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? 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. Continue reading “Why should we estimate?”
(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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A backlog is a very important asset for an Agile Team. It becomes even more important for a company who understands its value and is able to demand for high quality content and well organized backlogs. Continue reading “How can we define a good Backlog?”
Let’s try to understand what is a Backlog and all value behind this organized list of work by epics and stories shaping the product strategy.
(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.
Some time ago, a person told me “Marta I don’t like most of Agile coach because they are like religious radicals.” This week, in a Buddhist temple I saw this role. It made me wonder, what is really about agile thinking? Continue reading “What does it mean to think Agile or Agile Thinking?”
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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(In my way to Holidays) – During a long flight, I read about Greek mythology and I found it interesting and funny because I realized how Hercules, the Greek hero was already aware of the Kanban secrets 🙂 to achieve his challenges. Let’s speak about Kanban!
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(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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(Antwerp, Belgium) -Today I’m writing from a typical Portuguese cafeteria 🙂 . The theme of the breakfast will be: values we can expect from a servant leader.
Mainly 4 values or attitudes:
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- Coherence between words and actions
- Looking for continuous improvement
- Inspire to create the best version of ourselves
- Check over time and intelligent questions