Tag Archives: agile

The System Metaphor Explored

The System Metaphor is one of the less popular parts of Extreme Programming (XP). Newer descriptions often even omit it. But metaphor is useful – when you have  a good one, it really helps you understand and organize your system. … Continue reading

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Independent Stories in the INVEST Model

The INVEST model is a reminder of the important characteristics of user stories, and it starts with I for Independent. Independent stories each describe different aspects of a system's capabilities. They are easier to work with because each one can … Continue reading

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The Vision Thing: How Do You Charter? #agile2011

We held a "Fringe" session at Agile 2011 to discuss how people charter or kick off projects.  Elements of "Kickoff" [These are in no particular order.] Vision Release Criteria Success Criteria From and To State Business capability Solution vision Risks … Continue reading

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3A – Arrange, Act, Assert

Some unit tests are focused, other are like a run-on sentence. How can we create tests that are focused and communicate well? What's a good structure for a unit test? 3A: Arrange, Act, Assert We want to test the behavior … Continue reading

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Review – Agile Product Management with Scrum (Pichler)

Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love, by Roman Pichler. Addison-Wesley, 2010. This is a fairly easy read (about 120 pages) explaining the role of the Product Owner in Scrum. I'd describe the target as "someone preparing … Continue reading

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Project Portfolios and Agile

Portfolio perspective. Continue reading

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Trends in Agile – Diana Larsen

Trends in Agile. Continue reading

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Review – Agile Estimating and Planning

Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn. Pearson Education, 2006.My back-cover review was “Mike Cohn explains his approach to Agile planning, and shows how ‘critical chain’ thinking can be used to effectively buffer both schedule and features. As with User Stories … Continue reading

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Review – Requirements by Collaboration

Requirements by Collaboration, Ellen Gottesdiener. ISBN 0-201-78606-0. Addison-Wesley, 2002.Workshops are an effective place to capture requirements – getting the right people in the room, working together well, they can reach important agreements about what is needed. This book focuses mostly … Continue reading

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Review – Balancing Agility and Discipline

Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed. Barry Boehm and Richard Turner. Addison-Wesley, 2004. Overall, this is a balanced treatment “agile” and “plan-driven” methods. (My biggest complaint is the title; if it had been “Balancing Agility and Planning” … Continue reading

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Review – Managing Agile Projects

Managing Agile Projects, Sanjiv Augustine. Addison-Wesley, 2005.Sanjiv answers the question, “What do managers do on an agile team?” to say that they have many functions: team building, alignment, adaptation, and more. I particularly appreciated the chapter on using a “light … Continue reading

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Review – Software by Numbers

Software by Numbers, Mark Denne and Jane Cleland-Huang. Prentice-Hall, 2004. An MMF – “minimal marketable feature” – represents a unit of functionality that has value. This book shows how incremental delivery and incremental funding of MMFs can work together to … Continue reading

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Review – Extreme Programming Explained, 2/e

Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, 2/e, by Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres. Addison-Wesley Professional, 2004. ISBN 0321278658.Kent Beck’s new introduction to the practices and philosophy of XP. See an extended summary.(Reviewed Feb., ’05)

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Review – Crystal Clear

Crystal Clear, Alistair Cockburn. Addison-Wesley, 2004.Crystal Clear is a software method that uses frequent delivery, reflective improvement, and osmotic communication as guard rails to guide a team in development. This book presents a number of perspectives on the methods; my … Continue reading

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OOPSLA ’04 Trip Report

A trip report from OOPSLA ’04, Vancouver, BC, Oct. 24-28. Continue reading

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