Conducting a retrospective at the end of a sprint is a core Agile practice. It constitutes one of the key ‘meetings’ for Scrum (along with sprint planning, sprint review, and the daily scrum meeting itself) and when done well it provides a valuable lever for the continuous improvement of the development team. The main scrum… Continue reading Looking back on retrospectives
I’ve written before about the importance of good testing in Agile development but a few things happened during our current sprint that raised this valuable issue for me again. Here are a few brief thoughts about this key topic. To set the context for these thoughts let me tell you a little about our development… Continue reading I love when our tests fail
I spent two days this week getting certified as a scrum product owner through Scrum Alliance (find out more about all this here if you’re interested: https://www.scrumalliance.org/). The company where I work in software development and sales has been using the Agile methodology with Scrum for almost nine years (they were just starting this at… Continue reading Notes on Scrum Alliance Product Owner Training
My company has been using an Agile approach to software development for over 8 years. We use a Scrum approach on our development teams. But here’s the thing: we don’t do everything that Agile Scrum is supposed to involve according to the experts. We’ve adapted the approach to fit our culture; specifically we have decided… Continue reading Are we missing something?
Although I have talked about this topic before, I cannot write a series of blog posts about Agile planning without acknowledging one of the fundamental realities of software development that Agile so rightly embraces: sometimes your plans need to change. No matter how much time and effort you invest upfront trying to figure out requirements… Continue reading Incorporating new feedback
I will blog more about this soon but had to put it up as soon as I saw it. This is about Agile development at Spotify. I’ve got a link here to part 1 (of 2) but once you see the first part it gives you a link to the second. Maybe you’ve seen this… Continue reading An awesome and inspiring model
Way back in January I posted a plan to write about Agile planning (see the entry here: http://wp.me/p2BePD-3x). It was supposed to be a ten-part series that I hoped to complete in 3-4 months. The basic outline I wanted to cover in this set of posts was as follows: What’s so hard about Agile planning? The planning onion… Continue reading Regrouping on Agile planning