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At AgilityFeat we are more than just designers and coders. We are also thought leaders. Our team has spoken at numerous conferences around the US, Europe, and Latin America. We are leading the way when it comes to applying agile methodologies to nearshore software development in Latin America. Our blog is where we share those lessons with you, as well as news about what our team is up to.

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Getting off on the Right Foot- Inside Sprint Zero

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“How do we get started?” This is a question we hear from clients all the time, often it’s the first question they ask after signing a contract. Most clients are familiar with the concepts of Agile at that point, including the processes and artifac...

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Getting off on the Right Foot- Inside Sprint Zero

“How do we get started?” This is a question we hear from clients all the time, often it’s the first question they ask after signing a contract. Most clients are familiar with the concepts of Agile at that point, including the processes and artifacts that will make a project a success but they are stuck […]

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Why One Week Sprints Work Best in Distributed A...

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Sprint length is a topic of debate for companies employing Scrum. In my opinion, there is no one “right” length for sprints because of the myriad of factors that influence how effective a specific sprint length can be for a company. Av...

Arin Sime

Why One Week Sprints Work Best in Distributed Agile

Sprint length is a topic of debate for companies employing Scrum. In my opinion, there is no one “right” length for sprints because of the myriad of factors that influence how effective a specific sprint length can be for a company. Availability of stakeholders, the stage of the company and experience with scrum are all […]

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Agile Thinking Outside of Development Organizat...

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Agile methodologies in software development have been around for a long time.  The Agile Manifesto was written almost 13 years ago in fact. Initially a hit with developers who were struggling to find a better way to build software, Agile thinking ...

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Agile Thinking Outside of Development Organizations

Agile methodologies in software development have been around for a long time.  The Agile Manifesto was written almost 13 years ago in fact. Initially a hit with developers who were struggling to find a better way to build software, Agile thinking has been adopted across organizations in a variety of ways as technology managers shared […]

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Red stickies as an expedite lane in Scrum

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When teams move to Scrum from a more chaotic development method, there is often a struggle with convincing the new Product Owner (or the business folks that they report to) that the team cannot be retargeted on a whim. A benefit of Scrum is that t...

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Red stickies as an expedite lane in Scrum

When teams move to Scrum from a more chaotic development method, there is often a struggle with convincing the new Product Owner (or the business folks that they report to) that the team cannot be retargeted on a whim. A benefit of Scrum is that teams get to focus heads down on a set of [...]

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Simple business lessons from Cinco de Mayo, min...

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Simple business lessons from Cinco de Mayo, mint juleps and chinese food Eric Ries defines a startup as “a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty”. Here at AgilityFeat, we experience ...

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Simple business lessons from Cinco de Mayo, mint juleps and chinese food

Simple business lessons from Cinco de Mayo, mint juleps and chinese food Eric Ries defines a startup as “a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty”. Here at AgilityFeat, we experience this definition every day. In addition to delivering a new service (in our case, a world [...]

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Setting up a cadence on your agile team

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I’d like to share with you a common cadence that we are using on agile teams that I coach, and also on many of AgilityFeat’s development teams with our clients. For an agile team to get into a solid rhythm of work, they need to have a set cadence ...

Arin Sime

Setting up a cadence on your agile team

I’d like to share with you a common cadence that we are using on agile teams that I coach, and also on many of AgilityFeat’s development teams with our clients. For an agile team to get into a solid rhythm of work, they need to have a set cadence of sprints. This means that demos [...]

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Three things I learned on a work-cation..

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Last weekend, I traveled to San José, Costa Rica to meet with the Agility Feat team. As usual, the trip to Costa Rica was absolutely amazing even though there were no beaches nor rain forests on the itinerary. This time, we used the weekend to sep...

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Three things I learned on a work-cation..

Last weekend, I traveled to San José, Costa Rica to meet with the Agility Feat team. As usual, the trip to Costa Rica was absolutely amazing even though there were no beaches nor rain forests on the itinerary. This time, we used the weekend to separate from our day to day responsibilities, mixing planning with [...]

