Velocity

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I was recently emailed asking how a group of teams might better measure their velocity. The exchange might be interesting to more folks, and I've posted it here in the case that it is useful: >> Awesome to have the conversation go a bit deeper. The definition...

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Definition of Done for Hardware Projects with longer release cycles

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I was recently emailed by a savvy Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) about the "Definition of Done for Hardware Projects with longer release cycles. e.g. Saab Fighter Jets." Kelley Harris writes:  >>I'd welcome your suggestions for adjusting the definition of done for hardware projects that have a...

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Agile 1.0, 2.0, 3.0

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Agile methods and frameworks gained popularity in all types of work, but far and away the majority of folks taking it on were initially software delivery teams. Searching for books on "Agile" now returns mostly software delivery team specific books. Later, agile in delivery teams...

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Creating a Case Study

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Team WIKISPEED is lucky enough to have been featured in several case studies, one of which has been picked up by the Harvard Business Review: http://hbr.org/product/team-wikispeed-developing-hardware-the-software-way/an/ES1391-PDF-ENG I work with many companies measuring the ROI of their agile practices, and mining their data for gems to repeat and...

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We Limit Our Materials

  |   Agile, Blog, Industry News, Learning, & Education, Test Driven Development, WIKISPEED Shop & Manufacturing, Xtreme Manufacturing   |   2 Comments

A core XM (eXtreme Manufacturing) practice is to only use materials that can be inexpensively iterated (re-made) in less than a week, and then choose the fewest number of different materials / processes practical in order to build deep experience quickly. Here's the list of stuff to...

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Calculating Business Value

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Business value for a for profit company is typically NPV or IROI. These can be calculated in very simple or sophisticated ways- such as monte carlo analysis of SWAT criteria with percentage bands of confidence. Business value for a non-profit company is typically an assessment of...

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The Agile Mindset

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Paul Takken of Xebia, a partner of my dayjob at Scrum Inc., and an Agile consultancy based in the Netherlands, sent me this note. It exudes the "Agile Mindset", a positivity in keeping with the 12 Agile Principles and 4 Agile Values from The Agile Manifesto (http://www.agilemanifesto.org/)....

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Inteligent Transitions In UX Design

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The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

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