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The Project-changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Backlog

I’m a sucker for organization trends. Earlier this year, I read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and cleaned my entire house in a matter of weeks under a strange neurotic spell. I threw away years of accumulated papers. I trashed expired cold medicine. I donated 4 …

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Tool Tip : Use Trello to generate burndowns automatically

After spending too much time fighting with various burndown templates, I have found a very friendly work-around that produces working burndowns for just about any task set up on a Trello board. If you aren’t familiar, Trello is a information mgmt service that allows you to create boards  with items that …

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Hard Lessons in Agile

Sometimes you have to feel pain to learn a lesson. This is true in life, love, and software development. When a team is new to agile development after years of waterfall development, sometimes people dogmatically adhere to the agile manifesto without adapting to unique organizational circumstances. I recently experienced this …

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Welcoming Changing Requirements

The Agile Manifesto is based on twelve principles (I’ve highlighted a couple – 2 and 12 – that are of the most interest for this post): Customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of useful software Welcome changing requirements, even late in development Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months) …

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Shovel Ready Requirements

I’ve seen a number of projects that follow a path something like this — gather requirements (there are a bunch of steps in here), do some pruning, flesh out requirements, do some more pruning, mark the requirements importance in some fashion (such as low/medium/high), get the document approved, and say …

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Join us at IIBA in Dallas Next Week

Betsy Stockdale will be presenting, ‘Requirements at the Speed of Thought’. Requirements in an agile world. Summary: In an agile world do we still need requirements? How do requirements change in a world of agile development methods? What skills and tools do business analysts need to thrive in this space? Dallas …

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Four Ways To Improve Agile Requirements Management

One of the challenges of Agile projects is ensuring that the requirements remain “Agile”. While software requirements are not necessarily neglected on Agile projects, an Agile project may erroneously take a waterfall approach to requirements. Here are some simple techniques to adapt your requirements management effort to an agile project. …

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