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Scaling Agile Helping Organizations Scale Agile across the Enterprise

Transitioning a software organization to agile isn’t easy. Kirk Botula believes that incorporating an enterprise-wide performance improvement model strengthens the application of agile throughout your company.

Kirk Botula's picture Kirk Botula
Mark Levy Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile Using DevOps: An Interview with Mark Levy

In this interview, Mark Levy, the director of strategy at Micro Focus, explains why DevOps is so important when making the move from waterfall to agile. He details speed versus quality when it comes to agile, why agile transformations take so long, and first steps you should take.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Collocated East Logo Scaling Agile: Remembering Tolstoy’s Unhappy Family Analogy
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While Agile has become mainstream at the team level with much research and practical experience, scaling agile to the enterprise is a topic of increasing interest and practice—with some successes and some spectacular failures. As Tolstoy wrote, “Happy families are all alike; each unhappy...

Mariya Breyter
Collocated East Logo Agile Metrics: Make Better Decisions with Data
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Some consider measurement in agile development destructive—or at the very least useless. Larry Maccherone disagrees and offers insight into how you can use metrics in an agile environment to make life better. How do you know when you are ready to introduce metrics into the environment?

Larry Maccherone
Collocated East Logo The Three Pillars Approach to an Agile Testing Strategy
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Far too often, organizations focus solely on the development teams and their technical practices as their agile adoption strategy. And then there’s the near constant focus on acquiring development tools. Often the testing activity and the testing teams are left behind in agile adoption, or...

Bob Galen
Collocated East Logo The Business of Agile: Better, Faster, Cheaper
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Ryan Ripley relates that during his last agile transformation project, a key stakeholder asked, “Why are we adopting agile?” Ryan talked about increasing quality, delivering software sooner, and fostering a more collaborative relationship with business partners. After a few moments...

Ryan Ripley
Collocated East Logo The Lean Agile Portfolio
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Agile practices continue to improve as organizations move forward with adoption and adaption. However, as they move forward, they often run into daunting challenges—coordinating projects with highly complex requirements and interdependencies; navigating highly political environments...

Jamie Mades
Collocated East Logo Five XP Practices for Agile Development
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David Bernstein says that the core of Extreme Programming (XP) is comprised of five development practices: automating the build for continuously integrating software as it is written, collaborating with team members through pair programming, practicing agile design skills that enable...

David Bernstein
Collocated East Logo Removing the Silos: When Agile, Lean, and DevOps Aren’t Enough
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Your organization has adopted some combination of agile, lean, and DevOps practices, yet you have a sinking feeling that it’s not working the way everyone hoped it would. You’re wondering if it’s because you work for a very large organization and all this talk about small, cross-functional...

Betty Zakheim
Collocated East Logo Agile Requirements—From Breadth to Depth
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Requirements elicitation and documentation can be frustrating in an agile process. Some interpret the Agile Manifesto statement “working software over comprehensive documentation” to mean that no requirements documentation is warranted because the code documents the requirements. Others...

Ken Pugh

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