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Author: Vivek Sinha

Think cross functional before Iteration

Think cross functional before Iteration

When we talk about agile adoption or implementation of agile in project or work; often, the first thing that comes to our mind is iteration.  And we start to worry about roll out and requirement planning for incremental and iterative development. While, iteration and incremental delivery is an essential aspect of Agile, it should not be the starting point, from agile adoption per se.  First thing, you should be concern about, do I have fully cross functional team(s).  If needed,…

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Acknowledging Anti Patterns

Acknowledging Anti Patterns

Common aspect among Scrum, Kanban, XP, BDD or any other Agile methodology is their main goal.  All such frameworks or models aim to establish Agile mindset in team by adhering to 4 values and 12 principles mentioned in Agile manifesto Among them, Scrum is the most popular one. Simple yet impactful, Scrum is structured framework, with well-defined ceremonies, roles and artifacts, plus ample of opportunity to do-it-the-way-it-suits-you. Often during scrum adoption, team tend to practice / approach the ceremonies in…

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Agile Principles from a non-IT industry standpoint

Agile Principles from a non-IT industry standpoint

Scrum and Agile practices, once the sole domain of software developers, are making significant inroads outside of IT and finding acceptance in industries beyond technology.  2016 State of scrum report emphasized this. The agile mindset was recognized in 2001 at a summit of practitioners who found consensus around core values captured in 12 principles called the “Agile Manifesto. If you closely look at these two statements, there is a problem. The Agile principles were thought and build around software development…

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From Agile Teams to PODs

From Agile Teams to PODs

  “In place of allocating people to project, allocate project to the team”.  This paradigm shift in approach is being advised and advocated by agile experts for all good reasons. Many companies are adopting this approach; I personally have been part of the team working on this approach in a multinational company.  We adopted it well in our sub-function. Here is my learning (based on failure and success) on how we did it and challenges The idea here is to…

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Distributed agile delivery – beyond tools and virtual co-location

Distributed agile delivery – beyond tools and virtual co-location

When a company engages in offshore outsourcing, one of the key challenges is to align the software team to same business goal as those of the in-house development team. This is part due to lack of daily communication across team / suboptimal teams / lack of regular programs for sharing vision and key business goals On top of it, most of such engagements have different teams adopting different approach and agile practices for different aspect of software development. Most popular…

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Banking is necessary, Banks are not ! A truth expressed 3 decades ago

Banking is necessary, Banks are not ! A truth expressed 3 decades ago

In 1990’s, Bill Gates said: “banking is necessary, banks are not”.  Back then [25 years ago], imagining banking systems without bank was no less than a wild dream; but visionary like Mr Gates anticipated it very well in advance. From 2010, with all the Fintech & startups coming up with innovative & customer-centric banking ways and regulators opening up bank data though directive & regulation; lots of banking activities started moving away from the bank. Payment & retail transactions moved…

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A positive fear

A positive fear

In one of a speech, Steve job used slangs like “Stay hungry stay foolish” and “Connect the dots”.  It inspired many people, especially Rashmi Bansal. Young talented author has written a couple of books with same titles, these books have stories of successful Indian entrepreneurs (most of us have read this book, if you haven’t, go get a copy, it is a must-read for an entrepreneur aspirant). A known striking difference in these two books is – ‘Stay hungry Stay…

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Nokia lesson for Maruti

Nokia lesson for Maruti

Maruti drives past over 50% of Indian car market share in June 2017 in with slew of new car launches they seems to continue their dominant in near future.  Though they are on verge of doing same mistake that Nokia did and doomed to dust. Nokia was once market leader in Mobile handset, at pick time it was close to 62%; and their dominance was once seems eternal.  I still remember my healthy arguments with my friends in mid 2010;…

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