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Timeboxing

Timeboxing

Timeboxing is common in software development, for instance when you are managing projects. In fact, timeboxing is critical in Scrum.

Is Agile a Culture or a Process?

Is Agile a Culture or a Process?

These days everyone uses the word "Agile" to mean different things, to their own advantage.

Pair Programming

Pair Programming

Pair programming? Two people staring at one PC screen, using one keyboard and one mouse? Why would companies hire two individuals to work on the same thing?

The Psychology of Agile

The Psychology of Agile

When we analyze traditional Waterfall application development projects post-release, it is easy to see that, not too long into the development life cycle, team productivity plateaus and eventually declines. Agile works differently. . . .

Estimation and Uncertainty

Estimation and Uncertainty

I want to propose a new visual paradigm for depicting uncertainty in a project using Scrum.

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

I am Waterfall. You must have read a lot about me and have probably used or may still be using my method in your projects. I have lived a very fascinating life.

Self-Organizing Teams . . . Really?

Self-Organizing Teams . . . Really?

Why aren't self-organizing teams allowed to self-organize?

Aggressively Agile

Aggressively Agile

While I generally use a soft touch when helping teams transition from Waterfall development to practicing Scrum, I sometimes have to aggressively help a development team embrace the basics of Scrum. . . .

Peer Feedback

Peer Feedback

There is a lot of scope for any Scrum team to experiment with its activities. One such experiment can be peer feedback.

Questions to Ask During Retrospectives

Questions to Ask During Retrospectives

The retrospective is one of the most important ceremonies that the Scrum team performs. It is the very essence of Scrum, allowing us to "inspect and adapt." However, I often feel that new teams are lost in the retrospective. . . .

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