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The challenges of testers & developers working together in a cross-functional Agile team

  One of the significant changes while moving to Agile teams is that testers and developers are now part of the same team. This change introduces great advantages, as well as some challenges. The immediate impact is that the testers participate in the Scrum...

The challenges of testers & developers working together in a cross-functional Agile team

  One of the significant changes while moving to Agile teams is that testers and developers are now part of the same team. This change introduces great advantages, as well as some challenges. The immediate impact is that the testers participate in the Scrum...

A good way to improve how a team works together is to try to run experiments for collaboration. We’ve listed here a set of experiments you may want to try, depending on where your team is in the journey for better teamwork. Each section...

Improving Teamwork Through Experiments

A good way to improve how a team works together is to try to run experiments for collaboration. We’ve listed here a set of experiments you may want to try, depending on where your team is in the journey for better teamwork. Each section...

Product Owners forum

It is so great to have some slack time, as you can let your mind get off a bit from your own coaching activities and learn from others. It is also great as sooner or later you will connect the dots back to implement...

Product Owners forum

It is so great to have some slack time, as you can let your mind get off a bit from your own coaching activities and learn from others. It is also great as sooner or later you will connect the dots back to implement...

You can read in many places (for example here or in Don Reinersten’s Book The Principles of Product Development Flow) that when you avoid over utilization (that is, use less than 100% capacity) a system (like a road or a scrum team) that handles...

Avoiding Over Utilization Field Trip

You can read in many places (for example here or in Don Reinersten’s Book The Principles of Product Development Flow) that when you avoid over utilization (that is, use less than 100% capacity) a system (like a road or a scrum team) that handles...

Why “Cost of Delay”?

Don Reinerstern in his book “The Principles of Product Development Flow” writes about the importance of having an economic view when making decisions. This is as usually we are developing products to improve our financial standing (and even if it is not for “making...

Why “Cost of Delay”?

Don Reinerstern in his book “The Principles of Product Development Flow” writes about the importance of having an economic view when making decisions. This is as usually we are developing products to improve our financial standing (and even if it is not for “making...

These days, it seems that scaling Agile is all the rage. But while Agile might be the most efficient way to get a product to market, scaling it is a road filled with potholes and landmines so you should start by asking yourself if...

6 Ways to Tell if SAFe™ (The Scaled Agile Framework) is Right For You

These days, it seems that scaling Agile is all the rage. But while Agile might be the most efficient way to get a product to market, scaling it is a road filled with potholes and landmines so you should start by asking yourself if...

We’ve all seen it. It’s quite an elaborate show with Scrum Masters, Sprint Planning, Daily Standups, Secret handshakes, a lot of artifacts, ceremonies, roles. The recent “broadway”-level productions include bigger pictures, more roles, artifacts. It is like visiting the city set in that classic Universal...

The Agile Theater

We’ve all seen it. It’s quite an elaborate show with Scrum Masters, Sprint Planning, Daily Standups, Secret handshakes, a lot of artifacts, ceremonies, roles. The recent “broadway”-level productions include bigger pictures, more roles, artifacts. It is like visiting the city set in that classic Universal...

Understanding the relationship between Kanban and the Theory of Constraints Critical Chain Project Management Approach

Background I recently had a short twitter chat with Catherine Swetel and Steven Holt about the relation between TOC Critical Chain and Kanban. This post will try to sum up my thoughts in a way that is a little bit more persistent, as well...

Understanding the relationship between Kanban and the Theory of Constraints Critical Chain Project Management Approach

Background I recently had a short twitter chat with Catherine Swetel and Steven Holt about the relation between TOC Critical Chain and Kanban. This post will try to sum up my thoughts in a way that is a little bit more persistent, as well...

Patterns for getting to a lower WIP level in a system – The Freeze, No New Work, Limit Later, and some Mashups…

Some of us have the luxury of designing processes for greenfield systems meaning there is no history/legacy to deal with. Typically though, we are dealing with Brownfield/Legacy systems – This usually means there is some work in the system already, there are outstanding commitments,...

Patterns for getting to a lower WIP level in a system – The Freeze, No New Work, Limit Later, and some Mashups…

Some of us have the luxury of designing processes for greenfield systems meaning there is no history/legacy to deal with. Typically though, we are dealing with Brownfield/Legacy systems – This usually means there is some work in the system already, there are outstanding commitments,...