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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...

A Sprint is Not a Mini Waterfall

A Sprint is Not a Mini Waterfall

When someone tells me, "A Sprint is mini Waterfall," I quickly respond, "No!" And I do this often, because time and again I hear this opinion from people who are new to Agile. I even hear it from...

Agile: NatureΓÇÖs Way of Managing, Sustaining, and Empowering an Organization

Agile: NatureΓÇÖs Way of Managing, Sustaining, and Empowering an Organization

How to lead a comfortable, productive, and prosperous life: It’s a centuries-long tradition that humans have learned from nature which took billion of years to form. So, does nature offer any management thoughts on how to build a large scale...

Estimation Techniques For Teams Adopting Scrum

Estimation Techniques For Teams Adopting Scrum

Agile teams estimate story size during Release Planning and estimate efforts for tasks during Sprint Planning. This is perhaps true for most Agile teams while some of them have different approaches based on the training and/or coaching they ha...

Implementing Scrum: How Does the Project Manager Fit In?

Implementing Scrum: How Does the Project Manager Fit In?

There is no such role as project manager in Scrum. But there are project managers in the organization. So what is the project manager supposed to do when the team is transitioning to Scrum? The easy part is that this question has already been ...

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