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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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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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The Shape of Your Portfolio

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What is your capability model showing you? In the world of Agile Software development, capability model may not be a term commonly used. We often think of Agile as describing how the development teams function, standups, planning, demo, retro, much of the delivery world moves to the scrum rhythm. Capability model, now how does that […]

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