Friday, June 17, 2011

The Agile Spirit

All Agile methods are guided by the Agile Manifesto and the Agile Principles. The Agile Manifesto takes 8 aspects of software development and compares the focus they should receive. A way to check if the Agile spirit is present is to bring a development team, management and stakeholders together. Write these 8 aspects on sticky notes as shown in Figure 5 and randomly put them on a flip-over or whiteboard. Then have every participant divide 5 marks over these aspects, reflecting his personal sense of value of these aspects in reaching the project goal (a happy customer). You can try this exercise for yourself. Which 5 aspects have you marked?

Figure 5: Agile Values Exercise

Friday, June 3, 2011

ScrumUP Fairytale - Part 3

The Soup Stone – 3: An empty square…

The people all look tired and skinny. The houses are decaying and the farmland looks bare although there are crops growing on it. There seems to be a lot of poverty in this curious place.