Make Your Remote Daily Scrums More Productive
Mar 5, 2016
I recently wrote about 4 secrets to a successfully daily scrum, which covered the basics for ensuring a productive daily scrum meeting. However, what do you do if your team is distributed?
Managing Bugs in Scrum and Agile Projects
Jan 2, 2016
As I was revising and writing new content for The Scrum Field Guide, 2nd edition, I emailed my friend Bill Hanlon at Microsoft to get his feedback on my existing chapter on bugs. Bill and I worked together years ago and I often value Bill’s opinion more than I value my own. The guy constantly innovates on things that others would say are good enough. Things are never good enough for Bill, and he’s constantly experimenting and trying new things.
The Scrum Field Guide, 2nd Edition Sample Chapter
Dec 31, 2015
We’ve all heard the common myth, Agile means no documentation. While other agile fallacies exist, this is a big one, and it could not be farther from the truth. Good agile teams are disciplined about their documentation but are also deliberate about how much they do and when.
Why Rework in Agile Projects is Key to Success
Feb 12, 2014
How to integrate rework into your everyday life while building software and why it’s key to success.
Technical Interviewing - You’re Doing it Wrong
Feb 3, 2013
Last week at the ALM Summit, Microsoft colleague Jonathan Wanagel and I presented a talk titled “Technical Interviewing – You’re Doing it Wrong!” and it was one of many highlights of the event. Download the slides here.We identified eight anti-patterns that people should avoid. As Jonathan stated in the talk, “many of them were likely created at Microsoft” – and while I can’t say that, I can say that I’ve seen all of them at many companies around the world.
The Big Wall: Prioritizing and Estimating Large Backlogs
Jul 3, 2012
You’ve just finished a great story-writing workshop with your stakeholders. You’re excited about the new product and are anxious to get started. Until, that is, you get back to your office and look at the mountain of stories that you’ve somehow got to estimate and prioritize. All your excitement disappears as you face the hard truth: You have no idea where to start.
SQE Agile Dev 2009 ScrumBut Tutorial
Nov 12, 2009
Thanks to everyone who attended my workshop at SQE Agile Development Practices 2009 in Orlando titled “Practicing ScrumBut: Ensuring Project Failure” and special thanks to Cory Foy for coming up from Tampa to do the workshop with me.
Scrum for Managers
Nov 9, 2009
I am always amazed when I ask people what they think the job of a manager is. I get answers like “to tell people what to do” to “stay out of the way” to “do my performance review” to “lead”. The last one is always of interest to me. Do companies hire managers or do they hire leaders?
Agile Adoption: Structuring and Building an Agile Team
Nov 5, 2009
Colleague Jean Tabaka posted a question recently that asked “How we can motivate these people as much as possible before having them leave the newly anointed agile organization?” The context around this question is that there are people who are viewed as hero’s in organizations. These individuals “are very specialized individuals with knowledge outside just the software development realm (physics, mathematics, fluids mechanics…) These individuals are used to being highly prized for their very specific subject expertise. They have a sense of significance hooked onto their unique role.”
The History of the Agile Manifesto
Oct 18, 2009
I wrote a paper for the 2007 PMI Global Congress in Atlanta on Agile Transition. Part of the paper covers the Agile Manifesto. As I began researching and writing about it, I found that I had gaps in the historical data on the web. I was fortunate enough to interview Jim Highsmith, Ward Cunningham and Ken Schwaber via telephone to get a better understanding of how the Agile Manifesto came about.
Scrummerfall - Mixing Scrum with Traditional Software Development Methods
Oct 13, 2009
Mixing Scrum and Waterfall will provide you an interesting mix… This is one of my older MSDN posts from August, 2006. Enjoy. :)
Breaking the Rules of Agile - Working Overtime
Oct 4, 2009
One of the things I love about XP (this is a principle of Scrum also) is the concept of Sustainable Pace. Ron Jeffries aptly documents this on his site in the following text:
Film Cameras are Prescriptive, Digital Cameras are Adaptive
Jul 26, 2009
Growing up, I had a dream of being a photographer. I didn’t know why I was drawn to it, but it was something I wanted to do. I bought my first camera when I was 10 years old – it was a Kodak Disc camera. My second camera was a Konica TC Autoreflex – it was my first real camera. I worked a summer for my dad at the wonderful rate of $2.50 per hour – I thought it was good for 11 years old. As I got older, I became more into photography.
Using Scrum and Agile in the Home; Tips for Kids / Managing Homework
Jul 6, 2006
As parents, we can all relate to the challenge of keeping kids motivated and on track. To make it easier, why not use agile techniques right in your own home? This tried-and-true blog post from 2006 shows you how - trust us, its timeless advice has been put into practice with a variety of families since then!