If times are tough on an agile project, whatever you do, don’t cancel the Retrospective meeting. If you think that having the team in a meeting room for one hour every two weeks is going to make your project fail, then it’s going to fail anyway.Read More When the going gets tough, don’t cancel the Retro
This Wednesday, one of the teams I work with shipped a new version of their product – the DLM Dashboard – for the 10th Wednesday in a row. That’s 10 releases in the 10 weeks we’ve had of 2015 so far. Which is pretty cool.Read More Release Wednesdays
To some the Scaled Agile Framework seems like agile with it’s heart removed and the process turned up to 11; a set of guidelines and practices designed by consultancies to sell “Agile” to organisations undertaking large software development programmes. They believe it’s promises to synchronise, homogenise and constrain a legion of development teams are irresistible to companies that want […]Read More 5 benefits of the Agile Release Train for a single team
The ‘Agile Release Train’ has been popularised as part of the Scaled Agile Framework – a set of guidelines aimed to bring agile software development to the enterprise and programme delivery. In the framework, the train metaphor is used to describe a series of iterative releases set to a strict schedule that multiple teams must abide by […]Read More Laying the track as we go: New product development and the Agile Release Train
Applying agile to people management As we near the end of the year, people managers across the world will be aware of the looming, ominous shadow of a well-known nemesis – the annual appraisal process. In a vain attempt to avoid identification, this sinister entity also goes by the name ‘end of year review’. In either case, […]Read More Down with the annual appraisal!
Last week, my team released a beta version of the product we have been working on for the last six months – SQL Lighthouse. This week, everyone on the team has been reminded how motivating it is to see an idea you’ve been working on start to gather recognition and, more importantly for us, users. At […]Read More Hello, SQL Lighthouse: Meaningful deadlines FTW
Introduction I thought I’d share a sprint retrospective activity I came up with recently. As I outlined in a previous post, I like to structure the retrospectives I facilitate in the form popularised by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen in their book Agile Retrospectives. That structure has five sections, each with a specific goal: Set the […]Read More Retrospective Activity: By The Numbers