Disciplined Agile: Is It Right for Me?

True business agility comes from freedom, not frameworks. Discover the Project Management Institute® Disciplined Agile (DA) program and tap into the industry-leading process decision tool kit that describes how agile software development, DevOps, IT, and business teams work in your enterprise. Disciplined Agile gives you the tools you need to join the ranks of organizations […]
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What is the Role of the 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. “A Guide to the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK)”, says that a business analyst is (emphasis added):  …any person who performs business analysis tasks…no matter their job title or […]
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Actually, Project Managers are Pretty Good at Estimating Software Projects

Fortunately for the organizations they work for,  development teams are smart enough not to build the original project’s design — which is why we have Scrum and Agile. But, even with Scrum, good estimating may be the least important thing you have to do: Adopting Scrum, Kanban, or any Agile methodology means that you have […]
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Agile Needs People Skills

Agile Needs People Skills Every company, colleague, academic or friend I speak to these days has a concern about complexity and the accelerating pace of change, both of which are leading to high levels of uncertainty. In Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon’s excellent 2016 report for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – ‘Thinking The […]
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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 […]
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