Category archive for Agile

A Holistic View on Developer Productivity

What does developer productivity mean, really? Is it churning out more code or less code? Is it to have less bugs in production or shipping code more often? Is it doing a lot of things or just one thing? Let’s think about this for a moment. I believe developer productivity is about getting more things […]

How to speed up your next backlog refinement AND make it more fun

Sometimes in a planning or backlog refinement meeting, despite all the exciting stories at hand, inertia sets in and energy levels seem to sink to the floor as the meeting goes on. And since we really do need to cover all the epics in that list, it does tend to last for quite a while. […]

Can Projects and Agile Play Nice?

Here is a story for all you Agile kids out there. Once upon a time the only way to get things done was to start a project, because all developers were mostly bogged down in maintenance of all the systems they had ever constructed before. Once in a while upper management had an idea and […]

Scrum? What a drag!

I attended a Scrum Master course at Crisp last week. These are some of my reflections from that course (which I recommend by the way). But first: why would I take a course on something I’ve been using for at least 5 years? I think it’s because I’ve seen so many shapes and sizes of […]