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Resizing stories

April 10, 2007 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In our Agile Planning and Estimating with User Stories course I am often asked about when to resize stories. The short answer is to resize stories when it is apparent that their size has changed. Remember that the product owner prioritized the story on the backlog while considering the value return compared to its cost. If its cost changes, its priority may change as well. If you don't resize the story, then the developer, in essence, is making a prioritization. Typically, story sizes go up, not down, although that can happen.

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Respect People

April 1, 2007 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I wanted to share some nice quotes about the importance of respecting people.

From Gary Hamel. “Management Innovation” in Harvard Business Review. February 2006:

“Only after American carmakers had exhausted every other explanation for Toyota’s success – an undervalued yen, a docile workforce, Japanese culture, superior automation – were they finally able to admit that Toyota’s real advantage was its ability to harness the intellect of ‘ordinary’ employees.”

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Know Thy Audience - Part 1

March 26, 2007 — Posted by Jim Trott

Listen to the podcast Know Thy Audience

Dwight Eisenhower said, “Planning is everything, the plan is nothing.” One of the critical success factors for introducing Lean-Agile software development into an organization is to be prepared. To understand who you are going to be working with: their motivations, experiences in development, world view, and their focus in development efforts. Who makes decisions and how are they made? The thought work you put into your planning now will help you create a plan that both helps you focus on the important things first and gives you a flexible framework for the future. The more you engage with the organization, the more you should expect to adjust your coaching plan: it will never be correct the first time out. Adjustment is completely acceptable in Lean-Agile. What is not acceptable is going in unprepared. Lean-Agile is not chaotic. It requires discipline and a framework to build on.

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Books to Read if You Want to do Technical Coaching

March 13, 2007 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Just thought I'd jot these down as they are the books I think anyone doing coaching must read:

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Is "Chicken and Pigs" Counter-Productive?

March 9, 2007 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I just completed our first public offering of our Agile Estimation and Analysis for Developers and Product Champions and had some interesting insights. As in all of our lean-agile courses, I talk about the structure within which the teams work. This is very often as important as the way the teams work. For example, most companies (especially IT ones) have people working on too many projects at once. This causes thrashing to occur at both the individual level.

If we can improve the blend/number of projects being worked on we can markedly improve the performance of the team.

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