Category Archives for Agile

Deploy is not the same as release

software deploy

A lot of people think it’s risky to deploy software. Some of these people lose sleep over deploying software. A lot of people have jobs based around deploying software, and for them others they work with, it is a big deal. It involves a lot of something people call “technical risk management”. That’s just a […]

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When to use Agile vs Waterfall

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If you read this blog, you probably think that I really love Agile, and really hate Waterfall. Well, that’s not true. I think Agile (when done well, which it often isn’t) is a good methodology for some contexts. More specifically, agile is a good methodology for building software under conditions of uncertainty. If you are not […]

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Uncertainty of benefits versus costs

benefits vs costs

I think a lot about estimation. I used to do a lot of estimation with my teams. When the organisation I’m currently working for started doing agile, we did loads of estimation. We were constantly being asked for estimates. High-level estimates, low-level estimates, feature level estimates, story level estimates. We would spend a lot of […]

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The difference between Agile and DevOps

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DevOps is one of the hot topics at the moment, and is well on its way up the hype cycle curve. Some are even saying it replaces agile, thus spelling the end of agile software development. That isn’t true, though if you’re interested in agile, you should start learning about DevOps. Why? Because although it […]

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Myths of agile: “Agile is dead”

agile software development dead

This is the last of the agile myths I’ll be covering, and it is the most controversial. There have been many articles published, for quite some time, claiming that agile is dead. I think these articles are actually claiming different things. Some of those things are right, but many of them are wrong, and many […]

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Myths of agile: “Agile is just micromanagement”

I’ve seen quite a few “Agile sucks” and “Agile is dead” posts making the rounds lately. They get trotted out every year or so and spark some lively but uninteresting debate. Most of these are just clickbait and are not worth discussing. But some are sadder and tell depressing stories of “agile” projects dominated by micro-management, that […]

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Myths of agile: “there’s no documentation in Agile”

Another myth around Agile is that there is no documentation in agile. Once the project is done, the team disappears in a whirlwind of dust, leaving only a handful of hastily scrawled post-it notes behind them. This is actually a hard problem and there is sometimes some truth to this.  But we need to think […]

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Myths of agile: “there’s no planning in Agile”

I’m going to tackle some of the myths around agile software development. The first and probably most well known is that “there is no planning in Agile, you just make it all up as you go along”. This is not at all true. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and […]

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How to do Definition of Done in agile / scrum

The “Definition of Done” is one of the most important concepts in Scrum, yet a lot of people don’t understand it properly. When understood and used properly, the Definition of Done is a powerful guide for consistent delivery of quality. When not understood or used properly, you will likely end up in an inconsistent mess […]

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The illusion known as “signoff”

I am baffled by people talking about “signoff” and what a great thing it is. I find it especially common when coming from UX / Visual designers. “Oh thank god, the designs have finally been signed off!” they say. Or the corollary, the frustrated cry of “My work still hasn’t been signed off!”. The concept […]

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