Kanban – The Quiet Revolution in Managing Software Maintenance
Kanban provides a revolutionary — and simple — way to manage the most important job IT departments have: Maintaining existing applications. But to effectively manage software maintenance you first have to understand the fundamental difference between maintenance and development. Before I became an independent consultant, I was the head of the IT department for a […]
The Rise of Agile in the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition
Coming Soon: Agile Project Management “Agile Project Management is an oxymoron: Agile is product management, not project management.” Agree or disagree, Agile Project Management is coming soon. This fall the Project Management Institute (PMI) will release the sixth edition of their Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). At the same time, they […]
What is the Role of a Business Analyst in Agile?
If you’re thinking that the Agile methodology doesn’t make clear the business analyst’s job…well, you’re not wrong. However, you may be looking in the wrong place. Learning Tree’s business analyst in Scrum course follows the Institute of Business Analyst’s when defining the role of “business analyst.” Drawing from the institute’s “A Guide to the Business Analysis Book […]
Don’t Let Governance Threaten Your Agile Transformation
Governance seems to be one of those frightening words that threatens to stop an Agile transformation effort dead in its tracks. I’ve been hearing it whispered, and even screamed once or twice, quite a lot recently. There’s no big surprise here. As the big corporations and Government agencies get increasingly fascinated by frameworks like Scrum, […]
How Do You Conquer Just-In-Time Requirements?
“What is the difference between an up-front requirements document and a fish?” said Gollum, hoping to catch the Hobbit out with his riddle. But Bilbo Baggins, though a Halfling, was an experienced Agilist. He knew the answer. “A fish rots from the head down, “ he said, “but a requirements documents rots from the bottom […]