Agile Management: Leadership in an Agile Environment by Ángel Medinilla

By Ángel Medinilla

When you've got attempted to enforce Agile on your association, you may have most likely discovered much approximately improvement practices, teamwork, tactics and instruments, yet too little approximately tips to deal with such a company. but managerial help is frequently the largest obstacle to effectively adopting Agile, and restricting your Agile efforts to these of the advance groups whereas doing an analogous old-style administration will dramatically restrict the power of your company to arrive the following Agile level.

Ángel Medinilla offers you a accomplished realizing of what Agile skill to a firm and the manager’s position in such an atmosphere, i.e., tips on how to deal with, lead and inspire self-organizing groups and the way to create an Agile company tradition. in accordance with his historical past as a “veteran” Agile advisor for firms of all sizes, he gives you insights and reports, issues out attainable pitfalls, provides functional ways and attainable situations, additionally together with precise feedback for extra reading.

If you're a supervisor, group chief, evangelist, switch agent (or no matter what great identify) and so one can push Agile additional on your association, then this can be your booklet. you'll learn the right way to switch the paradigm of what administration is set: it isn't approximately arbitrary judgements, consistent supervision and development regulate, and the negotiation of adjusting specifications. it truly is approximately motivation, self-organization, accountability, and the exploitation of all undertaking stakeholders’ wisdom. we are living in a special global than the person who such a lot administration specialists of the 20 th century describe, and corporations that try for fulfillment and excellence will desire a new form of supervisor – Agile managers.

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Be sure to measure and rank the team as a whole depending on the main measure of progress: working software delivered! This will introduce some problems with hyper-specialists or people whose skills are seldom used and may not have enough work to do in a team of 5–9: we will deal with this in the chapter about Agile structures. • Iterative and incremental development: Instead of building block A, and then block B, and then block C, only to find out that nothing really works until block Z is in place, try to deliver a small working version of the system as soon as possible.

A daily five to ten minutes face-to-face meeting where every team member reports his activities, progress, and impediments is a great way of both updating the information about the project, better knowing our 7 Raymond ES (1999) The cathedral and the bazaar: musings on Linux and open source by an accidental revolutionary. O’Reilly Media. Some Agile Practices and Tools 45 colleagues, sharing knowledge, showing some interest, fostering collaboration, and growing better teams. • Feature-Driven Development: If we have to deliver working software every 2 weeks or so, a high stress has to be put on developing working features as a whole, instead of spending some months designing the architecture, then another few months developing the core, then application logic, then user interfaces.

There are neither individual competitions nor blame-avoiding games, as everyone is aligned in the aim of improving the whole. Errors are tolerated and seen as an opportunity to improve, so there is no fear to take risks or point out mistakes. Work groups self-organize to find the best way to The Pre-Manifesto Years: Agile Genealogy 35 optimize the system by experimenting and innovating in inspect-and-adapt cycles. Visual boards are available everywhere so the state of work and any possible issues are detected as fast as possible and seen by everyone in the plant.

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