Better, Stronger, Faster! Let’s Move to Agile!

Colonel Steve Austin was a unique man! He was severely injured in the crash of an experimental aircraft and, with a little bit of technology, he was rebuilt to become better, stronger and faster. Granted, this was just science fiction. But, our organizations can do the same! We can all deliver better product and faster to our customers! And there is no secret: it’s about understanding, adopting and tailoring Agile methodologies to our specific needs. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, High-Moon Studios, BBC, Nokia, Samsung, or Lockheed Martin have all adopted and deployed one or several Agile methodologies. It’s also important to recognize there is no magic silver bullet, no "one-size-fit-all" solution to integrate Agile into our Product Development practices. Business needs, internal and external environmental factors, existing or future projects, organizational context, team values and principles are critical inputs to consider before embarking

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Why do you wake up every day?

Every day, we wake up and get ready. We then commute to work, spend hours working. We finally go home and rest a short time, before doing it all over again. We are creature of habits and, have all our own routine, a predictable pattern we feel comfortable with. But, is that all? Is it really what we aspire to do and achieve? Why do we wake up every day? Why do we do the things we do? What motives and inspires us to look and move forward? Don’t we want to do more? Don’t we wish today to improve ourselves? Don’t we want to learn something new every day, do better and be happier than yesterday? When Stu Mittleman began running across America, he wished to explore his physical and mental abilities to go to the distance. When Raz and Kathy Vaughan began their

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Community and Standard Edition 2017 Service Pack 1

We are glad to to announce the release of the Service Pack 1 for our Community and Standard Edition 2017. Service Pack 1 resolves the following defects and minor enhancement requests: • EZAPM2017_006: Fixed Manage Backlog Items forms to set, when no defined, the Assignee to selected Subsystem's Owner • EZAPM2017_005: Fixed and enhanced auto-resize of Scrum Task Board • EZAPM2017_004: Added Microsoft.ReportViewer.WinForms.dll, Microsoft.ReportViewer.WebForms.dll, Microsoft.ReportViewer.Common.dll, Microsoft.ReportViewer.ProcessingObjectModel.dll and Microsoft.ReportViewer.Design.dll, and Microsoft.SqlServer.Types.dll to address Print errors when ReportViewer is not installed on the Client Workstation • EZAPM2017_003: Fixed and enhanced auto-resize of the View and Search Backlog Items Forms • EZAPM2017_002: Enhanced the auto-resize for of the Sprint Dashboard Overview • EZAPM2017_001: Enabled Backlog Items to use Story Point increments of 0.5 As we continue working toward our Professional Edition release, as always, we look forward for your feedback and comments.

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The 12 Agile Principles

As part of our continuous effort in educating about the Agile Development Methodology, over the next few months, we would be publishing a series of articles discussing the in and out of Agile methodology. Today, we start by the 12 guiding principles of Agile, as defined in the Agile Manifesto. These principles are set of concepts that support project teams in implementing agile project.     1) Satisfaction and Delivery: Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. 2) Welcoming Change: Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. 3) Frequent Delivery: Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale. 4) Communication: Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. 5) Trust and Environment:

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