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Agile2015 Interviews with LeadingAgile

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The Agile Alliance’s annual conference, Agile2015 took place last week in Washington D.C. and LeadingAgile was out in force. In addition to the small army of attendees. LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer led a session on “Three Things You Must Know to Transfer Any Sized Organization Into An Agile Enterprise” and LeadingAgile Coach, Dean Stevens gave […]

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Estimating Placeholder Stories is a Bad Practice

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Placeholder stories, in general, are a bad idea. Estimating placeholder stories to reserve capacity or to get credit is a very bad idea. Define “Placeholder Stories” Of course, all stories are “placeholders for a conversation”, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I am also not talking about things like “Refactor the such-n-such class as we start work on […]

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Story Splitting: Where Do I Start?

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I don’t always follow the same story splitting approach when I need to split a story. It has become intuitive for me so I might not be able to write about everything I do or what goes through my mind or how I know. But I can put here what comes to mind at the […]

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Agile Teams in the Enterprise

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Once you have clarified why you are transforming your organization to become agile, it’s time to set up your agile teams. With the growth of agile over the last decade, most people are familiar with the delivery team structure of 6-8 cross-functional professionals with the all tools and skills needed to deliver value on the […]

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How Many Stories Per Sprint? Rules of Thumb

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I’m often asked how many user stories you should have in a sprint and how big is too big for a story. People are looking for guidance. Stories per Sprint I’ve heard some coaches recommend “3-6 stories per iteration per developer”. That’s a bad rule of thumb. For a team of 7 developers you would […]

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