Alternatives to Planning Poker

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Planning poker is a common way of doing story point estimation. It has some advantages but some problems too. A lot of people think that Planning Poker is the only agile estimation technique. But that’s not true! There are some alternatives to Planning Poker out there. Let’s see what they are. What is planning poker […]

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Does PMP use Agile?

Introduction In the dynamic world of project and product management, two approaches often stand out: Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile. Both have their strengths and are widely used across various industries. This article aims to look at the intersection of these two philosophies and answer the question: “Does PMP use Agile?”. A quick summary […]

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The difference between Agile and DevOps

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DevOps is one of the hot topics at the moment, and is well on its way up the hype cycle curve. Some are even saying DevOps replaces agile, thus spelling the end of agile software development. That isn’t true, though if you’re interested in agile, you should start learning about DevOps. Some people say DevOps […]

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How does project management fit into Agile?

If you read my last post, you’re probably thinking I’m against all forms of project management, and want to consign project managers to the dustbin of history. That is not at all the case. I actually think there is a role for (some form of) project management in Agile, especially in large organisations. It just […]

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Agile Release Planning as a range of probabilities

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A lot of people find release planning difficult and confusing in Agile. How can we plan out our releases when we don’t have fixed scope? When will we know something is ready for release? How do we use velocity in agile to help our planning? Are releases tied to iterations? I’m going to try and […]

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Difference between Agile and Lean

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What is the difference between Agile and Lean? A lot of people are asking about the difference between Agile and Lean. Are they the same? Which came first? Which is better? Better for what? That depends a lot on your context. You also need to understand the background and purpose of each approach. This article […]

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Why Continuous Delivery is so important

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Scrum is a (pretty) good framework for managing requirements, how they move into and out of backlogs, and how we inspect and adapt the outcome of those requirements. But one of its weaknesses is it has basically nothing to say about engineering practices. (As opposed to say Extreme Programming). One of those engineering practices is […]

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Servant Leadership and management by measurement

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I was reading a strange post on Linkedin Pulse about some wacky new system for story point estimation. The details of it aren’t interesting or important. What is interesting is the motivation behind it. The imaginary problem that many people think needs to be solved is that traditional managers, when moved (kicking and screaming) to […]

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Don’t split people across agile teams

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Why do people get split across agile teams? People sometimes get split across teams when working agile (or Waterfall, for that matter). You might hear things like “this team has two front-end developers, two back-end developers, a UX designer, a tech BA, and 50% of an architect”. Why 50%? There are usually two reasons: The […]

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Scrum-but and Agile anti-patterns

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There are many stories about Scrum-but, agile anti-patterns, and common agile misconceptions. If you’re wondering about the term,  it comes from the idea “we’re doing Scrum, but we” [do something that is completely the opposite of what it says to do in Scrum]. Often this is because a firm doesn’t want to make changes when […]

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