Category Archives: Scrum Methodology

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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Why I Don’t Like the User Story Templates

Ok, so you’ve all heard about The Story Template.  In Mike Cohn’s excellent book User Stories Applied he identifies a format that will help teams learn how to better create stories. I want to point out at the beginning that I really … Continue reading

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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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Call Me Ishmael…

Who remembers loving High School English?  Anyone…Anyone…. No I didn’t think so.   But we all remember it very well.  One of the things that really stands out for me was the number of really, really, really long books we were forced to … Continue reading

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Agile Capacity Calculation – Part 2 of 2

In the first part of this two-part blog, I presented two methods for agile capacity calculation: Method 1: Capacity is not required to be estimated or calculated.  This is an idealized  and the simplest method. Method 2: Capacity is only … Continue reading

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What Happens When the CEO is the Product Owner and Part-Time Developer on the ‘The Team?’

I recently visited with a client where the CEO and founder of the company is also an active part-time developer on the Dev Team.  This provides an interesting dynamic that has some advantages but also some genuine risk. This company is … 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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If You Could Say 1 Thing Anonymously to Your President About Agile What Would it Be?

This is a new question we’ve added to our annual State of Agile Development Survey, launched just over a week ago, and I’m chuckling at some of the answers coming in. I thought I’d share some of the good ones. … 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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