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Methods

Burning Up Construction Projects: Why Not?

by Massimo Longo

Project management in construction follows traditional planning methods to communicate project schedules. The objective of this article is to show how agile tools like burnup and burndown charts help communicate project timeline and progress.

Agoraphobia: The Fear and Loathing of Open-Space Offices

by Mike Griffiths

Agile methods recommend co-location and face-to-face communications, but studies of office workers show high levels of dissatisfaction with open-plan environments. So, how do we make agile work and minimize the issues surrounding open-plan environments?

Principles

Is Agile Working for Your Project?

by Johanna Rothman

Is agile working for your team? Do standups feel like micromanagement? Are people missing commitments because they are spread across projects? If people are going through the motions of agile and aren't happy about it, use these five key questions to help.

Agility and Postponing Decisions: Why and How

by Gil Broza

Did you know that agile has an explicit and core principle guiding decision making? You can’t be agile without following it. It’s called “deferring decisions to the last possible moment."

Practices

Are You Missing Out on the Benefits of Kanban?

by Vandana Roy

Kanban has become popular in the software development world--but is used very selectively. Developers are missing real opportunities to better serve customers in both software operations projects and in new development projects. Here we cover the core principles of Kanban that can be applied to any project where improved quality and throughput are desired.

The Agile Business Analyst: Working Toward Product Ownership

by Joy Beatty, David Gardner, Candase Hokanson

You’re a hardworking, successful business analyst (BA), and have just been told your organization is “going agile.” Perhaps you’ve heard a few details about the types of roles involved in an agile development environment, but nothing that really depicts how a BA fits into this new atmosphere. So what does this shift in your organization mean for you?

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