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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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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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Transforming Government organisations through Agile implementation

Transforming Government organisations through Agile implementation

A few days ago, I visited one of the government office for my personal work. I received the standard response from the office, “We are looking into your file. It is in progress.”   That was kind of very disappointing. Most of us have gone through this experience and we are used to it. Traditionally these government organizations are less efficient, less transparent and most importantly they are not customer focused.   We pay direct or indirect taxes for all…

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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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Why Managing Shared Responsibilities is Key to Success of Scrum

Why Managing Shared Responsibilities is Key to Success of Scrum

Scrum is the most widely accepted and proven methodology in agile. According to ‘State of Scrum’ report 2016 by Scrum Alliance, 89 percent agile users follow scrum approach.   Scrum has defined three major roles- Scrum Master (SM), Product Owner (PO), and Development Team (DT). Each role as the defined set of responsibilities. In the practical implementation of Scrum, it is very important to share some of the responsibilities amongst these roles. Rightly shared responsibilities will result in the success…

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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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