May 2011

Fixing bugs during our scrum - How we do it

We are a scrum team developing a product that is never finished. We have had some problems with bugs in the past. Bugs kept reappearing, causing a lot of work at the end of the sprint to fix them all. To deal with this problem, we've come up with a few rules.

Follow this | 24 may 2011

About Myanmar, Bonanza, Swiss retrospectives and overloaded taskboards

Your portion of certified value adding agile links ;-)

 

 

Throwing fruit-melanges at Myanmar

If Fibonacci is too detailed and T-shirts suck

http://www.aboriginemundi.com/index.php/2011/05/agile-techniques-fruit-estimation-poker/

 

How TDD and Bonanza can help you out

Why we don't notive unreasonable requirements

http://www.netobjectives.com/blogs/the-bonanza-syndrome

 

ScrumTips: 16 may - 20 may

Every day we release a new Scrum tip for all you agile folks out there.
These tips are released last week, you could have received these tips much earlier: Follow us on Twitter

  • It's better to burn down than to fake your way.
  • Integration is a long and unpredictable process if you postpone it too long, so you should do it at least a few times per day 
  • From http://bit.ly/iIXoPm Working software is the primary measure of progress 
  • Scrum helps model builders to forecast based on imperfect data
  • Agile is very collaborative and does not work well with “dictator”-type project management

The planning onion versus the Agile Cowboys

One of the misconceptions about the agile process is that agilists are cowboys, that they don't do any planning.

In reality, there's quite some planning behind.

The following video blog peels off each layer of the planning onion to provide details of the planning at each level.

 

Follow this | 17 may 2011

About Agile Engineering, Agile governance and how intelligent influence can be

Your portion of certified value adding links ;-)

 

 

IQ vs IQ

About Intelligence versus Influence

http://www.estherderby.com/2011/05/theres-intelligenceq-and-then-theres-influenceq.html

 

Agile governance

Communities of Practice and Scrum of Scrums (CoP, SoS)

http://www.agilehelpline.com/2011/03/agile-governance.html

 

ScrumTips: 9 may - 14 may

Every day we release a new Scrum tip for all you agile folks out there.
These tips are released last week, you could have received these tips much earlier: Follow us on Twitter

  • Nothing sucks the blood of a CI activity more than a build that takes a long time
  • If requirements are likely to change for any reason, Agile will be much more productive than Waterfall 
  • Rule of thumb: Take virgin machine, do check-out and you should be able to fully build the system 
  • pmscrum now offers free team edition subscription to opensource & non-profit teams. Apply here: http://bit.ly/fIpwmL
  • Daily stand-ups help people self-organize and self-manage by driving transparency into their day-to-day activities

Start using the pmScrum Demo

Did you know that pmScrum has a demo-environment of its scrumtool?

Well yes, you can subscribe to a free trial version of our tool, but you can take the fast lane too.

 

We created a sandbox environment with a pre-filled project where you can play around:  Adding stories, tasks, everything you want to have a first taste of pmScrum. Enjoy!

 

The movie here shows you where you can find it.


Follow this | 12 may 2011

About the youngest CSM, playing around with agile boardgames, something about Toyota and more Manifesto's

Another handful of useful links about scrum, agile, xp,...

 

Acceptance criteria and User stories

A beginner's guide

http://www.boost.co.nz/blog/agile/acceptance-criteria/

 

The youngest CSM

Waterfall and Scrum as seen through the eyes of a non-polluted teenager

http://agileanarchy.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/the-youngest-csm/

 

Follow this | 10 may 2011

About Scrumbaya & Scrum's Achilles Heel, about product Owners by Proxy and Scrum beyond software, and why relative estimation is child's play

Another handful of useful links about scrum, agile, xp,...

 

Scrum beyond software

Achieving business strategic goals with agile

http://phoenix.scrumgathering.org/achieving-business-strategic-goals-with-agile

 

Product Owner by Proxy

What if you don't have a PO for your agile project

http://brainslink.com/2011/04/product-owner-by-proxy/

 

ScrumTips: 2 may - 6 may

Every day we release a new Scrum tip for all you agile folks out there.
These tips are released last week, you could have received these tips much earlier: Follow us on Twitter

  • Scrum helps model builders to forecast based on imperfect data 
  • Favorite feature for distributed scrum teams is the multi-person chat room 
  • Rule of thumb: Take virgin machine, do check-out and you should be able to fully build the system 
  • Agile is very collaborative and does not work well with "dictator"-type project management 
  • Daily stand-ups help people self-organize and self-manage by driving transparency into their day-to-day activities

Agile Engineering - Continuously Monitoring the Sprint

TenForce Donuts

Our pmScrum software is developed using agile engineering. To make sure we don't let go on that one, we created our scrum monitor to continuously monitoring the status of our sprint.


Our pmScrum software is developed using agile engineering techniques. One of our references, to check if we are doing it correctly, is the JoelTest. We try to stick as close as possible to the Joel Test.
(http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000043.html).

 

The Joel Test is basically a list of questions you can answer with a simple yes/no:

 

  • Do you use source control?
  • Can you make a build in one step?
  • Do you make daily builds?

Release Notes Sprint 100

TenForce Donuts

Besides celebrating,
this is what we realized during our sprint 100.

Rates for hours per person are now configurable
- Four fields (standard, weekend, overtime and oncall) costs are added to the person page and organization unit.
- On the skills page, internal and external costs are added.
- The API has been extended to support the setting/getting of these values.
- There is a specific method to retrieve the cost of a person. If no value is set on the person, the values of the organization unit are returned.

ScrumTips: 25 apr. - 29 apr.

ScrumTipsEvery day we release a new ScrumTip for all you agile folks out there.
These tips are released last week, you could have received these tips much earlier: Follow us on Twitter