Articles published in August 2013

Water the Root, Enjoy the Fruit

Water the Root, Enjoy the Fruit

Yellow or dry leaves on a tree have more to do with its root than its color; they're an indication of the need to water the roots. For a tree to flourish, to bear green leaves and fruit, it's the root that needs to be watered. . . . Here are some of the things that, I believe, are watering the Tree of Product Development so that it will bear the fruits of success.

Agile Architecture Emerges -- or Does It?

Agile Architecture Emerges -- or Does It?

I spent the better part of a recent Sunday afternoon (when I should have been watching golf) in my backyard, pulling weeds out of my gardens. How does this happen, I wondered?

Características de una buena historia de usuario

Características de una buena historia de usuario

A continuación comparto mi lista de verificación al momento de revisar una historia de usuario. Luego de hacer la CCC (Card, Confirmation, Conversation), definitivamente el más criterio más importante que uso es cumplir INVEST. . . .

Distributed Teams

Distributed Teams

There is a common perception that the co-located team is better positioned to ensure good communication and deliver more efficiently than distributed teams. But . . . it is interesting to note that while there are some clear challenges with having a distributed team, there can also be some advantages.

Creating an Agile Road Map Using Story Mapping

Creating an Agile Road Map Using Story Mapping

We know that a prioritized backlog helps us understand what to do next, but sometimes it's difficult to grasp where we are and where we should go -- especially if we just dive into a big project that's been started, with hundreds of stories and/or issues already created. To solve these situations, I have found it very useful to manage the road map and backlog with the help of a story map.

To Backlog or Not to Backlog

To Backlog or Not to Backlog

Nowadays lots of people wonder why they should build a backlog and why it should be on a real board rather than an electronic one.  Here are some thoughts I would like to share with you, and I would like to have your opinions on this matter. . . .

Introduction to Scrum

Introduction to Scrum

The following "Introduction to Scrum" is my open presentation on the basics of Scrum for beginners. . . .

5 Traps to Avoid in Daily Scrum/Stand-up Meetings

5 Traps to Avoid in Daily Scrum/Stand-up Meetings

One of the interesting and most useful practices is the daily Scrum/stand-up meeting held by an Agile team, when the ScrumMaster supports collaboration among the team members. However, there are some typical traps that Agile teams fall into. Here are the ones to avoid.

4 Strategic Steps to Optimize the Value of the Timebox

4 Strategic Steps to Optimize the Value of the Timebox

Life is a series of timeboxes. The timebox is not time. The timebox is an objective mapping to a time frame. It's not about productivity. It's about living purposefully. The value of the timebox is the value of life. Strategically, there are four steps to optimize value of the timebox. . . .

But That Trick Never Works!

But That Trick Never Works!

I believe in being pragmatic. I don't so much see Scrum as a set of rules but rather as guidelines. In short, I like to do things because they make sense. . . .

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