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LAST Conference 2012 Notes

Last week I attended the LAST Conference (Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking) held at Swinburne University.  The LAST Conference is a big departure from the Agile Australia 2012 conference I attended earlier this year.  There was no fanfare, no big build … Continue reading

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Useless sprint goals

A sprint goal helps to enable the team to focus on for the next 2 weeks.  What does everyone want the team to work on next?   The Scrum Guide [Oct 2011] states: The Sprint Goal gives the Development Team some … Continue reading

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Requirement Changes Are Put Into The Product Backlog

Agile welcomes changing requirements, even late in development.  Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. Short feedback loops in Agile allow the team to get fast feedback and incorporate changes required by the customer and reduce the possibility … Continue reading

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Two Pizza Teams

If you have been following my blog, you will notice that Dilbert comics seem to jolt me into writing a new entry.  In this comic, the pointy-haired boss actually makes a wise comment when he says “Just break into whatever … Continue reading

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Book Review – Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum

I have been a fan of Mike Cohn and his latest book Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum is another great book.  He blends a good mix of theoretical and practical techniques drawn from his past experiences.  This book … Continue reading

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Managing Defects on Agile Projects

This recent Dilbert comic strip reminded me of a situation when a client was raising cosmetic defect as severity 2. It is often not clear what a defect is and at what level to raise it at (despite agreed severity … Continue reading

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Don’t rely on overtime to salvage a plan

I came across a nice analogy today in Mike Cohn’s Succeeding with Agile book which describes what sustainable pace means: Watch any marathon, and each runner will keep it up for 26.2 miles.  Look more closely, however,  and you’ll notice … Continue reading

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There is no ‘Best Practice’ in Agile

Joe Townsend has written an article along the lines what I have been saying for a while now – in Agile there is no ‘best practice’, and as Townsend puts it What works for you, your team, division, corporation, etc. … Continue reading

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Large-Scale Agile

Despite that we are still yet to finish the current scope of work for the Agile Initiatives, we are starting to discuss future items in our backlog – distributed Agile and Agile@Scale. There are a few projects in flight that … Continue reading

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Traditional Project Management Role on a Scrum Project

A “good read” article on Agile Journal, An Agile PM Isn’t What You Think Sub-Head: Where Does Traditional Project Management Fit in an Agile Project Using Scrum There is always considerable discussion about the role of the Traditional Project Manager … Continue reading

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