Requirements Envisioning: An Agile Best Practice. 1.
Facebook Paper explained, plus four tips on how brands can use it. Announced late last week, it capitalises on the emerging trend that the immersive experience of content is just as important as the content itself (as also demonstrated recently by Jelly).
The app has redesigned the Facebook user interface from scratch. Focusing on full-screen, bold images, the familiar "timeline" has been replaced with a Flipboardesque interface, with familiar looking mosaic-style posts appearing along the bottom. These posts however are re-dubbed as stories; text updates become full screen black text on white background affairs, while images also receive the full screen treatment, with text overlaid and the option to scroll panoramically by tilting the phone.
Albums are presented in an Instagram inspired vertical scrolling format, while videos (which, you guessed it, are full screen) play automatically. Interestingly, these feeds will be curated, and will focus on getting the most creative, most engaging content in front of users’ eyes. 11 Agile Myths and 2 Truths. 18inShare I deliver a lot of Agile training courses and I give a lot of talks about Agile (BCS Bristol tonight).
There are some questions that come up again and again which are the result of myths people have come to believe about Agile. Consequently I spend my time debunking these myths again and again. I’ve been keeping a little list and there are 11 reoccurring myths. There are also two truths which are a bit more difficult for teams and companies to accept. The Role of the Analyst in Agile Projects. There is a gap in much of the literature about Agile software development practices, and on many Agile teams.
This gap is the role of Analysis in Agile projects - who does it, what is the use and value, and how does it change? The implied (and I have heard stated at least once) attitude is "we don't need no stinkin' analysts" - needless to say I feel this is WRONG! In this article I make the case that the Business Analyst can play a useful in relation to Agile teamwork - when properly aligned with the business, rather than with the development team, as is too often the case. Why be Concerned with the Business Analyst Role?
It is my contention that, without the analyst, real gaps occur. Agile Development + Content Strategy: An Opportunity or Headache? Blog Post written by Gareth Morgan Over the past 12 months, Critical Mass has integrated agile development practices into some of our client engagements.
Instead of doing most of the content strategy and execution ourselves, we collaborate with the client to discover and build something together.
Top 100 Agile Books (Edition 2012) Note: this is an old list.
Go here for the Top 100 Agile Books 2013. It took me four hours, three coffees, two toilet breaks, and one unpredictable wi-fi connection, but here it is… the annual Top 100 Agile Books 2012, based on ratings from Amazon and GoodReads. There are some amazing changes at the top of the list this year. Most notable is the new entry at #1 of The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries. Clearly deserved, as the whole Agile community has been talking about it all year. But that’s not all. Specification by Example, by Gojko Adzic, makes a spectacular jump to the 2nd slot in the list. As for the rest, I suggest you see for yourself… Handling Bugs in an Agile Context. I was honored to be included on the lunch and learn panel at the Software Quality Association of Denver (SQuAD) conference this week.
One of the questions that came up had to do with triaging bugs in an Agile context. Here’s my answer, in a bit more detail than I could give at the panel. The short answer is that there should be so few bugs that triaging them doesn’t make sense. The new design methodologies. Net magazine is the number one choice for the professional web designer and developer.
10 ways to encourage customer reviews online. Customer reviews are a hugely important in ecommerce for improving your conversion rate, and can lead to an uplift of 18% in sales.
Research has shown that 61% of customers read online reviews before making a purchase decision and 63% of customers are more likely to make a purchase from a site that has user reviews. Annoyingly though, customers generally can’t be bothered to leave their feedback. Moving from Scrum to Kanban. Rachel Davies - Moving from Scrum to Kanban from NDCOslo on Vimeo.
Many teams who are already using Scrum would like to know what benefits they can get by moving to Kanban. Dropping the Sprint timebox can seem quite scary but on the other hand spending less time planning and estimating seems attractive to many developers. The invisible man. The crucial but undefined role of testers in agile. Outside-in.
