Category Archives: Agile Development

Agile Acceptance Criteria

I’ve been hearing a bit of confusion about acceptance criteria lately and I wanted to clarify a couple of things. Ultimately, the point of acceptance criteria is to establish the definition of done. We talk about defining done in Agile … Continue reading

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Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Review of published scalable agile estimation methods (Part 3 of 5)

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I introduced the topic of the blog series and provided an overview.  Scalable agile estimation methods are required to provide reliable estimates of workload (work effort) and also reliable velocity metrics (both … Continue reading

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Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Estimation Challenges Galore! (Part 2 of 5)

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I introduced the topic of the blog series and provided an overview.  Scalable agile estimation methods are required to provide reliable estimates of workload (work effort) and also reliable velocity metrics (both … Continue reading

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How to Show Your Value

A new ScrumMaster wanted to know what to do with a 20 point story that wasn’t complete at the end of an iteration. I explained to her that the story and its points move to the next iteration, but she … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Boards We Use In Agile Software Development

I know this is going to sound weird, but I have an affinity for the boards we use in Agile Software Development (or Agile Project Management). I’m using the generic term board, but you may refer to them as Storyboards, … Continue reading

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The 4Ls, a Retrospective Technique

As of late I have had several questions from teams on how to improve their retrospectives.  The idea behind the retrospective is to give the team an opportunity to reflect on the sprint.  There are several ways that teams can … Continue reading

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How to Win $1,500 for 15 Minutes of Work

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve gotten the memo by now… We’re running a State of Agile Survey. Big freakin’ deal; so are five other groups out there, right? If you only have time to do one of … Continue reading

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Overcoming Information Overload in the Agile-Lean World

I recently attended Agile 2013 conference and tradeshow at Nashville, TN.  It was a great!  I always visit the “agile bookstore” at such conferences, and didn’t miss it at Agile 2013.   Most of these books in the physical bookstore … Continue reading

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From Agile Pathologies to Agile Health

In my agile-lean coaching, training, and consulting engagements, I often come across software development teams and projects that claim to follow an agile development methodology, usually Scrum.  When I dig deeper, I often find that many of those team are … Continue reading

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Agile Killed the Project Star

As a reformed project manager (My “900 days since I built an MS Project Schedule” chip around here somewhere), with a PMP and active membership of PMI, what I am about to say is rather controversial. But, it needs to … Continue reading

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