Category Archives: Lean Software Development

Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 3 of 4)

Developing the SMART action plan: In Part 2 of this blog series, I presented the details of areas A, B and C of the Sprint Retrospective table covered in Part 1 of this blog series. Reaching consensus on the Top … Continue reading

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Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 2 of 4)

Reaching team consensus on the Top 3 factors that worked well and the Top 3 most problematic factors: Before the Sprint Retrospective session, the ScrumMaster should collect each Scrum team member’s individual Top 3 observations in both categories listed below: … 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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PMI-ACP Exam for Agile Project Management

PMI… Those three letters strike fear into most project teams. I do not fault you for imagining an environment that’s heavy on process, rigid and poorly prepared to adapt to the changes common in software development projects. Times are changing, and … 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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VersionOne Turns it Up to 10 (Part 2)

In my first post we talked about the top three things you didn’t know about agile in 2002, and the ways I’ve personally experienced an evolution within VersionOne, our product and the adoption of agile within the industry. Now for … Continue reading

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VersionOne Turns it Up to 10: Three Things You Never Knew About Agile in ‘02 (Part 1)

  VersionOne Turns it Up to 10:  Three Things You Never Knew About Agile in ‘02 It all started on July 1, 2002 in a shady hotel room with two people – myself and our CEO Robert Holler. Don’t worry; … Continue reading

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Thoughts From the LSSC 2012 Conference – Boston, MA

I just recently returned from LSSC 2012 Conference in Boston, MA.  Besides getting my iPhone stolen, it was a great conference.  The keynote speakers were both thought provoking and entertaining.  I especially enjoyed the fact that the presentations demonstrated interdisciplinary … 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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The Change to Agile Development – Make it Visible

A common occurrence when driving the change to agile development is that once you start to try to increase the circle of influence of the initiative, you will undoubtedly run the risk of encountering cultural, personal and political resistance to … Continue reading

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