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Work Smarter Not Harder How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work — PART 1

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Every software development process, whether it is highly formalized and structured, post-it notes and napkin diagrams, or anything between, always leads to the same questions. Are we providing the most value we can? Can our team be more efficient? The Lean manufacturing process has spent considerable time identifying causes of and solutions to waste of time and resources. This same analysis can be applied to the software development process to remove wasted work and increase…

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Why Does Agile Fail? — Part Two

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In Part 1 of this blog series, we looked at reasons Why Agile Fails due to a lack of mature technical practices. Now, in Part 2 of this series, we’ll look at the next most common reason I see teams fail with Agile — which is typically due to a lack of ‘successful’ experiences with Agile projects. Reason #2: Lack of ‘Successful’ Experiences with Agile Far too often, I see teams read all about Agile…

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Why Does Agile Fail? — Part One

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I’ve worked with a lot of teams who have tried to adopt Agile and failed.  Why does agile fail? There are many reasons why this happens, but I tend to see clients struggle for 2 main reasons: Lack of Focus on Technical Practices No Agile Experience on the Team In this 2-part blog series (click here for Part 2), I’ll share some insights into the issues that may be occurring for you. Reason #1: Lack…

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How to Get Control Over Your Portfolio of Projects with Agile and TFS

By Agile, All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, Team Foundation Server, Videos, Visual Studio, Webinars

Are you ready to learn how agile planning, management, and tracking are streamlined with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 and how to best leverage this functionality? In this webinar video, you will learn: New Enterprise Agile Management capabilities that are only available within Team Foundation Server 2013. How to effectively manage your Agile projects across all your teams, and avoid the 4 mistakes most team leads make on a daily basis. How…

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Change the Work Item Limit in the TFS 2013 Sprint Backlog

By Agile, All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio

I recently came across a situation where I needed to increase the work item limit in the Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 Web Access sprint backlog. If you go over the limit, you will get a warning message when you access the sprint backlog. The task board will not function correctly, and the default limit is 500 work items. In order to change the work item limit in the TFS 2013 Sprint Backlog, you need…

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Frequent Status Updates – What They Really Mean

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Are you (as a developer) inundated with frequent status updates? Requests like: “How far are you?” “What did you do today?” “Where are we?” Or are you a project manager that requests frequent status updates? Then this post is for you. Let’s start by defining frequent – I think this is going to be different for different teams, and will vary with the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) maturity within the team. I would go so…

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Getting Results from Backlog Overview Report in TFS 2013 Preview

By Agile, All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio

One of my favorite reports in Microsoft TFS is the Backlog Overview Report (Scrum) or User Story Overview Report (Agile). So after installing and playing with TFS 2013 Preview, I went to see what the report looks like. What I found wasn’t pretty. Although I could verify that there was data in the warehouse, the report stubbornly refused to show any data. I thought that something was broken with my warehouse, so I dug into…

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Lean, Kanban, and Team Foundation Server (TFS)

By Agile, All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, Kanban, Team Foundation Server, Videos, Visual Studio, Webinars

Kanban was originally created as a scheduling system to help manufacturing organizations determine what to produce, when to produce it, and how much to produce.  Although this may not sound like software development, these lean principles can be successfully applied to development teams to improve the delivery of value through better visibility and limits on work in process. This video will provide an overview of the Kanban method, including the history and motivation, the core…

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Using Lean and Kanban to Revolutionize Your Organization

By Agile, All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, Kanban, Productivity, Team Foundation Server, Videos, Visual Studio, Webinars

With the introduction of Lean and Kanban into the software developments, teams are now starting to discover how to leverage these principles to revolutionize how they do business. Come find out how you can use Lean and Kanban together with Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) to make dramatic improvements in your organization. Ready to Adopt Lean and Kanban for TFS? If you’re ready to adopt Lean and/or Kanban for Team Foundation Server (TFS) but not…

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Approaches to Kanban with Team Foundation Server

By Agile, All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, Kanban, Productivity, Team Foundation Server, Tutorials, Videos, Visual Studio, Webinars

Although originally created to help manufacturing organizations schedule and improve processes, Kanban can also be effectively applied to software development. The lean principles of manufacturing can help development teams improve delivery through better visibility and limits on work in process. In this recording of our Live Web Workshop, Imaginet will start with an overview of the Kanban method, including the history and motivation, the core principles and practices, and how these apply to efficiency and…

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