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Setting up a cadence on your agile team

I’d like to share with you a common cadence that we are using on agile teams that I coach, and also on many of AgilityFeat’s development teams with our clients. For an agile team to get into a solid rhythm of work, they need to have a set cadence of...

Speaking on Agile Estimation at #AgileDC

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to learn agile methods?  Improve your agile engineering practices?  Or learn about how agile methods are being employed in government?  AgileDC is the place for you! I’m very pleased to be speaking on Agile Estimation...

Estimates Q&A: Points, Man-hours, and “reality factors”

What’s the deal with story points and agile estimation techniques, and why can’t we just improve our estimates over time?  That’s part of the question that a friend of mine asked recently, and I’m going to respond to it in this blog post. My...

5 Tips to prevent your estimates from becoming a burden

Have you ever been asked for a rough estimate, and then later regretted giving a “rough” estimate because the customer tried to hold you to it? A familiar story This week I spoke with an agile coaching colleague of mine, and he relayed a story that rang...

Burning hours and points together

About a month ago I was working with a team planning another iteration for the project, when we had an interesting discussion about how to manage our burndown. On all of our previous sprints, our burndowns were based on hours.  That is, for each day of the sprint,...