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 here. 

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I’ll be speaking in January at the Phoenix Scrum User Group

I’m honored to be the featured speaker at the January 28, 2010 meeting of the Phoenix Scrum User Group.  I’ll be making a presentation called “Doing Agile Isn’t the Same as BEING Agile!”  The presentation is loosely based on my blog entry “Agile antipattern: Doing Agile!”  If you are in the Phoenix area please stop by

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Agile pondering: How does a highly mobile agile team of 1 work?

ponderingIn my last post I gave you insight into how I do my work as an agile team of 1.  What I didn’t mention is I am highly mobile.  I travel a lot to other cities and even when I’m in my normal city I

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Agile pondering: How does agile work with a team of 1?

See that picture off to the left?  That is me and my agile team!  It’s not a bad picture, but there appears to be something missing, right?  Where’s the “team” part of me and my team?  Well, you’re looking at it!  That’s right, I am a

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Almost Being Agile presentation from Agile 2009

This presentation was originally given at Agile 2009 in Chicago.  Richard Lawrence and I wanted to give teams a bit of hope if they weren’t quite doing agile.  In order to do that we gave a presentation helping them understand some of the basic issues.  However, we also recognize every organization is different.  We

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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 are

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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 smaller

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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 burndown

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