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Tyranny of the Clock Face

Why do people schedule meetings and work-session into an arbitrary constraint of one hour blocks? Are we not capable of looking at the purpose and expected outcomes of the gathering and then estimating the appropriate duration needed to achieve the outcome? Do we not account for the cost and waste of having to reset context each time we meet and get to a partially finished state. It is the tyranny...
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It is not about Sprint Zero; Think Sprint-N

by David Koontz, 12 November 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

There is a good dialogue on the topic of Scrum's Sprint Zero going on at Scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com.  If you follow the group you will surely learn something about Agility....
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A trick for motivating people

by David Koontz, 3 November 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

If you're task is to motivate people - you may be surprised that you will fail very often. Invert your thinking.  Figure out, how do you not demotivate people?  It is...
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Change is easier with FUN!

by David Koontz, 29 October 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

OK - I've got to remember to bring the FUN. That's what empowers changing behaviors. Not Power-Points, not mission statements, not a list of 10 things you don't know, not a study...
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What belongs on the Task Board?

by David Koontz, 28 October 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

I wonder about these questions a lot - what types of task belong on the task board?  Does every task have to belong to a Story?  Are some tasks just too small?  Are some...
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What are the Principles?

The agile reboot is underway... the company says it is using "Agile" yet there is no methodology/process/framework that defines "Agile" is there.  So it is not a very valid statement...
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Exercise:: Definition of Done

by David Koontz, 30 September 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

Assuming you are on a Scrum/Agile software development team, then one of the first 'working agreements' you have created with your team is a 'Definition of Done' - right?Oh - you don't...
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How to launch a corporate Agile library

One simple initiative each Agile Transformation can make is to create a book lending library focused on Agile processes, organizational change, learning organizations, best engineering...
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No test – inconceivable. Not Technical Debt.

Technical DebtThe software term "technical debt" is getting a lot of play on the air waves.  But I do not think we are using it the way Ward was when he invented the term (a metaphor)...
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Be or Be Not; there is no Do in Agile

Why do we practice this thing we call Agile?  Is it for the results it provides?  I've been working with companies and people that use the "A" word in many different ways. ...
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We have the best tools – why do we not use them?

See Also:  13 Agile Tools to Use. I was observing a Scrum daily stand-up for a new team the other day - here is one observation I had.  At the end of the stand-up the Scrum...
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Agile: organization, movement, or philosophy?

I referred to Agile today as a philosophy in a conversation with other Agile coaches.  I got a little push back.  So it made me think - is that the right word for the thing...
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A Burndown chart that radiates progress

Here is a visual example of a team learning the value of a Scrum Sprint Burndown chart.  To give some context to the images below - the team did a 3 day workshop on Scrum between...
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