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Making Time for Refactoring

When we refactor in small increments as we develop code, we’re able to spend a few minutes at a time keeping our code at a high level of quality

One of the most common things I hear about refactoring is that there isn’t enough time for it. I hear that there is important refactoring to the code and architecture that will take days or weeks and there’s no time to fit that in because of tight timetables.

Often times teams write off refactoring as something other teams with more time get to do, but not them. The truth is all teams have tight timetables for delivering their software and the key to refactoring is not more relaxed deadlines (deadlines do need to be realistic, but that’s ...

Agile & Gaming Companies

Handling rich creative content in a traditional Scrum team doesn’t always work as we might think: a single cross-functional team might simply be too large

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28 January 2016
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Product Owner, Scrum & XP, agile

In many cases, the artwork and creative elements of a product, such as a game, requires work from many skilled artists, from graphic artists and UX to animators and audio engineers. Creating an art team to deliver art assets, and having them operate as a Scrum team can work. But there can be challenges with this too. In the following article I describe the experience of a gaming company that experimented with art Scrum teams and ended up combining engineering Scrum teams with art Kanban teams. This change was driven by the art team as an experiment, with the clear ...

Definition of Done : Why it matters?

The Definition of Done is crucial to highly functioning Agile Teams in order to help them develop practices and behaviors that drive quality, consistency, and transparency.

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2 July 2015
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Scrum & XP, agile

Acceptance Criteria -vs- Definition of Done.jpg

One of the first things we recommend new Agile teams establish is what’s called the “Definition of Done”.  The DoD is crucial to highly functioning Agile Teams in helping them develop practices and behavior that drive quality, consistency and transparency.

Why it matters

A useful product has two key aspects. Features in this product are not only useful to users but are also usable, in other words, features actually work. The product owner and stakeholders help the delivery team understand the “right thing” to be developed and the delivery team uses their development expertise to build it the “right ...

I Think We Should Do «another fancy practice»

Every environment is different. Is the practice you want to try going to be helpful in yours?

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23 April 2013
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Scrum & XP, agile

As agile coaches, we frequently observe and get involved in discussions around practices, methods and tools. Many of these start with someone suggesting "I think we should try …".

Many of these discussions focus directly on the advantages of the specific method. Often, they lack focus on fitness for purpose or context. There are so many things that we could do. Many methods that work amazingly well for others. Is that enough to start trying them too?
We need to decide which method or tool is important and potentially useful for us in our environment, for our specific, current challenges. Discussions ...

Don't Panic!

Sometimes the most important thing I want to say to a manager or a Scrum master is, "Hey, calm down. Don't Panic!"

Sometimes the most important thing I want to say to a manager or a Scrum master is, "Hey, calm down. Don't Panic!"

Or as the Agile Manifesto folks said, "take some time to reflect."

I've watched Scrum masters and managers running around, and I picture them nervously clutching a clipboard crossing off items on a detailed plan to "do something."  (To be fair I haven’t seen an actual clipboard since I was the nervous, novice Scrum master running around with one!)

I know you want to do something.

And, here’s what you can do. Trust the ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Andreas Leidig

We honour Andreas Leidig as awesome coach of the week 31, 2011!

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1 August 2011
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Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

I first met Andreas @leiderleider Leidig at last year’s AgileCoachCamp. Since then, we met at a few other (un)conferences, collaborated in organising a new one, helped the ALE network grow… In short, we became much more than colleagues. Having met Andreas at the Deutsche Scrum in Stuttgart the week before my holidays, I was reminded of a compliment by Sebastian Schürmann that I wrote about before…

Will Disobey Anyone If Required

Andreas takes this mindset to another level. If there was a word for “dogmatic about being undogmatic”, I’d use it for him:–)
Andreas at Play4Agile
Let me give ...

Agile Practices in a Nutshell

Have you ever wondered how companies like Facebook or Google can develop new working features at such a crazy pace, while others take forever to release shaky software?Answer: they’re using an Agile approach that includes state-of-the-art technical practices. Here you can find the major agile practices in a short but ...

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4 July 2011
In
Scrum, Scrum & XP, agile

Have you ever wondered how companies like Facebook or Google can develop new working features at such a crazy pace, while others take forever to release shaky software?
Answer: they’re using an Agile approach that includes state-of-the-art technical practices. Here you can find the major agile practices in a short but detailed overview.

Agile Practices in a Nutshell

Awesome Coach of the Week: Ken Power

We honour Ken Power as Awesome Coach of the Week 20, 2011!

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17 May 2011
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Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
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coaching

Ken Power is a passionate agile coach from Ireland. We worked together in the ideation phase of the ALE network, played games at Play4Agile and met at the AgileCoachCamp Norway and two XP conferences.

Active Listening

Ken
This is Ken, with emphasis on the intensity of his eyes. Even in this picture where you see him intentionally diverting your attention from them his eyes still dominate the image.
I first met Ken in a world cafe about agile coaching at the XP2010 conference in Trondheim, Norway, and he impressed me with his listening skills. I hadn't heard of Active Listening ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Paolo “Nusco” Perrotta

We honour Paolo “Nusco” Perrotta as Awesome Coach of the Week 16, 2011!

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20 April 2011
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Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

Paolo came to mind as the second coach who earns the Awesome Coach of the Week award by writing the awesome comment about our first laureate, Richard Lawrence.

Nusco

Ruby

As with Richard, one contribution of Nusco is very obvious when you read his blog: He's a Ruby guy. I've read a bunch of books about programming, heard about many more, but I have to think hard to come up with any one title that I've seen recommended as often as Metaprogramming Ruby. Thinking in Java comes to mind, but I think that's from another century... I ...

Awesome Coach of the Week: Richard Lawrence

We’ve known Richard Lawrence for years and worked with him on numerous occasions, mainly on one of the largest agile transition projects in Europe. Through this work, we came to value him as an Awesome Coach and chose to appreciate his contributions to the Agile Coaching community by honoring him with our first ever Awesome Coach of the Week award.

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15 April 2011
In
Scrum & XP, agile, Awesome Coach of the Week
Tags
coaching

We’ve known Richard for years and worked with him on numerous occasions, mainly on one of the largest agile transition projects in Europe. Through this work, we came to value him as an Awesome Coach and chose to appreciate his contributions to the Agile Coaching community by honoring him with our first ever Awesome Coach of the Week award.

Richard

ATDD

Richard’s most obvious contribution to the Agile world has been to the methods and tools of ATDD. He contributed to Cucumber and is the creator of Cuke4Nuke.

An Agile Family

Richard and his wife use a lot of ...

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