20 Common Logical Fallacies – Don’t Be a Victim!

Faulty thinking is part of life. We’re not perfect, nor do we think perfectly. It is, however, helpful to identify faulty thinking in our own mental processes. Sometimes, merely being aware of how we think can help us stay away from potential pitfalls in our

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Agile antipattern: Target fixation

Have you ever been so focused on something that the rest of the world seemed to disappear for a while?  This can be great under certain circumstances, but in other cases it can be extremely harmful.  When someone focuses on

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Agile antipattern: Sizing or estimating bug fixes

Is the bug to the left a large bug or a small bug?  It looks HUGE to me!  Well, in reality it is probably between .5 and .75 inches long.  Not really a very big bug at all.  Why do

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Agile antipatterns: Agile burn-down chart roundup post

Do you want to see several different ways agile and scrum burn-down charts can lie?  If so, you are in the right place! This month I went on a burn-down chart craze and posted several blog entries about the different ways those charts can lie to us or expose us to team dysfunction.  In order, the

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Agile antipattern: Another burndown chart that lies!

sprintburndown6That burndown chart looks sweet doesn’t it?  The team finished the iteration on time.  What could possibly be wrong.  Well, a lot actually.  Notice that one day this team completed a tremendous amount of work.  Do you ever see teams really do that?  It certainly

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Agile antipattern: Changing the definition of done

sprintburndown5Ever see a burndown chart like the one to the left?  I’ve been on a big burndown chart kick lately and when I saw this one I just couldn’t resist using it.  This one is a bit different from my previous blog entries here and

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Agile antipattern: Burndown “wall”

sprintburndown4Does your team have an iteration burndown chart (giving credit only for completed stories) look like the one to the left? If so there are a couple of possible explanations.  Last week I blogged about how this could be a symptom of working on user stories that

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Agile antipattern: Burndown charts that hide the truth

sprintburndownSee that burndown chart over there to the left?  It looks beautiful doesn’t it?  It is an actual burndown chart with no made up data.  It looks like this team is kicking butt and having a great sprint.  Unfortunately, the chart lies!  It turns out

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