|Written by Ravi Vadugu | Saturday, 22 October 2011|
Have you ever gone through the emotions of transitioning a team who are deep rooted with traditional waterfall implementation to a lean, agile way to deliver projects? I am sure most of you did. The biggest challenge while I was going through this phase was understanding the dynamics and behaviour of Agile teams, what an agile team should be and how do I mould the team to be agile. Mike Cohn in his book "Agile Estimating & Planning" talks about what "Agile Teams" are. I did like the chapter while i read a year ago but only understood recently on what he meant while trying to move my project team from traditional waterfall and chaos to much more agile.
|Written by Sudheer Raju | Sunday, 16 October 2011|
Inflectra is a privately held software company dedicated to helping our customers - large corporations, small businesses, professional services firms, government agencies and individual developers – with the means to effectively and affordably manage their software development lifecycles, so as to decrease the time to market and increase return on investment. A strong focus on providing an excellent customer experience helps us attract and retain customers of all sizes, across a broad range of markets and industries.
|Written by Sudheer Raju | Tuesday, 11 October 2011|
Last year, product development software company Atlassian raises a whopping $60 million in new funding, some of which was to be be put towards M&A. The company bought Bitbucket.org, a hosted service for code collaboration last year. And today, Atlassian is buying SourceTree, a popular client for Git and Mercurial distributed version control systems (DVCS) as well as Subversion source control. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Setting up an information radiator in an effective way can be one of the difficult tasks that one can come across yet could also be the simplest, once you know what it is and what exactly is the purpose of having it. Its common practice to use task boards within agile projects and like wise within Kanban based implementation. I did struggle to setup my first Kanban board and the real struggle is when you have to make it work with your team and management alike.
|Written by ToolsJournal | Thursday, 29 September 2011|
Software penetrates every pore of human existence. We look up the weather info over the web, giving up on outdoor thermometers. We’re driving to destinations with GPS navigator (forget paper maps with their G7 sections on page 59). We turn on RunKeeper when riding a bike to calculate the average speed and run and boast in Twitter. We’re using software every single day of our lives. It seems we’re hugging our dear gadgets a lot more than our loved ones.
|Written by Nelson Bodnarchuk | Wednesday, 28 September 2011|
So your company has decided to go agile. Congratulations! If you're a PM that is currently part of a PMO that is transitioning from a more traditional Waterfall methodology to an agile framework you may be wondering what you’ll be doing with all that extra time now that you don’t have to write anything down, what steps can you take to keep utter chaos from devouring those self-organizing teams, or how you will justify your role with the company now that your new PO is going to hold most of the discussion with the client and team around the product development and requirements. Are you feeling that your days are numbered now that the PM role, at face value, looks obsolete?
|Written by Sudheer Raju | Sunday, 25 September 2011|
Summary Review: TinyPM has been very well designed to meet what the product owners believed it to be as "Tiny Effort, Perfect Management". I guess the tool blossoms with this very concept irrespective of which ever role the end user is into, be it a project manager, scrum master, product owner or development team members. In a nutshell TinyPM offers one of the best agile experience with Ideas sandbox, backlog management, iteration and release planning, a robust taskboard, project/budget/resource management along with a powerful information radiators, good integrations, tracking and knowledge management (wiki) capability. What makes it really different is how it hangs all of them together as a workflow driving the user on next steps with a brilliant visual presence. The product is best fit for small to medium project/program landscape with improving Kanban features.
|Written by Sudheer Raju | Sunday, 18 September 2011|
The biggest challenge gaining acceptance of the tools implementing Kanban, Agile or Scrum is acceptance of the tool itself by all communities with in the enterprise. While Kanban is not just gaining wider accetpance at an enterprise level to deliver software but also being embraced by management at the top including CEO's as a way to track and achieve their targets with control. With such context LeanKit has managed to design a Kanban board which differentiatingly is the best up there, a step ahead of the rest. Would like to briefly share what i have seen in Kanban Board within LeanKit and the intellect with which it has been designed.
Scrum is a great framework for building systems, it is simple, elegant and effective. However, it has one limitation that most teams quickly run into: small team size. Invariably, most major initiatives and programs require more than 7, plus or minus 2 people, in order to complete the work in a reasonable amount of time. Or, some organizations face the flip side of this where they run so many projects that the idea of dedicating half a dozen people full time to one initiative is overwhelming. In either case, these organizations are facing the challenge of managing a product pipeline. Let’s take a look at some of the techniques available to manage this within an Agile program.
|Written by Sudheer Raju | Wednesday, 07 September 2011|
Its been a good experience to speak to various agile product suppliers and get their interesting views on journey deveoping the product, the outlook and vision into shpaing the products and the key trends. While its easy for us to get carried away with what you think and read on next trends in agile tooling, i was caught with a thought provoking insights speaking to Michael Dubakov, founder of "TargetProcess" about next key trend, TargetProcess focus and whats new in current release v.2.22