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Understanding Sizing in Agile

Understanding Sizing in Agile

Why do we size stories in Agile? Here's a look at why, and how to use relative sizing.

Agile BDD

Agile BDD

One of the keys to successful Agile software projects is considering testing at the beginning. And one way of achieving this shift-left approach is to use behavior-driven development (BDD).

Does Automation Replace Testers and Acceptance Testing?

Does Automation Replace Testers and Acceptance Testing?

The zeal for "zero quality error" competes with maintaining profitability on product development and project management initiatives, when organizations are attempting to do more with less.

Consistency: Stay the Course

Consistency: Stay the Course

Let's take one of the accepted (if not explicitly stated) Agile values and see how the developer in an Agile environment supports it. . . .

Fixed-Bid Projects

Fixed-Bid Projects

In traditional project management models, we know projects revolve around the triangle of scope, cost, and time. How do we use this in Scrum?

Product Backlog Hygiene

Product Backlog Hygiene

Is your team facing difficulty in forecasting when projects will be completed? Are there large numbers of unestimated user stories in the product backlog? Does the planning meeting last several hours and is it full of confrontation?

Experiments with Agile Planning Levels

Experiments with Agile Planning Levels

One of the fundamental Agile values is, "We value responding to change over following a plan," which has sometimes been misinterpreted to mean that we don’t need to plan an Agile project. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Shift-Left Testing

Shift-Left Testing

Without a shift-left test approach -- early and often -- developers and testers find it difficult or impossible to find defects until system parts are integrated in a system test. Why can't we reap the benefits of Agile?

Star Wars Day Retrospective

Star Wars Day Retrospective

Spring has sprung. Flowers are in bloom. Clocks have been adjusted to reflect Daylight Savings Time. All of these little indicators point to the undeniable fact that May the Fourth is just around the corner. . . .

Gathering Requirements Through User Stories and the Five W’s Technique

Gathering Requirements Through User Stories and the Five W’s Technique

Even a standard user story is sometimes difficult to obtain from the stakeholder, because they have a vague idea about what they want. In such cases, the "Five W's" can be useful for writing user stories with complete and coherent information.

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