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

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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24 Oct
2015

Product or Project Focused

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A software development team in an organization should be able to focus on the core domain that reflects the business it?s serving. Developers on the team should be able to iterate and further refine the domain model based on the evolving input and feedback of the domain experts. The business people, domain experts and developers […]

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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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