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Making Agile Management Meaningful

In the past, one of my favorite go-tos when exploring the web was Quora, the popular question and answer site. I would read through a lot of high quality answers by subject and domain experts; perfect for when I had some time on my hands during the boring commute to work. One day I saw a highly rated answer on my feed, and began to read through it without paying attention to the author’s name. I glanced at the author name and was stunned to see the Quora profile of US President Obama.

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Bridging the Gap Between Agile Development and UX Design

Why is there still such a divide between people who develop and people who design? With communication apps like Slack and HipChat abounding, you’d think it would be a breeze to keep teams talking. Shouldn’t we all know how to go about this with the success of methods like Design Thinking, Scrum, and Kanban?

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Reducing the Uphill Struggle to Build Great UIs with Pega 7.3.1

The project failed partly because the designers didn’t fully consider practicality. This wasn’t a software project, though, and it happened long ago. Nevertheless, this project failure provides a lesson that we can apply to UI design today. Mostly completed by 1806 and terminating in the Massachusetts towns of Cambridge and Concord, the Cambridge and Concord Turnpike was purposely designed and implemented in a veritable straight line between the two towns, which are roughly 14 miles apart.

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Rules, Guardrails, and Naming Conventions: a Pega Best Practice

What's in a name? Sometimes we forget to stress the importance of naming guardrails when discussing guardrail design. Rule naming is one of the most crucial players in Pega Platform application design. In my experience of interacting with various developers, I've noticed that following proper naming conventions is probably one of the most ignored areas in the Pega application development cycle. There are a good deal of rules which are heavily used during development, yet aren't paid much attention when it comes to naming conventions and consistency.

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Boosting Product Owner Engagement with your Scrum Team

How involved is your Product Owner when it comes to your Scrum team?

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Taming the Legacy Code Dragon

Is technical debt compromising your team's sprint commitments? Sometimes we need a process change. We are Agile, after all. There are 12 principles outlined on the Agile Manifesto. Two of these principles are:

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Collaborative Whiteboarding for Agile Retrospectives

A Sprint Retrospective is when a team takes time to analyze its performance of a Sprint. The retrospective comes after the Sprint Review and before the next Sprint Planning, and is when the team discusses: What went well in the Sprint What could be improved What commitments the team will make to improve the next Sprint If you’re new to the Agile environment, be sure to tap the benefits of a Sprint retrospective. It can be a revealing and strategic tool for continuous improvement.

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Using Pega Express

Pega Express is a capability of Pega 7 Platform which allows you to quickly build business applications while experiencing the potential of the Pega 7 Platform. If you are completely new to Pega technology, Pega Express is the fastest way to experience the power of the Pega Platform. Pega Express Overview

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Creating and Iterating on a Value Statement

Scrum teams work closely to deliver the product increment they are dedicated to while applying the Agile methodology. The teams also work with both the Product Owner and Scrum Master to reach a shared business goal. About a year ago, one of our teams (we’ll call them Team A) created a Value Statement for their scrum team.

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The Daily Standup is Not a Status Update

Any Scrum team effectively using Agile methods and principles should start the day with a daily Standup meeting. Topping out at fifteen minutes, these are meant to let everyone else on the team know what others are working on, what progress has been made, and whether there are any blockers. Some refer to the Standup as a status update...but is it really? The Problem

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