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Bits or pieces?: Oh not again - should we be an agile or six sigma shop?

Bits or pieces?: Oh not again - should we be an agile or six sigma shop? | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
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The 'multiple methods' approach is one way. Applying degrees of agility is another, but I think practically, teams should select a method based on project constraints and then apply whatever level of agility they can to increase quality and reduce risk as far as possible.

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How to Turn Around Nearly Anything

How to Turn Around Nearly Anything | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
Five guidelines for leaders facing a mess.
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These same 5 guidelines can be related to an Agile project team as well.

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Adding Appsec to Agile: Security Stories, Evil User Stories and Abuse(r) Stories | Javalobby

Adding Appsec to Agile: Security Stories, Evil User Stories and Abuse(r) Stories | Javalobby | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
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Two separate ideas here. I have previously blogged abuot the need to address NFRs as Constraint stories, not User stories.

I think evil/abuse stories are one way of addressing the NFRs, but I think getting the right person to come up with them might be the biggest challenge.

This is also not suited to all project types.

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Are Performance Appraisals Doomed?

Are Performance Appraisals Doomed? | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
During the last year there has been a tsunami of interest among HR managers to revamp, redesign, or eliminate the performance appraisal process. And for good reason: our research shows that more than
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I certainly hope they are...

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DOD has made it illegal to do waterfall - naked ALM Blog - Experts in Visual Studio ALM, TFS, Visual Studio & Scrum

DOD has made it illegal to do waterfall - naked ALM Blog - Experts in Visual Studio ALM, TFS, Visual Studio & Scrum | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
Did you know that the DOD has made it illegal to do waterfall? For the first time in many years the Department of Defence (DOD) in the United States had made a major update to its procurement rules.

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Chris Fortuin's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:04 AM

The US Department of Defence mandated waterfall in the past and is now mandating contractors to use an Agile approach in IT projects. This is good news for the IT industry to boost project success rates. This is also a good indicator that executive management is convinced of the Agile benefits and leading the way.

 

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I Like, I Wish, I Wonder

I Like, I Wish, I Wonder | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
Every Friday evening, the Pulse team gets together for 30 minutes to step back and debrief. The week is usually filled with a ton of sprints, emergencies and fire drills, so these 30 minutes end up
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Sounds very similar to the structure of a stand-up, doesn't it?

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Tesco.com uses agile development offshore to roll out internationally

Tesco.com uses agile development offshore to roll out internationally | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
Tesco has used agile methodology, co-ordinating a team of 100 offshore developers, to roll out the Tesco.com website internationally.
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Discipline the key to making Agile work offshore. But it does work!

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How to Dramatically Improve Your Web Site

How to Dramatically Improve Your Web Site | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
People talk a lot about social media, the power of the web, inbound marketing and attracting new customers... but the sad fact is that many companies struggle to maintain a web site that lives up to
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Your Org Structure Is Incentivizing Bad Behavior

Your Org Structure Is Incentivizing Bad Behavior | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
Humans are very pavlovian.Even when they work inside the world's greatest company that loves them and cherishes them and gives them freedom to totally rock out to whatever they want to rock out to
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Most businesses suffer major technology failure over 12 months

Most businesses suffer major technology failure over 12 months | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
79% of businesses had a technology failure in the past year, costing £6.9m, according to a survey of IT professionals and business line heads
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Seriously??

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Coaching and Deming

Coaching and Deming | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
Coaching and Deming I regularly lament the relative obscurity of Bill Deming and his work. I'm not the only one. God only knows why he's not better known. Just about everyone who knows of him - and...
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It's in how people interact with the 'system' that is where the coach adds value.

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Frictionless Transactions in a Connected World - The Identification Problem and Opportunity

Frictionless Transactions in a Connected World - The Identification Problem and Opportunity | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
What do you view as the biggest impediment to the digital transaction economy today?Clearly, one pain point for the digital transaction economy today is the difficulty each party to the transaction
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LOVE IT!

