Articles published in 2014

Agile Forecasting with Focus Factor

Agile Forecasting with Focus Factor

How many deliverables should we commit to our customers in, say, the next two weeks? An intriguing question asked by many Agile teams at the beginning of every iteration. . . .

Vertical Scaling with Scrum

Vertical Scaling with Scrum

We started with Scrum in 2013. It was an amazing change, and the whole company decided going forward this way was right. Well, we've all read these lines a hundred times. Why is this worth writing about?

Backlog Grooming: Part 1

Backlog Grooming: Part 1

Although it is simple in concept, the practice of writing user stories is one many Agile teams struggle to put into practice effectively . . .

Be an Educated Consumer

Be an Educated Consumer

You just bought a house and decided to renovate. You brought in a contractor to estimate the work that you want done. What is your biggest fear? Here are a few possibilities. . . .

Maturity Assessment Model for Scrum Teams

Maturity Assessment Model for Scrum Teams

Assessing the maturity of Agile teams has been a big challenge for most organizations. . . . Hence I am proposing the following simple method of assessing teams based on the Agile principles.

Why Velocity Shouldn't Be Used as a Metric for a Team's Performance

Why Velocity Shouldn't Be Used as a Metric for a Team's Performance

Often, development managers or people from the business who perhaps don't fully understand Scrum begin to view a team's velocity as a performance metric. This leads to the inevitable question: How can we increase a team's velocity?

Getting the Best from a Virtual Team

Getting the Best from a Virtual Team

The virtual team is not a new concept. . . . There are few important points, however, that we really need to take into consideration while working with or being a part of a virtual team.

Risks in Agile Projects

Risks in Agile Projects

Identifying risks early in a project and having a mitigation plan in place is one of a project's success factors. . . . In this this article I look at the top eight Agile project risks, based on my experience in executing Agile projects in onsite-offshore models.

Agile Retrospectives

Agile Retrospectives

Out of the many Agile practices that they follow, retrospection is one of them -- and an important one. When we say "retrospective," here's what the team may have in mind . . .

Is Agile Working for You?

Is Agile Working for You?

At an organizational level, successful Agile adoption would result in improvements in multiple areas, across business, development, and support function. How does an organization know that Agile implementation is effective? This article identifies key indicators that show that Agile is working at an enterprise level.

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