Was Mr. Twain being Agile?

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."

Mark Twain

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hebley & Associates provides training and mentoring services to assist project teams in adopting and perfecting an agile software development process.

Some of the biggest issues facing startup Agile teams is how to structure a Sprint or iteration; how to know what to include and what to keep out and how to measure progress.

Through a combination of formal classroom training and team mentoring, John Hebley has helped many projects through to a successful delivery.

Formal training in the techniques and tools of agile project management is typically only half the job. Mentoring project teams in how best to approach the day to day issues will develop a project wide process culture and will help create company wide improvements in software quality and usability.

No one software development process works for all organizations, all companies or all projects. However proven techniques for good process management are well understood and can be applied in almost all situations. Agile techniques, such as daily stand-ups, short iterations and pair programming are well suited when combined with other, more traditional techniques.

Putting it all together is the challenge. No matter whether you are migrating from a traditional waterfall approach, a tailored RUP process or no process at all, hebley & associates can help you.

The software development process is a business that provides a structure for determining the customer needs, establishing the project goals, estimating the scope of the tasks, defining the team structure and executing the project on a defined, predictable schedule and within budget.

Who's the Manager here?

Ever watched a flock of birds migrating south for the winter. There are thousands of them in the fall here in Texas, and it's fascinating to watch them move in elegant harmony across the evening sky.

No planning meetings; no progress reports; nobody saying left or right; nobody really in charge; but they have just travelled 200 miles and arrived on time and well within their budget!