Articles published in 2013

Spikes and the Effort-to-Grief Ratio

Spikes and the Effort-to-Grief Ratio

Your team has been working together for several sprints. Things are going fairly well. You're delivering stories each sprint and the product owner is content. But there's always technical debt accumulating, or a problem lurking in software. How do...

Transitioning to Agile

Transitioning to Agile

Introduction I recently completed a long assignment implementing Scrum and decided that, in the spirit of continuous development and learning, it would be useful to run a personal retrospective while between jobs. This paper articulates some of ...

Reviews and Agile

Reviews and Agile

In software development, we see different types of reviews in different organizations. For example, there can be architecture review, design review, and code review, and they can occur in different phases of development. The aims of these reviews ...

Value of Behavior-Driven Development for Backlog Refinement in Scrum

Value of Behavior-Driven Development for Backlog Refinement in Scrum

As all good Scrum coaches know, backlog refinement is an important part of the team's sprint cycle, and as important a component of Scrum as any of the Scrum ceremonies. It allows the team to share its thoughts, forces the team to broach fundament...

We Iterate . . . So We Are Agile?

We Iterate . . . So We Are Agile?

Do you know that working with iterations does not make you automatically an Agile team? Moreover, it does not even mean, necessarily, that you are using iterative development. Paradoxically, it is possible to be Agile without use of iterations. T...

Enterprise Transformation to Agile with ISO Compliance

Enterprise Transformation to Agile with ISO Compliance

Introduction An IT consulting company with two office locations and 100-plus people specialized in custom software development and testing services. The firm did in-house software development training for developers at both locations and had trai...

Seeing the World Through Agile-Colored Glasses

Seeing the World Through Agile-Colored Glasses

There are many misconceptions about what Agile means. Here are a few of the most common that I've heard: Agile is a development methodology. Well, not really, but there are a group of methods that can all be considered Agile. Agile is the same...

Iteration Retrospective Activity: Turn the Tables

Iteration Retrospective Activity: Turn the Tables

Introduction One of the biggest challenges of a ScrumMaster is to conduct retrospectives. Running one retrospective is easy: Every conscientious ScrumMaster most likely has read the retrospective bible, Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Gr...

From Problem Space to Solution Space: Why Agile Rituals Matter

From Problem Space to Solution Space: Why Agile Rituals Matter

For last few years, we've been using Agile methods such as Scrum and XP in our projects. As a team, we've gained a lot in terms of productivity, client involvement, frequent feedback, and many more benefits. But one most important change that I've...

Self-Organizing Teams: Caution, Anti-Patterns Ahead

Self-Organizing Teams: Caution, Anti-Patterns Ahead

"Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done." "The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams." These are the two Agile pr...

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