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03
NOV
2016

What are the most common mistakes or misconceptions when organizations start Scrum?

Here are the three most common mistakes (in no particular order) that I see with my clients who are struggling to implement and sustain long-term Agile adoption. Weak Product Owners – without a Product Owner (PO), Scrum does not work.  Thankfully, most of my clients have...
19
JUL
2016

Four Essential Skills to Master for Test-Driven Development

Test-Driven Development (TDD) is a fundamental programming skill in short supply today.  TDD is a powerful design technique that improves the quality and reliability of software as unit tests are automated and run more frequently.  One of the key concepts behind TDD is that the...
09
JUN
2016

How to Run a Coding Dojo

At Agile Portugal, I heard Emily Bache (@emilybache) give an inspiring keynote address on the importance of coding dojos to advance the art of programmers and testers.  Emily, much like myself, is a strong proponent of test-driven development (TDD), but recognizes that while TDD...
09
DEC
2015

Think in Code – The League of Amazing Programmers & The Next Ten Years of Agile

Concerned about the underrepresentation of women and minorities in software?  Interested in breaking the cycle of poverty in your community?  If these challenges concern you, then June Clarke and Nicole Clague have an interesting proposition – offer your time and share your...
09
JUN
2014

Everyone is Responsible for Quality in Scrum

To build a quality product we need to let go of the outdated 20th century idea that quality can be achieved through inspection alone, i.e. testing.  Instead, let us focus on constructing a framework that produces quality outcomes from the beginning and the two Lean concepts...
27
NOV
2013

Where are the System Specs in Scrum?

This was a really good question in the Scrum Practitioners LinkedIn group.  What started out as a short response, became a blog post so I decided to share my ideas here as well. Scrum is silent on the topic of specifications – it neither requires them nor prohibits them.  I...
22
FEB
2010

Best Links of the Week – Feb 22nd 2010

Links to share with your friends and co-workers Is an Agile PMO possible? – Curt Finch talks about the values of both Agile practices, PMI standards and how to marry the two. Self-organization: the secret sauce for improving your Scrum team – In this 90-miute video...
09
FEB
2010

Best Links of the Week – Feb 9th 2010

Excellent links for everyone to share. Pollyanna Pixton on Agile Leadership – a 30-minute video talking about the factors corporate leaders can influence which support Agile teams. How I Learned to Program Manage an Agile Team After 6 Years of Waterfall – Sara Ford...
12
JAN
2010

Best Links of the Week – Jan 12th 2010

Here are some links to the best of the blogs since the beginning of the year. The Role of Leaders on a Self-Organizing Team – Mike Cohn talks about the important role management continues to play on Scrum teams. Agile Scales, Waterfall Doesn’t – or s...
14
SEP
2009

Seems Obvious Now

Just wanted to reiterate the value of TDD – I am working on a programming challenge and was surprised how easy it was to add a hunting and killing algorithm to my program.  Since it was written using TDD, I had a nice suite of fast tests which allowed me to incrementally...
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