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12
DEC
2016

What is Yesterday’s Weather?

Yesterday’s Weather is Extreme Programming planning technique used to estimate the capacity of a Team based on their past performance. Yesterday’s Weather is a guide to help Teams neither under commit nor overcommit to a set of Product Backlog items during Sprint...
28
NOV
2016

Why estimate the size rather than the duration of a user story? Are story points better than hours?

In Scrum, the owner of the estimates is very clear.  Only the people who do the work, i.e. the Team, have the right to offer estimates for the Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog items.  However, like many things in Scrum, the framework leaves it up to each Team to decide on what...
05
JAN
2015

Why Should I Care About Agile Chartering?

Better teams create better outcomes.  Agile Chartering is a vehicle to start teams off for success. At the end of last October, I participated in a three-day international workshop in Itterswiller, France with thirteen other Agile consultants, trainers and coaches from the US,...
08
OCT
2013

Why Sprint Zero is Bad, but Lift-Off is Better

I have never been a big fan of the concept of Sprint Zero.  Recently, I heard a story from a colleague that got me thinking about Sprint Zero and I wanted to share her story with you.  She told me on the first day of working with a new client she was invited to attend their...
06
NOV
2012

Estimation is Part of Scrum…and Mostly Irrelevant

In the past month, there has been a great deal of discussion around estimation.  First, it began with Joshua Kerievsky and his article.  Later, Tobias Mayer shared his perspective.  I even heard recently that Mike Cohnis diminishing the importance of estimation.  I think Ward...
08
SEP
2012

Redesigning the Product Owner Class – Trusting the Learners

For a while my Certified Product Owner (CPO) class was bugging me.  It was OK, but it something about it was off.  People were writing good evaluations, but the class was not on the same level of quality as my Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class.  Now part of this reason is that my...
07
FEB
2011

Writing Good User Stories

User stories are tool that originated from Extreme Programming and have become the de facto way Agile teams document and collect their requirements.  There is a lot written on user stories (link, link, link), so I am just going to talk about what I consider important in writing...
08
NOV
2010

Reading a Release Burndown Chart

In Scrum, we use a lot of easy-to-understand tools to communicate status.  A very common tool is a burndown chart.  In this diagram, I am showing a sample Release Burndown chart for a Team with eight Sprints in their release and will talk about how this is commonly used on a...
12
SEP
2010

Estimating & Planning for Agile Teams – Oct 2nd

Having trouble communicating deadlines to stakeholders?  Unable to get a commitment from the Team on when work will actually be delivered?  Having trouble managing dependencies?  Agile processes, like Scrum and Extreme Programming, rely on lightweight techniques to progressive...
27
APR
2010

Best Links of the Week – Mar 27th 2010

More good links to share with others. Ouija Board Estimation\Seance Sizing – a new method for estimation that relies on team, not the undead. Is the Agile Community Being Unreasonable? – InfoQ takes a look at the friction between the PMBOK and Agile principles....
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