4 things I learnt in 5 months with Agile

Free for commercial use / No attribution required Let me confess - I am a newbie to the world of Agile. During 5 years of my career as a software developer, most of the time, I have followed the more traditional software development methodologies like waterfall and incremental development. It was recently that I joined a new project with dev teams in multiple locations - and they followed Agile. It’s been five months now, and I thought it is the right time to share whatever I learnt in these 5 months.

Agile terms you must know

Photo by Eric Lefevre-Ardant In our continuous quest to engage more organizations and product managers towards greater efficiency and productivity - we have created this list of Agile related jargon that you may face during your mundane activities. If you are new to Agile, or still thinking about moving to Agile methodology, this is your resource to get all the terms right.

4 steps to get started with Agile

Photo by David Elfanbaum Lean is a buzzword these days. Every organization wants to be lean, to be able to do more and better things, with fewer resources. They also want to be agile - in a sense of quicker turnaround time and faster solutions, the key attribute of Agile methodology.

User stories demystified

User stories, user stories everywhere!! In one of our previous blog posts, we took a close look at how Agile is widely used across industries, contrary to the popular belief that agile is only for software related activities. In that study we also found some pain points- one of them was difficulty to get started. Lets face it, Agile methodology is great at helping you churn out products at faster rate, but it comes with its own set of jargon which sometimes proves very difficult for newcomers to handle. In this post today we will focus on few such terms, specifically- user story and the user story points. We will see how can these be used to simplify projects, and of course how to set them up in Taiga.

What is Kanban?

Photo by JD Hancock There has been a lot of talk about Kanban recently. Many software development organizations have picked up Kanban based approach to speed up their growth. There are several great Kanban specific tools available for personal and professional use, e.g. Trello, Taiga, and even Visual Studio by Microsoft. So, what makes Kanban such a great way to manage software development - and why should you give it a thought.

Agile as a management tool for non-IT industry: an insight

Photo by Alex Jones Ever since its inception in 2001, the Agile manifesto and the Agile project management methodology has been primarily thought of, as a tool for software companies to drive productivity. But what about non-IT, non software companies? Don’t they deserve to be productive and gain efficiency using the best practices available?

Taiga Abies Bifolia Release (1.6.0)

Taiga Abies Bifolia This release we pay tribute to our North American users by Christening our next release, with one of their native species, Abies Bifolia. Or as the less scientific amongst us would call it, “that Christmas tree in the corner.” These are the species that you will find yourself looking to avoid if you’re still planning to get in some last minute spring skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Not much else to remark about this beautiful fir, though wikipedia does have an interesting tidbit about some indian tribes who drank or washed in Abies Bifolia for purification or to make their hair grow. Food for thought for those of us with receding (or receded) hairlines.

Your team doesn't update the PM tool? Here is what you can do.

Photo by Scott Schwartz Everyone has few turn offs - for some it is untidy hair, for some it is unpunctuality, for some dishonesty, and so on. But almost every developer I know has one common turn off, their project management tool! Let me elaborate, being a software developer is no less than being in a very demanding relationship. You say why? A project demands a lot - attention, focus, love, dedication - just like your beloved. And developers give it all without a thought to their project, but then updating the project management portal at the end of the day - isn’t it like informing your partner’s father about what happened the whole day.