I often have occasion to describe some very effective ways of doing things. Let me list a few:
Building software incrementally, in two-week cycles, with each increment showing real working features, is a really good way of managing a project.
Creating acceptance tests (or checks), which amount to automated examples of what is wanted, is a really good way of ensuring that requirements are understood,...read more
Yesterday I had the privilege of watching Hillary Clinton speak at UB. Ms. Clinton spoke on various issues related to national and international affairs, and while this speech was...read more
I was in a CMMI adoption process meeting today and I might have argued that the Scrum Retrospective activity (process step) is more important than the Scrum Planning activity. Yet,...read more
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"...read more
First, I wanted to say that I feel each ‘large scale agile’ situation is different. The key problems are different. And therefore, the solution(s) should be different.
Adopting retrospectives is an organizational change where professionals adapt their way of working, their behavior. It won't just happen, and if not properly supported it may take much...read more
In December 1999 I published my first “agile” book, Adaptive Software Development (wow, nearly 15 years ago now). Recently, Dorset House Publishing and Addison-Wesley brought...read more
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...read more
I was just doing a course with Dave Muldoon in Canada. One of the workshops was scaling. In that context, we discussed release plan refactoring or product backlog grooming.
To me, the...read more
A couple months ago I started a series of posts about communication (see Non-Violent Communication for Agile Teams). The concept of non-violent communication has been introduced and...read more
Last week, in the When One Product Owner Is Not Enough post, I shared some thoughts on when a team might consider replacing one product owner with several feature owners. This time...read more
Tomorrow marks the start of the 11th annual Agile Business Conference in London. It's a great conference and it's the time of year when I generally reflect on what I see happening...read more
I was reminded recently that people think of adaptability in too few dimensions. To me adaptability and agility are synonyms characterized by “the ability to both create and respond...read more