Tag «agile»

Simplicity

The Agile Manifesto was created in 2001 as a philosophy for improving the way software is developed.  It was created by 17 authors and has become wildly popular in the software development eco-system.  If you’ve heard of Scrum or Kanban, those are implementations of Agile.  The authors also agreed on 12 principles.  This article will …

Looking further ahead

Around a month ago, I attended a full week of PMP training in my office. It was fantastic. It gave me a whole lot of new tools for my toolbox.  It helped me identify a number of holes in my game and gave me some tools to get things back on track. One tool I …

Retrospective Thoughts – Review the week

The effectiveness of our retrospective meetings had plateaued for the last couple of sprints, but despite that I couldn’t believe for more than a second that we had nothing else to try in order to grow.  We had been running with Agile for the last 9 months, but we weren’t coming up with many ideas to try and …

Consistency is Key

Recently, with little notice, I had to step back from work for a few days (with a 3 day flu on the tail end of it).  This occurred from day 4 through day 8 of a 10 day sprint.  The whole time I was gone, I was periodically checking my emails to see if everything was ok. …

Sprint planning – How long is too long?

I posted one of my articles, Sprint planning meeting introductory script, on reddit to try and stir up some conversations, and the following comment by /u/AgileBandit stuck out to me: 3 hours? Why are your Sprint planning sessions taking so long?! Your team would benefit from more frequent backlog grooming sessions to reduce the need for lengthy …

Teams Are Greater Than Projects

My post Sprint Planning Meeting Introductory Script sparked some conversation with an old schoolmate on facebook, Justin Antoszek.   He was describing his department.  He’s a senior software developer in an R&D department with 3 teams running 3 different projects that have several people involved in multiple teams depending on which project has the highest priority from sprint to …

Sprint Planning Meeting Introductory Script

The purpose of a sprint planning meeting is to produce a sprint backlog.  This sprint backlog is the forecasted work that will be completed during the sprint.  The way I’ve run sprint planning meetings has evolved over the last 4 months.  It was really rough at the start, but it’s getting better and I want to share …