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Compressed Backlog Refinement

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Lots has been written about backlog refinement (what we in the US used to call grooming), and a lot of it is good. There is lots to say about this practice. However, I’ve not seen any treatment on whether you should do it differently for your initial backlog. Therefore, I’m setting out in this post […]

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What is the ROI of Your Event?

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What is the ROI of Your Event? Now that I’ve had a week to reflect and let the experience sink in, I wanted to share my thoughts of our first official Baltimore Lean Coffee event. I’ve participated in ALN DC events and even helped organize a PMI Agile meetup.  So, where did our new event fall […]

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Validation and the Standing Desk

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Validation is an engineering activity. In many ways it’s very much how engineers tell a product, “you’re awesome!” Unfortunately, many people don’t really understand what engineering validation really is. They think it’s something that happens at the end of all the other work. Often people who don’t understand validation think it’s performed on the finished […]

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