8 Types of Agile Contracts With Pictures

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In his book "Ten Contracts For Your Next Agile Project" (available at https://saat-network.ch/ten), Peter Stevens provides a wealth of information about Agile contracts, development risks, sourcing Agile vendors, guidance on choosing the most appropriate Agile contract, and more. In this article, I will briefly summarize eight of the ten contracts described in Stevens’ book that can be used for Agile contracts in the government sector.

The Successful Product Owner

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What makes a good Product Owner great? Consider the Pragmatic Marketing Framework below. Assume for a moment that this framework adequately outlines the skills, tasks, and tactics that a Product Owner may be responsible for while managing a technology product. What type of person would be able to do it? Aside from the vast number…

Why use customer experience metrics in Agile?

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The Agile community talks a lot about delivering Value and I mean A LOT. The first Principle of Agile has been “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software” and couple with the 7th principle “Working software is the primary measure of progress”, we see why in general…

Empiricism

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“Scrum is founded on empirical process control theory, or empiricism. Empiricism asserts that knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is known. Scrum employs an iterative, incremental approach to optimize predictability and control risk. Three pillars uphold every implementation of empirical process control: transparency, inspection, and adaptation." (Ken Schwaber and Jeff Southerland,…

Low-Code/No-Code

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For this edition of the Tech Blog, we will cover the topic of configured systems also known as "low-code/no-code" applications. It has become a bit of a buzz-term, but it is nothing dramatically new. The applications have matured and the marketing surrounding them have slightly changed. For over a decade, vendors have sold the message…

The Product Owner

The Role of Product Owner

The Product Owner (PO), is a position created during the early years when Scrum was conceptualized. The role and responsibilities materialized out of a reaction to heavy, big, up-front, rigid requirements gathering within traditional, heavily predictive, "waterfall" project management frameworks. It is one of three main roles within Scrum: Development Team, Scrum Master and Product…

Give Your Retrospective the Time It Deserves

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Retrospectives are incredibly valuable and if you’re not doing them regularly, you’re doing yourself and your team a great disservice. Assuming that your teams are actively engaged in development activity, you may not be maximizing the value to its full potential. Great retrospectives can rapidly turn a good team into an even better team, but…

Thinking like a Lean-Agile Coach

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Are you a lean-agile thinker? Do you want to be? Who are Lean-Agile Coaches and what do they do? Let's take a look at the role of Lean-Agile coaching and lean-agile thinking; starting with the "lean" side of things. Quality Systems thinking was introduced by Edward Deming in the mid 1950’s and 1960’s. While shunned…

Choosing an Agile Methodology

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With so many Agile methodologies out there it can be really tough to know which is the right one, and picking the right one is absolutely critical for your project. It’s critical because each has it’s own niche and each comes with it’s own weight and cost. It is so important that I can’t say…

Heart Monitor of the Agile Team

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Traditional project management places a strong emphasis on comprehensive metrics. The general thought is if you can’t measure it, then you can’t control it. While comprehensive metrics has its place, it’s often overused and adds unnecessary weight and complexity to a project. Our experience is the larger the organization, the more layers of metrics there…