Category Archives: Iterative Development

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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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 3 of 5)

Earlier I outlined the 6 steps to a more effective, more efficient standup and gave an example of how to present individual progress in the format of: “DONE/NOT DONE, and WORK PLAN until the next Scrum meeting. There are several … Continue reading

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Filling a Void in Agile Development

Agile development organizations come in a variety of shapes and sizes: Small teams of a few people simply getting their job done in a manner they find most efficient. Departments with multiple project teams planning their work in concert. Large … Continue reading

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Personal Agility: Is the laundry done?

When speaking to people who find Agile, or more specifically, iterative development, a difficult concept to understand, I tend to use the analogy of human beings performing in an Agile fashion. Most of us live in 24-hour iterations in which … Continue reading

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You can’t spend your way out of technical debt

There is an axiom of personal finance that states “You cannot spend your way out of debt.”  While seemingly trite at first, it holds a truth that becomes apparent in nuance.  It becomes a mantra for those seeking a quick-fix … Continue reading

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Five Myths of Agile Development: Myth #2 – Agile Teams Do Not Plan

The first post in this series discussed Myth #1 – Agile is Undisciplined. Now let’s talk about another common Agile myth: Agile Teams Do Not Plan. This misconception generally relates to a lack of understanding of an agile, or incremental, … Continue reading

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Noodling on Kanban… Part Three

Earlier today we noodled on the secret sauce… maybe even THE most important value add… of implementing a Kanban system.  Kanban gives us a very visual way of identifying and elevating the constraints in our system.  The ONLY way to … Continue reading

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Filling the Scrum Leadership Vacuum

Here it is again in case you missed it… My premise is that the Product Owner in Scrum embodies many of the roles we see in a traditional software project; they are the Project Manager, the Business Analyst, the System … Continue reading

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