3 Indispensable Tools, Strategies, and Resources to Super-charge Medium Writers of All Calibers. Occasionally, it’s easy to forget how young Medium really is.
To many, including myself, who are active on it every day it feels like it’s been around much longer than it has. Despite its youth, there are a fair amount of Medium-specific tools out there which you may or may not know about, which is exactly why I wanted to write this article. Already, there are developers who have created awesome platforms, Chrome extensions, apps, and more designed solely for Medium. Over time, the trend will continue and only grow more common — which I’m excited as hell for. Whether you’re a veteran Medium writer with 100,000 followers, or a reader who secretly wants to be a Medium writer (you know you are!) Let’s dive in… Top 3 Tools #1.) SMedian is a platform to make the lives of Medium writers and editors a hell of a lot easier.
*To learn more about the nuts & bolts of the platform, check out this article here. For editors, SMedian allows you to promote your publication to writers. #2. . ) #3. . ) #1. . ) #2.) 100 Top Agile Blogs from 2015 – Oikosofy. Agile Balanced Scorecard – Measuring the effectiveness of an Agile Software Development Team « Agile 101. Posted by Tara Hamilton-Whitaker on July 18, 2009 People often confuse Velocity with effectiveness .e.g.
‘my team are delivering many Story Points therefore they are amazing.’ Velocity does by definition assume a degree of quality output by any Agile Software Development Team, by the virtue of the fact that you should only count accepted Story Points towards your velocity. With that said, there are many other factors that need to be considered when assessing the overall effectiveness of the team. Traditional performance management practices such as the Balanced Scorecard use Key Performance Indicators (“KPIs”) to measure the effectiveness of a team. We can apply this concept to an Agile Development Team by considering performance in the following areas – an Agile Balanced Scorecard: Reliability – are the team delivering what they say they will? I have uploaded a few templates that you can download to help you track some of these Key Performance Indicators. Waterfall to Agile: The Role of BAs in Agile Projects — Business Analyst Learnings.
I read an article today that caused me to ponder on the role of business analysts in today’s agile environment.
Steve Blais narrated a story in which the BAs of an organization experiencing a shift towards Agile were forced to prove their usefulness to the organization in the face of an impending extinction. The Situation You're a traditional BA. You work in an environment where interaction between end users and developers is not the norm (probably because it's not encouraged or because both parties lack the skills or interest to interact with one other). You’re used to going out to find out what users want, documenting their requirements, requesting sign-off and sending the Requirements Specification Document to developers for coding.
Agile is a software development methodology that depends on establishing a direct link between developers and users. Illustrated Agile · A look into organizational change, agility, and leadership. Agile Self Assessments - Ben Linders. Agile is a journey where you learn and improve continuously.
Agile Self Assessments help teams to see where they are, and to decide what the next steps will be. If you want to become more Agile and Lean, my recommendation is to frequently ask yourself the following 3 questions: How Agile and Lean are you already? Where do you want to become more Agile and Lean? And why? Getting more value out of Agile and Lean If your agile transformation is not delivering the expect results or if if you are doing agile and want to deliver more value to your customers and stakeholders, then join my workshop Getting More out of Agile and Lean.
Tools and Checklists for agile self assessment The following tools and checklists are know to me. If you want to become agile in an agile way, and would like some support on applying any combination of these tools, then see my services / diensten, and feel free to contact me! Related articles. Agile Self Assessments - Ben Linders.