How to start the transition to Agile within your organization: “Baby Steps” or “Big Bang”?

December 3, 2008

 

Why do you want to become Agile? What are the goals you want to achieve with that? Think about it. And then – think again.

In another post, I addressed some commonly used antipatterns, when one wants to get Agile just because it is cool, because everyone else already went Agile, or similar.

Here are two very different models that can be used to describe the transition to Agile from one perspective (Small versus Big). Which one is the most appropriate for your organization depends on many factors.

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55:5 – Trying to understand Albert’s world saving formula

November 27, 2008

The Guy

My first guess is that you all heard of him. He was my idol when I was a child, and a some of that infatuation remained even when I grew up (sort of), but I am not sure if he would make My Top 10 Favorite Famous People list today. (A mental note: Jelena, compile that list!)

My other guess is that you have some similar feelings of respect and amazement with the guy.

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What the Pomodoro technique is and why my cat cares

November 25, 2008

Do you want to increase the effectiveness of your working process?

Do you want to fight your tendency to procrastinate?

Do you want time to be your friend, not your enemy?

We are humans, not machines. We can not work non-stop, we need maintainable pace.

Did you hear about the Pomodoro technique before?

This is how my cat helped me capture the essence of Pomodoro on camera:

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Staffan Nöteberg blogs, among other things, about the Pomodoro technique in a smart and cool way. He makes it easy to understand the mechanisms behind it.

Check out his Pomodoro Technique in 5 minutes, you may find it valuable. I recommend it!


How to make your organization Agile in seven easy steps

November 20, 2008

(common Agile transition antipatterns exposed)

(High Crap Factor warning!)

So, you want to become Agile… everyone is on that track already, and you feel that you are lagging behind. Do not worry! Agile is not hard, it is not magic. There is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming. Let me help you. Here is how to become Agile – fast.

1. Announce to everyone that from now on, you are Agile. Communicate it to your employees, put the ads in the relevant newspapers, underline that you are doing (whatever you are doing) – The Agile Way!

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The Disaster Exercise (How to use negative thinking to your advantage)

November 6, 2008

“I had such a nightmare last night, you would not believe it!” announced dramatically LittleMissLisa entering the office on a rainy Tuesday morning.

“Good morning to you too!” Annie answered with a smile.

“Yes, hi, I am sorry, but… it was so terrible, a real Armageddon!”

“Apparently you are fine! Did Bruce Willis come and saved you?”

“Obviously! And also, I got this neat idea! Let’s go and get some coffee. And then we will do a Disaster exercise!”

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The Disaster Exercise

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Poll: Is software development an art?

October 24, 2008

Related to my previous post, it would be interesting to know the general sentiments about the issue. Please vote here:

OBS: This is just a poll. If you wish to comment, please do it here.

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Is coding an art?

October 21, 2008

What would be your very first, the most spontaneous answer to this question? And why?

Definition of “art”

Do you know what “art” means? Probably you do, everyone has an understanding for the concept of art, but if you try to formulate it, it may be hard and challenging. The definitions vary greatly, and many argue that it is actually impossible to define art and that is how it should stay. And when I say “many” here, I mean – people who know a lot about art; people who teach about art, professors, philosophers, experts.

Coding is an art… some think

The Alien has a headache. He was up all night reading about art, surfing the net and studying the history of art, but he feels even more confused now than before he started his research.

It all started yesterday during a coffee break, when he heard Mario bragging about his coding, how his creations are nothing but pure art. Is coding a form of art?

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