Category Archives: Agile

Agile Software Teams, a Basketball Analogy

What makes a great basketball team? Having a great scorer? Having a great defensive presence? Both? Neither? What makes a great software team? The other day I was explaining team interactions and dynamics in an agile culture. Being that this was right … Continue reading 

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Do we dare to be data-driven?

We had set the system up for a test of how this A/B testing stuff could work for us. Would it be useful? Could we communicate it clearly to the others around us? Would the data be easy to read? … Continue reading 

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The time when we did Lean backwards

A couple of months ago I was very fortunate to work alongside a great team. They had a not so envious task before them, namely to introduce a new main concept into an legacy code base. You know, the code … Continue reading 

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Weighted index – a simple, powerful prioritization tool

“What?! Don’t everyone know about this?” There’s some tools and practices that I use on a regular basis that have grown so familiar and accustom to me that I’m almost embarrassed to talk about them. Because I thought that everyone … Continue reading 

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Some tools for improved focus, improve teamwork and faster delivery

At one of the teams I’m coaching right now at Tradera (Swedish Ebay-branch) we are experimenting with increasing our focus on delivering completed work. We have had a big goal (technical upgrade of the complete site in a very short … Continue reading 

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Mob programming – full team, full throttle

One of the things that fascinates me with our industry is that you can learn new stuff, things that throw your current ideas on end and even provokes you – every day. For my first blog post here I thought … Continue reading 

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How do you estimate with Story Points and determine Velocity when you’ve not done it before?

As Captain Spock said to Lt. Saavik in Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan – For everything, there is a first time. Taking a whack at estimation with story points the first time may seem as daunting as … Continue reading 

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TDD/BDD as Architectural Tools

InfoQ has made another of my DevTeach talks available online – TDD/BDD as Architectural Tools. Enjoy! TDD/BDD as Architectural Tools As architects, we have all experienced the folly of BDUF (Big Design Up Front) – spending weeks or months perfecting … Continue reading 

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Convention-over-Configuration in an Agile World

A friend just pointed out that my presentation on “Convention-over-Configuration in an Agile World” is being featured by InfoQ. (The speaker is always the last to know.) I’m honoured and humbled by the great responses from folks. Worst criticism so … Continue reading 

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Communication Bandwidth on Successful Projects

[Originally published on Telerik blog here. Republished with permission.] As developers, we like to believe that only raw data matters. And what is more raw than the written word? Does this mean that email is a more efficient communication mechanism … Continue reading 

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