Process

User Stories: Making the Vertical Slice

By |2019-12-23T04:20:09-05:00September 28th, 2018|Process|

One of the challenges I continually observe Scrum teams struggle with in their Agile adoption is the concept of vertical story slicing. As described by Wikipedia a vertical slice “refers to a cross-sectional slice through the layers that form the structure of the software code base.” For example, a simple ...
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Importance of Concrete Action Items

By |2019-11-24T06:01:03-05:00August 31st, 2018|Process|

Retrospectives without concrete action items are pretty much a complete waste of time (and this coming from a guy who thinks the Retrospective is the MOST important discussion in Scrum!!).  Over-and-over again, when I encounter teams and organizations struggling to adopt Scrum and Agile, I often find lame, uninspiring Action ...
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Build Working Agreements Fast

By |2019-12-23T04:27:10-05:00February 16th, 2018|Frameworks, Process|

Working Agreements are one of the core compacts that all good Agile teams need and use.  For those of you unfamiliar with Working Agreements, they are nothing more than agreed upon protocols created by the team govern their interactions and clarify expectations.  They are different from Ground Rules which tend to be more ...
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