On Visualizing Iterative Waterfall

Go read Jon Moore’s latest piece “The Power of Visualizing Iterative Waterfall”: “the most powerful reason to start visualizing the flow is that it shows you exactly what parts of your process you should change, and when. There’s nothing like being able to show a product manager that their availability is driving overall throughput to […]

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Some light reading (and research) on non-functional requirements in Agile/Scrum

Agile Modeling: Introduction to User Stories Mike Cohn’s Blog: Non-functional Requirements as User Stories aqris: Representing non-functional requirements with user stories wikiwiki: Non Functional Requirements Agile Coaching: Non-Functional Requirements: are user stories useful? Artima: Johan Peeters: Dreams and Nightmares Representing non-functional requirements is tricky. There are two kinds of non-functional requirement as mentioned in the […]

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More on Bad Agile

Steve Yegge talks about Google’s development (circa 2006) process – a process that is focused on being agile – and riffs on just how bad “Bad Agile” can be: Good Agile, Bad Agile: Bad Agile hurts teams in several ways. First, Bad Agile focuses on dates in the worst possible way: short cycles, quick deliverables, […]

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Dealing with technical debt

codeartisan: Jon Moore: Cracking down on technical debt: Generally, as the folks with the technical ability to recognize it, it is the development team’s responsibility to try to avoid accruing technical debt while producing product. Failing that, it is their responsibility to recognize/document existing debt and to advocate for its removal. However, note that there […]

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“Rescuing Scrum teams keeps me in business”

Oh boy, does this sound familiar. James Shore, consultant, lays down just how bad it gets when you ‘go Agile’ and don’t do so correctly: The Decline and Fall of Agile: Without continuous, incremental design, Scrum teams quickly dig themselves a gigantic hole of technical debt. Two or three years later, I get a call–or […]

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