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Failure IS an Option

Failure IS an Option

This is an article asking you to fail. More precisely: Fail now for greater success later. One of the five Scrum values is courage. Courage to point out problems, ask for help, receive help, and — most important — take risks even thou...

Coaching Agile Teams

Coaching Agile Teams

Two words, Agile and coaching, seem to be the most-used buzzwords (after brain and neuro) of the last five years or so. The way things are progressing, I see them staying at the top of the list for decades.

Dealing with Negative Persuasion: Can the Product Owner Lead to Quality Destruction?

Dealing with Negative Persuasion: Can the Product Owner Lead to Quality Destruction?

Quality: It's one of the common commercial arguments made when offering a software product. Those who have already mature products in the market justify their careers by emphasizing quality. Other companies, perhaps with more innovative products o...

Budgeting a Scrum Project in a Fluid Environment

Budgeting a Scrum Project in a Fluid Environment

Agile, and Scrum in particular, are buzzwords. Everyone wants to try out Scrum and reap its benefits. Clients (especially business clients) see a big advantage in not having to wait till all the requirements are carved in stone before starting a p...

Agile Testing: Key Points for Unlearning

Agile Testing: Key Points for Unlearning

When quality assurance teams and management who have adopted Agile practices first put the ideas to work, they face a significant impediment in unlearning the traditional mind-set and practices that experience in traditional practices has instilled in them.

Is Documentation Really Wasted Effort?

Is Documentation Really Wasted Effort?

A widespread myth I've noticed in Agile software development is, "No documentation in Agile" or "Documentation is wasted effort." Particularly during a transition from Waterfall to Agile, we appreciate the benefits of adopting typical Scrum practices, such as short iterations, timeboxing, daily scrums, retrospective, and so on. We also try to get away from the tasks and activities that we found monotonous before Agile adoption — documentation, writing proper code comments, etc. But is it really correct to completely stop documentation and code comments?

Waterfall to Scrum: Transitions and Crossroads

Waterfall to Scrum: Transitions and Crossroads

I was at home a couple of Sundays ago, watching a Chelsea vs. Liverpool football match (soccer, for those Americans reading) — a match Liverpool ultimately won. It was during the post-match analysis that I was struck by some parallels between what Chelsea is going through and my own current client engagement to move from Waterfall to Scrum.

Scrum For All: Deja Vu?

Scrum For All: Deja Vu?

I've always wondered -- not just as a developer but as a human being -- why I needed to follow the orthodox methods of typical hierarchical reporting. There was always some "middle man" confusing the conversation. You can define many roles in a typical hierarchical organization, and

Tracking Individual Performances in Scrum

Tracking Individual Performances in Scrum

A question I've heard often is: Is it correct, in Scrum methodology, to track an individual's performance? This question has only one answer: No. Tracking and measuring the productivity of a single member of an Agile team is against the spirit of Scrum. The real question should be...

User Story Acceptance Criteria: The Art of Satisficing and Bounded Rationality

User Story Acceptance Criteria: The Art of Satisficing and Bounded Rationality

Every day, product owners face the challenge of coming up with the correct acceptance criteria to help the team understand the story. During the acceptance testing, you almost never fail to hear from the team that the acceptance criteria were eith...

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