All Things Agile


7-Step Program to Respond to a Rollout Like the ACA Website

We thought we would take a step back and look at what you should do if you are ever faced with a big consumer web/eCommerce rollout that is ridden with bugs and problems. The result was this 7-step Program.


#LeanStartup’s Hidden Gem – Built-in Risk Management for Creation

The Lean Startup approach to managing the uncertainty of creation contains hidden gems that seamlessly harness the most powerful risk management techniques helpful to anyone trying to create something new


Prioritizing risk response using the Pareto Principle

When using Active Risk Management (ARM) it is very easy to spend TOO much time and attention managing risks. By using the Pareto Principle to prioritize how you response to identified risks, you can assure your risk management efforts yield more benefit than they cost—in a simple, easy-to-understand manner…


Risk management is more than just risk mitigation

There are four different techniques to manage identified risks. Some try to prevent them from occurring; others deal with the consequences if they do occur. Too few people realize that they have this many tools at their disposal. As a result they do not manage risk as effectively as they would like…

RIPping up risks to figure out which are largest

It is very easy to get so caught up in analysis paralysis that you never get around to actually responding to your identified risks. Estimating them instead provides a quick, low-cost way to figure out how big each of your risks are relative to each other. Risk estimation is easy when you remember that risk consists of two components: impact and probability—each of which has a simple proxy for quick estimation…

Looking for risks in all the places they can occur

To actively manage risk across your enterprise, you will need develop an organization-wide consistent method to seeking out and identify risk. This requires two critical steps: 1) develop a clear definition of risk enterprise-wide and 2) teach your staff to seek out and plan for all types of risk: positive, negative, internal and external. Once you do this, you will be ready to begin planning for and managing response to nearly any situation of importance that is likely to occur…