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Calculating Velocity FAQ

Sometimes people get confused about velocity and edge cases of what gets counted or not. It doesn't matter greatly except it helps to do this consistently over time. I wrote a FAQ for our teams because these edge cases come up infrequently and developers often don't remember what rule to apply. I'm sharing a slightly abbreviated version of our Velcoty FAQ as an illustration of working agreements around...
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Sprint v Iteration

Chris Oldwood asked me about the difference (as I see it) between the Scrum concept of Sprint and Iteration in XP. Although the terms “Sprint” and “Iteration” are often bandied...
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Hierarchy of Developer Needs

At Agile Coach Camp Barcelona, I convened a session on “Hierarchy of Needs” and how this might be used by coaches working with softwaredevelopment teams to understand where to focus...
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The Art of Embracing Change

I enjoyed giving a keynote speech at GOTO Berlin about "The Art of Embracing Change". The title of my talk was inspired by the subtitle of Kent' Beck's "Extreme Programming Explained"...
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Evolving Estimation Process

I took the photo of one of our product development teams yesterday. What I hope you can see from the photo is engagement of everyone in the conversation. It's quite unlike many tedious...
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Kickstart Your Retrospective with Continuous Timeline

Sometimes retrospectives can be slow to get going as team members rack their brains trying to remember events over the last couple of weeks. A simple solution to this can be for the...
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Pair Programming Anti-patterns

Notes from Tim Mackinnon's session about Pairing anit-patterns at XPDay. The flipchart lists the following: Magpie - likes shiny things Keyboard hog - doesn't share control Backseat...
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Keep Looking To Improve

I have to admit that I don't follow Football news. However, this story caught my eye. When Nigel Atkins was terminated as manager at Southampton, he lefthis players with a positive...
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Too Lazy To Refactor?

Larry Wall wrote in Programming Perl "We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris." Laziness is defined as the quality...
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Consulting from the Outside-in

by Rachel Davies, 30 September 2012
The Agile Blogosphere

People often ask me for tips on sustaining a career as an independent agile coach. My number one tip is try to think about the service you provide from the outside-in. I mean, as Dan...
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Discover to Deliver

by Rachel Davies, 24 September 2012
The Agile Blogosphere

The art of product planning is to uncover what you need to build to the best product you can with the resources available to you - it's a balancing act. What makes this challenging...
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Honing your Skills as an Agile Coach

Being an Agile Coach is challenging in many ways. You have to balance many things (see Olaf Lewitz recent post Spotting the Balance) as you work with different teams and stay true to...
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Embrace A Skeptic

As an agile coach, you're bound to encounter a few skeptics in the teams and organisations you work with. Although sometimes it seems that skeptics are doomsayers bringing a cloud of...
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