Agile So Far – January 2016

2015 was an odd year for us; we had a few projects that didn’t involve our product owners with people that don’t use Agile methodologies causing lots of frustration and timing issues, we took over development and support of a niche product, completing the backlog just as the product owner retired, our local leader also … Continue reading

Velocity – Understanding Your Points

I started this project to help me find the right data points to assist not only with better iteration planning but also to help me plan future iterations with a solid estimate of what we typically complete. I started off by looking at our Velocity, typically the number you use but not something we find … Continue reading

Agile So Far – January 2015

Our 31st iteration started off with an Agile review meeting where we had an open discussion on what changes we’d like to make, ideas for the future and a few minutes from me on addressing reporting needs. Not a lot came out of it, surprisingly. I guess I was expecting more tweaks than I probably … Continue reading

Estimating with Agile

Why do you need to estimate well? Imagine that you’re a lender; you review loan requests, negotiate the terms and the repayment plan all up front. These are agreed upon and even signed off on by all parties, money exchanges hands, and you bask in the glory of a great plan. Along comes the first … Continue reading

Agile So Far – September 2013

Last week we closed out our 15th iteration, when I last posted I was pondering the kinks and wondering if they were fixable. I haven’t had any epiphanies, yet, where that’s concerned but I have grown more comfortable with the bumps we have in the process. Not every problem needs a solution. Estimating When we … Continue reading