Articles published in 2013

The Need to Include Design Topics During Agile Transformation

The Need to Include Design Topics During Agile Transformation

For effective Scrumming, stories should have the desirable INVEST characteristics: They should be independent, negotiable, valuable, estimable, sized, and testable). We'll assume that the product owner is trained in Scrum and creates clean stories...

The Kanban Sandwich: A Bite-Size Recipe for Agile Work Flows at Scale

The Kanban Sandwich: A Bite-Size Recipe for Agile Work Flows at Scale

If you've been involved in Agile development for the past 10 or 15 years, you may have noticed that certain patterns of Agile application have emerged. The Scrum Patterns repository has captured at least some of them. Like the Design Patterns that...

Testers Working in an Agile Team

Testers Working in an Agile Team

Today's tester role is more versatile and calls on a wide range of skills. Now testers have tasks throughout the sprint, and they also program — yes! — as regular programmers. (I don't say as developers, as all participants in the team...

Scrum of Scrums: Running Agile on Large Projects

Scrum of Scrums: Running Agile on Large Projects

How to use Agile practices on large projects? There is an idea that Agile only applies to small projects, perhaps for the simplest of the routines, events, and artifacts of the frameworks. The fears are valid. We can mention several issues that w...

Transparency in Agile Product Development

Transparency in Agile Product Development

The word "transparency" can be easily misused. Even dictatorship regimes are convinced they are transparent. Companies advocate transparency while they disempower their teams for mediocrity. I have more examples to share, but the point here is: Wh...

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...

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