28 Jan
2016

Definition of Ready

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There is a practice in many agile conversations known as having a “Definition of Ready” for a Product Backlog item. That is, a given User Story (or other PBI) must meet the Team’s “Definition of Ready” to be considered actionable or even worthy to estimate. This can be desirable from the team’s perspective when they […]

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8 Jan
2016

AGILE IN NON-SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TEAMS

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I’ve had some great opportunities working with teams applying lean and agile techniques to domains beyond software development. Along with other areas, I’m having lots of conversations around applying Scrum in HR teams. This is fairly unique because the core usage model for Scrum is to apply it when the work is fairly unknown and […]

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8 Jan
2016

DEVELOPMENT TEAMS AND OPERATIONS

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Many software development teams, especially those creating or supporting a shared platform or infrastructure, find themselves overwhelmed by ad-hoc work requests. A frequent response to this situation is to move from an iterative, incremental practice to Kanban or some other flow-based model. In many situations, this is the exact opposite of what should happen. When […]

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5 Feb
2015

A Quick Agile Family Update

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If you read French (or can wade through Google Translator’s version of English) then you may read an interview I did recently with the folks over at Elapse Technologies, a Quebec-based agility training and coaching organization. Here is a link to the interview. It?s Not About Chores For some time I have been meaning to […]

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26 Jan
2015

Introducing Elegant Code Solutions

I am announcing the launch of Elegant Code Solutions, LLC. This marks my decision to join the community as an independent trainer, developer, coach, and consultant. For the last four years I have worked for Scrum.org and Microsoft, and I am coming back to my happiest professional roots: Helping teams improve their agility with professionalism […]

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