Archive for the ‘Agile Development’ Category

  • Agile…for non-software development

    on Jun 4, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 2 Comments

    Ever had to work on a “special” project and really didn’t know where to start? A team I worked with was faced with this not too long ago…we had to put together a complete business plan for our products. This complete business plan included understanding everything about your business, and I mean everything…average deal size, average discount per deal, regional breakdown of deals, deals with multiple products included, SWOT, positioning, and so on. There was a ton of information we needed to pull together in a relatively short time, and we really didn’t know the

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  • Stand-ups

    on May 27, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    I’m starting to get my feet wet with Twitter…I’ll admit I was (perhaps still am) a little sceptical, but it did inspire me to write this short blog on something that, for those who have been practising Agile for some time, tend to take for granted…the stand-ups. While this topic has probably been blogged to death, here is my perspective on what the stand-up (or scrum) should be. First and foremost, keep it short…if it goes longer than 15 minutes, then something is wrong. Have a clock in the room so that you start on

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  • Why This PM Likes Agile

    on May 15, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    As a Product Manager, I’m a huge fan of Agile. Sure there are the obvious issues to contend with such as trying to nail down an exact date to release the product, or the fact that it doesn’t work real well with larger development teams, or that it can suffer the classic, “that’s not how we used to do things” syndrome. In my opinion, these all pale in comparison to the benefits that I, as a PM, get from Agile. First, is there anything cooler than showing a totally awesome new feature to a customer

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  • Using Iteration Offsets in Agile Development

    on Mar 9, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    I thought for today’s topic I would delve into something that many organizations have to confront when moving to Agile that is, how to structure their iterations. Many organizations will find that iterations work better if development, testing, and documentation are all done within the same iteration period. Other organizations prefer to offset the testing and/or documentation ½ or a full iteration period after the development is complete. Having lived through both, I thought it might be useful to briefly list the good, and not so good of iteration offsetting. First the good: * Testing

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  • How Pervasive is Agile?

    on Dec 15, 08 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    I like statistics. I always have and always will. I remember manually keeping track of all the statistics for my favourite baseball team by going through the box scores everyday in the newspaper (obviously this was well before the internet came around).  I would manually calculate batting average, slugging percentage, strikeouts per 9  innings and so on. Yup, I lived a pretty exciting youth! Anyways, that love for statistics continued with me, but now I like to know things like how much snow has fallen overnight, and how much more we can expect over the

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