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Turn Scrum Training Around

April 25, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Common Scrum adoption is based on learning the Scrum framework to guide teams to improve their methods. Scrum’s intentionally generic & not limited to software dev. The team is intentionally left to figure out how to do Agile SW dev in the context of Scrum. Several, ubiquitous challenges for new teams adopting Scrum indicate that this may not be the best approach. Another tenet of Scrum is that it helps uncover impediments to the team by the end of a sprint. This was needed 15 yrs ago.

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Scrum is Simple

April 25, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Scrum is simple. So best to get your Agile training on the work you do, not on ceremonies to follow.

Before a team goes Agile it mostly does analysis, design, code, &test. After a team goes Agile it mostly does analysis, design, code, &test-for those of you who believe in "test-first" as I do, the analysis is done by coming up with testable specifications. The difference is now they do this either almost simultaneously or in very short cycles.

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When to do BDD or ATDD

April 24, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There seems to be a common myth that it is important to get Scrum or SAFe going and add BDD/ATDD later. I think there are some factors driving this-some believing it's more effective, some budgeting issues and a tendency for people to follow the herd.

Here are the truths:

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The benefits of BDD/ATDD

April 23, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) helps improve clear requirements from the Business and seeing them realized across the value stream in seven interrelated ways.

  • Improved collaboration
  • Clear acceptance criteria
  • Prepared for automated testing
  • Improved Developer / Tester communication
  • Reduced time for feedback
  • Agreement on requirements
  • Improved code quality

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Benefits of Behavior-Driven Development

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Being Sane

April 20, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Luke Hohmann provided me with an insight that I should be talking more about what I am for instead of what I am against. Good advice, thanks Luke.  Here's a riff on my earlier insanity series.

Using Frameworks as tools

When people challenge an approach you espouse, seek to understand why

Recognize that the ultimate help you can give to a company is to help them achieve their own mission

Management has a key role in improving an organization

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