All About Agile | Agile Development Made Easy


JIRA is Not Agile

by Mark Levison, 29 September 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

I’ve heard people say, “We started using Jira and GreenHopper, so we’re Agile now”. Similar things are said of Rally, VersionOne, LeanKit, TargetProcess, etc. In making those declarations, it’s clear that they don’t understand Agile at all. At its core, Agile is a set of Values and Principles: …. ·      Individuals and interactions over processes and tools ·      Working...
read more

ScrumMaster Tales – Stuck Waiting for Other Teams

John (ScrumMaster) and the team are humming along nicely building great new features for the SmallestOnlineBookStore. With the huge success of the first big release nine months ago,...
read more

Lifecycle of a User Story

by Mark Levison, 4 November 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

User Stories are often used as a lightweight form of Agile requirement. Their goal is  to replace heavy weight-specification documents with “a Card, a Conversation and a Confirmation”....
read more

Stable Teams Really Do Matter

by Mark Levison, 30 September 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

  For years now Rally has been performing a large ongoing experiment on the Agile world. As a side effect of providing one of the better known tools they’ve managed to see a...
read more

Story Splitting – a Play – “Spike Sherman”

by Mark Levison, 9 September 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

User Stories are a common tool used by Agile Teams to capture the spirit of a requirement without too much detail. Sometimes User Stories are too large for the team to complete safely...
read more

ScrumMaster Tales: The Team collaborate on Acceptance Criteria

by Mark Levison, 5 February 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

Image Credit: robinsonma http://www.sxc.hu/photo/917101 The team has just completed Sprint Planning, committing to four stories: As a first time book buyer I would like to read a review...
read more

ScrumMaster Tales – Waiting Too Long to Create Acceptance Criteria

by Mark Levison, 13 January 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

The recent Backlog Refinement session helped split the upcoming User Stories. The team was able to get from a very large Story: “As a first time book buyer I want to read a trustworthy...
read more

Early Feedback Reduces Anger and Frustration

by Mark Levison, 22 October 2012
The Agile Blogosphere

Have you seen a developer react after they’ve spent three days writing a feature, only to have the tester say, “Um,..N o that’s not right.” after 5 minutes?...
read more

Daily Scrum Tools

Daily Scrum is about a group of humans working out how they will collaborate for a day. It isn’t a status reporting meeting. Its not for management. It can’t be replaced by...
read more

ScrumMaster Tales–The Team Learn How to Learn

The Team are struggling to payoff the Technical Debt (or mess) that they’ve spent the last six months accumulating. They’ve started to institutionalize writing Unit Tests (by adding...
read more

Scrum Master Tales – More Interruptions

by Mark Levison, 13 October 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

Part of an ongoing series called Scrum Master Tales. The series covers ScrumMaster John and his team as they develop an online bookstore. Last time we read about our team they were...
read more

Scrum Master Tales–The Story of the Changing Needs

by Mark Levison, 16 September 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

Caveat – given the way I’m writing this series occasionally things will happen out of order, i.e. I will be reminded of points I wish I had made earlier.John, Sue and the...
read more

The ScrumMaster Tales

by Mark Levison, 8 July 2011
Scrum

I’ve been struck how little is written about being a great Scrum Master. There is heaps written about Scaling Agile and a lot of great Technical books, but very little on playing...
read more