I’ve previously written about measuring requirements and business analysts. I am concluding the series with my current thoughts on measuring the analysis process. This quote is a truism is because it’s how we work. Measurements help us identify areas we should focus on or improve. Measurements let us know when we succeeded, or not. I love the […]
Good managers often ask, “How do I know my team is performing well? How can I spot which folks need help? Who should I reward for a job well done?” In today’s busy world, where managers have significant responsibilities in addition to nurturing their team, measurements and metrics can be a a help. Unfortunately, it […]
In Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning & Analysis, Ellen Gottesdiener (author of The Software Requirements Memory Jogger and Requirements by Collaboration) and Mary Gorman tackle one of the largest problems facing Agile and Scrum software projects, how to successfully integrate the ideas and tools made so popular over the last decade into working, valuable solutions.
TL;DR: Many teams ask for larger stories because they do not see how to slice the work into smaller chunks. When you give into this anti-pattern you are making developers work harder, and possibly decreasing the value of what you deliver. Write smaller stories and your team will be both happier and more productive.
TL;DR: Retrospectives can lead your team to becoming a powerhouse. One method of ensuring you making real improvements is Test Driven Retrospectives, where you define the desired state during the retrospective. By writing provable statements ahead of working on the task, you ensure everyone has the same understanding and knows what successful change looks like.
I had the pleasure of speaking to the IIBA chapter in Cowtown last night. That’s Fort Worth for those of you unfamiliar with the Great State of Texas. Total attendance was 15 people and we had some good conversation. There were not many questions during the presentation, but enough to let me know they were listening. […]
Here are some pics from #Agile2012, the premier gathering of Agile practitioners and thinkers. Of course, I focused on pics from my own interests, Business Analysts and Behavior Driven Development. Here’s @Kupe, @BeyondReq, and me I’m holding the new book by @mbgorman and @ellengott, Discover to Deliver (no Amazon link, the book is too new!) […]