Essential Practices

Part of the IJI Agile at Scale Practice Pack

The Development Support Essentials Practice helps automate and operate environments in support of development teams to optimize the development process.

Part of the IJI Agile at Scale Practice Pack

The DevOps Essentials practice provides guidance to smooth the transition from development to release and increase feedback from operations back to development.

Part of the IJI Agile at Scale Practice Pack

The Agile Governance Essentials practice provides the guidance to align decision checkpoints between different development endeavors and non-software activities.

Part of the IJI Agile at Scale Practice Pack

The Agile Architecture Essentials practice provides guidance for achieving just-in-time architecture preparation and continuous and emergent evolution of the software system.

Adaptive Funding Essentials

Part of the IJI Agile at Scale Practice Pack

The Adaptive Funding (AF) practice provides guidance to allocate budgets across development portfolios and to forecast budget requirements in a continuous manner.

Agile Team work

We must work as a team! Teamwork is critical! There’s no ‘I’ in team!

We must work as a team! Teamwork is critical! There’s no ‘I’ in team!

These mantras are plentiful and many Agilists believe that success at the team level is the foundation to success at the organizational level. But what does it really mean to work as team and is there a common recipe to build and grow a successful agile team? Agile believes in principles before practices and in multi-disciplined, self-organizing teams. All teams need direction and guidance, but with an agile approach no one should be telling the team how to do their job. Teams need to be empowered to make choices rather than be told exactly what to do. But sometimes things can start to unravel and too much time and energy can be wasted arguing about the basics. You can forget about scaling agile if your team is unable to clearly demonstrate the value of agile at the team level.

But, get the basics right at the team level and engaged, highly motivated, cross-functional teams of teams can follow.

Essentializing DSDM

A Joint Presentation from DSDM & IJI

The challenges for many organizations when adopting DSDM are around mind set change, awareness and communication. The Essence standard helps teams navigate through many of the complex challenges common in software development delivery from helping teams identify and engage with the right stakeholders at the right time in the right way, to making health and progress visible to all in a language that everyone can understand. The Essence standard is presented in a number of tools such as a deck of Alpha State Cards, which are a simple, easy way to track status of a software project and help plan next steps. Applying Alpha State Cards with the DSDM Framework helps portray the aforementioned and enable communication between team members.

24 Questions: SEMAT and Essence

The Why's, What's and How's to See the Difference

Written by Dr. Ivar Jacobson, Paul E. McMahon and Roland Racko

Over the years, collective experience of the authors has revealed many questions on the SEMAT and Essence initiative. To bring clarity of the initiative to our readers, the authors have answered 24 of the most common questions.

A Starter Pack of Agile Practices Presented as a Deck of Cards

Agile rightly puts great store on the critical importance of transparency in all things at all times. To build trust and enable predictability, we need it to be transparently clear to all stakeholders what we are doing, how we are doing it, why we are doing it that way, and how well it is going - i.e. what progress are we making towards achieving the required outcomes.

The Agile Essentials puts a toolkit of productive process tools literally into the hands of software development professionals, where it can deliver value every day in prompting and guiding the team and supporting team communication and collaboration.


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