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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

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

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

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

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

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Make Your Waterfall More Agile

March 30, 2015 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Agile Project Management Make Your Waterfall More Agile By Deepali Bhadade Lately there has been huge discussions around waterfall vs agile for software development and which is the best way. While the answer to this