Do you really need an agile tool?

Posted on September 7th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Tool by siddharta || 1 Comment

A lot of people doing agile want to use an agile tool for a vague notion of “tracking stuff”.

They assume

  • That their execution will somehow be more “efficient” if a tool is used
  • That by spending a little bit (or lot) of money, it can replace the time and hard work required to get agile to work
  • That they can forget about process and do some other work

Well, if these are the reasons for using a tool, then I can confidently predict right now that your tool investment will fail.

There are many, many valid reasons to use a tool – where the tool can make a difference you could not do without it. But let’s be clear – all these reasons depend on your individual context, they do not universally apply for every team. Which is why you need to think carefully about your needs in a tool.

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5 Reasons Why Electronic Boards Are Better Than Physical Boards

Posted on July 5th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Tool, Tools For Agile by siddharta || 4 Comments

Yesterday I gave 5 reasons why physical boards are better than electronic boards.

But could an electronic board be better than a physical board? Sure.

Here are five reasons why:

  1. Collaborate with distributed teams: Lets face it. A large number of teams are globally distributed. Either the teams are split between locations, or there are multiple teams in different locations, or the management, stakeholders or customer is not co-located, or some team members sometimes work from home. Every which way, there are some people who need to know whats happening who aren’t going to be in the proximity of the physical board. Electronic boards are accessible from anywhere, giving remote teams and stakeholders the visibility needed to collaborate effectively.
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5 Reasons Why Physical Boards Are Better Than Electronic Boards

Posted on July 4th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Tool, Tools For Agile by siddharta || 10 Comments

"Kanban" via chrishuffmanPeople often ask whether it is better to use a physical board or an electronic board. The answer of course is that it depends. What is the context of the team and the project? How many team members? Are you distributed? and so on.

In this post, I’ll talk about five reasons why physical boards are better than electronic boards. Tomorrow, I’ll do the opposite, with five reasons why electronic boards are better than physical boards. Finally I’ll do a post on how to choose between the two.

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Project Management vs Project Intelligence

Posted on March 26th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean, presentation, Silver Catalyst, Silver Stories, Tool, Tools For Agile by siddharta || No Comment

A lot of emphasis in software development process is placed on project management – making a commitment, planning, and tracking everything so you ensure you don’t drift away from the plan. Funnily enough, many agile projects have also ended up with this ‘form’ of project management.

And don’t get me wrong, it is important not to screw up!

But, in the worry not to screw up, are we losing sight of the opportunity to get better? Do we understand what we are building? Do we know where our bottlenecks are? Are we best aligned to business needs?

So here we go – the showdown between Project Management and Project Intelligence:

Demo: Enterprise Kanban with Silver Stories

Posted on March 9th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean, Silver Stories, Tool by siddharta || 1 Comment

One of the core goals of Enterprise Kanban is to effectively link business with development teams, and to do this across multiple teams, stakeholders and initiatives. This alignment is hard to do, and that is where bigger picture techniques come into play. Some of these techniques are

Silver Stories is a product and portfolio management tool that enables you to apply these higher level concepts across multiple scrum or kanban teams.

Webinar

For this month’s webinar, we are going to do a free, early access demo that shows these concepts in action. Register for the Silver Stories demo here. The demo is on Wednesday, 23rd March at 10:30 PM IST (see time in other timezones)

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