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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Importance of Focus

Without focus you will be distracted in multiple activities that you will not be able to set targets or track your progress accurately. And even if you did, you will be slow, as your power is distracted in multiple directions. Slowness in a competitive and fast moving world is not an option.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Agile Meetup

15 Nov 2014 meetup.

It was about Agile certifications and Agile adoption failure cases and how to avoid it.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Agile Mindset Meetup

3 days ago, we had met in MeetupEgypt.com. The group was over 20 persons and it was well organized.
Amr Noaman did an excellent presentation on Agile with nice videos that makes the concepts crystal clear.

Here is the event URL:
http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Egypt/events/178075402/

The meetup URL:
http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Egypt/

Listening to a presentation:



 Prioritizing future topics collaboratively like a typical Agile team :)



First Agile Cairo Meetup: How to Fail with Agile Methods

We did a meetup last week and it was really exciting. The count was small and hence it was like a round table discussion, which I really like. Here is a photo.


I can not stop without mentioning Amr Elssamadisy and his great comments especially on SAFe and DAD methodologies.  I recommend to everyone to read his excellent book Patterns of Agile Practice Adoption, The Technical Cluster.

Event URL:
http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Cairo/events/175978562/

Meetup URL
http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Cairo/


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tracking Organization in Scrum Teams

There is a difficulty tracking many Scrum teams in any typical organization. Although each Scrum team has its own work area with boards and charts, it is easier for managers to look at all teams and sprints in one place. In this article I will explain how we modeled and created a board that showed all Scrum teams and their work in one simple place, and how this visualization uncovered problems and bottlenecks.

At first, we ...

Read the full article on ScrumAlliance: 
http://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2014/april/tracking-organization-scrum-teams



Sunday, April 27, 2014

Name Writing Exercise


It is amazing how much multitasking affect productivity negatively. Last week I did "Name Writing Exercise" as part of a Kanban session and the result is:




A productivity of 300%, (3:52 divided by 1:17)

While the management think keeping the team busy and overloaded doing multitasks will lead to effective team utilization, the truth is not. Keeping the team members focusing in one project at a time will actually serve the customer much faster.

For a comprehensive description to the exercise, see http://www.crisp.se/gratis-material-och-guider/multitasking-name-game

Note: I did describe the game as it is well known in the Agile community, if you have questions please ask.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Yet Another $163B Waterfall Disaster

Regarding Sutherland new post at his blog about Yet Another $163B Waterfall Disaster
I wonder is this huge failure a norm in US? Anyway, of course no one on earth currently funding projects that huge like that and it seems the level of complexity is something over my imagination :)