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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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Where Art Thou Product Owner?

Many moons ago before my agile conversion, while still toiling as a project manager for a large bank, I wanted to purchase my team pizza to celebrate a milestone. To get roughly $200 in pizza, soda, salad and cookies approved … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Bug; It’s a Feature

I know everyone who has worked in, or on, or amongst a development team has heard the saying, “It’s not a bug; it’s a feature.” When said, it is usually followed by some laughter, sometimes remorseful laughter. Heck, you’ll even … Continue reading

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StandUp? Or StandAround?

StandUp is a cornerstone of any agile practice.  It runs like a well-oiled machine at most agile shops. You get the talking stick (or ball, or the coolest piece of swag from your last agile conference (for the record, it … Continue reading

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Agile Culture: One More Secret to Building it

I recently read the excellent and fascinating book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. The book doesn’t only cover habits of individuals, but also habits of communities and organizations. Reading it reminded me of a conversation I had with … 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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The Chickens and the Pigskin

Ah, October… autumn is here. It’s that beautiful time of year when the air is crisp, the leaves turn and of course College Football is in full swing. For my family, it begins a series of pilgrimages back to my … Continue reading

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Using Velocity to Make Smarter Management Decisions

On agile projects, we use a team’s historical velocity to help us plan for how much work they can get done in upcoming iterations. Velocity is the rate at which a team is able to deliver software in a period … Continue reading

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How Can Team Members Help Create an Effective, Self-Organizing Agile Team?

In my last post, I took a stab at answering the question, “How do we change from individuals in workgroups to effective, self-organizing teams?” Through my discovery and reflection on that topic, I turned my focus toward the environment of … Continue reading

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Savant Leadership or Empowered Agile Team?

There can be many reasons organizations struggle with their agile adoptions, but often it is because they’re clinging to the idea that only a select few people can be trusted to do the real thinking.  Design decisions are left in … Continue reading

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