Micromanagement in Software Development… and its YOUR fault!

If you were attracted to the topic of this article, there is a strong chance that you’ve been subjected to micromanagement. You close your eyes to remember those moments of unnecessary, controlling supervision and immediately will feel the level of frustration and temperature rising with the very thought of constant interruption, distraction, and annoyance. A […]

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From Agile to Burden. The Impact of Agile on Your Growing Tech Debt!

When we think back to the Waterfall and Iterative development methodologies taught 20 years ago, the terminology of “Tech Debt” didn’t exist. We worked on architectural improvements, but because our engineering process required much more thorough up front design considerations, the final product ( though slow to develop ) usually […]

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Agile Anti-Pattern – Budgeting Time

Those of us who worked in lots of different companies and Teams have probably heard a these common questions during Sprint Planning. How much time should we allocate for Bugs? How much time should we reserve for Prod Release Support? How much time should we block out for unexpected A,B,C scenarios? And it’s no surprise, the Team is […]

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How Work Breakdown Structure is Killing Your Agility

So, you work in JIRA during the Sprint Planning or Backlog Grooming session and go through the next user story to determine what needs to be completed to meet the requirements. And immediately, it’s clear that the goal of the user story touches a lot of different components. The reaction – we need to create […]

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Immutable – a Recipe for Scrum?

Let’s first address the issue of immutability. Scrum is a framework that demonstrates real and proven results in helping teams drive execution and continuous self improvement. This in turn provides return on the investment of adopting Scrum – a framework that makes things move faster, more accurate from needs perspective, and at better quality. Sounds great, doesn’t it? And what make…

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5 Important Insights from State of the Agile Report

This past month, Digital.ai has published its annual 2022 State of Agile Annual Report. And in the report this year, there are quite a lot of surprising changes and trends that are observed and worth being mentioned. If you are an Agile professional or enthusiast, it’s probably something you should know. Here is our list […]

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Sprint Carryovers Are Bad!

Your team reached the end of the Sprint. Things seem to have been going well. A lot of work has been completed and it feels like celebrations are in order until, clicking the “Complete Sprint” button you realize that oh oh, there are some stories that need to be rolled over into the next Sprint. Certainly, it’s understandable…

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Distributed Teams in a Post-COVID World

We are over two years into the pandemic and the foreign feeling working 100% remotely is no longer foreign. It has come to stay. We get up in the morning, grab a quick cup of coffee and almost immediately throw ourselves directly into work. At an individual level, things aren’t too bad. But at the management level…

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Utilization Ratio in Agile

This term is not frequently used in Agile, but plays a very important role in Agile planning, estimations, and ability to complete Sprint Commitments. Utilization Ratio is used to calculate Team’s capacity – the amount of work that the Team can confidently complete during the Sprint. You may say “Why? Don’t we have Velocity for […]

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