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The Waterfall Trap in Agile

The Waterfall Trap in Agile

Mostly, projects with an agile way of development start with agile training, knowledge, education and enthusiasm about agile. As the project progresses, the team goes through the maturity curve stages – which we call forming, storming, norming, and performing curve and starts delivering. Every scrum ceremony happens as ‘planned’, the product starts taking shape, and something happens during this time, which I am calling ‘The Waterfall Trap’. Most of the teams which I have seen as they grow up, they…

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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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What corporates should learn from Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection

What corporates should learn from Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection

Charles Darwin is one of the greatest scientists of the history, explained our theory of evolution by natural selection. Recently, I came across this theory, which accidentally gave the view for how this also applies to corporates. It gives excellent learning on how to survive in corporate ecosystems. Darwin’s Theory says: “Variation is a feature of natural populations and every population produces more progeny than its environment can manage. The consequences of this overproduction are that those individuals with the…

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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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