Category Archives: Agile Methodologies

7th Annual State of Agile Development Survey

7th Annual State of Agile Development Survey

7th Annual State of Agile Development Survey

VersionOne’s 7th Annual State of Agile Development Survey is out and includes some very interesting stats/results, including:

  • 3 out of 4 respondents said that their agile projects where successful.
  • 90% of respondents said that implementing agile improved their ability to manage changing priorities
  • 70% are reporting faster time to completion using agile methods
  • 90% of respondents said implementing agile improved their ability to manage changing priorities
  • Scrum/Scrum variants are still the most popular agile methodology in use (72% of respondents)

7 Agile Myths That Could Cost You Your Job & Reputation

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. “

Winston Churchill

The famous writer Mark Twain once said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

In other words, what we think we know can sometimes keep us from knowing what we need to know.

Let me demonstrate this by asking you a simple question:

What animal is king of the jungle?

Everyone knows the correct answer is “Lion”, right?

But there’s a fundamental flaw with this answer.

Do you know what it is?

The fundamental flaw is . . .

Lions don’t live in the jungle.

They never have.

Their natural habitat is, and has always been, the savannah and grasslands. And although they might occasionally venture into the bush or forest, most lions have never seen a jungle, let alone been in one.

That’s an example of how what we think we know can prevent us from knowing what we need to know.

So before we take a look at the techniques and strategies that will give you more power & influence in your organisation and greater control over your career, let’s start by first dispelling 7 common Agile myths that could cost you your job and reputation.

How Spotify Makes Millions Using This Unique Approach to Agile

Over the weekend, music streaming service Spotify launched a web browser based beta version of it’s popular Windows and Mac apps

And when it is fully live, it could open Spotify up to another big growth boom from a whole new set of users beyond the 15 million early adopters (4 million of which pay) who currently use its mobile and desktop clients.

So what’s the secret to staying lean, mean and ahead of the competition when you’re a fast growing innovative company with rumoured year end revenues in the region of $500 million and ongoing expansion beyond the 17 countries where the service is currently available?

How to Reduce Bugs & Significantly Cut Costs on Agile Projects

Although understanding and defining user requirements is fundamental to delivering successful agile projects, this is often one of the hardest areas to get right.

In this video Ken Pugh from NetObjectives explains the Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) method for clarifying user requirements, improving quality and significantly cutting development costs.

How to Resolve Testing Bottlenecks on Agile Projects

Anyone who’s worked on agile projects will know how hard it can be to run tests in agile environments. One reason is because test cases are not always automate-able. Another reason is because sometimes tests can fall outside the current sprint.

In this video agile consultant Bob Galen shares some proven techniques for making agile testing easier.

(This interview was originally recorded at the Agile Development Conference and Better Software Conference West in Las Vegas. For more information on the conferences, please visit: http://www.sqe.com/conferences/)