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IFTTT: Acceptance Criteria for Daily Life

I recently downloaded an iPhone app called IFTTT (If This Then That). With IFTTT, users can automate phone and app functionality by constructing “recipes” that connect previously-unconnected features. For example, I could create an IFTTT recipe that sends an SMS message whenever I enter or exit a predefined area. After …

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When Agile Transformations Fail

For all the excitement we see around the adoption of agile methodologies, and the positive effect it can have on product delivery, there are some reports which show that companies are struggling with agile. In 2012, Voke conducted a survey of over 200 companies and found that 64% found their …

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Decision Tables as Acceptance Criteria?

Lately, I’ve been working on an Agile project where all the requirements are written in the user story and acceptance criteria format. The acceptance criteria on this project are really the meat and potatoes of the requirements. They tell the developers what to develop and how the system should act …

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Happy Agile Holidays!

Continuing my trend of mixing my personal and professional hobbies, I wanted to share some good holiday, agile cheer with you all with a few agile holiday songs. Please feel free to sing along! Rocking around the scrum backlog (to the tune of “Rocking around the Christmas Tree”) Rocking around …

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The Most Important Part of A User Story

The last couple of years has seen a wholesale shift in development methodologies among the Fortune 1000 companies from Waterfall to Agile.  It is not an exaggeration to say that the Agile revolution that has been brewing in small companies, startups and web companies for the last decade and a …

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Agile Methodology in Life

As a recent grad, I have dealt with many new challenges and experiences. I’ve been put through my paces more than a few times. I’ve spent whole Saturdays in bed from exhaustion. My life has fallen into a patterned routine of going to work, coming home to take care of …

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“Just Enough Documentation” for Agile Projects

Companies that make the switch from Waterfall methodologies to Agile struggle with requirements documentation. How much documentation do we need? What kind? When should this documentation be created? Who is creating this documentation? Our experience shows that companies have swung the pendulum too far in terms of both the quantity …

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Skipping Sprint 0 – The Consequences of Sprinting Without a Backlog

A common misconception about Agile Product Development is around “just-in-time” planning. It’s important to not have all of your requirements for the next six months fully defined (because even the smallest changes will definitely require rework), but it’s equally as important for a Product Owner to be working 1-2 sprints …

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Tool Tip : Use Trello to generate burndowns automatically

After spending too much time fighting with various burndown templates, I have found a very friendly work-around that produces working burndowns for just about any task set up on a Trello board. If you aren’t familiar, Trello is a information mgmt service that allows you to create boards  with items that …

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Pick A Side: How to handle sprint carry over

In my previous post, I highlighted the other side of the “Done” contract, by looking at what happens when sprint teams “Carry Over” unfinished user stories from one sprint to another. In this post, I will cover three possible options for tracking and managing unfinished stories, with an emphasis on how this would …

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