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Suppose you have a headache. A bad headache. “I’ll take Tylenol to make it go away,” you think. So, you grab the Tylenol bottle and see that the directions indicate taking two pills. Would you take 20 pills in an attempt to make your headache go away 10 times faster?
As I’ve said before, working in thin vertical slices is the key habit in Agile software development. Many people struggle to find vertical slices, but it’s a remarkably learnable skill. Teams can go from struggling to fluently identifying slices for features and big stories in their domain with only about 2.5-3 hours of practice. Of course, the quality of that practice time matters. Here’s how I recommend doing it…
Workflows are a very common element of software. But they can be hard to split well when you’re trying to work in small, vertical slices because the most obvious split turns out to be wrong. In this video from my 80/20 Product Ownership online course, I explain why the obvious approach is wrong and give you two better approaches you can use.
Here’s a short video about how my family uses an Agile approach for homeschool and chores:
Thanks to everyone who attended my session “How to be Agile in Non-IT Organizations – Breaking the Software Constraint” at Agile2016 in Atlanta. I’ve included the deck below as well as some other items.
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Last week, I tweeted,
Working in thin vertical slices is the keystone habit for agile software development. It enables so many other good practices.
— Richard Lawrence (@rslawrence) June 22, 2016
In response to my recent post on developing your skills in 2016, several people mentioned facilitation as a skill they want to grow. As with many things, you can become good enough as a facilitator in a short time, and you can spend your life refining your skills. For most ScrumMasters, internal agile coaches, or agile leaders, I recommend two resources to grow enough facilitation skill so that facilitating’s not your constraint.