Posts Tagged ‘Agile’

Why you might struggle with Progressive Elaboration

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Progressive Elaboration is the process of breaking Epics down into User Stories and defining details of those stories over time as the stories move through release planning and get closer and closer to being added to a Sprint. I’ve been exploring why some organizations struggle to put this into practice. Context: I often work with largish […]

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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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Where Does an Agile Transformation Start? Everywhere.

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Okay, so your enterprise wants to start an agile transformation. Good for you! We’ll assume you know why you are doing it, what the values are and that it’s not an overnight process. That still leaves a question of where in the organization do you start? Do you start with a small scale team level […]

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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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Is Your Program Team Just a Messin’ an a Gommin’?

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A long, long, well… long time ago when I was a young man, my Grandma Lossie would get all dressed up and her best friend Gladys would come pick her up for a night out. When I asked those two what they were up to, one of these two south Georgia ladies would always say, “We […]

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