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A Template for Formulating Great Sprint Goals

Summary Working with sprint goals is a powerful practice. But many product owners and teams don’t leverage sprint goals or don’t apply them correctly: Sprint goals often state the ...
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Choosing a leader like an agilist

The leader as a captain I recently read Petri Kainulainen’s article on sharing leadership among team members and I am on the same wavelength in this regard, since the Agile methods ...
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Cost of Delay: Why You Should Care, Part 6

I’ve outlined five potential costs of delay in the previous five posts:The delay from not releasing on time, part 1 The delay from technical debt, part 4 The delay from
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Cost of Delay Due to Other Teams’ Delay, Part 5

Imagine you have a large program, where you have several teams contributing to the success of one business deliverable. You are all trying to achieve a specific date for release. One ...
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Cost of Delay Due to Technical Debt, Part 4

Cost of delay part 1 was about not shipping on time. Cost of delay part 2 was due to multitasking. Cost of delay part 3 was due to indecision. This part is the cost of delay due to ...
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Product Roadmaps Are Anti-Agile

I was listening recently to the “Global Product Management Talk” live podcast (which I recommend, by the way). The speaker talked about creating roadmaps for product lines. It’s ...
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Cost of Delay Due to Indecision, Part 3

In Part 1, we discussed the cost of delay of not shipping on time. In Part 2, we discussed the cost of delay of multitasking. In this part, we’ll discuss a cost of delay due to management ...
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Managers who don’t TDD be unemployable before 2012

In the furious discussion over my “Programmers without TDD will be unemployable” last month a couple of people asked: “How will this come to pass?” And a few others said: “Managers ...
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Two Ways to Get the Most Out of Daily Stand-up Meetings

A daily stand-up meeting is an essential part of agile software development. It is a meeting which takes place at the same place and time every working day. The agenda of this meeting ...
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Cost of Delay Due to Multitasking, Part 2

In Cost of Delay: Not Shipping on Time, Part 1, I introduced you to the notion of cost of delay. I said you could reduce the cost of delay by managing your projects: have shorter projects, ...
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