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Safe Agile Environments and the Power of Ideas

Software development is a creative process that requires a safe environment where people feel comfortable sharing their bizarre ideas that lead to that next great breakthrough. Our Agile Architect discusses the importance of a safe environment for a successful and creative agile culture.

Mob Programming as a More Agile Replacement for a Team Charter

A team charter is a common tool of an agile team to create consensus on how the team will do its work. Unfortunately, the act of creating a team charter can be lengthy and dull. Our Agile Architect describes an alternative approach to team chartering that embraces the agile concept of delivering real value rather than talking about it.

How Agile Are You? Let's Actually Measure It! (Part 1: Technical Craftmanship)

Our Agile Architect shares the first part of his Agile Assessment, focusing on technical craftsmanship.

How Agile Are You? Let's Actually Measure It! (Part 5: Product Ownership)

Our Agile Architect shares the fifth part of his Agile Assessment, focusing on product ownership.

How Agile Are You? Let's Actually Measure It! (Part 4: Team Dynamics)

Our Agile Architect shares the fourth part of his Agile Assessment, focusing on team dynamics.

How Agile Are You? Let's Actually Measure It! (Part 6: Project Management and More)

Our Agile Architect shares the sixth part of his agile assessment, focusing on the final areas of project management, risk management, organization support and change management.

How Agile Are You? Let's Actually Measure It! (Part 3: User Experience)

Our Agile Architect shares the third part of his Agile Assessment, focusing on the user experience.

How Agile Are You? Let's Actually Measure It! (Part 2: Quality Advocacy)

Our Agile Architect shares the second part of his Agile Assessment, focusing on quality advocacy.

How Agile Are You? Let's Actually Measure It! (Part 0: Introduction)

How's your agile? Our Agile Architect shares with you his in-depth agile maturity assessment based on many years of helping teams and companies be agile. First up, understanding the assessment model and uses.

Unbalanced Villains and Overpowered Heroes: An Agile Retrospective Game

In agile retrospectives, teams will often focus on just their weaknesses, assuming any strength is good. But what happens if the team is spending too much time honing the wrong strengths? Our Agile Architect introduces a fun game to explore the possibility.

Does Experience Inhibit Agility?

Knowledge and experience have an expiration date, especially in the IT world. As our Agile Architect hits 50, he ruminates on the idea that more experience doesn't necessarily equate to better results.

Rise of the IoT Architect

Many organizations actually involved with the IoT have come to realize there's a need for a new role that brings other specialist roles together.

To Think Agile, What's the Real Question?

Our Agile Architect analyzes a letter from a reader and answers the question that wasn't asked.

Does Agile Apply To You?

Our Agile Architect ponders the applicability of agile thinking and methodologies outside traditional software development.

Getting Things Done the Agile Way

Our Agile Architect talks about how to get things "done done."

Not All that Glitters Is Gold: Making the Business Case for IoT

The ability to do something is not reason in itself to do it. Every IoT project needs a good business case behind it.

Learn Faster with Agile Spikes

A spike is the agile terminology for a short period of research unfettered by the constraints of test-driven development and the other disciplines necessary to produce production-quality software. In this article, our Agile Architect gives the low-down on how to use spikes and, more importantly, how not to use spikes.

A Fascinating Confession from our Agile Founding Fathers...

Recent evidence has surfaced that has produced a surprising confession from the founders of the Agilist movement -- that the true architects of the modern Agilist software movement were in fact the founding fathers of the United States of America.

The Agile Boy Scout: Characteristics of an Agile Team

An agile team is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly…

The Internet of Things in 2015 vs. What's Gone Before

The differences between the Interet of Things (IoT) and, say, embedded systems may seem small but they're vital -- it's those differences that will take IoT to the mainstream this year.

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