Articles published in May 2011

My Experiments with TDD

My Experiments with TDD

I started my IT journey as a coder, although I was called a developer. I worked on small and medium-sized software projects and products, and for the first few years I put most of my effort into writing code and implementing required functionality. I tried my best, of course, but usually...

Measuring Sprint Progress

Measuring Sprint Progress

I often find that teams implementing Scrum have questions about how best to track progress. There are several different commonly used options. Some teams divide each story into tasks of one-day duration. Well, they try to; actually, I've seen...

Scrum from Student to Master

Scrum from Student to Master

Many people associate Scrum with a complete methodology. However, Scrum is only a framework and as such does not provide the details found in other methodologies. It provides a basic definition of the roles, major activities, and basic artifacts around the ultimate goal of producing a “potentially shippable product increment” within a fixed time box called a Sprint. For example, Scrum does not tell you how to best develop a product backlog, it just tells you that you need a prioritized list of backlog items to determine what should go into each of the sprints.

Using Lean-Thinking to Help Scrum Teams

Using Lean-Thinking to Help Scrum Teams

After years of helping organizations large and small to transition to become more Agile, I have learned one thing: The larger the organization, the more Lean thinking helps to be effective while using Scrum. Lean is not as necessary for smaller organizations with independent teams; however, it is vital for larger development organizations, say of 100 or more. If you work in a larger organization, this article is for you.

Is Sustainable Pace Nice to Have? Think Again!

Is Sustainable Pace Nice to Have? Think Again!

Most of the time, “selling” Agile is easy these days. Everyone agrees that iterative and incremental development is a better alternative; more user interaction is better; so on and so forth. At some point, I will talk about the import...

What Can We Do About (Or Perhaps Better, For) Our Managers?

What Can We Do About (Or Perhaps Better, For) Our Managers?

I owe the title of this piece to Alistair Cockburn, who several years ago wrote a favorite article of mine for Cutter IT Journal entitled “What Can We Do About Our Project Managers?”# I think it remains a relevant read today. In it, Al...

Scrum Master and Scoutmaster: Similar Servant Leadership Roles

Scrum Master and Scoutmaster: Similar Servant Leadership Roles

 When my son joined Troop 19 in Normal, Illinois, I also joined as an Assistant Scoutmaster.  The Scoutmaster, Fred, has over 40 years of teaching and coaching Boy Scouts - - and mentoring new assistant scoutmasters like me. When the ...

Agile & Systemic Coaching

Agile & Systemic Coaching

 By Sigi Kaltenecker & Bent Myllerup Over the last few years coaching has become a prominent issue in the agile world. There is a growing number of agile practitioners who call themselves agile coaches - and the Scrum Alliance even h...