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Thomas Perry
Advisor

The Magic Box

by Thomas Perry

When we look at an organization as a whole and ask ourselves where we can make the biggest improvement, it’s probably not in the development process. If the developers are using Agile, they have already made gains simply by adopting the time box. There are certainly things that can be improved, but I would argue that the real opportunity for improvement lies in the remainder of the organization that is often operating with little or no observable process at all.


Jens Coldewey
Advisor

On Agile Organizations

by Jens Coldewey

Having an Agile organization attracts a different type of employee, guarantees Agile market behavior, and is fun to work in. It is a sufficient precondition to resilience and fast market reaction, but not a necessary one.


Executive Report

Negotiating from the Corner, Second Edition

by Moshe Cohen

Everyone loves to negotiate from a position of power. It is satisfying, easy, and fun to play the game when you hold all the aces in your hand. It is much more challenging to try and negotiate effectively when you have a disadvantage in power, when the other party is bigger, better funded, and more experienced or has access to information that you cannot obtain. In such circumstances, it is easy to be intimidated by your relative lack of power and give up on trying to meet your objectives in the negotiation, effectively surrendering the little power you still have to the other side. This Executive Report begins by looking at how power perceptions can affect the outcome. The report then details the factors that affect your actual negotiating power position. It concludes by presenting six principles you can use to exert more influence on the matter and meet your interests more effectively.


Negotiations
Executive Summary

Negotiating from the Corner, Second Edition (Executive Summary)

by Moshe Cohen

Everyone loves to negotiate from a position of power. It is satisfying, easy, and fun to play the game when you hold all the aces in your hand. It is much more challenging to try and negotiate effectively when you have a disadvantage in power, when the other party is bigger, better funded, and more experienced or has access to information that you cannot obtain. In such circumstances, it is easy to be intimidated by your relative lack of power and give up on trying to meet your objectives in the negotiation, effectively surrendering the little power you still have to the other side. The accompanying Executive Report begins by looking at how power perceptions can affect the outcome. The report then details the factors that affect your actual negotiating power position. It concludes by presenting six principles you can use to exert more influence on the matter and meet your interests more effectively.


Sebastian Hassinger
Advisor

Challenges to Agile Analytics

by Sebastian Hassinger

The most common pressures driving Agile data analytics investments are data stored in silos and poor data quality impacting decision making. Both complaints betray the burden of legacy business systems and analytics. Data in back-end IT systems is very often difficult to access, difficult to integrate, difficult to normalize, and therefore difficult to harness to answer the questions posed by the business. Mired in these inflexible and out-of-date sources of data, the efforts to create front-end tools and reports will have limited success.


Bhuvan Unhelkar
Advisor

Agile Organizational Transformation

by Bhuvan Unhelkar

The transformation to an Agile culture starts with an understanding of what we mean by culture.


David Bernstein
Executive Update

QA Is Dead; Long Live QA

by David Bernstein

Rather than having a team of testers manually testing the code for defects, invest in writing good auto­mated tests that can validate that each feature works as expected. When this happens, testers won’t scramble to keep up with developers, and developers won’t be waiting on testers.


Agile architecture
Advisor

Agile Exacerbates Architecture Inadequacies

by Daniel Horton

Projects are successful when the entire team has the same cohesive vision for the solution. Failure to understand the solution's goal will have rippling effects throughout the project and can lead to failure. It's imperative that the architect and the Agile team members be aligned.