Posts tagged ‘agile development’

July 6, 2012

Inspect and Adapt for Agile Product Managers

by Sampath Prahalad

As organizations make their movement from Waterfall to Agile software development, a shift in culture takes place. One discipline that is most affected in this whole change is Product Management. They have to cope up with the demand for more releases within the same time and each release has to have meaningful content.

I have tried to list the traits needed for a successful Agile Product Manager here.

  • The clarity for the near term goals along with a vision for the medium term.
  • The ability to constantly prioritize and groom the product backlog so that the most important business requirements are placed at the top.
  • The ability to split requirements into granular user stories so that they can be completed within a Sprint.
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February 23, 2012

Awesome Tweet Quotes from ALM Chicago

by Sampath Prahalad

The Midwest Conference on Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) was held on 22nd and 23rd February 2012 in Chicago. Microsoft was one of the main sponsors of this event.

Keynote speakers being Mike GilpinVP, Research Director , Forrester Research ON Day 1(22nd Feb 2012)  and Ken SchwaberCo-Founder of Scrum.org ON Day 2 (23rd Feb 2012)

Here are some good quotes in talks by Ken and other speakers that have been tweeted by participants at the conference. This is an effort to collate some good ones for everyone’s benefit.

  • If you want to really understand what you are doing on a project, use #Scrum. Ken Schwaber.
  • Metrics are used in waterfall because we had no idea what was happening so we tried to measure anything. Ken Schwaber.
  • @KSchawber“where there are rumors, there is not good communication.”
  • “There IS business value beyond new features.” aka quality vs. quantity. via Scott Herman – JCI
  • “Agile and Scrum seem to be used by companies that actually care about their customers.”
  • Perfect rule following will cause your org to grind to a halt. @vgr
  • Technical debt is growing faster worldwide than it is being paid off. @vgr
  • Competitive advantage is won with people not process. @vgr
  • It’s always amusing to me how much psychology plays into software design & development.
  • Culture eats process for breakfast
  • You wouldn’t wait till a car is at the end of the assembly line to test it. Why would you with software?

Cheers.

February 21, 2012

Kickass tweets from #AgileIndia2012 #Agile #Scrum

by Sampath Prahalad

Here are some Kickass quotes (in the form of tweets) from the recently concluded 3 day Agile India 2012 conference (my experience at the conference on Day 1Day 2 and Day 3) at Le Meridean, Bangalore.

Most of them were quotes that the presenters came up with during the course of their talks and workshops. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did and get to learn from them.

Top contributors for the kickass quotes: Rebecca Parsons, Tathagat Varma and Scott Ambler.

Disclaimer 1: These are in no particular order or preference.

Disclaimer 2: When I am not sure of the conference speaker who came up with the quote, I have put the name of the person who tweeted it.

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February 19, 2012

My Experience at #AgileIndia2012 – Day 3.

by Sampath Prahalad

The third and final day of the Agile India 2012 conference being held at Le Meridean, Bangalore. The learning experience got better and reached a crescendo today.

Here are some of the talks and workshops that I attended. Some were excellent and some good.

  • Exploratory testing for Agile teams by Pradeep Soundararajan.
  • Launching a Minimum Viable Product in a month.
  • Coaching: Slowing down to speed up by Rahul Sawhney.
  • Lean: Reduce Waste Campaign by Belkis Vasquez-McCall from McInzie.
  • High Five Driven development by Peder Soholt from Norway
  • Agile Scaling model: Be as Agile as you need to be by Scott Ambler
  • Fun with Agile Gaming by Vibhu Srinivasan of SolutionsIQ.

Read on to know 3-4 key learning points from each of these talks / workshops.

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February 19, 2012

My experience at #AgileIndia2012 – Day 2

by Sampath Prahalad

I have been attending the 3 day Agile India 2012 conference. Here is a brief write up of my experiences of Day 2 and is a sequel to ‘My experiences on Day 1‘.

Handpicking from the many lectures that were going on, here are the ones that I attended.

  • Agile: Not the easy way out, but it works by Rebecca Parsons, the CTO of ThoughtWorks.
  • Distributed Agile: Making it work by William Rowden of Solutions IQ
  • The continuing adventures of Yahoo’s Agile transformation by Keith Nottonson of Yahoo.
  • A Retrospective of Retrospectives. A discussion facilitated by Chirag Doshi of ThoughtWorks.
  • Workplay: The gamified future of Agile development by Matthew Philip

Below, I shall list few main points that I walked out with from each session. A couple might lead to separate blogs, but I will save that for later.

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February 6, 2012

Wanna try out Scrum? Some options here to manage it.

by Sampath Prahalad

So, you have decided to take the plunge into Scrum, but do not want to spend money on a Scrum management tool like ScrumWorks, Rally or VersionOne?

Here are the different options.

  1. Use the whiteboard and Sticky Notes. This is the simplest option. The whiteboard will also act as an Information Radiator for anyone who wants to know the status. Pete Deemer from Scrum Alliance highly recommends this approach over the others for its simplicity.
  2. If you have a distributed team, you cannot use the whiteboard. The next simple option is to use Excel and put it on Google Docs so that everyone can see and update simultaneously. You can move over to more sophisticated tools once the need arises. Below are some Excel templates.
  3. If you want to try out a tool for managing Scrum, go with an open source tool like Jira. Jira can be customized for Scrum. I have not tried it but here is a step by step procedure for doing so.
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