This short presentation explains why software metrics are not the panacea that we thought they might be 20 years ago. This is why moving from a predictive model to a reactive approach is the only rational course.
Mike Cohn wrote an interesting post where he discusses he allows or even encourages to estimate with story points as large as 20, 40, and 100. He explains that they are useful when you need first and not necessarily precise estimate of the general size of a new project being considered.
The Integrum SCRUMCast is a set of weekly podcasts and videos produced by Integrum on various Scrum related topics like the usage of Agile tools or integrating user experience design with Agile process.
Some estimates say that 80% of Software development projects are now global. According to these trends, if you work in or manage a co-located team, it will not last long. There are two approaches to global projects: outsourcing and distributed teams. My concern is distributed teams, where team members can work from a location of their choice.
Even if the the Agile Manifesto declares that you should value “individuals and interactions over processes and tools”, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use any tool. The authors of this article shares their experience using agile tools and explains why they prefer non-software tools and why you should be carefully pick the tools that will support your practice and your company if you pick any at all.
Uncertainty in the Product Backlog is a big risk for the schedule of a Scrum project. The problem is that the full scope of the release can be quite hard to estimate because the requirements are not well-know early on. Confounding this problem is that frequently the release date is a hard deadline. This means that an Agile team must perform an unknown about of work in a fixed amount of time. The “Cone of Uncertainty” describes the reduction of the uncertainty about scope after each iteration. At the uncertainty is eliminated and the exact amount of scope is known.
Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber met for the first time together in Europe at the ESE conference in Zürich. For the closing keynote they discussed on the theme “Agile Development in the Enterprise: Transforming the Way of Work”.