dominant management style can be tricky. There have been situations where an agile transition didn’t deliver the expected improvements, or even failed and was stopped.
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Good links to additional articles that grapple with the question of transitioning to agile in a command and control environment. One interesting point in the article - "Management really does need to change, otherwise you didn’t need Agile.."


Are there organizations that are command and control oriented but already practice agile, without knowing it? 

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How do you Convince an Agile Skeptic?

How do you Convince an Agile Skeptic? | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
Daniel Markham, an agile coach, is asking the question "why there are some "seriously pissed off people about Agile out there? Isn't agile supposed to be warmth, apple pie, motherhood, goodness and all of that?
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I missed this article when it came out a month ago, but if the questions raised in this article are the ones every Agile proponent has to answer at some point. This raises most of the ones people will throw at you and therefore will prepare you on what to expect. 

 

The comments are also worth reading.

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Digital revolution: Six trends for the media industry

The digital revolution has shaken the publishing industry. Six trends, however, highlight new opportunities as well. The explosion in devices, apps, social media"

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This slide show, while originally posted in April, provides an interesting look at Internet media usage verses traditional channels such as television. There are also some interesting stats from reports that might not be affordable for a small company, but would be useful in one of your presentations!

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Why Obama's Healthcare.gov launch was doomed to fail

Why Obama's Healthcare.gov launch was doomed to fail | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
The more we learn about the development of Healthcare.gov, the worse the situation looks. The site has been serving myriad errors since it launched, including preventing users from creating...
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I've been waiting to read the lessons learned from healthcare.gov. I tell my students - test, test, test. It is an interesting read and no doubt will get more interesting as more of the real story of the project development comes out.

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Scrum - Agile Project Management | drupal.org

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If you are using Drupal, you might be interested in this project to create a tool for based on Scrum. 

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Talygen Announces Integration with Basecamp Project Management Tool

Talygen Announces Integration with Basecamp Project Management Tool | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
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Looks like this could be a good tool. Has anyone tried the combination of BaseCamp and Talygen yet?

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Scrum Done Right: How Spotify Takes On Industry Giants | OpenView Labs

Scrum Done Right: How Spotify Takes On Industry Giants | OpenView Labs | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
How has Spotify managed to outperform industry giants Google, Apple, and Amazon? Discover why Scrum co-creator Dr. Jeff Sutherland thinks Spotify is such a great example of Scrum done right.
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Interesting article. I never heard of so many scrum teams working on the same story. Id like to learn more about this approach of using so many small teams.
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The Sustainability Agenda in Kanban

The Sustainability Agenda in Kanban | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
This first article in the series on the Kanban “nine values, three agendas” model, explores the sustainability agenda: a common approach to Kanban adoption at the level of individuals and teams, often motivated by the need for relief from...
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If you have been curious about Kanban, then this article series is a good start.

 

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Standardization of Agile – Boon and Bane

Conversations on IT, Business and everything in between
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Love the idea that an organization needs to avoid forcing the same Agile approach on every project.

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Teaching an Elephant to Dance or Scaling Agile to Large Project Teams

Patterns and Practices for Delivering Software at Scale - a presentation from AgilePalooza Twin Cities: Steve Povilaitis has over 17 years of industry experienc
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Great slideshow for introducing and understanding how to use Agile on large projects. Not all slides are intuitive if you have no experience with Agile, but most will get you going in the right direction.

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Agile By Example 2013: In Review | Javalobby

Agile By Example 2013: In Review | Javalobby | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
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I haven't been to Agile By Example, but be forewarned - this article is focused on software development, not Web project management. There are enough similarities though that  you will still probably get some useful ideas by this sustinct recap of various sessions.

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How can you make sprint planning fun?

How can you make sprint planning fun? | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
When meetings drag on for hours, developers check out.
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I'm not sure that the title questions is actually answered in this article. The focus of the article is how to handle planning meetings and addresses a question on what to do when developers complain that the planning meetings are too long. If you face this problem then you will find value in the response.

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Scrumban: A different way to be Agile | Deloitte Digital

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Good article on Scrumban and the difference from Scrum. 

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Seven Principles of an Agile Enterprise

Seven Principles of an Agile Enterprise | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
The fastest moving enterprises all have one thing in common: They don’t let today’s investments in technology slow down tomorrow’s innovations.
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Nice slide show and not your usual tips. These seven principles will get you thinking and even make a nice list for those working with sequential projects who are (shhh) borrowing ideas from Agile teams.

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Announcing a Certified ScrumMaster Training in Boston, MA by Conscires Agile Practices

Announcing a Certified ScrumMaster Training in Boston, MA by Conscires Agile Practices | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 18, 2013 -- Manoj Vadakkan, the San diego-based Certified Scrum Trainer, is conducting a Certified ScrumMaster Training in Boston, MA on Nov 2-3.
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This might be of interest for anyone in the Boston area looking for Agile ScrumMaster training. I haven't worked with this organization and can't vouch for the training. 

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SD Times Blog: Agile from the inside out - SD Times: Software Development News

Pete Behrens goes over how to keep agile working properly for your organization
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Good article on how the transition to Agile involves a need for a cultural change. (doesn't every article mention this?) The point of this article though is that it is best to view the transition as a journey. Best line, "Agile is a process not a destination."

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Enterprise architecture best practices for Agile development

Enterprise architecture best practices for Agile development | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
Old methods used to build elaborate models don't hold well in today's fast-paced world. Follow these enterprise architecture best practices for successful Agile development.
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Short article, but interesting insight into one firm's efforts to use agile with enterprise architecture and their results.

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MetaLab's Flow upgrades to full project management suite

MetaLab's Flow upgrades to full project management suite | Agile for Web Project Managers | Scoop.it
MetaLab's Flow is poised to compete with the big boys of project management with enhanced collaborative upgrades and a slick UI design.
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Looks like this could be interesting and worth while checking out for Agile teams.

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