Misconceptions about the Product Backlog

There are a lot of misconceptions about the Product Backlog. In fact, I would say it is probably the least understood artifact of Scrum. Getting it wrong can cause big problems, not just for your product and its roadmap, but for your developers too. Being a product owner and managing this thing is hard job, […]

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Ways that cloud can support agile and lean startup

One of the biggest changes in information technology over the last ten years has been cloud computing. This change is huge and it is here to stay. While cloud is transforming businesses and governments around the world, it provides special advantages for certain types of organisations and work. This article will explain the ways in which […]

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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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Outcomes not outputs

One of the key takeaways I got from reading the excellent book Lean Enterprise is the idea that you should focus on outcomes not outputs. This is a powerful idea for strong agile teams, and ties in well with the Agile Manifesto. If you understand this concept, you can make a lot of the annoying […]

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Common barriers to agile adoption

A lot of organizations are trying to “go Agile”. That sounds great, but they often fail. Sometimes they get part of the way there, sometimes they got most of the way and achieve some benefits, but then struggle. Sometimes they fall in a heap and don’t get anywhere. Often they just end up doing “cargo […]

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When to use kanban vs scrum

If Scrum is the most widely used Agile methodology, Kanban would have to be second place. It’s old, it’s elegant, it’s effective, it’s simple and it works. This article will explain when to use Kanban vs Scrum. It really depends on what type of work you are doing. Some people use straight-out Kanban, no scrum […]

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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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Why technical user stories are bad

You might sometimes come across “technical user stories” when doing agile software development. These are generally a bad idea and should be avoided where possible. This article will explain what technical user stories are, and why technical user stories are bad. It will also cover the rare situations when you need to use them. What […]

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The strengths of Scrum

  OK so you might think after the last post, that I’m against Scrum and I think it’s worthless. Not true at all. I use it a lot and have a lot of respect for it. There are definitely some strengths of scrum for software development. I just think it’s worth being aware of its weaknesses. […]

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The problems with Scrum

You might be wondering why everyone talks about Scrum so much. Often when I write about Agile on this blog, I’m pretty much talking about Scrum. It is the most widely used and known methodology for Agile software development in the world. Remember, Agile is not a methodology, it is a set of values and principles. […]

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