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There is this thing. It’s coming up again and again. I would say it is the root of all evil. At least some of it. I am referring to the need of many software development managers to make sure all their employees are fully...

From Utilization to Done

There is this thing. It’s coming up again and again. I would say it is the root of all evil. At least some of it. I am referring to the need of many software development managers to make sure all their employees are fully...

Agile Practices using Jira Atlassian

The more we meet software development organizations, the more we see how Jira, the most popular ALM tool out there, is being misused.  Abusing the tool is quite easy actually… Paraphrasing Tolstoy’s words from Anna Karenina, “Good Jira implementations are all alike but unhappy implementations are all unhappy on...

Agile Practices using Jira Atlassian

The more we meet software development organizations, the more we see how Jira, the most popular ALM tool out there, is being misused.  Abusing the tool is quite easy actually… Paraphrasing Tolstoy’s words from Anna Karenina, “Good Jira implementations are all alike but unhappy implementations are all unhappy on...

This week I’m in Fort Lauderdale, Florida speaking at the Lean/Agile US conference. The subject of my talk today was “Introduction to Lean/Agile scaling approaches” where talked about why scaling approaches are necessary and when to actually try to de-scale as well as gave...

Comparing and choosing scaled agile approaches (or not scaling at all? )

This week I’m in Fort Lauderdale, Florida speaking at the Lean/Agile US conference. The subject of my talk today was “Introduction to Lean/Agile scaling approaches” where talked about why scaling approaches are necessary and when to actually try to de-scale as well as gave...

By Erez Tatcher & Yaki Koren Every summer my uncle Josh and his wife Nancy go on a big trip to see a famous waterfall. They love waterfalls. Sometimes it seems to me my uncle even loves preparing for the trip more than the...

The Great Waterfall Trip

By Erez Tatcher & Yaki Koren Every summer my uncle Josh and his wife Nancy go on a big trip to see a famous waterfall. They love waterfalls. Sometimes it seems to me my uncle even loves preparing for the trip more than the...

Note: This post was original published in Yuval Yeret’s personal blog “Validated Learning Over Opinions and Conventions” is the first value in the Agile Marketing Manifesto. A couple of weeks ago I was helping form what we call a “Marketing Agile Release Train” – a...

Agile Marketing Validation Board

Note: This post was original published in Yuval Yeret’s personal blog “Validated Learning Over Opinions and Conventions” is the first value in the Agile Marketing Manifesto. A couple of weeks ago I was helping form what we call a “Marketing Agile Release Train” – a...

We need good metaphors to better understand software development. Good metaphors from our day to day can help us better understand this elusive domain. Some time ago I wrote about traffic and not long ago I wrote about handling scope the same way you...

Develop it when it’s ripe

We need good metaphors to better understand software development. Good metaphors from our day to day can help us better understand this elusive domain. Some time ago I wrote about traffic and not long ago I wrote about handling scope the same way you...

You can find a lot of praise for the Marshmallow Challenge. It is a good warm-up for workshops and training sessions and you can learn a lot from it. Usually the learning people talk about is iterative development: the game lasts around 18 minutes...

A Fun Marshmallow Challenge Debrief

You can find a lot of praise for the Marshmallow Challenge. It is a good warm-up for workshops and training sessions and you can learn a lot from it. Usually the learning people talk about is iterative development: the game lasts around 18 minutes...

One of the major topics that intimidate test engineers is the No-QA question or approach (depends on your view of it). I heard such responses after the session of “Fiverr delivering fast..No QA”, by Gil Wasserman, Fiverr VP R&D, at our Agile Israel 2016 event....

No QA? All QA!

One of the major topics that intimidate test engineers is the No-QA question or approach (depends on your view of it). I heard such responses after the session of “Fiverr delivering fast..No QA”, by Gil Wasserman, Fiverr VP R&D, at our Agile Israel 2016 event....

Last week I helped facilitate Program Increment (PI) Planning for an Agile Release Train (ART) practicing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). One impediment for this ART was that although the leadership team ROAMed risks in PI Planning as well as continued to manage the...

Agile Release Train Leadership Team – Servant Leadership In Action During PI Planning

Last week I helped facilitate Program Increment (PI) Planning for an Agile Release Train (ART) practicing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). One impediment for this ART was that although the leadership team ROAMed risks in PI Planning as well as continued to manage the...

A fundamental aspect of Agility is incremental and iterative development. It’s so basic that when introducing Agile you usually mention this idea in the first 5 minutes. The core understanding that moving to small batches significantly improves  speed, quality and risk management, helps you...

“Wake up in the morning” Game – A quick fun way to understand the basic concept of Iterative Incremental Development

A fundamental aspect of Agility is incremental and iterative development. It’s so basic that when introducing Agile you usually mention this idea in the first 5 minutes. The core understanding that moving to small batches significantly improves  speed, quality and risk management, helps you...