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Field Notes

Posts by Jann Thomas

To Split or Not to Split, It’s Really Complicated.

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At our most recent sprint review, a team I’m coaching completed all but three stories. So at sprint review, we were trying to decide what to do with the stories and whether to move them into planning or split them. All three stories had outside dependencies. All three had completed tasks and two of them […]

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Cross-Team Stories: How to Make Them Work

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Ponder this scenario… Suppose you have an Agile team building applications based on data API’s that are managed by a services team. Suppose that you cannot change the structure of the organization. If changes are needed to get a different data field from the API in support of a feature in your app — what do […]

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Product Team Ceremonies

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Scaling Agile practices beyond a single delivery team means a collection of delivery teams will need to glean work from a product team.  Let’s just accept that as a fact and argue over the “agileness” of it later.  Given we have a product team with a Program Manager, Product Owner, BAs, Test Lead and Technical […]

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When Do You Need a DevOps Team?

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With all the focus on continuous delivery and test automation, the inevitable question arises, “do I need a DevOps team?”. Just as with other Domain type teams that support software delivery teams, looking at the general question, “should I form a Domain team?” will help answer our DevOps question. So let’s back up. What is a Domain […]

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Use Metrics to Tell a Story

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Agile delivery practices use metrics as a foundation to quantify the unpredictable nature of understanding what someone has in mind. Stories are a set of words that convey an idea and translate one person’s imagination into an imaginary format called software. Given that we can debate what the definition of “is” is, estimating when some […]

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