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31
JUL
2008

Mike Cohn at XPSD

In my role as moderator of XP San Diego I was able to arrange for Mike Cohn to speak about Agile transitions to our group. Last year when Mike was in town, we were also able to arrange for some of his time. Mike is a great speaker and I am looking forward to his talk tonight.
24
JUN
2008

Kick Off

On the Scrum mailing list, Alan Shalloway came up with a great list for questions you need to answer before starting your Scrum teams. In his experience, this checklist becomes very useful after the organization reaches 75 people. How do I know I’m done planning? What documents...
13
JUN
2008

No Bad Scrum

One of the things I strive for in my work is to make sure that when people are doing Scrum, they are really doing it. My reasoning is that if you are going to go through all the effort and extra burden of Scrum, you might as well do it right and then decide if it is worth it....
29
MAY
2008

Task Board Example

Just wanted to post some pictures (sorry, they didn’t make the move – 01/31/2009 CEN) of the Team’s task board as yet another example for people who are curious about how this looks and feels. It is a very, low tech Team tool for talking about the work they are doing....
09
MAY
2008

Precision in Language

One of the more important things I learned in graduate school that applies to my work in the software industry is precision. When I talk about precision, I mean being very clear about what you are claiming (or not claiming). Earlier today, I read this question at the Scrum...
29
APR
2008

Why I Use Points For Estimating

A recent discussion among some colleagues of mine centered around the use of points (or story points) for estimating and the utility of points. The basic concept behind points is one uses a dimensionless quantity to size chunks of work relative to some standard everyone can agree...
23
APR
2008

Why Crouch, Touch, Pause…Engage?

  …well, most of what I do every day is help teams use and implement Scrum (even though I got to Scrum through XP). The name Scrum comes from rugby, so I figured this will serve as a good title as I talk about how I use Scrum to solve problems and assisting people so they can...