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Posts tagged with Agile Project Management

  Dev Zone

Agile By the Numbers – Which Ones Don’t Make Sense?

As an agile practitioner I have had the chance to participate in many different projects over the last five years. I have had a chance to see projects of beauty and those that simply did not go as desired. Recently, I was asked to support a project where the customers’ IT team was embracing agile and trying to follow a SCRUM based approach ‘by the numbers’. It was this project that shone some light on the way we practice Agile here at OutSystems and has helped me really reflect on our enterprise approach and things we practice that just make sense.


  Platform in Action

Driving Agile Success – A CIO’s Mandate

The challenge we see in many Enterprise IT shops is that it is hard to get everyone across the business who touches application development ‘on board’ with an agile approach.  In this blog post I want to share how the CIO of one of our customers has set guidelines which help drive agile project delivery across the business. (more…)

  Platform in Action

Measuring Agile Success?

Last month our company announced its new Agility Awards – and the first set of awards were presented for five Agile projects that had been completed by customers and partners using  OutSystems’ Agile Platform and employing Agile methodology.

The question I want to pose is what are good criteria for assessing a successful Agile project? This question builds on Mike’s recent post about criteria for measuring an Agile project manager’s success – and we got lots of great responses and ideas in the comments. (more…)

  Dev Zone

What’s a good measure of an Agile project manager’s success?

In a recent conversation I was asked about PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and its applicability to measuring an Agile project manager’s effectiveness.  While I did not know much about PMBOK and its measurement approaches I was curious to understand the problem.  As it was explained to me, the problem was along these lines… (more…)

  Dev Zone

A Five Step Agile Roadmap

A recent LinkedIn question asked for advice on how to get a company started down a path to Agile and SCRUM. I thought it might be useful to share some advice and see if the OutSystems community had any ideas to add.

At OutSystems, our roadmap is strictly a guideline because companies have different methods, cultures, and management approaches. When introducing Agile, here are the steps we generally go through. Concepts and activities that are emphasized will vary based on understanding of the customer culture, organizational structure (formal and informal), as well as their prior knowledge of Agile methodologies. (more…)

  Dev Zone

Will the REAL user please stand up! Involving the right customers in Agile projects

Scrum brings the customer and the development team together as often as every sprint.  Because the customer is involved throughout the development process and is consulted once per iteration, the team can never deviate very far from the customer’s vision.” says Laszlo Szalvay in his recent Better Software Magazine article on SCRUM in which the author does an excellent job of providing an overview of SCRUM. (more…)


Getting approval & funding for Agile IT projects – do we need to change corporate culture?

During last week’s Agile-in-a-Day workshop in the Netherlands, I participated in an interesting discussion with the group of 25+ current and future Agile practitioners – on the impact of Agile methodologies on well established corporate processes and culture. (more…)


NextStep’09 is approaching. Don’t miss a thing!

Welcome to the OutSystems About Agility blog!

We decided that a good launch point for this blog would be our Annual User Group conference, nextstep’09, where we are bringing together Agile practitioners from across the globe to discuss all things Agile.

This year’s event is taking place on April 15 and 16 in Lisbon – and since the economy has curtailed many people’s travel plans, we want to keep everyone up-to-date on the conference proceedings no matter where they are in the world.

With over 300 attendees already registered, this Agile event is shaping up to be a cracker! (more…)