Category Archives for Agile

Does Your Shop Front Fit Your Brand?

(This is a contributed post) When it comes to building and showing off your brand, there’s going to be a lot of footwork you’ll need to get in first. You need to know who you are, what you’re selling, and what kind of message you want to put out there – it all counts towards […]

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Estimating defects in Agile is an anti-pattern

There is a lot of discussion in the Agile community about estimating defects. A lot of people seem to think you need to estimate defects. There are lots of people arguing about how to estimate defects. This article will show you why you shouldn’t estimate defects. Estimating and assigning story points to defects is an […]

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Are agile and Scrum the same?

agile scrum

Some people often wonder: are agile and scrum the same? There’s a lot of confusion out there. I saw a thread on Stack Overflow on this topic that was full of complete nonsense. So I thought I would clear things up. Short version: agile and Scrum are NOT the same. Now I’ll get into what […]

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Testing is not a phase

testing waterfall phase

Every time someone talks about a testing “phase”, a little part of me dies. The worst example I saw recently was a post on an agile group asking “how many days should we allow for testing? If something takes 10 days for development, should we allow 10 days for testing? Or maybe 15?”. I’m not […]

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Agile vs Waterfall

royce waterfall development

It’s time to settle the long-running debate of the best way to develop software; Agile vs Waterfall. I’m going to describe and compare the two approaches, discuss their pros and cons, and determine a winner. What are Agile and Waterfall? These words generally refer to two very different approaches to organising, planning and executing software […]

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The history and future of management

Taylor agile management theory

Many organisations today are run according to management principles which are 50 to 100 years old. These methods are not appropriate to the fluid and fast-paced world we live in, but many organisations are struggling to change. In this article, I will talk about the history and future of management theory, so we can understand […]

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Business Efficiency: Which Jobs Can You Automate?

(This is a contributed post) You’ve probably heard a lot about business automation recently because the market for products that achieve that goal is booming at the moment. New programs and software appear on the market every day, and so it is vital for new entrepreneurs to jump on the bandwagon as soon as possible. […]

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Production support in agile / scrum

A common question I see asked is “how do we do production support in agile / scrum?”. This is a harder problem than it might at first seem. It definitely adds some complexity to the problem of prioritizing work. There are three stages to solving it properly. What actually is production support? Production support or […]

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What to Learn From Business Failure

(This is a contributed post) If your business has just gone south and you’ve got nothing left of it, you’re probably not keen to think about which lessons you should be learning from it right now. But that’s exactly what you should be doing if you’re going to improve as a person, make progress and […]

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How To Make Your Small Business Look More Professional

(This is a contributed post) As much as you might like it to be otherwise, sometimes we need to accept that our skills are only going to get us so far. There’s a reason why the world’s smartest person never becomes President – or anywhere close to it! It’s because there are many other skills […]

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