Articles published in May 2013

If Scrum Were a Motorbike

If Scrum Were a Motorbike

Scrum and motorbikes: two things that I am very passionate about. Subconsciously, I could sense a parallel between them. When I actively thought about it, the picture became clearer. Consider the team (developers, UI designers, testers) in Scrum....

Why We Dropped Scrum for Kanban in Our Lead-up to Launch

Why We Dropped Scrum for Kanban in Our Lead-up to Launch

Let me set the scene: It's around three weeks before the launch of our product (an expensive, big-bang PR launch) and the team is discussing the plan of attack for launch. We're coming up to the end of our sprint and grooming the backlog so that i...

Agile Performance Testing: An Experimental Approach

Agile Performance Testing: An Experimental Approach

Introduction The performance of a product plays an important role in the quality of the product, including software applications. Quality brings excellence and popularity to the product, followed by more business for the organization. A user can...

The Flow in Retrospective

The Flow in Retrospective

I've noticed that it's always a good time to go back to basics. So I recently took a quick look at some Scrum framework diagrams. In all of them, with minor variations, we can find: A vision A product backlog A sprint backlog Iterative sprin...

Is Scope Creep Anti-Scrum?

Is Scope Creep Anti-Scrum?

"Scope creep" is a term that I see being used by Scrum teams. I've always wondered if this term smells of inadequate Scrum implementation. It's an indication of traditional project management that's disguised in the appearance of Scrum. To explai...

Why Big Bosses Say They're Tired of Agile (or, The Scrum Speech After One Year)

Why Big Bosses Say They're Tired of Agile (or, The Scrum Speech After One Year)

In my journey from a small town and poor farmer family of India to the "Big B's (Bosses)" of the world's largest corporations, I've seen some strange behaviors. Whenever I set up an Agile transformation workshop or an Agile center of excellence i...

Micro PDCA: Improve Your Improvement

Micro PDCA: Improve Your Improvement

The concern about continuous improvement has been a constant at Facta TI since the company's inception. This concern made some practices emerge in a natural way, and they quietly became part of our days. In fact, they became so natural to us tha...

Agile Software Development: A People Business

Agile Software Development: A People Business

Let's face it: People skills is not an area in which the software development community has traditionally excelled. The very traits that can help a developer excel at technical problem solving can often make him or her challenging to work with day...

Step 1: Use a Checklist

Step 1: Use a Checklist

When you're about to engage in a risky activity, such as flying an airplane, it's wise to be prepared. The cost of a mistake may be measured in lives. Thankfully, aviators have figured out a simple but effective means to keep planes flying safely....

Should Defects Be Considered User Stories?

Should Defects Be Considered User Stories?

User stories and story points A user story is a description of functionality at the lowest level of granularity that can be independently developed and demonstrated to generate feedback. Since, in Scrum, we focus on developing the smallest increm...

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