Author Archives: Steve Ropa

Reject the Tyranny of Metrics

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one team to dissolve the bondage to metrics and stretch goals, and to begin to develop software at a sustainable pace, a decent respect to the opinions of their coworkers  … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Like the User Story Templates

Ok, so you’ve all heard about The Story Template.  In Mike Cohn’s excellent book User Stories Applied he identifies a format that will help teams learn how to better create stories. I want to point out at the beginning that I really … Continue reading

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Agile “Engineering” Practices, a Cheat Sheet

Every once in a while, somebody posts an article about “The Agile Engineering Practices”.    Usually, it is an article about why we shouldn’t do them, or why they are “considered harmful.”  These articles are often followed up by someone … Continue reading

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Practicing

There is an old joke, very popular in performing circles.  A tourist shows up in New York City for the first time.  He wants to see all the sites.  The next one on his list is Carnegie Hall, and as … Continue reading

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Call Me Ishmael…

Who remembers loving High School English?  Anyone…Anyone…. No I didn’t think so.   But we all remember it very well.  One of the things that really stands out for me was the number of really, really, really long books we were forced to … Continue reading

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Where Are We Going Out After the Meeting?

I haven’t posted for quite a while, mostly because I’ve been spending a *ton* of time with some really amazing clients.  What a great year!  Teams are really starting to move forward with those aspects of agile that really make … Continue reading

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Learning Your Agile Scales – Part 2

In Part 1 of “Learning Your Agile Scales” I why it’s important to learn and practice your scales in agile development. Here we will cover three forms of scales you should make part of your basic language: Test Driven-Development, Object … Continue reading

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Learning Your Agile Scales – Part 1

Recently, we looked at how a jazz combo is a great metaphor for the interactions and exchanges that make up a great small team.  The question then comes to mind, “surely, isn’t there more to it than that?”  The answer … Continue reading

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A Musical Approach to Agile Development Teams – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this post I explained why it’s important for agile development teams to have distinct specialties – very similar to the way a jazz combo works together to create beautiful music. In this post I’ll continue my … Continue reading

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A Musical Approach to Agile Development Teams – Part 1 of 2

<Adapted from my article in CM Crossroads article titled, “Making Beautiful Music Together”> Have you ever watched a jazz combo? The performance starts with the leader counting off the rhythm, then stepping away. Then the drummer begins to lay down … Continue reading

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