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Are Vanity Metrics Really All That Bad?

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I have a bit of a problem with all the hatred shown to so-called vanity metrics.

Eric Ries first defined vanity metrics in his landmark book, The Lean Startup. Ries says...

Agile Needs to Be Both Iterative and Incremental

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Scrum, like all of the agile processes, is both iterative and incremental. Since these words are used so frequently without definition, let’s define them.

An iterative process is one that makes progress through successive refinement. A development team takes a first cut at a system, knowing it is incomplete or weak in some (perhaps many) areas. The team then iteratively refines those areas until the product is satisfactory. With each iteration,...

Commitment-Driven Sprint Planning

There are two primary ways for planning a sprint: velocity-driven sprint planning and commitment-driven sprint planning. In last week’s post, I described velocity-driven planning; so in this week’s, we turn our attention to commitment-driven sprint planning.

A commitment-driven sprint planning meeting involves the product owner, ScrumMaster...

What Is Quality?

Agile teams build high-quality products. Agile team members write high-quality code. Agile teams produce functionality quickly by not sacrificing quality.

Each of these is something I’ve said before. And if you haven’t said these exact things, you’ve likely...

Critiquing One of My Own Real User Stories

In case you haven’t noticed, a few months ago we launched Front Row Agile, a site dedicated to video training courses on agile and Scrum. This has placed me in the role of product owner for the site. And recently, the team on the project criticized my story writing! It was a valid criticism, so I want to share it here.

As you’d expect on a video training site, someone who buys a course is asked to...