Top 10 Agile Articles & Tools in 2017

Here are the articles and pages on benlinders.com that received most visits in 2017. I published 50 blog posts and updated and extended my existing agile and lean tools and introduced some new tools.

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Self-assessing Your Agility with the Agile Self-assessment Game

The Agile Self-Assessment Game is there to help you to increase your agility and deliver more value. Agile self-assessment help organizations and teams to assess how agile they are and decide what to do next to become more agile. Teams can play the Agile Self-assessment Game to reflect and agree on the next steps in their agile journey.

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Improving Collaboration

Collaboration is key to agile. If you want to reach results with agile, professionals throughout the organization should look for ways to work together intensively and effectively. Here are my tips for improving collaboration.

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Why agile transformations fail, and how to prevent it

Many agile transformations fail: organizations struggle to implement agile practices and don't get sufficient benefits. This is often because they plan the transformation and then try to execute the plan. Becoming agile is a journey: You can plan it, but you need a different planning approach, focus on value, and use a better map.

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Extreme Pairing Retrospective

Zoltán Ludányi, one of my customers for whom I did an in-house retrospective workshop, designed a retrospective exercise where team members pair up to discuss why, when and how to do specific agile practices. Purpose of the exercise is to involve minorities and introverts into the team's improvements and actions. Here it is: the Extreme Pairing Retrospective!

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Hoeveel verandering kan een organisatie aan

Organisaties kunnen maar in beperkte mate veranderingen aan. Sommige van de organisaties waarmee ik werk zijn zeer flexibel; ze passen zich continu aan aan nieuwe omstandigheden. In andere organisaties gaat verandering moeizaam gaat. Je gaat je dan afvragen hoe dat komt en hoeveel verandering een organisatie aan kan en wat je kunt doen om maximaal te veranderen en de organisatie niet te overladen.

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Building high quality apps

Users expect apps to function correctly and do what they expect them to do. Apps should be easy to use, fast, and reliable. This article provides useful suggestions if you want to build high-quality apps.

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Summary of Sense and Respond in 15 Tweets

The book Sense and Respond is about listening to customers, using experimentation, and learning to build great products. It shows how an agile mindset can be applied throughout organizations, both by business managers and developers, to create a digital business.

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Retrospective classic: Mad Sad Glad

Mad Sad Glad is a classic exercise that you can use in your agile retrospectives. It helps teams to look for things that make them happy, sad, or drive them mad, and to decide how they want to address these things working together as a team.

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Futurespective: Building Awesome Products

What if you need to deliver the best possible software products? High quality products that do everything that your users need in a great way, products that your users will love? Here's a futurespective exercise that you can use in your agile retrospectives if your teams wants to build awesome products.

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State of Practice in Agile Retrospectives

The annual agile retrospective report describes the state of practice in agile retrospectives. Let's explore some of the conclusions from the 2017 report to understand how retrospectives are currently being done and the value that they bring.

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