Articles and Posts Tagged “agile”

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...

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...

Research on Combining Agile with Waterfall

An issue facing many agile teams is how they can coexist with non-agile teams within the same company and often working on the same project. A friend, Eva Gysling, is doing some academic research into this topic. She's prepared an 11-topic free-form questionnaire soliciting experiences and thoughts on mixing agile with waterfall.

If you have experience with this, please…

What Topics Would You Like Mike Cohn to Cover?

I’ve learned a lot about the challenges people face over the years across varying organizations when it comes to agile development and Scrum. But I’m always looking to help people solve their toughest or most nagging problems – and sometimes it’s easier to find out what those are just by asking.

So today, I’m asking you to take a moment to fill in a one-question survey for…

My Agile Books Made a List of Top 100 Agile Books

My three books on agile made this list of "The Top 100 Agile Books" by Jurgen Appelo. He used an objective method of ranking books based on Amazon.com and GoodRead.com quality ratings and popularity. His blog explains the approach. Uncle Bob Martin and I were each fortunate enough to have two books in the top ten. Just about all the books on the list are worth reading so…

Win a Copy (or Two) of Succeeding with Agile

Succeeding with Agile: Software Development using Scrum is now shipping. To celebrate, I will be giving a copy of the book to two readers of this blog. To win, enter as a comment to this post the one most valuable bit of advice you would give to a team that wanted to succeed with agile. I will pick the one bit of advice I like best and send the author a copy of the book. I…

A Requirements Challenge

I have always done highly iterative development and have always worked in short iterations. Initially this was because the domains I worked in early in my career gave me no choice but to work that way. Later I discovered the philosophical reasons for working this way. I also soon learned that keeping the software close to bug free was best. This was all back in the 1980s and…

The US-Russian War of 1981

Nothing very profound in this comment but something I wanted to post because I've been thinking about it all day...I started reading a new book called Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath. It's about why some ideas are "sticky" and spread while other ideas die out. They start with the classic urban legend of the guy who is drugged and wakes up in a bathtub full of ice and…

About

The Succeeding with Agile blog is written by Mike Cohn, the founder of Mountain Goat Software, an agile training and consulting firm. He is the author of Agile Estimating and Planning, User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Succeeding with Agile, and books on Java and C++. With over 20 years of experience, Mike has been a technology executive in companies of…