The Continuous Improvement Cycle

Life is done of routines. A routine has a taste of contradiction: sometimes is boring sometimes means comfort, security, trust. Respect a routine implies discipline and recognition about the value we can get from that. In this post I would like to share my thoughts about the Continuous Improvement cycle. I think this is a basic concept you must understand once we enter in Agile and specially if we start planning to adopt a DevOps model to guide our development. Let’s pay attention to this positive loop.
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Why should we estimate?

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Why should we estimate? What are we considering when we do it? Yes, estimation accuracy is a matter of practice maintaining the same team constant. What and how can we estimate? We can do it all over hierarchy of requirements, since strategic levels until implementation ones. But essentially a good product planning should be done to slicing features maintaining product value and introducing complexity across the product development phases.

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Requirements hierarchy, what should be written per level and by whom

(Berlin, Germany) Sometimes the most obvious Agile concepts are not so easy to be applied when we need to make a practical usage of them. Specially if we need to bring into a consistent and common understanding a product or portfolio vision for later implementation. My goal with this post is to share a very personal opinion about how and whom should fulfill those Agile requirements levels.
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Portfolio Management: How can we capture and prioritize demand in a Lean and Agile approach?

(Düsseldorf, Alemanha) Estou no meu caminho de regresso a casa de fim de semana longo em Antuérpia, a cidade de Rubens, um centro logístico que foi reinventado ao longo do tempo, em uma adaptação permanente às mudanças da indústria moderna. Foi para mim uma grande inspiração para pensar em como podemos reinventar nossos produtos em cada ciclo de entrega, orientando recursos limitados para as iniciativas certas do portfólio, priorizando a demanda e permanentemente satisfazendo o cliente. A foto da capa é a estação central de Antuérpia, uma imagem muito boa , a meu ver, para ilustrar adaptação e coordenação.

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Kanban can be very useful during Agile Transformation

Some days ago I was in a Jeep for 8 passengers, plus 2 seats counting with the driver, with a suspension higher than usual, the normal safari jeep… a wild Indian elephant can be taller and bigger than this jeep… amazing… If the elephant is busy and we are not annoying him, he doesn’t pay attention to us. But if he is scared or nervous with something, he can be very aggressive with humans. This scene makes me think about Kanban as a possible introduction to Agile in the big corporations, big “elephants”. Sharing my thoughts with you about it! 🙂
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The reason why the applications and systems portfolio management methods do not fit more into the current business reality

(Antwerp, Belgium) I write to you from the city where the concept of logistics was reinvented over time, to talk about the management of systems portfolio and software requirements and how the most traditional methods are not consistent with the current reality.
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