You search the internet and find hundreds of sites providing different explanations about what Scrum is, and this confuses you. Some call it a process, and others call it a methodology and yet others call it a framework. So, which one is it? Let’s have a look at some definitions from dictionaries to see if … Continue reading Do you wonder if scrum is a process, a methodology, a framework?
There are many companies these days providing Scrum training. The training is mostly standardized and typically two or three days. Companies consider switching to Scrum and send a few people to a Scrum Master training. Next, the trained folks become the "evangelists" and are expected to start "doing" Scrum. Sometimes with help from a coach, … Continue reading Do you wonder whether a two day Scrum Master training prepares you to implement Scrum?
I see them all the time. Defect tracking systems with hundreds or thousands of defects. With a rising trend. Non-blocking defects end up in the defect tracker. “We’ll fix that later”, the team says. It is delayed work.Every defect contributes to technical debt. Not paying off technical debt works like debt in a bank account. … Continue reading You don’t need a bug tracking system
The idea is great. With proper User Stories and Acceptance Tests there should be no surprises during the Sprint Demo. The Product can be released to the User after a successful Sprint Demo. Reality can be that after a successful Sprint Demo there are still several issues found in production. These issues can be related … Continue reading Sprint Demos can be a Scam
When Kent Beck published his book on XP his message was clear. Refactor mercilessly. Refactoring is a form of rework and in lean that is considered waste. So was Kent mistaken about this? Is there any proof that refactoring and Evolutionary Design (ED) are better than Big Upfront Design (BUD)? Agilist seem to have a strong … Continue reading Refactoring = waste
Today’s office space is for many people not more than an interuption factory. When you ask people when they come in early or leave late, a common answer is that these early or late hours are the only hours they get some real work done. Meetings are the word kind of all interruptions. I am … Continue reading Meetings are toxic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukF3kUH1kxM I made this video some time ago. It shows about 9 minutes how you can setup your Eclipse environment to use Google Test. Enjoy!
At least once every month I hear a business person saying ‘We want to be seen as partners by our customers’. This seems an oxymoron to me. Here is why. The relationships between partners vs. customers are different. Here are some definitions from a dictionary I want to express the differences. Customer - a person … Continue reading Why you are not a partner to your customer
The original objective of the scrum stand-up meeting is to assure that all team members make a commitment towards their peers. That means is that you will do as you say. The idea that by saying what you will do in front of your peers is that you will feel more social pressure to actually do it. … Continue reading One question to find out if your stand-up meeting is useful
The Definition of Done describes the criteria when a user story finished. It regularly is an intensive lists of criteria. An example could be: All code is checked in; All code has written tests; All tests are passing; Code review conducted and passed; Functional documentation updated, reviewed and approved; Design documentation updated, reviewed and approved; User … Continue reading The simplest and most effective Definition of Done