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We’ve all heard the maxim change is difficult.  The reasons that change is hard are far too numerous to discuss in a single blog posting.  My intent here is to specifically focus on organizational agile transformations and the difficulty of
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Download the #agile  checklist to help you get started with or scale your efforts. http://bit.ly/1zsk7sB 
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We want to thank all of our CoderDojo peeps here in Atlanta! You truly made 2014 a special year. Keep on coding! 
 
Thank you to all the CoderDojo ninjas & volunteers that showcased their projects and helped out at the CoderDojo stand at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Also a big congrats to all the BT Young Scientist participants and winners!
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The Agile Manifesto values “Individuals and Interactions” over “Process and Tools.”  I suspect it was no accident that this was listed first.  Lack of communication, miscommunication, or the mistaken presumption that communication has occurred, are the root cause of many
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5 reasons why 49% of #agile  projects fail – and how you can avoid it. http://ow.ly/FSxD5 +Jeff Sutherland 
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Winter 2015 Release Announcement: Align Enterprise Delivery to Business Strategy http://www.versionone.com/release/2015/winter/ 

Scale agile initiatives easier. The latest enhancements in VersionOne's Winter Release enable project and portfolio managers to view, prioritize, forecast and align projects from the highest business initiatives to execution. #projectmanagement   #portfoliomanagement   #agile   #agileprojectmanagement  
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Agile is NOT for You! http://blogs.versionone.com/agile_management/2015/01/26/agile-is-not-for-you/ 
Guest post from +Daniel Gullo - Apple Brook Consulting

You are talking with two consultants about how to transform your organization into an Agile development company so that you can go faster and keep ahead of your competitors.

You explain to them that your stakeholders have a need to know what is going on and to that end, there are reports that need to be created. Furthermore, your product is governed by Sarbanes-Oxley controls, which absolutely MUST be followed. Funding for your projects is allocated two to three years in advance and is based on detailed estimates, which are in turn derived from the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for the project. None of this can change.

You continue to explain that the teams are geographically distributed across four continents and 10 time zones and that restructuring the teams and bringing the teams together, even just for release planning is not possible. Your organization also has no budget to buy things like webcams, additional monitors, team rooms, or even open wall space.

The ScrumMaster in your organization will be “in charge” of 10 to 15 teams and may have other responsibilities as well. Also, the “Product Owner” is really in charge of an entire business unit and won’t be writing any User Stories, so the business analysts will need to be a “Product Owner Proxy” for each team.

After spending 20 minutes relating all of this (and more) to the consultants, including how none of this is negotiable, you ask, “So, what are your thoughts on the best way to implement Agile development here?”

There is silence.

After what seems like an eternity, one of the consultants clears his throat and says “Agile development is NOT for you.”

Did you really just hear that??? Doesn’t this guy get it? Is he really so independently wealthy that he is going to throw away the money that is on the table??

…read the rest of the blog post here: http://blogs.versionone.com/agile_management/2015/01/26/agile-is-not-for-you/

#agile   #agileatscale   #versionone  
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Webinar recording: Adopt and Implement Agile Project Management http://bit.ly/14VgiAw #agile   #agileprojectmanagement   #webinar   #agilelearning   #scrum   #projectmanagement  
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Check out the latest 3-part blog series from Agile Coach, Susan Evans: 99 Problems But a Coach Ain’t One  http://blogs.versionone.com/agile_management/2015/01/05/99-problems-but-a-coach-aint-one-part-1-of-3/ #agile   #agileprojectmanagement   #agileleadershipdevelopment   #agilecoach   #agilecoaching  +Susan Evans 
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After 30 years of agile experience, +Lowell Lindstrom knows a thing or two about scaling agile to the enterprise. Hear what he has to say in this video: http://www.infoq.com/interviews/agile2014-lindstron-versionone +InfoQ  #projectmanagement   #agileprojectmanagement   #agile   #scalingagile  
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Webinar: #Agile ROI Part 1: Business Case for Agility http://ow.ly/GfSXp #agilepm 
How can agile practices reduce costs, reduce risk, reduce waste and improve my ROI? Too many technology projects fail to deliver on the promised value and some don’t deliver at all. This webcast will discuss the concept of agile business value and why companies are adopting agil.
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VersionOne helped pioneer the agile management tool in 2002 – way before it was the cool thing to do in the software development market. Today we remain the only enterprise software company that has been 100% dedicated to agile life cycle management since day one. Our mission, and associated company tagline, Agile Made Easier, is to simplify the process of software delivery via the industry’s most open, comprehensive agile life cycle management platform. From customer engagement to planning and tracking to source code integration, our goal is to help organizations scale their agile initiatives faster, easier, and smarter.