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Symptoms of Waterfalling Within Agile Sprints

Symptoms of Waterfalling Within Agile Sprints

Waterfalling within Agile sprints is one of the common symptoms of handling Agile development incorrectly. Here are ways to overcome this anti-pattern.

What Exactly Is a Product Backlog?

What Exactly Is a Product Backlog?

The product backlog is a not a complicated concept, but it is not always completely understood. These simple observations about its nature can help a team and product owner use it more effectively.

How Developers Can Write Great Product Documentation

How Developers Can Write Great Product Documentation

When you follow up a product with great documentation, the feeling is priceless. Regardless of whether it's a piece of software, a microwave oven, or a lice comb, the user's guide can be more than helpful.

Implementing Agile in the Government Sector

Implementing Agile in the Government Sector

Being Agile: It's a Voyage

Being Agile: It's a Voyage

Agile and Security in a World Hanging onto Traditional Management Styles

Agile and Security in a World Hanging onto Traditional Management Styles

When we consider the corporate culture-change process started by our community, management denial of the value of Agile today looks like the denial phase in the Kübler-Ross curve.

The Scrum Development Method and Agile-Based Testing

The Scrum Development Method and Agile-Based Testing

In this article, I'll discuss two aspects of Scrum: the software development approach and Agile-based software testing. There are advantages and disadvantages to using them together to achieve better software quality.

Applying the Queueing Theory to Kanban

Applying the Queueing Theory to Kanban

Let's look at how the Queueing Theory, or Little's Law, applies in a Kanban situation.

How Self-Motivated Teams Become the Pillar of the Agile Process

How Self-Motivated Teams Become the Pillar of the Agile Process

Like any new approach, Agile has evolved from problems in the old models that have been considered and corrected. But there is also something in Agile that makes it unique and special, compared with previous models of software development.

What Is the Relationship Between Story Points and Task Effort in Hours?

What Is the Relationship Between Story Points and Task Effort in Hours?

Whenever I conduct training for new teams, most of the senior members/managers ask me numerous questions about story points and hours of effort. Here are some of the experiences I've run into, and answers I've developed.

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