An Ubiquitous Language is used in every place and every time inside an organization... or is it?
Story tests are Business Facing Tests used to describe and verify the software delivered as part of a User Story.
When the sound of the ship’s bell blared through the office, all employees immediately got together for a 10-minute celebration. Our people knew that the bell was often a signal for free cake or cookies, which probably contributed to the quick and easy gathering of the entire work force around the coffee machine.
This is the final issue of James Brett‘s 5 Questions. Issue 1 featured Ron Jefferies, Issue 2 featured Ken Schwaber, and Issue 3 featured Mike Cohn. In issue 4 of the five questions series we hear from Alistair Cockburn.
Even Phil, the Groundhog, screwed up with his estimate, and while the spring is already far in, it’s high time to come up with a very fitting narrative of what missed deadlines, and deadlines in general, are about.
If you’re interested in techniques for estimation, you should take a look at this pdf ebook. It contains half-a-dozen essays on estimating in agile projects, drawn from our experiences with a wide range of clients. We explain approaches based on story points and on story counting, which should give you a good overview for you to explore an approach that will work for you.
This is the third issue of James Brett‘s 5 Questions. Issue 1 featured Ron Jefferies, and Issue 2 featured Ken Schwaber. From the first issue of 5 Questions ”The ideas was to ask five specific questions to members of the Scrum community and post the their replies.”
Take a fresh look at problems, don’t go through your mental catalog of past problems. Each problem is unique and it has its own set of unique solutions. You might surprise yourself, with what you come up with.
In many working environments people’s focus is usually is on fixing problems. This makes sense, because continuous improvement allows organizations to survive and thrive.
If you look up Test First on Wikipedia you will be redirected to the Test Driven Development (TDD) page and I believe this to be incorrect. While TDD is one, arguably the most effective, form of Test First it is by no means the whole thing.
Out of all of the agile practices which have been adopted in recent years, few have proven more controversial than estimation. To estimate, or not to estimate? That is the question. In this article we look at the reasons for disagreement and the circumstances in which estimation can make sense.
I’m using my kanban to help me to get to done on my tasks, not to track my every piece of work. I’m using it to not forget work. I have a couple of phone calls this morning and a phone call this afternoon. I hope to complete one of the workshops today. Maybe.
People usually think of the pawns as the most disposable pieces, but great managers don’t use them as strategic sacrificial lambs for their own gain. Trying to keep all the pieces on the board becomes an unacknowledged and thankless part of the manager’s job.
The Oxford Dictionary defines an assumption as: “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof”. We constantly make assumptions. Sometimes we are aware of them, often we’re not.