A user story is a method of expressing a need or a problem in a way that gives the team solving the need or problem maximum flexibility in the solution they create. A user story also includes specific information that helps to clarify assumptions and prevent misunderstandings when developing a solution.
Even with that, many people don’t understand what user stories are and struggle to use them effectively.
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I don’t love agile. I don’t like agile. I have no agile tattoos. I’ve never named a dog ‘burndown’. I’ve never gotten in a flame-war defending agile. My identity isn’t tied to agile.
These statements may not make sense coming from an agile and leadership coach who coaches, teaches and mentors agile all day. But they are true. I do not love agile.
Continue reading “Why I’m Not In Love With Agile”
I found out a week before my wedding that we weren’t going to have a wedding cake. The baker which we’d paid to design and bake a multi-tiered, multi-flavored wedding cake for 300 people had gone out of business.
While not fun at the time, it turned out to be a great lesson in project management and what MVP really means.
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When things go wrong in production it is critical to get things fixed immediately. Good teams can do that. But great teams fix the problem in production and get to the root cause so this type of problem never impacts a user again.
Continue reading “Blameless Postmortem”
When I was a software developer and I met someone for the first time and they asked me what work I did, I would reply, “I type for a living.”
Continue reading “What a Scrum Master Does”
Links and bibliography for my “Overcoming Resistance” talk
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Links and ideas for creating simpler or smaller stories
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