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09
APR
2009

Multi-team Retrospectives: Valuable or No?

The folks at Integrum, a rails consulting company, produced a short podcast talking about their challenges running single retrospectives with multiple teams.  One of the comments from early in the podcast was when you have many teams in single retrospective, the participants tend...
23
FEB
2009

Letting Go of the Past

Sometimes when I meet with people who want to do Scrum (or anything Agile), they have a hard time looking beyond the past to a new way of making products.  They resist any change to the way things are done because they are often times too wrapped up in their old patterns of...
04
FEB
2009

Social-Only Scrum

Seems like Martin Fowler is adding more to the Scrum dogpile.  I have written about this concept here and here.  Again, I agree that it is up to us practitioners to make sure the technical practices are applied rigorously or you get a big Scrum mess.
12
JAN
2009

The problem with most TDD trainings is…

… they are too short. Mark Levison has posted an interesting article, Making TDD Stick, on InfoQ that covers some of my observations about how to sustain test-driven development (TDD) in an organization.  I have found the best way to teach TDD is to mentor\pair with an individual...
29
DEC
2008

If This Wasn’t True…

…it would be funny (Lost the Dilbert strip during the move, sorry 🙁 – 01/31/2009 CEN). In many big companies, the people who are allowed to bring about change are people who have titles like Director, VP, CIO, CMMI auditor, Black Belt – you get the idea.  One of the...
21
NOV
2008

Picking The Right Tool

Last week, I ran a “lessons learned” exercise using the Wall of Wonder.  There were some issues around trust and safety with this group and I did not think the venue of “lessons learned” was the right forum to confront these issues.  So, when one of the participants piped in with...
18
NOV
2008

What Is Your Problem?

There are five commonly accepted Agile processes in practice today:Scrum, Extreme Programming, Crystal, Unified Process, DSDM.  Often times people who are interested in starting with an Agile process want to know “Which one is best?” or “Which one should you start with?”. ...
16
NOV
2008

What Jim Shores Says…

“It’s odd to talk about the decline and fall of the agile movement, especially now that it’s so popular, but I actually think the agile movement has been in decline for several years now.” Check out the full entry on his site for more.  Not much I can add; I agree...
11
NOV
2008

Ever Been Distracted?

Write everything distracting you in a list on a sheet of paper, crumple the paper into a ball and toss it into the center of the room (or the trash).  Try this out next time you got too much to do or when your in a meeting to regain focus.
06
NOV
2008

Wall of Wonder

At the SD Best Practices 2008 conference, I attended a tutorial by Ellen Gottendiener where she showed a storyboarding technique she calls the “Wall of Wonder” – it is a way to capture modern day “cave art“ifacts of our discussion.  This facilitation technique is a...