Posts tagged "Agile"

Lead Time Experiment: Calculating Lead Time of the whole process

As you might have noticed, we have been testing new methodologies on our projects in order to improve them and be more agile. We started using Monte Carlo Simulation (Forecasting software project’s completion date through Monte Carlo Simulation), limiting the WIP of our process (Case Study of a WIP Limit Implementation: Why, When and How … »

Case Study of a WIP Limit Implementation: Why, When and How to use WIP Limits

When you are learning about Kanban, one of the first things you hear is “always limit WIP, you should”, or a less Yoda-ish version of it. But when you decide that you will indeed use WIP limits and google “WIP Limits for dummies”, you won’t discover any walkthroughs or easy-to-implement equations to discover what limit … »

Forecasting software project’s completion date through Monte Carlo Simulation

Nowadays we are using a more probabilistic approach to manage our processes than deterministic. That means that we use different statistical methods to predict the future instead of blind estimations. But wait… wasn’t unpredictability one of the main reasons that made us change from Waterfall to Agile? Yes, uncertainty is inherent to software development. For … »

5 Strategies to improve software development workflow

It is difficult to come up with a plan when you find yourself in a dysfunctional environment. Everything is on fire and there is no time available. Tight deadlines, pressure, working overtime, unsatisfied customers, waste, and a whole lot of other chaotic stuff that piles up and makes it difficult to pick the most critical … »

Kanban: caring about the whole development process

Being a developer at Plataformatec taught me to care about the whole development process, not only about my code. I want to share some thoughts about what I’ve experienced. As I could observe while working on Plataformatec projects, a lot of companies are moving to Kanban. Usually, these companies used to follow Scrum guidelines, working … »

Why we love metrics? Cumulative flow diagrams

One of the big questions that an Agile Coach may face during his career is: How can I help the team to continuously improve the software development process? In this blog posts series, I have been sharing some of Plataformatec best practices that are helping us deliver better projects through a set of metrics and … »