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Why You Need to Begin Agile at the Program and Not The Team

January 22, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I talk to many people who have spent a lot of money and time on training their teams in Agile (typically Scrum) only after a year or so seeing little results.  They say that although their teams are following Agile practices but getting things out the door hasn’t improved dramatically.  This is not the fault of Scrum, but rather the fact that the bottom up approach for transition is flawed.

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Design Patterns Thinking and Architecture at Scale

January 21, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am doing a talk at the Agile Technical Conference called Design Patterns and Architecture at Scale.  It is about the relationship between Design Patterns thinking and architecture at scale.  I thought the basis of the talk would be of interest.

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Manual Test Automation - Part 1

January 18, 2017 — Posted by Maurizio Mancini

This 3 part blog post and the title for it is inspired by a colleague who is currently living the manual test automation nightmare on an engagement. He reminded me how common a pattern it is and one that I have seen way too often over various engagements. Based on recent engagements and stories I hear from other colleagues in the industry, it is clear that it will be a trend that will continue for some time to come.

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The Five D Value Stream – Discover, Decide, Detail, Develop, and Deploy

January 13, 2017 — Posted by Ken Pugh

A software value stream shows how a software change flows from the discovery of an idea to it deployment.  We show how a simple model of a value stream can be used as the basis for more complicated models in larger systems and how doneness focused processes and agile at scale align with the model. 

The 5 D’s

Let’s start with the flow in a small organization.

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What Is and What Is to Be: Minimum Business Increments and Stories

January 13, 2017 — Posted by Ken Pugh

When looking at changes to be made to a system, one can look from the system's perspective (what changes need to be made) or one can look from the workflow perspective (how the bundles of changes to be made). Both views are important. One shows what is “to-be”; the other shows how you are going to get there.

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Al Shalloway
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