Agile hip surgery?

I’m always looking for uses of agile in areas outside of software development.  This one is from my personal life.  I have struggled for the past 8+ years with chronic osteoarthritis of my left hip.  For a while it could be controlled with medication and the occasional corticosteroid inject (yes, I was ineligible for the

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Agile Architecture and Agile Testing – New Courses on the horizon

Exciting news!  Some associates of mine are currently completing work on some new courses Agile For All will be able to offer.  The two courses are Agile Architecture and Agile Testing.  In fact, it is really three courses because Agile Testing has a version that is all about using FIT (Framework for Integrated Testing) and

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Agile for Business Analysts

This past week I was fortunate enough to be a speaker at the Agile Development Practices show in Orlando, Florida.  I had a great time while I was there.  I was even asked to be part of a 3-member panel sponsored by Borland to speak about agile transitions.  I was honored by the invitation to the

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Testing to find defects is waste

Have you ever heard someone say that testing to find defects is waste?  I’ve heard it and I’ve said it when teaching courses. But people aren’t hearing the whole

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Agile teams and Microsoft Outlook – churn, baby, churn!

Many agile organizations use Microsoft Outlook as their email client of choice.  I have to admit that I do as well (full disclosure – I actually use Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate Edition which contains pretty much all the MS Office programs).  So what’s the

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Agile Project Leadership Network in Denver

I’m getting ready to leave for Boston and the SD Best Practices conference so this blog entry is short and not really about agile in general.  On Tuesday, October 21 a meeting was held to see if it made sense to start an APLN chapter in the Denver area.  The answer was a resounding YES! 

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Agile and various bodies of knowledge (PMBOK and BABOK)

In case you aren’t aware, there are at least two international organizations which have created impressive bodies of knowledge.  The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA – www.iiba.org) and the Project Management Institute (PMI – www.pmi.org) have created the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) and Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) respectively.  Both

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Why Unit Test-Driven Development is Important

People have written a ridiculous amount about the advantages of test-driven development.  I won’t even bother linking to articles about it, just Google it and you’ll see about a million hits.  What almost none of those articles talk about is how unit-test driven development can help in an agile environment where acceptance testing is

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