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My Favourite Kanban Books

Here is a collection of my favourite books on Kanban. These helped me on my journey to learn about Kanban. There are of course many other excellent books out there!     My Favourite Kanban Books2nd September 2016Agile In A Day – Further Reading2nd September 2016Agile in the mainstream2nd September 2016Share this Post

Agile In A Day – Further Reading

If you have recently taken my Agile In A Day course you may be interested to read and learn more about some of the concepts we covered. We must continually learn if we are to adapt and improve. There are huge amounts of information available online. Perhaps to much in some cases as the sheer volume can be a little …

Agile in the mainstream

There’s an interesting little article on Publishers Weekly that shows us just how far Agile has moved into the mainstream. Keen to take advantage of digital possibilities in publishing, BISG – the Book Industry Strategy Group – hosted a webchat introduction to Agile. Agile is obviously well established in digital and software development, but the fact that the publishing world …

Five Common Mistakes With Agile

As Agile becomes more mainstream, it seems that the number of misconceptions surrounding it grows rather than shrinks. In an effort to address some of the common mistakes made when integrating Agile into your daily working practices, I’ve compiled this far from exhaustive article in the hope that it gives you food for thought. Here are some of the more …

Why Trust Is Important To An Agile Team

In my opinion, the two most important criteria that you need for Agile to succeed are good communication and trust; both work in tandem with one another. I’m going to concentrate on one of these for now – trust – as we look at why it’s so important, what the consequences are without it and what you can do, no …

How to Build an Agile Team

More than any other development process that you’ve probably ever worked under before, Agile puts the emphasis on team work. An Agile team is expected to be self-directed, to work together and organise their own time. Agile emphasises employee creativity and decentralised hierarchy by placing the emphasis squarely on the team; together they must fulfil their sprint goal with effective …

Story Points in a Nutshell: Making More Accurate Estimates

Developers hate giving estimates. We all know that they’re pretty much pie in the sky anyway; after all, how can you know exactly how much time it will take to develop something when you haven’t done it yet? The only time you can give an accurate estimate is after you’ve done whatever it is you’re planning, but that kind of …

How To Measure Performance Among Agile Teams

I’m always surprised when I hear that a company or IT department is not using any metrics to measure how well their Agile teams are performing. I can think of four things that are worth measuring right now – quality of build, quantity, precision (are you building the right things, for instance) and the effectiveness of your team. As we …

Agile Software Testing: Incorporating Testing

I hope that before we go any further, we all agree that software testing of our development work is crucial. If you’re one of the head-stuck-in-the-sands people who believe testing is just a formality or an ‘add on’ – or even sometimes a nuisance – I’ll have an argument with you another time. I’m directing this blog post instead at …