Category Archives: Agile Practices

Are You Writing Checks Your Team Cannot Cash? Here’s How to Stop Over Committing on Sprints

One of the top 5 mistakes Agile teams make is to over estimate how much work they can deliver in sprint. Is this due to customer pressure, a desire to please, a hero mentality, or pressure from a manager?  I … Continue reading

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Your Car Can Show You How Agile Estimation Works

I obsess on watching the mileage my car gets.  Every time I fill the tank I note how far I traveled on the last tank, and then I try to break that record with my new tank of gas. As … Continue reading

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Seven Common Mistakes with the Daily Stand-up Meeting

The daily stand-up meeting, also known as the daily scrum, may be the best of all of the agile practices.  Why?  Because it meets three criteria: It’s easy to start using It can often be used without other agile practices … Continue reading

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Agile Cannot Be Used To Estimate Fixed Bid Projects, Right? Wrong.

I have watched numerous presentations contrasting agile to traditional software development.  The story goes like this.  A traditional project is usually scope constrained.  Similar to a fixed bid scenario, we are told what the scope of the project must be, and … Continue reading

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Summer 2012 – Five Things I Learned as an Agile Coach

The Goal:  Work hard through the spring, then take a few weeks of vacation in the summer.  Reality:  My clients did not slow down for the summer and I found myself even busier than before.  It was a good problem … Continue reading

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Does Your Project Have an Elevator Statement? Did the Chevy Volt?

Recently production was halted on the Chevy Volt due to low demand.  If you are not familiar with the Volt, it is a hybrid car that uses a battery powered electric motor, and has an additional gasoline motor that kicks … Continue reading

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Work In Progress Limits at Subway?

A few days ago I was in a daze as I waited in the line at Subway.  I was thinking about a dilemma my friend Phil had.  Phil is a project manager for a team that creates internet applications and … Continue reading

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