Category: Agile development

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Agile Development: The Importance of Timeboxing

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When agile teams plan sprints, they strive to get as much information about the user stories as possible so they can minimize interruptions and downtime throughout that sprint. So, it is helpful to have shorter (one-week) sprints rather than longer (three-week) sprints. It is important to have done a good job of story-time and backlog … Continued

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What is Quality Assurance?

        Filed under: Agile development, Web Development

  Let’s start with the definition: Quality Assurance (or QA) are those activities we do to ensure that whatever project we’re delivering is at the required quality level. Now for most people, those activities are all related to testing. And truthfully, whenever I think of QA and attempt to explain it to someone else, I go … Continued

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Agile Software Development Overview

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Last month I read a classic text on agile software development called The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software by Jonathan Rasmusson.  This book is required reading for all team members in our organization. When my teenage son (an aspiring software engineer) asked me what the book was about, I told him about … Continued

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Kanban as an alternative to do Agile in unpredictable projects

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Recently, in one of our projects for the State Department, we released a very important feature to support the review process of projects they develop around the world with embassies and local institutions. We were using Scrum and it was working great. As you may know, in Scrum, the user stories are locked within the sprint, … Continued

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DHS FLASH video response submission

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Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security asked agile development companies to put together a YouTube video to explain how they do agile.  Below is Agileana’s response to that call to action:

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Agilist

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a·gi·list /ˈajələst/ noun a·gi·list  Simple Definition of agilist noun a person who supports the agile delivery process and methodology. Full Definition of agilist noun : a person who feels enthusiasm for agile design, agile development, agile delivery, and agile methodology : a person who enjoys getting things done and quickly getting a minimum viable product (MVP) into the hands of … Continued

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Agile Development Contract Holder in Washington DC

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WASHINGTON, DC – Agileana, a lean agile web development shop in the DC metro area, is proud to be one of 17 vendors on the 18F Agile Delivery Services (ADS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). Long before we migrated to Washington DC area from California, we were a lean, iterative development shop. As lean startup enthusiasts, … Continued

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18F Agile BPA Contract Holder

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We first started hearing about the 18F Agile Delivery Services (ADS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) around late 2014.  By January 2015, 18F started to put feelers and request for information (RFI) out on FBopen.  GSA held an industry day about the potential BPA in February, 2015.  Then, they had a pre-solicitation conference in May, 2015. … Continued

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CIO Mark Schwartz, DHS, prefers a Strangler Approach

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Last week at the ATARC Federal DevOps Summit, I took note of DHS CIO Mark Schwartz use of the phrase, “Strangular Approach” to phasing out monolithic legacy systems.  I had to look it up. The Strangular Approach was first coined by Martin Fowler who compared an agile development rewrite of a legacy system similar to the … Continued

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How firm fixed price (FFP) rubs against agile

        Filed under: Agile development, GSA 18F group

Firm-Fixed-Price” Ceiling Prices places an undue and unfair risk on the Contractor by shifting the burden to the Contractor. This is the rub with agile development and software development in general because when Customers hire agile Contractors, they expect Contractors to be flexible and agile enough to deal with their changing and evolving requirements. Three … Continued

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Hackathon Weekend: IncubateDC

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This past weekend, Agileana and InQbation Labs co-sponsored an impressive hackathon event, reaching hundreds of young entrepreneurs and leaders, creating unforeseen opportunity for disruptive startups and their founders in the Washington DC metro area. This event was held in conjunction with 19 other cities worldwide participating so it was a busy and fun-filled 2 days with me giving … Continued

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6 Lessons Learned: An Internship Summary

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Six weeks ago, my fellow interns and I walked into the Agileana offices starry eyed yet determined to make an impact and differentiate our summers from that of our peers. All of us were products of the US public education system who knew how to handle well defined tasks in a classroom environment; but this was the … Continued

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Sprint Retrospectives as a vehicle for continuous improvement

        Filed under: Agile development, Project Management, Web Development

Agile is not just a great methodology for implementing complex projects, it also helps solving operational problems and developing best practices. While the Sprint Planning, Standup, Sprint Review and Backlog Grooming meetings are focused on the project, the Sprint Retrospective is focused on improving the way the team executes their sprint for the purpose of continuous improvement. This meeting is scheduled at … Continued

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