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Feb 28: News from the Startup Front

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How’s your year going? Ours has been crazy-busy. That means we haven’t blogged as much as we’d like over the last month, but nonetheless we’ve got some important and hard-learned lessons to share with you. We’ve just gone through a period of inten...

Arin Sime

Feb 28: News from the Startup Front

How’s your year going? Ours has been crazy-busy. That means we haven’t blogged as much as we’d like over the last month, but nonetheless we’ve got some important and hard-learned lessons to share with you. We’ve just gone through a period of intense deadlines and some long weekends at AgilityFeat, but we made it to [...]

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7 tips for when the going gets tough

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Not every project is going to run smoothly, even in the best of teams. We have a great team here at AgilityFeat, and we’re very selective when choosing our customers, so our projects tend to be very successful. But every team is going to hit bumps...

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7 tips for when the going gets tough

Not every project is going to run smoothly, even in the best of teams. We have a great team here at AgilityFeat, and we’re very selective when choosing our customers, so our projects tend to be very successful. But every team is going to hit bumps in the road sometimes, and we’re not immune to [...]

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Improving our Sprint Zero process

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Project on-boarding is key to success Step two is always a question mark. It’s one of my favorite meme’s on the internet. Some joker on a message board will say they have a great idea, and their business plan usually goes something like the image ...

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Improving our Sprint Zero process

Project on-boarding is key to success Step two is always a question mark. It’s one of my favorite meme’s on the internet. Some joker on a message board will say they have a great idea, and their business plan usually goes something like the image on the left. It’s a light hearted way to poke [...]

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4 more tips to Nearshore Agile Development

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CIO magazine posted an article this week entitled “7 Tips to Offshore Agile Development”, and they got it mostly right, but I would like to add 4 more tips that I think are critical to effective agile outsourcing. Stephanie Overby wrote these 7 ti...

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4 more tips to Nearshore Agile Development

CIO magazine posted an article this week entitled “7 Tips to Offshore Agile Development”, and they got it mostly right, but I would like to add 4 more tips that I think are critical to effective agile outsourcing. Stephanie Overby wrote these 7 tips: Be prepared (with standard tools and communication rules) Start small (use [...]

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Check out the Sensei demo at #Agile2012

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Today’s your last day to see what the buzz is about Sensei and Agile Retrospectives at Agile 2012!  Lithespeed has launched their Sensei product into beta, and we at AgilityFeat are particularly proud of it because our team of Costa Rican Code Com...

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Check out the Sensei demo at #Agile2012

Today’s your last day to see what the buzz is about Sensei and Agile Retrospectives at Agile 2012!  Lithespeed has launched their Sensei product into beta, and we at AgilityFeat are particularly proud of it because our team of Costa Rican Code Commandos built it! We’ve been working with Lithespeed and their awesome Product Owner [...]

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AgilityFeat Team Retrospective in Costa Rica

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Retrospectives are important at higher levels than just your individual projects. At AgilityFeat we also hold retrospectives within our company and across our projects regularly. This is so we can look for patterns across our most successful proje...

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AgilityFeat Team Retrospective in Costa Rica

Retrospectives are important at higher levels than just your individual projects. At AgilityFeat we also hold retrospectives within our company and across our projects regularly. This is so we can look for patterns across our most successful projects and also learn from projects that had more challenges. These retrospectives also keep our team members informed [...]

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Benefits to kicking off your Nearshore Agile pr...

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Last week we just finished up the kick off for a new project in the AgilityFeat Costa Rica offices.  This is a fast growing area of business at AgilityFeat and one I am very pleased about, so I would like to take a little time to describe to you h...

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Benefits to kicking off your Nearshore Agile project in Costa Rica

Last week we just finished up the kick off for a new project in the AgilityFeat Costa Rica offices.  This is a fast growing area of business at AgilityFeat and one I am very pleased about, so I would like to take a little time to describe to you how a kick off week might [...]

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