ArchiveApril 2011

Information based backlog prioritizing

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The general rule for prioritizing the backlog is that you do it based on business value. From the business perspective, this makes a lot of sense: you maximize the ROI by doing first the things that create the most value in the context of your product, be it monetary or non-monetary (e.g. number of visitors on the website, number of registered users etc). You define the goals during the release...

Better User Stories

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Some of my readers may already know that I like to challenge every practice that is accepted as norm in software development. I always ask a few questions: * What is the value of the norm? * How can we get the same value in other ways? * Is one of the above ways better (or at least worth mentioning)? I’ve recently realized that one of these norms in agile software development is user...

Don’t let your methods look like this!

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I drew this picture with Corey Haines at the Krakow April 2011 Code Retreat. I started with the overall silhouette of the method, and Corey added the eye and the comment. In the end, I think we got an excellent motivational poster. So, developers, don’t let your methods look like this! The right bottom corner is about another thing you should remember: at least know the name of your pair...

Yes, you can deploy every two days

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Maria and I spoke at the Agile CE conference about a method of work that we use to help teams deploy every 2-3 days. Here are the slides. Some impressions immediately after the talk: Corey Haines told me that he uses almost the same method, only in a team of 2 “Bucket planning” seemed to catch the attention of a few participants. Basically, the idea is that the capacity is fixed and...

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A new home for merging ideas about design

It is my strong belief that software design can learn a lot from other design disciplines. I wrote blog posts, a book and did talks on this topic, and it was time to group them all together. These ideas have now a new home: https://codedesigner.eu. My plan is to add more blog posts there, and to involve other people doing work in this area.