Agile Thinking: Continuous Improvement – ScrumMaster 1.0 to 2.0

by Avienaash Shiralige July 14, 2014

Readers, Our “Agile Thinking” series is focussed on bringing agility into our thinking as this helps in moving from Doing-Agile to Being-Agile. You can read our earlier article in this series Agile Thinking: Stop Starting, Start Finishing. This post talks about continuous improvement and obviously this can be applied everywhere irrespective of it is a […]

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Agile Thinking : Stop Starting, Start Finishing

by Shrikant Vashishtha March 28, 2014

Limiting “Work in Process” (WIP) items is one of key ideas of Kanban. A natural outcome of it, inherently coming from Lean philosophy is to stop starting and start finishing. By having too many work in process items, it looks like everybody is busy but there is no functional outcome for the end user. So, […]

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Webinar: How to Scale Agile using SAFe Framework

by Avienaash Shiralige February 12, 2014

Scrum and XP have been working well for small teams. That works fabulously for small organizations. However implementing the same for large project portfolios, having teams with 100+ developers has remained very challenging from organization perspective. There are many challenges while working with large teams like: Breaking silos/departments in large organizations Requirements focused on changes […]

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Improve Sprint Throughput with “Definition of Ready”

by Shrikant Vashishtha January 31, 2014

Teams are obsessive towards better customer satisfaction and rightly so. High team throughput is one of the important ingredients towards better customer satisfaction. Before we move further, let’s look at what throughput means in business context. According to Wikipedia: “Throughput can be best described as the rate at which a system generates its products / […]

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How To Do Effective Capacity Planning on The Scrum Team

by Avienaash Shiralige January 17, 2014

During sprint planning, scrum teams often face this challenge of sprint commitments. How many stories can we commit in this sprint? How to plan for the team capacity? I ask teams to do commitment driven planning during early stages of scrum adoption.  For you to commit to a sprint goal, you need to know current team capacity. Team […]

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Scrum Teams: Slow Down, to Go Fast Later

by Avienaash Shiralige January 7, 2014

Being two months away from my passion – agile coaching, I was exploring my other interests like un-schooling my kid, learning by traveling, and spent time experiencing natural birth. I was wondering if I should share this experience on this blog which is focussed only on Agile. But being agile is about doing different experiments and […]

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Story Point Mapping with Hours – Key Ingredient to Burnouts?

by Shrikant Vashishtha September 8, 2013

This is based on a true story of a project I was involved in and that was also the first ever Agile projects I worked on. As I came from straight from waterfall background and didn’t have enough Agile experience, it made a lot of sense to us to map a story point with number […]

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When BDD (Behaviour Driven Development) may not work?

by Shrikant Vashishtha September 2, 2013

For quite some time there have been talks on using BDD in order to have: Better collaboration between Business Analysts (BAs), developers and testers. A common domain language for functional testing and for defining functional acceptance criteria, which everybody in the team understands. Why BDD? BDD offers following advantages: Ability to write test cases (scenarios) […]

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Drive Innovation By Creating Communities of Practice

by Avienaash Shiralige August 30, 2013

In my last post, I discussed about sustainable pace and how nation and organisation culture comes in its way. One of the issues often found is people on scrum teams being too focussed and busy on the projects and having no time for their own research, self-study, upgrading themselves on new things etc.  This leads to lesser […]

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Sustainable Pace: Does Culture Play Any Role At All ?

by Avienaash Shiralige August 12, 2013

  Striving to bring agility into the organisation to adapt to changing business conditions is leading people to lose sleep and stretch more than before in some organisations. Agile thought leaders definitely envisioned this and hence recognised sustainability as one of the agile principles.   To run a long distance you need to find a […]

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Agile Testing: An Approach to Achieve Quality Sooner

by Avienaash Shiralige July 17, 2013

Often I hear from testing folks one question. How can I apply Agile for testing? Local optimisation has been the bane of software development – viewing it from his/her activity perspective and not just as a whole. Let’s see how agile principles can be seen through testing angle? Image Source:

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Agile is Not Ad hoc

by Avienaash Shiralige May 19, 2013

Recently, I was asked to attend a leadership meeting in a company. They had representations from different business units and groups. When we hit the topic of agility within the organisation, one of the directors immediately jumped into the conversation and said his projects are very agile in nature. That made me curious and I […]

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Metrics to Build Great Agile Teams: Measure Influence, Not Control

by Avienaash Shiralige April 30, 2013

Couple of weeks back, I noticed an incident that triggered this post. Senior Management in a company applauded people for showing individual heroics on the project. Some of them were: Staying late in office to address a client request? Responding to project emails at late night.. Rewarding testers on number of bugs found and more. […]

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Story Points and Man Hours – When To Use Them and Why?

by Avienaash Shiralige March 28, 2013

The debate about why story points why not time goes on wherever I go for conducting coaching workshops. Hence I thought of sharing few more thoughts today. Previously we had sizing techniques like Function Point Analysis, but it was tough to understand/implement by everyone and hence was restricted to experts ONLY. But estimation is an […]

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Story Mapping and/vs Process Maps

by Shrikant Vashishtha February 12, 2013

One of the key philosophies of Agile software development is to have information radiators visible on the wall so that the progress of the team as well as what team currently is working on gets clearly visible to anybody who visits to the team area. That includes stakeholders, project managers, team or anybody from the […]

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