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Pair Programming

Pair Programming

Pair programming is probably the most famous practice of XP -- whether you are a fan or not. It reminds me of the Marmite food spread: You either love it or hate it. . . .

When Backlog Items Are Finished Too Early

When Backlog Items Are Finished Too Early

When our team finished a project early, we picked up and completed more backlog items. Stakeholders were delighted -- but it led to problems I hadn't foreseen.

How Job Hopping Affects Agile Teams

How Job Hopping Affects Agile Teams

At a recent conference, I had the good fortune to interact with many talented developers -- and what I learned about many of them caught my attention.

Is Agile the Best Fit for Your Organization?

Is Agile the Best Fit for Your Organization?

Organizations often jump on the Agile bandwagon just because other organizations are doing well in this area. My first question to senior leadership is, "Why Agile?" Many times, even they don't know. They respond with a counterquestion: "Why not?"

What Really Is an Agile Coach?

What Really Is an Agile Coach?

There is an important aspect of being a good Agile coach that is sometimes overlooked. Let's look at the term, why it can create confusion, and the qualities it should encompass.

Why Scrum Is Called Scrum

Why Scrum Is Called Scrum

Almost every time I deliver a session on Scrum, I'm asked this question: Why are the terms used in Scrum so distinctive?

The Photosynthesis of Agile Trees (Scrum Teams)

The Photosynthesis of Agile Trees (Scrum Teams)

The development of a strong Scrum team is surprisingly similar to the development of a strong tree. 

Office Space Becomes Agile War Room

Office Space Becomes Agile War Room

It's worth considering the practical aspects of your office setup if you want to improve the performance of your Agile team.

May the Force Be with You

May the Force Be with You

Thinking about Scrum and Agile, and talking about them with others, has led to ideas that I'd like to share about how the FORCE acronym can help us adhere to best practices.

A Visual Approach to Test-Driven Agile

A Visual Approach to Test-Driven Agile

Test-driven development (TDD) should be the aim of any Scrum development team. What I am presenting here is a visual guide to Test-Driven Agile Development.

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