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Zero-Defect Deliveries

Zero-Defect Deliveries

In 2007, when I was introduced to the concept of eXtreme Programming (XP), our team was ultimately able to achieve zero-defect deliveries. When I think about what enabled us to achieve this, I can offer the following thoughts.

Are You Mature Enough to Ditch Your Security Blanket?

Are You Mature Enough to Ditch Your Security Blanket?

Stop trying to document every single risk, issue, assumption, dependency, and task milestone that could ever impact a project, and start actively managing the main, most important risks across teams.

Beyond Cross-Functional Teams

Beyond Cross-Functional Teams

Have you ever wondered why some Scrum teams perform well and others don't, even though they're all cross-functional teams with motivated, T-shaped people?

Worried About Most Story Points Spilling over to the Following Sprint?

Worried About Most Story Points Spilling over to the Following Sprint?

Are your Scrum teams worried that they've achieved less (in story points) in the current sprint? Are you worried about velocity going down?

How to Build an Effective Scrum Team

How to Build an Effective Scrum Team

Putting together a good Scrum team is not easy. Sometimes people aren't able to perform optimally as team members, and there are a variety of possible causes. Here are some of the most common that I have run across.

Retrospectives

Retrospectives

Agile facilitates perfection through adaptation, and adaptation is enabled through feedback. Retrospective feedback becomes, in fact, proactive.

Innovation Is Easier Said than Done

Innovation Is Easier Said than Done

How do we actually come up with innovative ideas? Here are nine practices I follow.

Using Story Points in Burn-Down Charts Instead of Hours

Using Story Points in Burn-Down Charts Instead of Hours

It's not a good idea to map each story point to working hours; it conflicts with the reason for using story points. To solve our problem, we can nonetheless do something similar. The solution is to not model the story points in detail but to define them at a higher level and in a reverse way.

Keep the Agile Groove Alive!

Keep the Agile Groove Alive!

Recent research has explored the areas in which ScrumXP and Kanban can contribute the same level of success experienced in business activities to life projects.

Applying the Candle Problem to Agile

Applying the Candle Problem to Agile

What I want for my team is to become Agile. I want us to approach problems together with all of our different backgrounds, education, and experiences. This leads me to think that I could use the Candle Problem to illustrate this initiative.

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