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The Five-Point Estimate

The Five-Point Estimate

If you are an Agilist, continuous improvement is in your DNA. Hence I would like to recommend an improved method of estimation, overcoming common challenges while fulfilling its purpose.

Testing in Software Development

Testing in Software Development

Testing is a vital part of software development. So why do we commonly call coders "software developers," but we don't call testers that as well?

Agile in Principle but Not in Practice

Agile in Principle but Not in Practice

What happens when organizations trumpet being "Agile," yet in practice there seems to be nothing Agile about them?

Scrum Manager and Project Master

Scrum Manager and Project Master

Project Master and Scrum Manager -- what's in a name? Well, there's a lot. . . .

Moving Past "I Don't Know"

Moving Past "I Don't Know"

After we've reached a place of acknowledging we don't know something and are less sure than we were just a moment before, where do we go from there? It's an important question, because if you don't have an answer, you're open to trouble.

Hybrid Agile Versus Agile

Hybrid Agile Versus Agile

As a test and Agile consultant, I have come to realize the limitations of working in a supposedly "Agile" environment -- an environment some call "Hybrid" but that could be used to deliver business value incrementally, if properly coordinated.

A Story About User Stories

A Story About User Stories

I'm sure you've heard about user stories plenty of times. Hold your breath -- I'm going to tell you what they really are and how they are intended to be used!

Agile Metrics and Business Value

Agile Metrics and Business Value

Many business leaders ask about Agile's benefits and business impact. Metrics other than the burn-down chart and the velocity of the team need to be identified. Let's look at some of the common metrics that can be collected during an Agile project.

New to Scrum?

New to Scrum?

People have asked me, "What are the basic requirements for implementing Scrum?" Here are my points for beginners.

Understanding Coaching

Understanding Coaching

One way to help our teams improve is by coaching them. Before learning coaching, I thought that it was just the act of helping people set and achieve their goals. . . .

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