Category Archives: Agile Velocity

Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Introduction and Overview of the Blog Series (Part 1 of 5)

Agile estimation topics such as relative size effort estimation in story points and velocity based on story points are well-known.  Relative size estimation done as a team effort leads to improved shared understanding of stories.  It takes less time than … Continue reading

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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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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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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 5 of 5)

If you’ve been reading my earlier posts in this series, you know all about the High-Effectiveness, High-Efficiency Daily Scrum Quadrant. As I wrap up this series, I’ll leave you with 8 practical tips every ScrumMaster should follow to improve the … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrums Really Effective & Efficient (Part 4 of 5)

In my last post I discussed the advantages of the Daily Scrum format and introduced a Daily_Journal template (click here to get a copy) that can be used to facilitate concise and effective reporting, get help from team members, and … Continue reading

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Using Velocity to Make Smarter Management Decisions

On agile projects, we use a team’s historical velocity to help us plan for how much work they can get done in upcoming iterations. Velocity is the rate at which a team is able to deliver software in a period … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 1 of 5)

The Agile Scrum Framework is based on empirical process control. It requires transparency of the process and work product, and an ability to inspect so the team can adapt to achieve their goals.  An important element of this empirical process … Continue reading

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Estimation in an Agile Organization – A Barometer of Dysfunction?

Estimation in agile organizations still seems to be a pretty hot topic.  I was reading a recent post by Mike Cohn on his blog about it.  Mike states: “Because I’m so interested in estimating and planning, I always take notice … Continue reading

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Velocity in the Enterprise, Part 2

One of the advantages of using a software solution for tracking team velocity is that it is pretty easy to roll the data up.  The idea is that you have lots of individual teams that all contribute completed features to … Continue reading

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Velocity in the Enterprise, Part 1

Today I thought we could take another look at team level velocity and project velocity.  More specifically… I want to explore a bit where velocity works and where it doesn’t.  I’ve talked quite a lot over the past year about … Continue reading

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