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Mar142008

What is Agile? From QCon Confenece, March 2008

I went along with Charlie to the Agile Lane at the QCon Conference, in Westminster. Two very good speakers stood out and I've written up some notes on their take on agile working practices, below.



Roman Pichler





Historically:
Traditional Management style is Command and Control.
Where you have the Manager and the Subordinate.


The main problem here is that the manager becomes removed from the value stream.

New Perspective:
In Agile the triangle is inverted and we see bottom up.





And the six important things are:

Servant Leadership
Empirical Management
Empowerment
Quality First
Continuous Improvement
Standardisation

Transition to scrum, you must focus on:

Customer Needs
Removing Over-burden
Promoting team-work, creativity and collaboration
Clear the way of impediments


Rachel Davies:

Talked about agile practices as a mash-up of:

Scrum
XP
DSDM
Crystal
Lean

Some key attributes of agile:

Velocity
Test-Driven Development
User Stories
Agile Mash-ups
Retrospectives

Companies using agile usually a mixture of:




Components of scrum:

Sprint Review
Scrum
Product Increment
Sprint retrospective
Sprint burn down
Sprint goal
Prioritised backlog

Components of XP:

Index cards
Code Test
Programming on Pairs
Sit together
On site customer

Good things to introduce:

Retrospectives
Pre-planning
Planning
Development Sprint
Demo
Start Again...

Project boards with:

Stories
Tasks
In Progress
IN QA
Done



 

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