Scrum Guide Update: The 5 Values of Scrum

You might not have noticed, but The Scrum Guide was updated last year (July 2016) for the first time in three years. The changes aren’t big in terms of word count, but they are significant. So I decided I needed to update my own description (part 1, part 2) of the Guide’s evolution. Cumulative Flow Diagrams […]
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How to Use Scenarios to Avoid Project Surprises

To quote the Danish politician Karl Kristian Steincke “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” But predicting the future is what project management is all about. When things go wrong, scenarios can help you have a plan in place to recover. Project management is hard — you’re predicting when milestones will be met, how much money will […]
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The Agile Project Framework

The Agile Project Framework, formally known as DSDM, is one of the best Agile frameworks that few know about.  By best, I am judging on the following criteria: Scalability Flexibility Discipline (in the positive sense of the term) Coverage of both product management and project management Balance between the business and technical side Guaranteed delivery […]
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Is Agile Design an Oxymoron?

There is a persistent myth that Agile Design is an oxymoron as there is no place for design in Agile; that our design and architecture will magically emerge as we code. This opinion is a natural reaction against the waterfall Big Design Up Front (BDUF) mentality. However it is a false and even dangerous opinion. […]
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How to Use Agile to Build Data Warehouses

This article will make the case for using Agile to build Data Warehouses. There are many who say that creating an enterprise-level database or data warehouse requires BDUF. They will argue that it is necessary to have the logical E-R design locked down prior to development. Otherwise, a Winchester Mansion-like mess will result. However, it […]
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