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Field Notes

Posts by Andrew Fuqua

The Daily Pre-Standup

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If you don’t find your standup effective, it may be due to a lack of proper preparation. Mike wrote a nice article on the daily stand-up meeting and why it probably isn’t effective for you. Once you’ve mastered those tips, consider your prep. Here’s small subset of things I consider before each standup. This varies by situation. Are […]

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Always Looking Ahead

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I’m always looking ahead to the next planning or the next estimating meeting. I teach this behavior to my clients whenever I’m coaching a new ScrumMaster or Product Owner. I start off by involving them in what I’m doing, showing what needs to be done and by explaining my thinking. The teaching is very experiential, yet incomplete in […]

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No More Sucky Demos

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Ever seen a sucky demo? One that doesn’t start on time, with technology issues, too many people in the room, people on the phone not on mute, confusion over what stories will be demo’d and who will demo them? Let’s have no more sucky demos. Here are some thoughts on how to make that happen. Plan […]

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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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