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Join the Kanban Conversations!

KanbanIt has been an exciting 3 weeks since we launched the GA release of SwiftKanban.  Clearly, Kanban for software development and IT teams is being seen as the elusive weapon that promises to take Agile to the enterprise.  From the volume of queries and the common themes of the inquiries, it is clear Agile practitioners know what they are looking for and will be demanding the right solution to help them make the transition to being an Agile enterprise.

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Test-Automation

Kanban and Offshore Development

Kanban LeanI am often asked by conference attendees whether Kanban can be used with distributed and offshore teams. It seems that those newer to Kanban concepts are fascinated with pictures of white boards covered in sticky notes, or walls with index cards pinned to them representing work-in-progress (WIP). There seems to be a common assumption that Kanban started with collocated teams doing Agile software development. While some people can see the benefits of limiting WIP even for offshore or distributed teams, it isn’t obvious how it is achieved.

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Ready for Agile

Agility requires greater Discipline – Are you ready for it?

Tales of LeanFor long, we have heard complaints about Waterfall, CMMI, etc. The complaints vary from too much process to too much documentation to too much overhead, etc. The fact is that like everything else that has been around for a while, the spirit behind these standards/ certifications/ methodologies has been diluted over time. I know of instances where tons of backdated documentation is generated before the day of the CMMI audit! Much worse, we have all heard of instances where certificates are “bought” out.

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SaaS Survey

Is Agile ALM on SaaS for you?

Tales of LeanIn the last 2 years, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as a delivery model for corporate applications has found a significant amount of support.  In the aftermath of the 2008 economic crash worldwide, there has been a surge of interest in exploring the SaaS model for a variety of reasons – mainly around reducing up-front investment typically associated with on-premise license purchases (operating expenses vs. capital expenses), ease of getting up and running, the ability to opt-out if you didn’t like the software, and several others.

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When is a project too small or too short for ALM?

Tales of LeanTo my mind the phrase Application Lifecycle Management naturally means managing the lifecycle of an application. An application’s life begins humbly – with a request from a user or a customer, which fights for its survival amongst scores of similar requests.  Once it wins, an application – however small or large – gets implemented/ developed to meet that request.  Once deployed, an application has a life, the length of which is determined by a number of factors such as TCO and conformance to changing business requirements.  The moment these factors weigh against the application, out it goes…

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Agile Coach Camp

Digité Participates in Agile Coach Camp 2010

Tales of LeanDigite recently sponsored a team at the Agile Coach Camp (Goa, India) organized by ASCI (Agile Software community of India) where a good number of agile coaches and practitioners from various leading organizations and cities of India met in an open space format, to discuss various Agile coaching and implementation issues, as well as share notes on various flavors and practices of Agile being implemented in different organizations.

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Product Engineering depends on ALM Lifeline

Tales of LeanIf there is one team that epitomizes the ‘Structured Chaos, Unstructured Innovation’ mantra, it is the Digité Engineering team! Our daily churn across different engineering streams of new releases, maintenance and Patch Releases, as well as responding to Support and field issues are all done in a day’s work! As Director, Engineering at Digité, my job is to make sure we are all pulling in the same direction!

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What is the Vision – Agile or Agility?

Tales of LeanMy introduction to the Agile world goes back about 3 years. Charged with the new buzz of Agile, a team at Digité attended an Agile workshop conducted by a local Agile/ Scrum trainer. The first part of the workshop was really very exciting where the coach educated us on the Agile Manifesto. In the second half, we learned of various Scrum characteristics. At the end, the coach made a remark – ‘You will be an Agile Organization only if you follow ALL of the Scrum methods described in the workshop’.

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