Category Archives: Agile for Software Development

Clear Agile Speak During a Muddy Easter

By Brian Lucas This one is for all the children who did not have an Easter to remember! “Speak clearly, if you speak at all…” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Jane, an IT friend of mine, who was in town, joined … Continue reading

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Taking a Timeout in Agile!

By Brian Lucas This one is for Denise.  See I told you so! “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” –Sydney J. Harris Don’t be misled! Agile methods are mainstream! Forrester Research reported in 2010 … Continue reading

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Simple Agile Stepwise Refinement

By Brian Lucas The one is for everyone who has the opportunity of giving a helping hand and a kind word to someone in need… and does so! “Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but … Continue reading

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Promote Ideas Not People!

This one is for all the entrepreneurs who have the sense and the courage to reinvent the enterprise and build a better future for everyone without exploiting the workforce in amassing undeserved wealth. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss … Continue reading

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STOP THE INSANITY OF DOGMATIC THINKING IN AGILE!!!

By Brian Lucas This one is for everyone who struggles to change the dogmatic processes that the ignorant employ in a futile attempt to control what they don’t truly understand. “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” ― Rupertus … Continue reading

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Turning Damnable Iteration into Elegant Stepwise Refinement in Agile

By Brian Lucas This one is dedicated to “little Buddy” who passed on before he got a chance to live and “little Bear” in the hope he will live long and in the infinite happiness of puppy-hood all his life. … Continue reading

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Epics, Story Mapping and Kanbans Make a Unified Agile View

By Brian Lucas This one is dedicated to the lovely Jennifer, my dear and loyal friend, who found inspiration, dared to be creative and discovered a new world of possibilities.  Your future has a bright star! “When we try to … Continue reading

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Rules, Rules Everywhere and Never an Agilist in Sight!

By Brian Lucas This one is dedicated to my dear friend Pat – always a friend in deed!” “There are no rules here — we’re trying to accomplish something.” – Thomas Edison This is one of my favorite quotes of … Continue reading

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Sowing Agile Seeds in the User Community!

By Brian Lucas This one is for sweet Penelope. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” –Sun-tzu The quote is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that many in IT feel the user community is the enemy.  This post … Continue reading

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A Certification does not an Agilist Make

By Brian Lucas This one is for Elaine of the golden hair.  Angels above blush at thy beauty. “Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature … Continue reading

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Is Agile Really Mission Impossible?

By Brian Lucas “Your mission should you decide to accept it…” voice of Robert Cleveland “Bob” Johnson. Acted to the theme music of Lalo Schifrin, is Agile really mission impossible?  You are in a tense situation.  Profits are down or non-existent. … Continue reading

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What Every CIO Should Know about Agile Architectures

By Brian Lucas Agile concepts, techniques and technologies are much in demand today.  Many organizations have astounding success with agile, while others experience failure, sometimes horrifically.  Usually agile fails in these cases from improper application of the concepts or lack … Continue reading

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My Agile Bookshelf

By Brian Lucas To all my loyal readers and hopefully many more new ones; you have asked many times for agile book recommendations.  Well here they are!  I usually purchase ecopies of books like this since they are easier to … Continue reading

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Is Agile a Return to Common Sense?

By Brian Lucas “Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.” –Harriet Beecher Stowe A  post of mine, “HCM, HIM and Agile are Perfect Together“, had the following reply from Dave Francavilla: Brian, Very … Continue reading

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Using Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server to Your Agile Best

By: Dave Smith and Brian Lucas Since I posted the first set of tips about TFS usage for agile, I received so many requests for additional information that my friend and colleague Dave and I happily collaborated on a list … Continue reading

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Tips for Using Microsoft TFS with Agile

By Brian Lucas While I don’t, as a policy, generally make product recommendations; I do feel comfortable offering tips and tricks about a particular tools use.  Particularly a very popular one.  Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS) is very popular and … Continue reading

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What do you do with an entrenched skeptic?

By Brian Lucas “Facts are stubborn things; whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – JOHN ADAMS What can you do when someone honestly doesn’t … Continue reading

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A Simple Definition of Kanban Leads to Agile Productivity

By Brian Lucas “If you seek the kernel, then you must break the shell…” – Meister Eckhart I was discussing Kanban the other day with several people who were very confused by the concepts.  One viewed it as Kanban vs. … Continue reading

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Scott Ambler on The Glacial Methodology™ Workshop: A Data-Centric Software Development Process

I love a tongue in cheek satire especially about dogmatically held beliefs.  Here is a great one by Scott Ambler.  It could readily be applied to those who believe in creating copious amounts of documentation and following a waterfall process instead … Continue reading

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Agile Savings versus Traditional Methods

By Brian Lucas Time-to-market savings realized by agile methods comes from many different aspects of agile’s natural mechanisms and flows.  Most of these have a combined effect that contributes even greater economies.  To begin with let us look at two … Continue reading

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Debunking the Case Against Agile

By Brian Lucas “A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.”  William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist. The Case Against Agile: Ten Perennial Management Objections, which was … Continue reading

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My first agile project

By Brian Lucas “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao-tzu I have received so many emails and phone calls (how did all these people get my cell phone number) since I started this blog.  The majority … Continue reading

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When to use epic user stories

By Brian Lucas One day a traveler, walking along a lane, came across 3 stonecutters working in a quarry. Interested to find out what they were working on, he asked the first stonecutter what he was doing. “I am cutting … Continue reading

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So what is Agile?

By Brian Lucas I am dedicating my first post to Michael Milutis, who encouraged me to begin blogging and sharing the small store of wisdom I have gathered over the years.  Here’s to you Mike! “By three methods we may … Continue reading

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