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Recognizing the 12 Failure Modes in Agile Transformation

Agile may be simple, but it still takes work. Often, organizations fail to adopt agile methods for similar reasons, and many of these reasons are cultural. From checkbook commitment and lack of executive support to ineffective retrospectives and bad product ownership, this e-book describes the

Team Charters – Team Management Training

Team Charters Getting Your Team off to a Great Start [if IE 9]>< ![endif] Does your team know where it’s going? Working in teams can be fantastic – if team members work well together. However, if people are pulling in different directions, the experience can be

The Vroom-Yetton Decision Model

The Vroom-Yetton Decision Model Deciding How to Decide Steer your decision-making process in the right direction. How you go about making a decision can involve as many choices as the decision itself. Sometimes you have to take charge, and decide what to do on your

Facilitation – Communication Skills Training

The Role of a Facilitator Guiding an Event Through to a Successful Conclusion So you’ve been asked to facilitate a meeting. What does that mean exactly? Do you just ensure everyone’s introduced, and maybe kick off with a quick ice breaker exercise? Is your main role simply

PMI PMBOK guide poster showing all processes inputs and outputs

The Ultimate Project Management Process Map a comprehensive diagram that details all of the project management components using the PMBOK® Guide Forth Edition (not 5th). The graphic is large 4083x2786px It shows: – An overview of the changes incorporated in PMBOK 4 (not 5) – All

Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile Project Management

Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile Project Management If your organization is looking to realize the time, quality, and cost benefits of agile project management, this course is for you. Agile expert Kelley O’Connell helps those interested in experimenting with agile understand the difference between traditional

Agile Project Management with Microsoft Project

Agile Project Management with Microsoft Project Learn how to use Microsoft Project to manage agile projects. Author Bonnie Biafore covers setting up agile projects for success, creating custom fields to track elements unique to the agile project method, such as features and sprints, and managing

40 things you need to know about the Scaled Agile Framework®

40 things you need to know about the Scaled Agile Framework® SAFe tackles the tough issues-–architecture, integration, funding, governance and roles at scale The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) provides a recipe for adopting agile at enterprise scale. It is illustrated in the big picture. A Scrum

Scaling Agile with Jira

During my Summit talk, I discussed three enterprise challenges when scaling Agile; process and documentation culture, underestimation of planning effort, and managing a complicated infrastructure. There certainly is a lot to say on all three topics! In this blog post, I would like to dive a bit deeper into

Business Model Canvas

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and lean startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models.[1][2] It is a visual chart with elements describing a firm’s or product’s value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances.[3] It assists firms in aligning their activities

Comparing Agile Software Tools

Comparing Agile Software Tools Agile is an exciting way to quickly deliver higher-quality products to your customer. New agile tools are emerging every day. This course helps you compare the strengths and capabilities of several different agile software tools, including Microsoft Excel, Atlassian’s JIRA, VersionOne,

The 8 Goals of Use Cases

Why do we write use cases? We write use cases for the same reasons that people use our software – to achieve goals. In our case, we want to assure that we are creating the right software. By looking at this high level goal in

Requirement Completeness Validation with Use Cases

In our article, The 8 Goals of Use Cases, the first goal is that our use cases must support requirement-completeness validation. In this article, we explore how to address this goal and how use cases can help. There are many pieces to this puzzle, and

Implementing SAFe with Jira part 1 | fschop

In this article I am not going to explain what the Scale Agile Framework (SAFe) is and what Jira is. I assume you know, and if you need more information go to and But before we start, there are a few things that

Writing Complete Requirements | Tyner Blain

One of the ten big rules of writing a good MRD is writing complete requirements. We identify problems and opportunities in the market. We determine that one of these problems is valuable enough and practical to implement. Then we have to write the requirements, and

Writing Good Requirements – The Big Ten Rules | Tyner Blain

Pragmatic Marketing has a training seminar called Requirements That Work. In support of that, they provide a list of 8 characteristics of good requirements. We change one and add two more to round it out to The Big Ten Rules. Combine this with Michael’s ten

Business Analyst | Use Case Preconditions: A Best-Kept Secret?

Introduction Alistair Cockburn opened my eyes to the essence, elegance and effectiveness of use case preconditions.  In [1], he discusses preconditions in just a dozen paragraphs, but these contain two statements that revolutionized my understanding of preconditions and their counterpart, postconditions. This article starts with

How to Define Scope in an Epic

Agile teams typically differentiate between “epics” and “user stories.” In most cases epics are just really large stories that sit far down on your product backlog until the team is ready to flesh them out into more detail.  The logical question is how to scope

User Stories, Epics and Themes

I’ve been getting more and more emails lately from people confused about the difference between “user stories”, “epics” and “themes.” So I thought this month we’d return and cover some basic–but very helpful–territory by explaining those terms. moreFirst, the terms don’t matter that much. These

What Requirements Documents Does A Business Analyst Create?

Are you working on your first project as a business analyst? Have you ever wondered exactly what requirements documents a business analyst creates for review by the business and technical teams? While the requirements documents created for any specific project will heavily depend on the

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Introducing Agile Earned Value Metrics

Introducing Agile Earned Value Metrics By Sally Tait, View Original March 12th, 2014 We use a few metrics and charts that are familiar to anyone who has worked in Scrum projects – burn down, velocity and cumulative flow. These help expose problems early on. And because