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Agile Principle #3
Agile Principle #3
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Before agile and Scrum became way hyper-efficient software development teams operate, waterfall project management philosophies were rampant, most likely an artifact of industrial and manufacturing industries that fueled the economy before the digital revolution. On these projects, large phases of


Let’s get back to our roots y’all.

Agile Principle #2
Agile Principle #2

Agile Principle #2: “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.”

Core to the agile product development mindset shift is recognition that the world we live in is fluid. What the user wanted yesterday may not be what they want today when you release that shiny new product that you’ve been working on for months. Instead of assuming…


You ask ’em, I (try to) answer ‘em.

How can new teams quickly align to perform accurate user story estimation?
How can new teams quickly align to perform accurate user story estimation?
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Let’s get back to our roots y’all.

Agile Principle #1
Agile Principle #1
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Over the last couple of months I have been thinking a lot about the way agile and Scrum training can be improved. One fundamental difference between traditional certification courses and the approach I typically strive for lies in the emphasis I place on the 4 agile values and 12 agile principles as the foundational building blocks for the way teams should define and refine their agile working agreements. While teams work together can change over time, the core agile values and principles remain a steadfast guide they can use to ensure team agility is never compromised. Most traditional agile…


You ask ’em, I (try to) answer ‘em.

Q: Is it ever OK to re-point user stories?

Inevitably, teams encounter a user story that takes shorter or longer than anticipated to complete and they want to change its’ story point value to reflect reality the work has already been done. Typically, their motivation for doing so is to obtain a more accurate representation of the amount of work done in the sprint, often because velocity (the number of story points delivered in a sprint) is used by leadership as the measuring stick by which teams are evaluated — either by comparing velocity across teams or micromanaging changes in a team’s velocity sprint-over-sprint (fear the dreaded…


A core Scrum concept that’s often misinterpreted.

What is a story point?
What is a story point?
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Story points are a fundamental concept most commonly utilized (for a variety of purposes) within the Scrum framework and are frequently misunderstood. For as critical and widely used as they are, teams misinterpret what story points represent and how they should be used. So…

Q: What is a story point?

Story points are a fictitious unit of measure used to estimate the size of work increments in a team’s product backlog. They are used to quickly gauge the effort required to complete a user story to another user story the team has worked on in the past that is to the one…


You ask ’em and I (try to) answer ‘em!

Teams should first strive for predictability, then focus on velocity improvement and optimization for better agile planning.
Teams should first strive for predictability, then focus on velocity improvement and optimization for better agile planning.
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I’ve been walking lately. The combination of COVID-related lockdowns and a general sense of has forced me off my couch and into the streets of Chicago on a daily basis, to the tune of nearly 7 miles a day. This gives me of time to think. On one such excursion I pondered what my next agile-related story should be about — I want something that is both easy to consume and immediately actionable for development teams. And so it was that the series was born.

The goal of this (hopefully ongoing and at…


5 easy steps to better stories.

Poorly written user stories are pervasive in agile software development. Product owners know that acceptance criteria are important, but…


When Bigger Isn’t Better

The Art of Splitting User Stories
The Art of Splitting User Stories
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Where exactly does the mentality “” come from? It’s a common phrase that has been played out in American culture time and time again throughout history:

  • Fast food portion sizes have grown out of control over the last 30 years…


The subtle art of getting close enough.

Estimation Jar
Estimation Jar
Quick — guess how many! (answer is below)

Imagine for a moment that someone asked you to estimate the number of skittles contained in the jar pictured above. How would you answer? To provide an accurate estimate, you’d probably want to know details like:

  • How big is the jar (diameter and height)?

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