Agile Retrospectives and the Plan of Action

Bas Vodde has published a good article about making goal oriented action plans for agile projects. It is a nice piece of the puzzle on how to do effective retrospectives. It also nicely ties into the “Learning Circle” Reflection/Learning/Planning/Action steps.

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Meta-Announce: Agile-ANN

Joe Little has created a yahoo! group called agile-ann. It will be used for all types of announcements for agile events, conferences, meet-ups, courses, seminars, calls for papers, etc. etc. It will probably become fairly high volume with all the agile stuff that goes on! I strongly encourage everyone reading this site to sign up for the list.

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Stuck? Try Extreme Obstacle Removal!

What happens when you are iterating away, your team is totally groking agile, delivering great results every couple of weeks, and then unexpectedly, suddenly and firmly everyone is stuck!? An obstacle has come along that forces a full stop. A barrier has been placed in the path. What do you do?

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Agile and Lean Defect Tracking

Lisa Crispin has written an excellent article about defect tracking in agile environments. The article is a couple of months old now, but if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should! I particularly like the perspective that Mary Poppendieck offers in the article…

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Agile/Scrum Training – Fall Schedule: Toronto, Edmonton, Beijing

The fall schedule is up for Agile/Scrum training. For Canadian training, prices are currently discounted and will be raised on Sept. 15th. For Beijing, the course date is tentative based on pre-registrations up to Oct. 15th. Pre-registrants for the Beijing course will get the pre-registration price of 8000 RMB and after Oct. 15th, the price will go up to 10000 RMB.

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Agile Management Tools

Ah, tools…

For agile training and consulting, I always recommend starting with the standard physical tools of note cards on a wall plus a whiteboard and digital camera. However, I am still interested in what tools people have used when they have found that note cards are not sufficient. Here is a list of the tools that I am aware of, as well as a link to a survey…

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Agile 2007 Conference Notes – Mary Poppendieck on Leadership

Okay, I’m only here for one day, and the first part of the day was me giving a workshop and then the next part was a presentation on Ruby and Selenium which was interesting (but unfortunately nothing to write home about) and then…

Mary Poppendieck spoke. Here are my notes.

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Agile 2008 Conference – In My Town!

I’m pleased to see that Agile 2008 conference is in Toronto! I’ll be there the whole time… The web site doesn’t have any information yet except the hotel.

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Agile Estimation and Pairing

I just read a recent article on PMHut called “Schedule Questions: Pair Programming and the PNR Curve“. There is much in this article that is important for agile project management… and much that should be avoided at all costs!

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