Archive | July, 2013

Geek Reading July 26, 2013

I have talked about  human filters and  my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, and […]

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How to Estimate Velocity As an Agile Consultant

Many of you work in a dedicated in-house team, but some of you contract with companies for Scrum and agile consulting. One problem that sometimes arises as an agile contractor is when the prospective client wants an upfront commitment on the scope of the project, but the Scrum consultant feels there isn’t enough info to […]

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Bottom-Up Implementation & Top-Down Intent

A good strategy that I have used for dealing with complex agile transformations in large enterprises has two parts: bottom-up implementation and top-down intent. As Mike puts it, this is “where leadership sets the direction and establishes constraints, but with teams that are empowered to operate within those constraints.” Bottom up implementation means helping teams […]

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Defect Driven Test Automation

A team needs guidelines when starting to use automated tests.   Not only is the development of tests expensive in terms of development time but on going maintenance of test also consume development time.  One option for building a testing strategy is to use defect reports to define software use patterns.  The goal is to build […]

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Geek Reading July 12, 2013

I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, […]

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How Can We Get the Best Estimates of Story Size?

I was recently interviewed for an upcoming agile textbook written by Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan. They asked me questions regarding several areas of agile development and Scrum. Last week, I explored questions they had about the product backlog. This week, I'd like to tell you about the conversation we had about estimating. The conversation […]

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The Product Backlog and How to Manage Your Way Out

The Product Backlog contains a prioritized list of the Features we wish to build. The Product Owner works with the Customer to develop and prioritize the backlog. Features are broken into User Stories of various sizes. A user story is small enough to be completed in a single Sprint. The Product Owner must work to […]

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