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The Purpose of Documentation

When it comes to documentation the Agile Manifesto says: We have come to value working software over comprehensive documentation And I agree. If you can choose between working software ...
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Commitment considered harmful

Some Agile evangelists are very keen on the idea of “Commitment.” i.e. the development team “commit” to doing an amount of work within a time-box (normally an iteration.) The ...
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Agile Development leads to Alzheimer’s

Iterative development and design helps you to reach your way towards understanding what the customer really needs, to try out new ideas, evaluate designs, experiment, respond to feedback ...
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Is Agile Really Cheaper?

There are several ways to answer the question “is agile cheaper than waterfall?” Here are two of my favorites: “It depends. Agile done well is cheaper, as long as you measure ...
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Three backlogs?

Now I know some people dislike backlogs – queues, wait states, work we want done – and I buy the argument. But the Scrum Sprint (Iteration) and Product Backlog model actually ...
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A role for project managers and business analysts in Agile?

I was in Krakow last week at the PAM Summit of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA). I delivered a presentation entitled “Is ...
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Acceptance Criteria Should be Executable

Having covered the debacle at Backwater Bank inc, you would have thought that my last blog had said just about everything there is to say about Agile User Stories. Well, that turns ...
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5 Common User Story Mistakes

User stories are a simple, yet effective way to communicate how a user or customer employs a product. But writing user stories that help a team build great software can be challenging. ...
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So, what’s in a story?

I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little nervous when it comes to writing Agile stories. I often worry whether I’m the best person to write them and if I’ve ...
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7 Agile Best Practices that You Don’t Need to Follow

There are many good ideas and practices in Agile development, ideas and practices that definitely work: breaking projects into Small Releases to manage risk and accelerate feedback; ...
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