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A Personal Manifesto

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 12:24
Background and the Agile Manifesto. I have been asked several times to help in the rewrite of an Agile Manifesto.  After having been involved in Snowbird 10 (the reunion of some of the original Agile Manifesto authors along with some others from the Lean/Kanban community) I realized there is no “Agile” community. Rather we have many sub-communities that are so diverse it is hard to think of them...

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Why Shu Ha Ri and Scrum Can Make for a Dangerous Combination

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 21:43
Note: This blog assumes the reader understands the basic roles and practices of Scrum. Scrum suggests that the way to improve a team’s workflow and the organization within which it works is to remove impediments to its core roles (product owner, team, scrummaster) and practices (cross-functional teams, daily standups, and using time-boxing for work, demos and building backlogs). It takes an...

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Test-First for Quality

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 22:18
Quality is a pretty open ended term.  Test-first is often thought of as implementation and verification – is the code being written of high quality?.  But there is also quality to the customer – is the right thing being built?   There is also the quality of the culture of the organization developing the software – is collaboration present?  And finally, the quality of the process being used – is...

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Getting Business Into The Agile Mindset

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 09:37
I was recently asked “Any recommendations on a book for how a middle manager can drag a business into an Agile mind set against their will?”  The answer is – “you can’t drag business into an Agile mind set against their will.”  In fact, you really can’t drag anyone into an Agile mindset against their will.  I also find it ironic that I hear Agile coaches ask me a similar question, “Any...

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Some Laws of Software Development

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 13:28
This blog continues my series on Going Beyond Practices to Achieve Objectives.  There is a significant difference between a law and a principle.  In Values, Practices and Principles Are Not Enough we defined them as: Principle – a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning Law – (natural laws) a statement of fact,...

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The Objective of Time-Boxing

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:22
This blog continues my series on Going Beyond Practices to Achieve Objectives. A webinar on Blending Kanban and Scrum is also available.   Timeboxing is used as a project planning technique. The schedule is divided into a number of separate time periods (timeboxes), with each part having its own deliverables, deadline and budget. In Agile, these time boxes are known as “iterations” (XP and...

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Values, Practices and Principles Are Not Enough

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:12
This blog continues my series on Going Beyond Practices to Achieve Objectives. A webinar on Blending Kanban and Scrum is also available. Agile has been around for over 2 decades now. Most every method talks about values, principles and practices. The Agile Manifesto, for example, is comprised of 4 values and 12 principles. XP, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, LeSS and Nexus have added a considerable number...

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The Question Isn’t ”Scrum Vs Kanban?” or Even “Scrum and Kanban?” But Rather “What Works?”

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 19:11
This blog continues my series on Going Beyond Practices to Achieve Objectives. A webinar on Blending Kanban and Scrum is also available. Executive Summary We should not be debating whether Scrum or Kanban is better.  Both have practices and principles to offer.  Each has a different mindset towards learning, however.  But instead of just blending them, we should look to a mindset that embraces...

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Blog Series: TDD and Process, Part 4

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:16
Part 4: Redundancy In part 3, we examined how the same specification can be bound to the production system in different ways, producing executable tests that have various levels of granularity and speed, by creating different bindings for different purposes.  We started with the “full stack” binding: Next, we created a different binding that avoided accessing the database at all by mocking...

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Blog Series: TDD and Process, Part 3

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:52
Part 3: Reusing the Specification I’ve said that notion of automation should follow the TDD specification process, not lead it.  We choose the “test automation framework” (TAFW) based on the nature of our specification and how we have chosen to represent it to stakeholders. That said, once we have settled on a TAFW, we can then determine how best to use it to bind the specification to the...

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