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#Scrumbled #Agile or #Disciplined #Agile

So I attended a Scrum session last week that was presented by Steve Porter. Excellent session that discussed many of the misconceptions or myths about Scrum. I came away wondering why I don’t profess to believe in Scrum. I honestly do follow many of the Scrum rituals, but I always seem to not be able … Continue reading

#Agile means never saying never and always saying maybe – #Agile #Inertia

Recently at a few Agile discussions I have noticed people saying things like: “You should never provide estimates” “You should never start to code without automated tests” “You never need Business Analysts or Testers” “You should never create requirement documents” To me, Agile at its heart is always seeking to understand first. Many of these … Continue reading

#Agile Perfection musings

One of the many toys my kids got over Christmas was the game Perfection. I can remember playing this game many times when I was young and I was happy to see my kids take a liking to it. For the uninitiated, the game of Perfection involves matching plastic shapes with their appropriate match on … Continue reading

How we improved our #Agile Daily Stand up

I’ve been in a lot of different projects with a lot of different stand up meetings, but recently I was at a client site that held daily stand ups for a team of over 20 people and the meetings were still under 10 minutes. Before I get into what made their stand up unique, I’d … Continue reading

#agile2011 Monday night thought – Does using only #Velocity limit the opportunities for #acceleration?

I just finished reading an excellent Blog entry on transitioning from traditional estimating to Story Point estimating by Ilan Goldstein. You can find the blog post at the following link: transitioning-from-timebased-to-relative-estimation The article walks through the estimation process used during the transition there are three excellent points. 1. I loved the idea about being above-board … Continue reading

#Agile Games in Killarney

I was watching my son and daughter and their cousins playing games on the weekend and it struck me on how children really operate in an Agile way. The kids were playing monopoly and it was fascinating how they used the general rules and then customized the rules if they could get an agreement from … Continue reading

Dear #Scrum Letter

Dear Scrum, I am sorry I have to write this in a letter, but I just found you to be distant and inflexible lately. I must admit when I first met you I was charmed by your processes and procedures. The form was liberating, I never felt so alive and everything seemed so clear and … Continue reading

Project Choreographer – an Agile Project Manager

In the last few posts I have had on Agile Project Management, I’ve continued to struggle with what term to use when referring to an Agile Project Manager. Here are my thoughts:  I really don’t like the Project Manager term as it implies that the team needs to be managed at a very low-level. I didn’t like … Continue reading

Active Architecture – User Stories for Architecture

I had previously blogged about how I felt that “System User Stories” were required and filled an important gap. I now believe that extending User Stories to create these System User Stories is not the best solution. I still believe that there is a gap in Agile techniques that needs to be addressed for certain types of … Continue reading

The #2 Agile Project Management Tool

Why would I write a post about the #2 Agile Project Management Tool and not #1? Because we all know that sticky notes, and physical Kan Ban board and team stand ups are obviously #1, right? I mean what tool could improve upon that? But in addition to the physical sticky notes, there are some … Continue reading