Articles published in June 2012

Full Circle: From Generalist to Specialist and Back

Full Circle: From Generalist to Specialist and Back

I started in the IT industry back in the early 1990s, working for Ford Company in the U.K. Since then I've observed with interest the trends in the skill set required to be successful in our industry. Looking back, I realize I was extremely fortu...

The Flexible Definition of Done

The Flexible Definition of Done

Software projects always take place in an organizational context, and their objectives are in line with organizational goals. Similarly, the sprints that build a project's road map need to have goals that are in line with those of the projects. T...

The RACI+F Matrix

The RACI+F Matrix

We can all agree that shared responsibilities are important on a project, but we should also have clear accountability. Someone must ultimately be answerable for the correct and thorough completion of the deliverable, and that should be a unique i...

How to Use the Daily Stand-up Meeting Effectively

How to Use the Daily Stand-up Meeting Effectively

Daily stand-up meetings play an important role in the success of Scrum process-based projects. Most of us know this, and we know how they "should" be conducted. Yet, time and again, I see these meetings go astray. Here I hope to review the problem...

PURIFF: Scoping the Sprint Tests

PURIFF: Scoping the Sprint Tests

In Scrum, each sprint produces an increment, which is a partial and potentially releasable product. To be releasable, the increment must meet all acceptance criteria and pass different categories of tests. Consequently, each sprint should consider all testing activities required for a releasable product. Unfortunately, during my work on different projects, I have observed that many teams focus only on a subset of testing activities during the sprint.