Empowered Developers: Strength to Your User Persona!

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Agile principles put the power of quality and the definition of ‘enough’ in the hands of developers. Yes, the Product Owner and Stakeholders get final say, but the best way to optimize your developers’ strength is to give them the power to make decisions about how to best fulfill a User Story. The Agile principle is clear: “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.”

My interpretation of this principle is that empowering a team allows them to create beyond your expectations. One oft-overlooked empowerment tool is the User Persona. Here is an example developed by our User Experience team:

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Asking A Consultant For AGILE – Check Yourself For Success

When asking a consultant if they can run a project with Agile there are assumptions on both sides that will make or break satisfaction. In my experience, these factors have the most impact when entering into an agile consultant partnership on a project.

DO YOU ALREADY USE AGILE?

If so, make sure you discuss your methodology completely with the consultant, including which roles you expect them to fill. Agile methodologies vary widely, even those that fall under scrum.

If not, reconsider making a consulting project your first agile experience. The tools, vernacular and—more importantly—measures of success that you are accustomed to will likely be quite different. Don’t undervalue the debt of taking on a new methodology along with on-boarding a consultant.

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