Category Archives: Scrum Methodology

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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How to Win $1,500 for 15 Minutes of Work

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve gotten the memo by now… We’re running a State of Agile Survey. Big freakin’ deal; so are five other groups out there, right? If you only have time to do one of … Continue reading

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From Agile Pathologies to Agile Health

In my agile-lean coaching, training, and consulting engagements, I often come across software development teams and projects that claim to follow an agile development methodology, usually Scrum.  When I dig deeper, I often find that many of those team are … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Phone Zombies

 Image credit: MiYung Youn I lovingly refer to people in my own personal clan that spend way too much time on their smart phones as ‘Phone Zombies’. They seem ‘severed’ from the real world directly in front of them. Texting, … Continue reading

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AgileSherpa: Your Hub for News, Coach and Resources

In the first part of this blog series, we learned about the Intro to Agile, Training and Events section of AgileSherpa. If you’ve missed the first part, AgileSherpa is the premiere destination for starting your Agile journey, or just collecting … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on ‘Individuals and interactions over processes and tools’

It’s one seemingly simple word repeated four times in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development http://www.agilemanifesto.org Over Experience has shown me that some folks overlook the meaning of this word, sometimes leading to a fundamental misunderstanding of the entire Agile Manifesto. … Continue reading

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How to Land Your Very Own Cube 3D Printer

Ever seen a Cube 3D printer? It’s really freakin’ cool. Especially if you have kids (or people around the office who act like kids), I’m pretty sure you could use one. If you want a chance at one of these bad-boys, … Continue reading

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Re-Imagining the Agile Manifesto

Another Agile conference has come and gone, and as usual, there was plenty to learn in Nashville this year (besides packing walking shoes for the Gaylord). The biggest piece I took away from last week might be how we view … 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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WTF is There a Panda at Agile 2013?

If you’re at Agile 2013, you might be wondering:  ”Did I REALLY see a giant panda walking around the exhibition floor last night, or did I have one too many glasses of wine?” Yes, you did see a 7-ft-tall panda. … Continue reading

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