Category Archives: Lean Software Development

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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Agile Lean Metrics – How Big Should Your Experiment Be?

Agile 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee has officially wrapped up.  The atmosphere was lively and informative, with all the great vendors and speakers making this a great show.  If you missed this year’s conference, make sure you start planning today for … Continue reading

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The Currency of Trust

Maybe it is one of the trade-offs you make in working for Big Corporate, but I find the (continuing) erosion of trust and empowerment in the corporate workplace troubling. From being told how to do their jobs via rigid/crippling processes … 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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If Your Title Rhymes with “leaf”, “erector”, or “resident” – You Should Learn About Agile and Lean

If you are reading this blog, then you are either part of an Agile transformation or you are someone considering an agile transformation. If you are someone that works in a management or simply a position of authority at your … Continue reading

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5S Applied to Agile Software Development

You didn’t stumble across a manufacturing blog don’t click the back button! Like Lean Software Development and Kanban, 5S was born in Japan as part of the just in time system (JIT). 5S was and still a widely used practice … 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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Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 4 of 4)

Once a Scrum team has discussed and developed a SMART action plan in a Sprint Retrospective session (as described in Part 3 of this blog series), I recommend capturing all the results from the Retrospective session and SMART actions into … Continue reading

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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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