All the major Agile methods have different terminology. I try to use traditional terms rather than the term used in any of the Agile methods. I’ve put together a table that gives a rough comparison of the different terms. Continue reading →
Risk management is about identifying, addressing, and eliminating sources of risk before they become a threat to the project. This article outlines traditional risk management, how Agile is a risk mitigation strategy, and how to do Agile risk management. Continue reading →
For the last two years I have been rolling out a standard Agile approach to a department of 350. One part of the roll out strategy was to have a published standard. This was to make the goal / end-game obvious even if we didn’t initially mandate everything.
The first version of the standard, published Oct 2006, was a 50 page document. Earlier drafts had been quite short but in reviewing the document people kept asking “What does that mean?” so we’d add another section explaining it. All rather worthy but, aside from the initial reviews before publication, nobody read it. And it diluted the document as a standard, defining what must be done, as opposed to a guideline about how to do it.
We published version 2 today. This version of the standard is one page. I want to give people a simple checklist so they know whether or not they are following the standard. Continue reading →
“Small projects can succeed through sheer force of will and a bit of luck. Medium and large projects require a more systematic approach” (McConnell, 1998, p. 36).
Most of the Agile Software Development methods are designed for small team sizes, for example the original XP team had 8 people, but what if we’re talking about 30 developers (let alone customers); what process should we use? Continue reading →
This is an article I wrote some years ago when I was trying to get my head around “What is Agile?” and “What is the difference between the different methods?”. It is a bit dated now but I’ve kept it on the website as the third question “Is Agile good Project Management?” is still what I’m concerned about.