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Inside Dropbox's Quest to Bury the Hard Drive | Wired Business | Wired.com

Inside Dropbox's Quest to Bury the Hard Drive | Wired Business | Wired.com | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
How Silicon Valley's hottest startup plans to kill the hard drive once and for all.
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Inspiring story. I wish them well. But I also wonder which product will ultimately win out - Dropbox, Google’s Drive, Apple’s iCloud, or Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

Or perhaps none of them will and they will carry on competing.

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CIO priority: Providing data at the right time to the right people

CIO priority: Providing data at the right time to the right people | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
The latest High Performers in IT report from Accenture has found that CIOs who are considered high performers, have different priorities compared to followers.
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The Integration of Agile and the Project Management Office

The Integration of Agile and the Project Management Office | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
Agile and the Project Management Office (PMO) are no longer considered diametrically opposed phenomena. With an ever-changing business landscape, organizations are required to adopt more nimble approaches.
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I agree with the sentiment and the conclusions, but who will train the PMO?

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Media got it wrong: HealthCare.gov failed despite agile practices -- GCN

Media got it wrong: HealthCare.gov failed despite agile practices -- GCN | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
Developer documentation shows agile development practices were used in building the site. Here's where that could have hurt.
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Healtyhcare.Gov in the UA and Universal credit in the UK - both get agile wrong by not adequately tailoring and scaling agile practices.

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Does Your Company Make Enough Mistakes?

Does Your Company Make Enough Mistakes? | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
In the 1990’s Harvard Business School’s Amy Edmondson performed some research to try to understand some of the qualities that make up a well-run hospital. She was not prepared, however, for one of
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Demand For Agile Skills Outstripping Supply

Demand For Agile Skills Outstripping Supply | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
The supply of agile professionals can't keep up with the demand. That's great news for coaches and practitioners, but bad news for companies hoping to implement agility cheaply.

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Chris Fortuin's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:23 PM

Independent studies in the US and UK have shown that the demand for Agile skills is outstripping supply. Good news for job searchers.

 

Downside is Agile implementations might fail because experience is relatively low and training has not kept pace with this trend.

 

With adequate training you can overcome these barriers. If you want to learn more about our Agile Scrum Master and AgilPM (based on DSM Atern) courses then go to http://yellowhouse.net/.

Trainingbytesize's curator insight, July 18, 2013 12:49 PM

Good news for anyone considering adding the AgilePM qualification to their portfolio!

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Is It Safe?

Is It Safe? | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), based on the work of Dean Leffingwell and his team, is a hot topic these days, and the discussion about it is characterized by hot language on both sides. Some pe...
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Culture is key. Couldn't agree more

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How an upstart came to dominate Formula 1 with superfast internet and tons of data

How an upstart came to dominate Formula 1 with superfast internet and tons of data | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
When energy-drink company Red Bull bought Ford's Formula 1 team Jaguar Racing in 2004, the team was in a shambles. In the five years it was controlled by Ford, its drivers won not a single race.
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Two Agile worlds

Two Agile worlds | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
There is a recurring theme that has been around the agile community for a while now. One so pervading the industry that I have spent quite some time reflecting on it. Have you noticed that people a...
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Designing Around Little Minds

Designing Around Little Minds | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
In designing user interfaces, we aim to empower the “user” to understand and control the system at hand. Output via screens and speakers, with input from a keyboard, a touch screen or
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i like the concepts, but it strikes me as a difficuult thing to achieve. How do we go about encouraging "big mind" design?

And why is it that motor manufacturers are making vehicles more and more complex and diverse, forcing the little mind to the ascendency while driving?

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ME Bank moves down agile path

ME Bank moves down agile path | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
Tied to business process rework.
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Key to this is not looking at the as-is requirements. smart!

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agile-infographic

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Chris Davies's comment, September 19, 2013 7:09 AM
Rose-tinted view perhaps, but very cool!
Sam Crowley's curator insight, September 23, 2013 11:15 AM

Great facts and figures

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"Beam Me Up Scotty!"

"Beam Me Up Scotty!" | Agile in Business | Scoop.it
“Beam me up Scotty”, the famous phrase from the original Star Trek series
was usually succeeded by Spock and the gang being painlessly beamed to an
intergalactic destination of their choice.
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Sounds a little optimistic to me. I can't see "the employer’s duty to keep employees healthy and content"; market forces of skills demand and supply will still prevail 

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