Twelve (12) emerging best practice for adding user experience work to agile software development. How experienced UX practitioners have adapted to work happily in Agile environments Agile development originated from a place where user experience practice was weak In my last blog essay I explain how I see that the type of product we build has big effect on the process we follow to build it. In the lower left of my simple 4 quadrant model I place software built internally for use by an organization where usage is mandatory for its target users. Most things work…until they don’t. I have a secret to tell you when it comes to facilitating agile teams. I’ll whisper it to you… Most things work, until they don’t. Yep, that’s it. That’s the secret. Whatever facilitation technique you use to help people communicate with one another, just know that any given technique will not work forever.
Think of it this way…Think back to when you chose the paint color for a room in your house. Behavior Driven Development. In software engineering, behavior-driven development (abbreviated BDD) is a software development process based on test-driven development (TDD). Behavior-driven development combines the general techniques and principles of TDD with ideas from domain-driven design and object-oriented analysis and design to provide software developers and business analysts with shared tools and a shared process to collaborate on software development, with the aim of delivering "software that matters". Although BDD is principally an idea about how software development should be managed by both business interests and technical insight, the practice of BDD does assume the use of specialized software tools to support the development process. Although these tools are often developed specifically for use in BDD projects, they can be seen as specialized forms of the tooling that supports test-driven development.
History Principles of BDD Behavioral specifications See Also Introducing BDD « DanNorth.net. History: This article first appeared in Better Software magazine in March 2006. It has been translated into Japanese by Yukei Wachi, Korean by HongJoo Lee, Italian by Arialdo Martini and French by Philippe Poumaroux and most recently into Spanish by Oscar Zárate. and Turkish by Selim Öber. I had a problem. While using and teaching agile practices like test-driven development (TDD) on projects in different environments, I kept coming across the same confusion and misunderstandings. Programmers wanted to know where to start, what to test and what not to test, how much to test in one go, what to call their tests, and how to understand why a test fails. The deeper I got into TDD, the more I felt that my own journey had been less of a wax-on, wax-off process of gradual mastery than a series of blind alleys.
Skating On The Canals & Creating Customer Memories. I’m just back from a whirlwind trip to Amsterdam where I was honored to be invited to speak at Hippo’s Client Day as one of the key speakers. My talk was on how context is such an important part of the content marketing process. But two things happened during my trip (well I also fell of a loaned bicycle and bruised a rib but that’s another story for different beverages) that I found particularly interesting as it relates to us as marketers and storytellers. So, the picture above is apparently a rare treat. Agile. Why (Most) Companies Don’t Learn. I’ve been thinking about and researching the topic of organisational learning for some time now. Last year, I presented on the topic at LESS 2011, but realized it was time to take some time and write about it. So this is the first post of a series to explore the topic, which I’m also hoping will help me clarify my view on the subject.
Organisational learning. Should anyone care ? The Agile Inception Deck « The Agile Warrior. Download Blank Inception Deck (pptx). Bringing User Centered Design to the Agile Environment. When the exciting opportunity to work in a post-bubble dot.com startup arose, I jumped to take it. I had the luxury of doing things exactly as I thought right, and for a while it was truly fantastic. Daily Stand-up Variations. A sprinkle of agile, a dash of lean. (Page 1 of 3)Whether used separately or together, agile and lean are here to stay. OpenAgile is an open learning system for delivering value. Ten Year Agile Retrospective: How We Can Improve In The Next Ten Years. Jeff Sutherland invented Scrum in 1993 and worked with Ken Schwaber to formalize Scrum at OOPSLA'95. Together, they extended and enhanced Scrum at many software companies and helped write the Agile Manifesto.
10 ways to better lead your agile team « The Agile Warrior. Leadership is one of those personal things I find hard to give advice on. The Myths and Misconceptions - The Big Agile Toolkit - Deliver agile projects to quality to time and to budget. Table of Contents - The Big Agile Toolkit - Deliver agile projects to quality to time and to budget. Agile Software Development. Agile Use Cases in Four Steps. Are use cases agile? They’re sometimes regarded as the lumbering, heavyweight cousin of user stories – the requirements technique favored by agile teams. Use Cases ARE Agile. No… really. Het institutionaliseren van agile. Kanban. Scrum. Methodologies.