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Making Estimations Simpler

Making Estimations Simpler

I asked my Scrum Team to estimate user story A, and after a good game of Planning Poker, they came up with a number that was accurate and achieved. It felt like a great success — and that was when I woke up.

The ScrumMaster’s Friend: The Agile Release Plan

The ScrumMaster’s Friend: The Agile Release Plan

One of the most valuable and often overlooked tools in the ScrumMaster’s toolbox is the Agile release plan.

Velocity Versus Quality: Trade-off, Balance, or Win-Win?

Velocity Versus Quality: Trade-off, Balance, or Win-Win?

Though there is lot of bias toward increasing velocity in every iteration (release more features faster), if there is no attention to quality, the system will soon become fragile and will not be able to sustain future scope changes.

The Learning Organization

The Learning Organization

Agile development is based on empiricism and thus does not recommend a watertight framework for practice. The learning organization disciplines provide a foundation for practicing Agile software development. We can see a strong correlation between Agile tenets and learning organization disciplines.

Just-in-Time e-Learning for Agile

Just-in-Time e-Learning for Agile

In this age of rapid, easily available online learning, business agility gets extra support.

A ScrumMaster's Agile Facilitation Techniques

A ScrumMaster's Agile Facilitation Techniques

I have found, in my own experience as a ScrumMaster, coach, and trainer, that facilitation is one of the chief responsibilities of a ScrumMaster. Here are three of my favorite techniques.

Delivering Business Value

Delivering Business Value

At the heart of Agile is delivery of business value. Search for its real meaning has become a sort of Agile Holy Grail. Yet when you step far enough back from any of our software development practices, we still seem to operate in the zone of simply “delivering features the customer likes.”

Estimation in Story Points

Estimation in Story Points

We have probably all heard the endless debate about whether the estimation of development work should be done in story points or in hours. . .

Top Challenges to Agile Transformation

Top Challenges to Agile Transformation

Like most teams, our transition to Agile wasn't as smooth as we'd hoped it would be. Here are the biggest challenges we encountered, and the steps we took to solve them.

Why You Should Look at Work in Progress (WIP) and Cycle Time in a Sprint

Why You Should Look at Work in Progress (WIP) and Cycle Time in a Sprint

It seems intuitive that once you have sized your stories and agreed on the sprint backlog, it doesn’t really matter how you do your stories (e.g., in what order, which one’s first, how many you start together). Is this accurate? Let’s examine a few scenarios.

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