Release-level Retrospectives: Stepping up your Game

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From 2009 to 2012 I worked as the Director Software Development and Lead Agile Coach at a company called iContact. If you’ve followed my writing, I’ve used my experiences there as a backdrop for many of my lessons learned. This is another one of those learning’s, and if I may say so, I think it’s […]

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The Magic of WIP

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I once was leading / coaching a team that struggled mightily to work together as a team. I was the Director of R&D at an eCommerce SaaS product company. We had been leveraging Scrum for a number of years with reasonably good success and had approximately 10 Scrum teams focusing on the various aspects of […]

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Agile Release Planning

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It was around 2004-2006 that I started to connect the dots between some traditional, but low-fidelity, planning techniques I’d been using and agile, or XP at the time, release planning techniques. I think it was the Kent Beck & Martin Fowler book that explored agile planning beyond the individual iteration. Fast forward to today, and […]

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The 3-Amigos

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I think it was George Dinwiddie that first coined the term “3 Amigos” in agile development around 2009. The analogy was akin to the movie from the mid 90’s by the same name. The Amigos in the agile sense were functional roles: Developer(s); Tester(s); and the Business Analyst or the Product Owner. It could literally […]

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Failing NOW as a Strategy

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I was at a conference not that long ago speaking and sharing on various agile topics. As often happens, a young man stopped me to ask a few questions after one of my presentations. We struck up a nice conversation that eventually slipped out into the hotel corridors. We started talking about sprint dynamics within […]

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User Stories: Ready, Set, Go!

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            Have you ever entered a Sprint taking on a User Story that you later regretted? For example: One that you should have broken down a wee bit more? Or one where the team had not a “snowball’s clue” how to technically implement? Or one where the value wasn’t clear […]

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Velocity Partners – Conversation w/Pedro Minetti

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Hi everyone, This is another post in our Velocity Partners colleague spotlight series of conversations. The idea is to sit down with some of my Velocity Partners colleagues and to “talk shop” a bit. Getting to know their projects, interests, backgrounds, etc. In this installment, we spend a little time with one of our senior […]

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Help!

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A Sad Story A seasoned Director of Software Development was championing agile adoption at their company. It was a moderately scaled initiative, including perhaps 100 developers, testers, project managers, BAs and the functional management surrounding them. They received some initial agile training, seemed to be energized and aligned with the methods, and were “good to […]

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Anchoring your Product Backlogs

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If you don’t know, I’ve got some opinions about Scrum, the Product Owner role, Backlogs, and User Stories. I’ve written a book about Product Ownership and I spend a great deal of my time up to my eyeballs in stories and backlogs at various clients. One of the things that frustrates those clients is that […]

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Distributed Teams: The Art of the Start

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I’ve been sharing about agile methods for over ten years at conferences and workshops. One of the top three questions I always receive from attendees is: Does agile work with distributed teams? And sometimes the question is phrased another way: That notion of co-located teams is nice in theory Bob, but in the real life, […]

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