Category Archives: Iterative Development

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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Forecast Says: Your Forecast is History

You may have a well-articulated, strategic roadmap BUT how, when and what value you deliver against that roadmap can fluctuate. A benefit of iterative delivery and deliberate learning cycles is that product teams can tweak or radically change output based … Continue reading

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No Resolutions, Please

As I sat with my strong-willed 5-year-old on Christmas Eve, she prepared to write a letter to leave out for Santa Claus. “What should I write?” she asked me, this being the first year she could actually pen her own … Continue reading

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Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 1 of 4)

The Agile Scrum Framework is based on empirical process control and requires transparency of the process and work product, and ability to inspect so the team can adapt to help it achieve their goals.  There are several feedback loops built … 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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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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