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 team to maintain a "continuous timeline" which can be used to kickstart conversations in retrospectives. Here's how we do this at Unruly. We record any significant events on our team whiteboard at standup time or during...read more
Software development organizations need to become more agile and lean, to deliver products that satisfy the needs of their customers. An agile approach where you change your way of...read more
Some of us in the Agile community think: an organization’s culture needs to change before agile can be fully adopted.
This certainly seems to be true.
Let’s define this...read more
Why do we want to deliver fast, and then faster?
Well, the first reason is…that’s what the customer wants. The customer is thirsty. They want a drink now. She does not want...read more
We’ve been working for several years with Kanban process, and there’s quite a bit of experience about it that we’ve shared (see the posts tagged with “kanban”)....read more
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
Scaling Agile across the Enterprise attracts a lot of attention these days. There are a number of models suggesting ways to organize Agile development inside a sizable organization...read more
I have heard many reasons why a new team should wait to start “doing” Agile. Recently, I was asked to help a group who was struggling to get a Scrum team started. They...read more
Earlier this week, I facilitated a backlog refinement meeting. In the past, the team was used to the analysts to complete all of the requirements in advance. The delivery team would...read more
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that posts on daily stand-up meetings take a top standing (*pun intended*) among the blogs related to Scrum. Looks like I’m ready to...read more
Fernando Cuenca has an excellent blog post, here. He discusses what he learned at Agile 2013.
I will summarize his learnings in my words.
The ultimate question is: how to have a...read more
As the heading suggests, today I’d like to take a brief look at the concept of non-violent communication. Communication means really a lot for software development teams. If something...read more
Imagine that you have gotten some interest in Agile. Perhaps you read a book, and talked with a friend who is doing it at his firm.
And then you take a Scrum course.
Now what do you...read more