Articles I've written
In 2007, when I was introduced to the concept of eXtreme Programming (XP), our team was ultimately able to achieve zero-defect deliveries. When I think about what enabled us to achieve this, I can offer the following thoughts.
What Is the Relationship Between Story Points and Task Effort in Hours?
Whenever I conduct training for new teams, most of the senior members/managers ask me numerous questions about story points and hours of effort. Here are some of the experiences I've run into, and answers I've developed.
Agile Is Not Only About ALM Tools
I recently worked with teams who had all received at least basic Agile training. However, once they started working on sprints, I found that they were more concerned about application life cycle management (ALM) tools than about following Agile methods.
Signs of a Waterfalling ScrumMaster
Based on my Agile coaching experience and observations, some typical ScrumMaster behaviors cause Agile projects to revert to the Waterfall model or go into Scrum-But mode. Here are behaviors to guard against.
Avoiding Student Syndrome in Sprints
Scrum teams tend to start enthusiastically with two-week sprints. Soon, though, they often start complaining about lack of time. Here are some questions teams can ask themselves so they can make informed decisions about whether to increase their sprint lengths.