Articles published in January 2013

Am I Agile? An Introspection

Am I Agile? An Introspection

When we introduce an Agile framework (like Scrum or XP) to a team that follows traditional development methodologies, we are usually hit by a big block of resistance from the team. Each role has its own peculiar question: From the software deve...

Managing Future Bugs (Known Unknowns) in the Sprint

Managing Future Bugs (Known Unknowns) in the Sprint

As ScrumMaster, there are different situations we have to deal with. Here I'd like to address the following topic: how to deal with future bugs that can arrive at highest-level priority during the sprint (in other words, we must treat them). This...

Trust

Trust

I often encounter mature Agile teams, well trained in Scrum, some of them doing Scrum of Scrums and having already participated in several releases. These teams' retrospectives frequently bring in opportunities for improvement in a number of areas...

Scaling the Sprint Review: The Fair

Scaling the Sprint Review: The Fair

In Scrum, the sprint review is used to showcase the work of the previous sprint in the form of potentially deliverable software. Besides the opportunity to try the software, the main goal is to receive feedback on the product: How does the product...

Quality Is Free

Quality Is Free

I still meet a lot of Agile software developers and teams who are not applying proper test automation practices, such as micro-testing, automated integration testing, and continuous integration. There are three reasons for this: 1. Developers don...

The Importance of HR in Agile Adoption

The Importance of HR in Agile Adoption

Let's imagine an organization that decides to run projects on Agile, as it believes this will increase the quality of its products and shorten time to market. A pilot team is organized to implement Agile practices, and it gives excellent feedback ...

Confessions of a New ScrumMaster

Confessions of a New ScrumMaster

So, you just got out of your CSM class, overflowing with your newfound Scrum knowledge and renewed faith in software development practices. You're ecstatic to share your new view of the world and show how Agile can benefit your organization, and y...

Self-Organizing Teams: What and How

Self-Organizing Teams: What and How

Do you have a self-organizing team? If so, half the battle is already won. But if not, beware: Creating a self-organizing team is far more challenging than we had ever imagined. This is especially true in today's dynamic world, where the focus of ...

Jip and Janneke Should Have Used Scrum

Jip and Janneke Should Have Used Scrum

A friend of mine asked me if I could explain Scrum to her. I'm always willing to do this, and I started out with iterations, and estimation and delivering value, and all the stuff we know and do. But she is not a developer, and she soon interrupte...

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