Articles published in October 2013

Dealing with Bugs in the Product Backlog

Dealing with Bugs in the Product Backlog

How do we deal with bugs in Scrum? Do we size them? Do we add them to a separate backlog? Or do we assign them to a different team running Kanban?

Product Scrum and Project Scrum

Product Scrum and Project Scrum

This article is about Agile, iterative and incremental delivery, and how it can take such different forms even when it is based on the same values and the same understanding of the underlying framework -- i.e., Scrum. . . .

Backlog Planning Using Team Foundation Server (TFS)

Backlog Planning Using Team Foundation Server (TFS)

I have been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) for managing Agile projects, and I would like to share my experiences. . . .

Temperature Reading

Temperature Reading

The creation of a well-functioning team is not something that magically happens overnight. Building a team takes time and effort. Even though a big part of the team-building process is doing the day-to-day work, some of the other things that are required in creating a functional team don't happen by themselves. . . .

When Do We Have a Distributed Scrum Team?

When Do We Have a Distributed Scrum Team?

I’d like to present you my personal definition of "Distributed Scrum." Do not take it too seriously. But on the other hand, it's not so wrong, either. . . .

Better Daily Planning Meetings

Better Daily Planning Meetings

Even experienced teams ask the same three questions in daily stand-up meetings. But are they the right questions? Are the answers to these questions really what we want to hear? I doubt it. . . .

Agile: What and Why?

Agile: What and Why?

A brief look at the main characteristics of Agile, and its specific forms that are widely used today. . . .

¿Por qué fallan las implementaciones de Scrum?

¿Por qué fallan las implementaciones de Scrum?

Respuesta: porque desconocemos los valores y principios del Manifiesto Ágil punto. . . .

Finish to Start

Finish to Start

Sometimes Scrum teams start working on new user stories without officially closing an existing/previous user story that is still in progress. This can leave multiple stories open, and at the end of the sprint the team rushes to close all of them. . . .

Creative Solutions

Creative Solutions

Over the past year and a half, I've been extremely fortunate to live and work in an area of great coffee and great weather. Boise, Idaho, is perfect for walking and riding bikes. As an Agile coach, leader, and mentor, I've discovered that combining geographic and environmental attributes into my (almost) daily routine at work has spurred creativity beyond my expectations. To tell this story, I’m going to rely on a metaphor. . . .

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