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Author Archives: Gil Zilberfeld

The “Done” Fallacy

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One of the earliest ideas you learn as an agile practitioner is “Done, Done, Done”. There’s a lot of thinking behind it, but for me it boils down to trust. When you don’t know what “done” means, the next person who gets you’re deliverable might be surprised. As a rule, we don’t like surprises. So regardless of when it’s going to ...

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Copy-Paste Culture

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At Agile Israel conference, I was recruited to a “Hit The Experts” panel on engineering practices. Ok, I didn’t put too much of a fight. Most of the questions were not of the engineering nature, though. One of the questions went like this: We’ve adapted the Spotify model, and now there’s no specialization, expectations from testers to write code, and ...

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3 Questions of Effective Daily Meetings

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Are your daily meetings effective? When you ask what people want from daily meetings, the answer is that they’d be short. Or Shorter. These answers usually come from people who suffer from long meetings and many other meetings in general. They want to just get back to their work. However, focusing on the length of the daily meeting, is about ...

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Why Start-Ups Fail

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You’ve probably heard that a start-up’s chance of success is very low. There are many factors of why that happens. I want to illustrate this through the waterfall process that plagues many companies,. Waterfall, the root of all evil? Wasn’t it killed by agile? We’ll see. The process we’re talking about looks like this:     Vision – A startup ...

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Why “No Source Control” Is Not A Problem

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Because having source control is a solution. Sometimes we get fixated on something that’s missing, and we’re sure that’s the problem. When we can control it, it really isn’t a “real” problem, because it’s easily solved. But in many cases, the solution is out of our control, and we think that if only we had that missing piece of the ...

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The Lean Learning Board

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A while back, when I wore my product hat, I started referring to the product backlog as an option backlog. We had lots of ideas going in there, but they were basically stories that we didn’t commit to implementing. Instead, we could pick from our options based on our understanding  of the market, our capabilities and so on. Only when ...

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The New Agile–Decisions, Decisions

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In the new knowledge economy, the winners are the ones who learn quickly. But learning means nothing, if it cannot be applied to the business. So the winners are the ones who learn, and use that knowledge, by deciding where to go, and what to do next. If decision making is the king maker, it can also come back to ...

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Unit Test, System Test, Red Test, Green Test

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We tend to categorize different types of tests according to what they cover. Unit tests cover small portions of code, usually a method or a class, while we mock the rest of their interaction. Integration tests cover several components in concert, and then mock the other boundaries. System tests and their bigger brothers, End-to-End tests cover more and more. Those ...

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The New Agile–Picking A Winner

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We’ve talked about scaling and methodology on how to build stuff, but hey, we want to know what to build, dammit! Unfortunately, SAFe, scrum, XP, or Lean Startup don’t talk about what we need to build. Just how to get it out the door. Picking a winning product seems like the holy grail. Business analysis and product management methods can ...

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The Pool–An Agile Fable

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Once upon a time there was a pool. It was in a club, and the club people loved the pool. This pool had 6 lanes. Each lane was wide enough for 2 persons to swim in parallel. Because the pool was popular, sometimes in certain hours, there were more than 12 people, and then people joined in already populated lanes. ...

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