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Agile for Startups (MIT Guest Lecture Slides)

Agile for Startups (MIT Guest Lecture Slides)

MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center asked me to give an Agile Product Management workshop for their Hacking IAP course. The course is a special seminar in management they’re doing for MIT student entrepreneurs. It takes place over the IAP (January) term and is open to all MIT students that have startups already underway. The first week of […]

Kanban is the New Scrum

Kanban is the New Scrum

Maybe it’s all the time I spend with startups, but while I strongly value Scrum’s ideas behind self-organizing teams & continual feedback – I can’t help but feel Kanban represents the next level of agility, giving us more flexibility and capitalizing on the lessons we’ve learned from Lean. Scrum A lot of people tend to […]

Agile Vs. Lean: Yeah Yeah, What’s the Difference?

Agile Vs. Lean: Yeah Yeah, What’s the Difference?

Is Agile the same as Lean? When people say “agile” do they really mean Scrum? Or do people still use different types of agile – and if so, why? Been getting a lot of questions lately, so thought I’d take a stab at this… Lean Lean comes from Lean Manufacturing and is a set of […]

Are We Agile Yet?

Are We Agile Yet?

I read somewhere that a large number of software teams think they’re Agile because they do Daily Scrums. Now I don’t like to get religious, and I certainly don’t believe you have to follow some list of Ten Specific Practices to “Be Agile.” But I do think that sometimes companies get a little overly anxious […]

Poka-Yoke Your Code

Poka-Yoke Your Code

Mary Poppendieck tells this great story about when the manufacturing plant she worked for transitioned to Lean. When they started, she says, they had this separate QA group whose job it was to find defects in the products after they were already made (sound familiar?). But then they took these QA folks and moved them […]

Where Does Developer Testing End and Tester Testing Begin?

Where Does Developer Testing End and Tester Testing Begin?

Thanks so much to all of the awesome people who attended Nate Oster & I’s workshop at Agile 2009. You can also click here to view as slide show We used games and ideas to look at how testers and programmers can really work together on agile projects in ways that makes sense on our […]

Why You Should Let Your Developers Surf

Why You Should Let Your Developers Surf

A lot of managers don’t think twice about every day things that slow down developers… • Slow or unstable development machines • Delays from business folks in clarifying requirements • Little to no feedback on the product until it’s already “done” • Loss of focus from repeated interruptions And yet, these same managers will often […]