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Baby Steps: Agile Transformation at BabyCenter.com
September/October 2008 (vol. 10 no. 5)
pp. 59-62
Ken DeLong, BabyCenter.com
The authors describe BabyCenter.com's four-year journey from chaos to a relatively mature agile organization. From engineering teams tasked with more projects than developers, delivery dates set long before projects were scoped or staffed, and multitudinous business stakeholders deluging team members with new project requests, each more urgent than the previous, the team evolved into scrum sprints with predictable, steady paces and a comprehensive planning process wrapping the sprints.

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Index Terms:
agile methods, e-commerce, enterprise software, scrum, software engineering, Web site development
Citation:
Keith Nottonson, Ken DeLong, "Baby Steps: Agile Transformation at BabyCenter.com," IT Professional, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 59-62, Sept.-Oct. 2008, doi:10.1109/MITP.2008.95
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