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2016 in review

Well it’s been a bit over a year since I’ve started this blog. 2015 I was just getting my toes wet and trying out blogging. In 2016 I have put in much more of an effort and it has shown. I’m generating a bit of traffic and interest and starting a few discussions and that’s […]

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Agile reading list: essential books

This is my list of essential Agile books, sorted into categories. I’ve read and would recommend all of these. I’ve separated them into General, Process, People, and Technology. General Agile Software Development with Scrum by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle This is the book that started it all. Written by the two guys who started it […]

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Alternatives to Scrum

I’ve talked a lot about Scrum on this blog recently. Scrum has some strengths and some weaknesses. You need to know about those to understand it and use it properly. I think Scrum is a good tool and a great start for people new to Agile. But you might be interested in alternatives to scrum. […]

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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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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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Is agile really all about being able to change?

  The myths about agile and change We all know the stories: “if you do agile, you can change!”. Isn’t that great? Those poor fools doing Waterfall can’t change. They bolt themselves to this big plan, and stick to it even when it goes to hell. But on an agile project, we can do whatever […]

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What is story point estimation anyway?

If you’ve read the last post I wrote and are scratching your head as to what all this ‘points’ and ‘velocity’ stuff is, this article is a quick primer on what is story point estimation. I’ll explain what it is, how it is usually done, and why we are supposed to do it. I’ll also […]

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