The Agile Blog provides advice and resources for people actively looking to advance their Agile practices. With regular posts by Ryan Martens and Jean Tabaka as well as key contributions from Rally’s Agile coaching and product teams, the Agile Blog has no shortage of subject expertise. Check out some of our favorite entries by visiting the top posts page, and be sure to subscribe by RSS feed or email to keep up-to-date.

Are You Doing Portfolio Management, or Issuing Hunting Licenses?

Posted by Alex Pukinskis, Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:46 in Agile

Do you have a set of budgeting, funding, and approval processes so complex that nobody knows how they all work? Is the easiest way to get something done at your company to escalate to a senior executive, or go straight to a developer?

The other day, I was helping a customer untangle their approval/funding/budgeting processes. Now, this may not sound like the most delightful afternoon, but it was hot outside, and we were all ready to do it.

Tuning your Scrum Standups

Posted by Alex Pukinskis, Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:00 in Agile

I recently taught my first Scrum workshop in a while, after a number of years of doing other work. The team was excited and ready to go. The next day, they held a daily standup in the traditional style. Each person answered the three questions:

“What did I do yesterday?”  

“What will I do today?”  

“What’s slowing me down?”

Rally’s Colorado Crew Pushes Pedal Power

Posted by Geri Mitchell-Brown, Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:54 in Agile

In Boulder, Bike To Work Day (BTWD) is a big deal. At Rally, it’s HUGE. This year, as in years past, we went all-out and we played to win. Here are some highlights.

Portfolio Management for the Fast-paced World

Posted by Catherine Connor, Fri, 06/27/2014 - 06:00 in Agile

Project and portfolio management is overdue for an overhaul. Fundamental principles of traditional portfolio management practices no longer apply in our highly complicated and fast-paced world. The mismatch gets compounded by the pervasive use of software in almost every industry.  

How Rally Customers Helped Us Give Away $10K

Posted by Geri Mitchell-Brown, Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:22 in Agile

Cynthia Koenig (center), Executive Director of Wello Water, and two team members express their appreciation for receiving the Citizen Engineer Award. Why put a suitcase on your head? Read on and RallyON!

Rally For Impact Scrimmage: A Great Day of Work and Play

Posted by Geri Mitchell-Brown, Thu, 06/19/2014 - 19:03 in Agile

Question: What do you get when you mix …

School Is Out, But Agile U Is In

Posted by Rally Software, Thu, 06/19/2014 - 00:03 in Agile

School's out for summer, as they say, and if you listen closely you can hear the sounds of worldwide slacking-off. Even as you read this, your brain cells are probably withering in air-conditioned intertia. 

Well, summer school is no longer just for cool kids and misfits. 

Deliver Value Faster: Rally Program Launch

Posted by Steve Wolfe, Tue, 06/10/2014 - 06:30 in Agile

Is your business breathing down your neck? Are you being told that you "aren't releasing new software fast enough" and that your "development teams need to deliver more value"?

Markets move fast. Disruption is everywhere. Innovation and customer satisfaction matter more than ever, and the pressure is on to deliver value faster. It's not enough simply to be proficient with Agile development; to deliver more value faster, you need to coordinate work across multiple teams and align that work to the business' top priorities.

Weddings, Graduations, Conferences: Why Big Events Are a Big Deal

Posted by Rally Software, Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:23 in Agile

You might have noticed that it’s graduation and wedding season.

You might have noticed, too, that big events like these often come with big expectations: you invest significant time and resources to get there, someone prominent says something important, you’re surrounded by people but not necessarily sharing the experience with them, and at some point you’ll probably find yourself standing next to the food, wondering if you’ll remember the hors d’oeuvres better than the speech.

Principle #4 of Capacity Planning: Continuous Planning Cadence

Posted by Bruce Winegarden, Wed, 05/21/2014 - 08:55 in Agile

Previous capacity planning posts have covered "the team as the resource unit," "getting it roughly right," and "matching supply to demand." In this blog we'll focus on the importance of adopting a continuous planning cadence to more effectively adapt to changing business dema


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