Lean/Agile

I Must ASK (Agile Scaling Knowledge) – Has It Really Come to This?

“You can’t put being in love on a scale. Either you are or you aren’t.” ― Jenny Han, We’ll Always Have Summer Respectfully adapted… “You can’t put being agile on a scale.  Either you are or you aren’t.” The world exists as a set of patterns.  These patterns tend to repeat themselves in various contexts. …

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Book Review – Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with 2 of the 3 authors (Si & Mark) and must say it has been a truly amazing experience. Agile (in the broad sense) has been a growing collection of knowledge, especially since 2001 when the Agile Manifesto was created. Prior to, and especially since then, a lot …

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Innovate 2014 Presentation: SDLC Transformation @ Paychex

  For the second year in a row I was invited to present at IBM Innovate, which is a conference hosted by IBM and focused on concepts such as Continuous Engineering, DevOps and Agile. My topic was titled “SDLC Transformation: How Paychex Began Adopting Rational CLM (+Agile) and Adapted Along the Way”.  In this session, …

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Use Lean Six Sigma to Improve Your Real Estate Investing and Be More Efficient

I just published a new blog over at BiggerPockets about how to apply Lean Six Sigma (LSS) to your real estate business.  If you are not familiar with LSS (or even if you are), be sure to check it out and determine how the concepts can help your business. Use Lean Six Sigma to Improve Your Real …

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Book Review: The Phoenix Project (IT/DevOps)

I have worked in software development for several years.  Early on, I realized the benefits of utilizing agile practices and have preached them ever since.  Along the way, I educated myself on lean and also determined that many of those concepts also apply to software development.  As I worked with many teams that began having …

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How I Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to Track Agile Scrum Projects Part 2

In my first blog post (How I Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to Track Agile Scrum Projects), I showed how I use some EVM concepts to track agile projects.  One of the comments from that post criticized the model because it did not incorporate SPI and CPI.  As a result, I expanded on the model …

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Book Review: Lean Software Development – An Agile Toolkit

I first read Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit by Mary and Tom Poppendieck several years ago when I was introduced to lean.  While attending a leadership training, the practitioner had us perform an activity involving building paper airplanes.  She split the class into 3 groups, each with 7 people.  She showed us how to build a …

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Book Review: Essential Skills for the Agile Developer

I am a big fan of NetObjectives training and their books.  Their website offers a plethora of resources surrounding lean, agile, kanban and plenty of technical topics to support these frameworks and methodologies. I was introduced to this book through a 1 hour free webinar that they held – Essential Skills for the Agile Developer …

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How I Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to Track Agile Scrum Projects

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a technique that can be used on project to monitor the performance and progress of projects.  It is typically associated with traditional project management.  According to PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, Earned Value Management “compares what you’ve received or produced to what you’ve spent… EVM looks at schedule, …

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