Author Archives: Matthew Badgley

Unintended Consequences of Good Intentions

Have you ever sat back and wandered about unintended consequences of good intentions. There are a lot of real life examples, but two I’ve reflected on lately are: In the late 90′s we saw a push to increase home ownership, … Continue reading

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Words Mean Things – Velocity

Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure. – Edward Thorndike As everyone knows, many challenges we have in software development are around semantics. People seem to really get wrapped around the axel when in a meeting team … Continue reading

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Product Ownership – a Team Sport?

How many of you have heard a Product Owner being described as a single-wring-able-neck, or read that the Product Owner is solely responsible for the “Return On Investment” of a product or project? Are you aware that the Product Owner … Continue reading

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Five Simple Guidelines to Agile Metric Bliss

Over the past couple years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great teams in many industries. I often work with teams and their managers to generate reports. In doing so, I quickly realize that although teams may be … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Bug; It’s a Feature

I know everyone who has worked in, or on, or amongst a development team has heard the saying, “It’s not a bug; it’s a feature.” When said, it is usually followed by some laughter, sometimes remorseful laughter. Heck, you’ll even … Continue reading

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Words Mean Things – Waterfall Project Management

If you are someone who is passionate about agile, the word “Waterfall” is usually used in a derogatory manner or, at least, when you use it — you are making the stink eye. On the converse, if you are someone … Continue reading

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Put It On the Team

Do you want to have more effective daily stand-ups? Do you want to have the planning meetings flow better and increase the value of these meetings? Do you want to see continuous improvement flow from your retrospectives? If your answer is … Continue reading

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Words Mean Things – Innovate & Adapt

At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly. – Agile Manifesto (agilemanifesto.org) In case you weren’t aware, this is the 12th Principle of the Agile Manifesto and it is … Continue reading

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Behaviors and Culture Can Impair Creating Good Product

When we think culture, we often think about nationality and/or regional cultures. Culture is often a dinner discussion with my wife and friends; it’s great to reflect upon how our upbringing, surroundings, and maybe even our genetics drive our work … Continue reading

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Agile Approach to Problems Found While Testing “In Sprint” Stories (Part 2 of 2)

Earlier I outlined what the process looks like for a traditional software tester, and some of the problems it can cause. Today let’s look at how different that would look in an agile development environment and what it can do … Continue reading

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