Strong And Agile Software Development Teams

Facilitating Distributed Team Retrospectives

November 10, 2013 craigstrong 14

Working with distributed teams as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach or Facilitator can be difficult. There is no substitute for face to face communication, but sometimes this isn’t feasible. When the show must go on, there are some simple tips and tools to try which can help facilitate the session.

Writing User Stories

What Makes A Good User Story

September 28, 2013 craigstrong 7

Writing user stories in Agile can be very difficult. Although it appears simple, it can take time to perfect at technique which works with the team. This post provides some useful insights into ways in which you can improve your story writing technique taking some examples from XP, INVEST and BDD using Gherkin.

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Definition Of Done In Agile Teams

August 24, 2013 craigstrong 0

The definition of done is one of the most simple yet most effective activities you can use with your Agile team. This post explains some the reasons why the definition of done is important and provides some useful tips on recognising how to create one for you team using some examples.

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Deciding What To Do Using A Decision Making Graph

June 16, 2013 craigstrong 0

Sometimes it can be time consuming or difficult to decide what to do next. Often you can end up working on the next item in a list, but this may not necessary be the most valuable thing to do. This simple and visual focusing technique can help teams decide what to take on given that there is limited time and the most value wants to be achieved.

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How to maximise workflow in an Agile environment using the Theory of Constraints

May 9, 2013 craigstrong 0

Inspired by the Book “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, this presentation explores the effects of applying the Theory of Constraints. A simulator was used to mock a physical workflow over 500 days and the result are discussed. A thought provoking topic which explores a fundamental principle of Agile workflows as well as comparisons to manufacturing environments.