The Agile Paradox: Estimation, Commitment, and Sustainable Pace
Feb 20, 2024
Agile and Scrum have transformed project management in the tech industry and beyond. With their emphasis on collaboration, iterative development, and adaptability, these approaches have revolutionized how teams work together to deliver high-quality products. For agile practitioners, from Scrum team members to senior leadership, understanding the difference between estimating and committing is pivotal. Let’s explore not just the conceptual differences of the two, but how forecasting work versus committing to work blindly can influence the dynamics of an agile team.
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.
Why Rework in Agile Projects is Key to Success
Feb 13, 2014
How to integrate rework into your everyday life while building software and why it’s key to success.
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.
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!