When inflexible and wasteful software development processes are making your organization inefficient, it's time to introduce an agile methodology. Kanban vs Scrum then becomes an essential question: Which agile software development methodology is better suited for my own situation? And is Kanban agile? What about Scrum vs agile? Confusion is spreading... Let's have a look … Continue reading Kanban vs Scrum vs Agile
You're starting off with a new laptop. The OS is installed, but using it feels awkward. Nothing looks like it used to on your previous one. You're really frustrated how slow you move around just because you're missing your beloved customizations. A few days later you feel the flow again. You've tweaked your OS and … Continue reading Why you need to customize your agile methods
Implementing Scrum helps your development department but breaks the old way of doing things, so the overall process actually slows down. Everyone was bashing your development department. You were too slow, you were the bottleneck - if only development would be faster, we could earn so much more money ... you know what I'm talking … Continue reading Has your Scrum implementation caused more problems than it solved?
Imagine you’re driving your car through uncharted territory to a destination only vaguely described by "That Guy" who told you to go there. "That Guy" was kind enough to give you an absolutely non-negotiable deadline too. With that in mind, you race to the first waypoint - you should already be able to see it … Continue reading Why projects fail and how to make them succeed with more transparency
It's amazing. Talking to a bunch of fellow CTOs I heard a lot of them saying: "We introduced Scrum and it works really well" and "we're too slow to bring new features to our customers". This piqued my curiosity. Scrum is supposed to speed up feature delivery through short iterations. How can an organization claim … Continue reading Where Agile Falls Short
In Scrum, sprints are time-boxed delivery cycles that help keep the team focused on the goal. If you don't know which goal I'm referring to, check out Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt's novel "The Goal" (hint: I think it's something about making money). For web development, I run weekly sprints and this surprises a lot of … Continue reading Getting Lean with Weekly Sprints
One of the most challenging things about introducing Agile in the workplace is that it's not very widespread. People have heard mixed reviews about it's implementations, and are hesitant to exchange the known (no matter how bad it may be), for the unknown. More and more companies, however, are adopting Scrum for their project management. … Continue reading Ground Zero: Starting Agile Development from Scratch
Scrum defines a set of required meetings: Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Scrum Review, and Scrum Retrospective. Additionally, there might be a Scrum of Scrums, if you're running multiple Scrum teams in parallel. If you're doing two week sprints you spend at least half-a-day per week in Scrum meetings. Isn't that a lot of additional overhead? … Continue reading Scrum Meetings – Relief or Burden?
This is a guest post by Boris Gloger (@borisgloger) A couple of days ago I commented on Matthias' post about the myth that Scrum forces a team to release new functionality only after a sprint is finished while Kanban would is more flexible. I wanted to know the difference between Scrum and Kanban, and why … Continue reading Scrum or Kanban – It does not matter
In the heat of introducing agile practices like daily stand-up meetings, retrospectives, unit testing, or defining "Done", you can get easily overwhelmed by all the new and shiny ideas. It's a real danger that implementing these new practices creates huge overheads, slows you down, and frustrates the team. They forget why you actually introduced agile … Continue reading The three essentials of any agile process