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23
SEP
2009

I Really Hate CMMI

I came across a question on a usergroup asking the following (it’s condensed): “In our projects we maintain product backlog and do high level estimates in story points. Then when we actually start the iteration we do estimates in the sprint planning meeting in story...
03
MAR
2009

Prioritization with Pugh

I came across a recent blog entry where Brandon Carlson was discussing one technique he used to speed up the prioritization of Product Backlog items with Product Owners.  He describes the scene like this: “It was late July and I was sitting through yet another agonizing...
12
FEB
2009

It’s Just Lean, No Hyphen Please

Alan Shalloway has posted an interesting blog about how Scrum is evolving in its understanding of itself much the same way Extreme Programming (XP) did in the early part of 2000.  As someone who was very much into XP at that time, I agree that XP was first defined as the original...
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...
10
DEC
2008

Agile is Lean for Software Development

I know – not the most profound insight or the most original.  I think I am finally beginning to understand the relationship between the two after studying all this Lean Six Sigma and Design Six Sigma stuff.  Agile is simply a co-evalent instance of the Lean concepts and...