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Rob Galanakis07/01/14
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What Does Your Product Owner Own?

Most product owners I’ve seen in the videogame industry are much closer to project managers than business owners. Their primary job is often the coordination, planning, and prioritization of the cross-team dependencies that the scaled-up nature of game development tends to create.

Whitney Baker06/29/14
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The Best of the Week (June 20): Agile Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Agile Zone (June 20 to June 27). This week's topics include software development terminology, lean startup tools, sprints, estimates and dealing with kids.

Johannes Brodwall06/28/14
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Pair programming with Sankalpa

One of my favorite ways to develop software is to do it together with others. Pair programming has always been a motivating and fun activity for me, but some pairings work better than others.

Dave Bush06/27/14
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Are We There Yet?

When my kids were young, my wife introduced a concept for this question that she got from her family that is so brilliant in its simplicity that I wonder that this isn’t common knowledge with all parents. Something they should tell you during Lamaze class.

Gil Zilberfeld06/26/14
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More #NoEstimates

There’s a problem with the assumption that we can “know” stuff. We can’t know stuff about the future. Guessing, or estimating, as we call it is the current alternative. To improve, we can at most try to forecast.

Bozhidar Bozhanov06/26/14
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How to Handle Incompetence

We’ve all had incompetent colleagues. People that tend to write bad code, make bad decisions or just can’t understand some of the concepts in the project(s). And it’s never trivial to handle this scenario.

Whitney Baker06/26/14
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Is Your Organization Ready for Agile?

In the latest of a series of posts examining Agile adoption in organizations and businesses, blogger Suzanne Miller takes a look at specific Agile practices and how they can be evaluated. She mostly talks about governmental organizations, but the evaluations are valuable for all organizations.

Chris Odell06/25/14
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Agile Decompiled: Sprints

One of the practices in the Scrum methodology is the sprint. A sprint is a short time frame in which to get the most functionality in a product within the time frame.

Angela Ashenden06/25/14
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A Digital Strategy is a Data Strategy

Since we published our Digital Enterprise Shift report a few months ago I’ve been involved in quite a few conversations about “Digital strategy”. What is a Digital strategy? Is it a “one size fits all” thing? What does it mean to an organisation and its business?

Fabio Radin06/25/14
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Practical Change Management for IT Projects

When changes shock your company!

Dustin Marx06/24/14
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I Don't Think That Software Development Word Means What You Think It Means

There are several terms used inappropriately or incorrectly in software development. In this post, I look at some of these terms and the negative consequences of misuse of these terms.

Lukasz Szyrmer06/24/14
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The Best Lean Startup Tool in My Experience

There’s a specific agile tool which I think every early-stage product team should use, regardless of whether they’re following the Lean Startup methodology. Lean Startup drew its roots from agile software development.

Michael Norton06/24/14
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Inflexible Agility

We say people over process and talk about nothing but process. We debate the merits of XP, Scrum (ala .org or alliance), kanban, SAFe, and DAD. We debate the value of specific practices. Now and then, you'll even hear someone proclaim, "If you are not doing [insert random practice], then you are not agile."

Whitney Baker06/22/14
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The Best of the Week (June 13): Agile Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Agile Zone (June 13 to June 20). This week's topics include accountability, pair programming, fitness and coding, agility as an idea and organizational structure.

Jonathan Levene06/21/14
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Creating a Culture of Quality

Every product company wants to delight customers with a high-quality product, and many engineering organizations naturally focus on process improvements to reach quality goals. But organizational culture eats strategy and process for breakfast. So how do you create a culture of quality?

Gil Zilberfeld06/20/14
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When I started my career as a software developer, there was a running joke in the company. For each level of management, we should multiply an estimation by 1.3.

Mike Cottmeyer06/20/14
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Agile Assessments

When working with a team or organization, an assessment can be introduced as a tool to assist in guiding an agile transformation and team improvement. For me as a coach, it’s an invaluable mechanism to communicate the transformation strategy and to measure progress.

Roman Pichler06/19/14
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The Product Owner's Guide to the Sprint Retrospective

The sprint retrospective is an opportunity to pause for a short while and reflect on what happened in the sprint. This allows the attendees to improve their collaboration and their work practices to get even better at creating a great product.

Anh Tuan Nguyen06/19/14
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How to Increase Productivity

Unlocking productivity is one of the bigger concerns for any person taking a management role. However, people rarely agree on the best approaches to improve performance.

Chris Odell06/18/14
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Agile Decompiled: Pair Programming

Like many agile practices my personal opinion is that pair programming should be seen as another tool in your coding toolbox. When a hammer is the appropriate tool to use, use it.

Mike Cottmeyer06/18/14
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Gluten-Free Agile

Like gluten free, everyone tosses around the word “Agile”so readily from the boardroom to the server room.

Johanna Rothman06/18/14
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Tips for Improving Your Geographically Distributed Agile Team

At the Better Software/Agile Development conference a couple of weeks ago, I gave a talk entitled At Least Five Tips for Improving Your Geographically Distributed Agile Team.

John Sonmez06/17/14
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Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously

If you are reading this blog post, you are probably a software developer. Now, it might be that you are working on a very important piece of a software system that will save lives or completely change the world but chances are, you are not.

Dennis Doomen06/17/14
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The Staring Game AKA The Art of Social Intelligence

So here I am in New York, all alone and looking for something fun to do during a rainy day preceding QCon New York. The Empire State Building was covered in clouds so what can you do?

Bob Hartman06/16/14
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Org Structure, Software Architecture, and Cross-functional Teams

Your organizational structure drives a particular software architecture. And your software architecture drives a particular organizational structure. People who work closely together and communicate frequently will create software that reflects this and vice versa.