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SPLIT STORIES

SPLIT STORIES

Splitting an epic or a large user story is a challenging task for many of us using Scrum or other Agile methods. To easily remember the story-splitting patterns, I cooked up an acronym, "SPLIT STORIES," thus adding my two cents to various articles that have been described by respective authors. . . .

Teaching Relative Estimation by Throwing a Cat

Teaching Relative Estimation by Throwing a Cat

I'm a big fan of relative measurements in software development. However, when teaching this idea, I've noticed that many developers who are used to estimating work in hours or days find it difficult to switch to using story points as the relative measurement of complexity. . . .

How Technical Debt Threatens Your Brain Capital

How Technical Debt Threatens Your Brain Capital

Technical debt succinctly and metaphorically sums up the obligation we incur when we cut corners during software development. Most articles focus on the direct association between "debt" and its financial implications. . . .

A Mnemonic Sentence for an Agile-Supportive Culture

A Mnemonic Sentence for an Agile-Supportive Culture

As I prepared to attend my first IT job interview many years ago, I made sure I memorized the value statement of the organization, so that I could demonstrate how passionate I was about joining them. As the interview progressed, the interviewers admitted not knowing it, after my recitation. . . .

The Built-in Issue-Identification Mechanism in Scrum

The Built-in Issue-Identification Mechanism in Scrum

Scrum has a built-in issue-identification mechanism, which will help identify any problematic issues early. . . .

Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance Criteria

If you want to simply yet powerfully demonstrate acceptance criteria, try out this activity. . . .

A Sprint Is More Than Just a Timebox

A Sprint Is More Than Just a Timebox

In the Scrum framework, it is the sprint where the work is accomplished and the concept-to-cash aspect is realized. . . . A sprint provides the basic boundary within which all Scrum components are exercised and come to life.

Self-Managed Team Challenges

Self-Managed Team Challenges

There are many challenges for self-managed teams. What I have learned is from my experience in development. Teams are mainly like this. . . .

Can the Principal Software Engineer Assume the Product Owner Role on a Scrum Team?

Can the Principal Software Engineer Assume the Product Owner Role on a Scrum Team?

Last week, I got the question in this story title from an ex-colleague whose organization has recently started implementing Scrum. . . .

Agile in End-to End-Value Delivery

Agile in End-to End-Value Delivery

Agile has made development faster, with frequent deployments. Business and IT operations need stability with speed. To bridge this gap, Agile needs to stretch itself beyond development and deployment. . . .

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