What is agile, part 3
an agile development team

For part 2: https://www.coveros.com/what-is-agile-part-2/ For part 1: https://www.coveros.com/what-is-agile-part-1/ Where I have seen agile implemented properly, practices were followed that were non-intuitive but effective.  A couple examples will help: It is a known statistic (2015 Chaos report) that the smaller the project, the higher the likelihood of success – by a significant margin.  ” It was […]

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STARCANADA 2019 Preview: Document Generation for Regulated Industries

Are you someone working within a regulated industry that has extensive documentation requirements? Or does your company or client insist that you adhere to a documentation-heavy process? Although you may be thinking that the agile ideal that you have been striving for is now just a pipe dream, fear not! If you’ll be at STARCANADA […]

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Breathing Life into Your Daily Standup

Everywhere I go, everyone seems to agree that the Daily Scrum should not be a status meeting. However, a consistent complaint I hear is, “our daily standup has become a status meeting.” How did we get here? Part of the problem is the typical guidance given to Scrum Masters about facilitating this meeting. This guidance […]

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What is agile, part 2
an agile development team

(for the first part, see https://www.coveros.com/what-is-agile-part-1/ ) Strategies for greater effectiveness had been discussed and applied since the earliest days of software development.  What set agile apart was the shared understanding on these techniques by some of the most mindful and collaborative developers of their generation.  They convened to decide on the intersection of their […]

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Hiring for Agile Team Members

One of my colleagues recently asked me how I interview people who have agile experience listed on their resume. I gave him some pointers, and it got me started thinking, “How do I interview for Agile experience?”. So building on the thoughts I gave him here is what I do. I start by looking at […]

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2 Good Practices Agile Says You Don’t Need

There are lots of good practices that people will tell you aren’t agile. Usually this comes from people who read a book on Scrum or Extreme Programming and took it literally. But agile is not methods and tools associated with a particular methodology; as long as you follow the agile principles, anything is fair game.

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6 Ways to Share Negative Feedback in a Retrospective
A man talks to a woman in front of a Scrum board

One of the most important parts of the agile process is the ability to continuously learn and adapt. While most find it easy to share positive feedback during retrospectives with their teammates, sharing negative experiences and criticism can often be a challenge. Negative feedback has the greatest potential to help people change in areas that […]

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