11 Self-organizing Teams Teaching Themselves Agile at the Same Time

In a previous post I talked about how I came to learn that I could teach Agile to lots of people at the same time. In writing that post I realized that it was a great illustration of self-organization. That realization was in the forefront of my mind as I ran the session "Hands On Agile Immersion" on March 10th at Agile and Beyond 2012 .Although I've trained large groups of people on Agile many times...

Burning Down Hours is Anti-Agile Because Working Software is the Primary Measure of Progress

A burn-down chart can use anything for the units, such as hours or points, but originally Scrum's burn-down chart tracked hours of work remaining in the iteration. Many people still use an hours-based burn-down chart as their primary measure of progress during...

How I Discovered That Agile Can be Taught to 200 People at a Time

I was speaking to some fellow Agilists at an event recently about an Agile training course that I do that can accommodate up to 200 people at a time and they were pretty skeptical that it could be done. Later, I realized my path to creating the course might make...

Introducing Kanban Into an Existing Scrum Implementation

By far, the talk that I am most requested to do is "Scrum and Kanban Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter". I've given the talk all over the US and Europe, most recently in Kiev for Agile EE. Invariably, people come up after the talk and ask how to get started with...

Agile Book Recommendations

The following books are the main books that I recommend as starting points for learning about the various aspects of Agile. While their is a fair amount of overlap each of them covers a specific topic. The one on leading self-directed teams is not strictly an "Agile"...

Scrum: No Commitment Required!

A couple of years ago I first talked about applying the decoupling principle to Scrum. Since then I've turned a bunch of that material into a presentation called “Scrum and Kanban Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter.” I’ve made many updates to the presentation...

Scrum and Kanban Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter Slides

For those of you that have attended one of my recent talks on "Scrum and Kanban Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter," here are the slides for the presentation. If you haven't already attended the session, be warned that there are no speaker notes and clicking through...

Planning Poker Reduces Risk and Waste

There are three particularly valuable things that can happen during a Planning Poker session. They may also happen during any flavor of estimation meeting, but seem to be more likely when using Planning Poker.The Bigger They Are, The Harder They FallI recommend...

The Five Essential Ingredients of Great Agile Estimation

Planning Poker is a useful Agile estimation technique (see previous post "Introduction to Planning Poker"), but it is even more useful when used in conjunction with whole teams, user stories, velocity, and story points. I refer to these five practices, used together,...

Introduction to Planning Poker

Many of the techniques of Agile development combine together to provide more than the sum of their parts. One technique that definitely fits this description is the Planning Poker method for doing estimation. In part 1 of this post, I will quickly describe the...

Specification is Planning is Design is Coding is Approximation

All Phases of Software Development are Variations on a ThemeIt is easy to think of specification, estimation, planning, design, implementation, and customer feedback as completely separate and unrelated activities. However, a useful way to think about them is as...

Management: Top Ten Things Programmers Hate About Agile

Sometimes Agile emerges from a grassroots initiative, but as Agile gains buzz, more and more managers and executives are initiating the move to Agile. Folks in management are often caught off guard by the reactions they get from their programmers. I’ve compiled...

The Only Person Keeping You From Going Agile is You

If you are interested in going Agile, but you are surrounded by folks that are not, don’t despair. You can still experience significant benefit from Agile on your own. Also, after reading this post you won't be able to say that somebody is preventing you...


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