Category Archives: Agile

An anatomy of a successful retrospective

It had been a while since I last facilitated a retrospective. So, I wanted to make sure that I can deliver and prepared properly. I had a few ideas of my own and few based on short discussions I had had what the retrospective should address. The scope was quite large so I couldn’t use

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Scrum – is there a role for tester?

Simple question, heard quite often though, has a simple answer, yes, there is a role for testers in Scrum. In the following I try to clarify why.  And as a prerequisite a assume that we are talking about an intelligent tester, not just some simpleminded clerk who can execute ready-made scripts. Why a tester is

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TDD and Internal Transformation

Many have gone through the agony of a Scrum transformation and noticed that revolution is hard. It requires a lot from the people involved but at the same time it is mostly adapting to new surroundings, to the new way of collaborating and making work visible. Agile methods come with the implicit expectation that you

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Functional Retrospectives – requirements?

What is needed for functional retrospectives? Retro’s do not always work and sometimes it is difficult to see why. After taking part in both unsuccessful and successful retro’s I now try to list couple of things I think are required for functional retrospectives. Team You actually need a team. Not a group of individuals where

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Preliminary peek why our team doubled its velocity in the last sprint

Usually our team achieves 20 +/- 2 points in one two week sprint. The sprint we finished yesterday showed some amazing figures. We completed 37 story points. When we arrived at our retrospective we did not have a clear agenda so the retro was used to think why we had so successful sprint. Our scrum

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Read as much as you can pt. II

Thanks to Jurgen Appelo for his tremendous work of gathering the top200 of agile and technology related blogs into one OPML-file! I am currently following 280 blogs! Huge amount, sometimes even daunting, but I’ve learned to skim it through concentrating only on subset of the articles.

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Creative Slack

Yep, we got it. Without hesitation our suggestion of using some work time to improve our professional selves was accepted. Most parts of our discussion was spent on implementation details. We argued back and forth between fixed time slot and free placement. The end result was to go for the free placement, since you really

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Let your brain breath!

How do you foster, grow and facilitate innovation? It’s a question that plaques many but few have found the answer. We appear at work at 8 and leave before 17, so that we don’t exceed the golden constant pace of 80% of our performance. But how can one feel free to innovate within such a

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Canceling Sprints

Within last week I have seen more sprint cancellations than ever before :) It’s a good thing. Canceling a sprint is responding to change. If things change enough you need to adjust and what a better way than starting all over. We may have some problems because we have to synchronize our sprints with so

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Facilitating Team Growth

I had a pleasant experience in our last retrospective. My current team, which has been together for 7 two weeks sprints, has been successful right from the beginning. We are not yet hyperproductive, but we are a good team which has gelled properly. Despite the success we’ve had we still have a feeling that we

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