I once worked for a company that prided itself of doing distributed agile. The vision was to have one team split across two different country so that work could continue around the clock. They had the development team in Chicago and a testing team in India. Work completed in Chicago at the end of the … Read more
Someone asked me recently what where the five top reasons why companies adopt Scrum. I had difficulty answering this question, because, without doing a reasonably rigorous survey it’s difficult to provide a comprehensive answer. I do however, have some experience with companies adopting Scrum and I could provide the top five reasons that I’ve personally … Read more
Planning Poker cards make great promotional items. They are both fun and useful, and many companies freely distribute Planning Poker decks as part of their marketing efforts. But you don’t need some brand name deck to make Planning Poker fun and interesting. A creative idea, a printer and some stiff paper is all you need … Read more
Is your team having difficulty forecasting when a project will be completed? Do you have a large number of un-estimated Stories in your product backlog? Are your planning meetings several days long and full of confrontation? If so, it could be that you’re forgetting to “groom” your product backlog.
Personal Comment: I started this article about 5 months ago and it’s just been sitting in my queue. I’ve been undecided about publishing because I’m not especially fond of it. But rather than let the bits rot, I thought I’d share it in the hope that someone will get some benefit out of it. If … Read more