Where safety is a factor standards are important, if you don't let them limit you to the point of being unsafe!

Be Better, Don’t Limit Yourself to Best Practices

We hear a lot about best practices. We talk a lot about them. Many organizations are of the opinion that if they can identify the best practice, they are set. Of course, that thinking can be limiting in a number of ways. We need to be better, not

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A "baseline" agile retrospective.

The Real Baseline Agile Retrospective Format

I always considered this six question format to be the Baseline Agile Retrospective Format.  I say baseline instead of standard because a baseline is something to build on, not an ‘always the way’ standard (or worse, a “best practice“).

I believe the six question baseline

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New to agile? Remember a user story is more than a card!

What’s wrong with the user story on the card?  It seems to have everything we need: a) short title, b) a size (in this case 2), and c) a well-written story using the standard “As a … I want … so that …” format.  So what’s

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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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New to agile? Learn how to split stories

storyIn my last blog Agile antipattern: Taking on large stories I said I would give you some tips on how to split stories.  First though, it is important to understand WHY splitting a story well can be helpful.  It is about much more than just making

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Agile antipattern: Taking on large stories

sprintburndown3Earlier this week I posted a blog entry “Agile antipattern: Burndown charts that hide the truth” which dealt with one way a burndown chart could hide reality.  This blog entry shows another way it is possible for a burndown chart to be misleading.  The

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New to agile? Work at a sustainable pace

Question:  Which is better: a) Working nights and weekends to meet iteration commitments, or b) Admitting the commitment was too much and working normal hours regardless of the

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Agile antipattern: Using email as the primary communication tool

Can I just be short and to the point for this one?  I hope so, because that is my intention!

Email is LOW BANDWIDTH communication

Agile teams REQUIRE HIGH BANDWIDTH communication

Do you see a problem?

Agile teams need to communicate in real-time whenever possible.  Even the agile manifesto says “individuals and

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