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CHOW #241 Will tasking reduce knowledge silos?

Do you think tasking would help reduce the creation of knowledge silos? Would it help developers rotate stories/tasks easily? Suggested Solution: Tasking done effectively, would help share the knowledge within the team. I’ve worked with teams that tasked their...
Sprint Burndown useful?!

Sprint Burndown useful?!

All of us would have used sprint burn down charts on our projects. Each one of us will have our opinion on the effectiveness of it. We might also have our own favorite flavors and versions.  I’m going to talk about one implementation of Sprint Burn Down Chat...
Pragmatic Approach to Agile Practices

Pragmatic Approach to Agile Practices

To ascertain delivery assurance in software projects, it may be useful to ask the following questions: Are we working on the right thing?Are we doing it right? A team and/or an organization that answers these questions convincingly shall feel confident in their...
CHOW #185 – Fixed Bid Agile Project

CHOW #185 – Fixed Bid Agile Project

When we say a Fixed Bid project, what comes to our mind? Are we talking about fixed Scope, Budget and Time? Assuming we are a service provider and all the parameters are fixed for the project, is it possible to do a Release Plan with out losing the spirit of agile?...
CHOW #166 – Recency Effect

CHOW #166 – Recency Effect

Every Agile Team knows that Retrospectives are one of the important feedback mechanisms for Continuous Improvement. While doing a release level retro, where, say the release spans across 4 months, how to avoid the ‘Recency Effect’? Suggested Solution We...
Feedback and Cognitive Biases

Feedback and Cognitive Biases

Let us start with Feedback.  From Dictionary: Feedback (/ˈfiːdbak/) noun information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement. Feedback is one of the very important factors for the...
Chow #148 – Re-sizing in every sprint

Chow #148 – Re-sizing in every sprint

My team wants to resize their stories every sprint. Our release consists of 8 sprints of 2 weeks each. We are in our 5th sprint. Our actual velocity is lower than the release planning velocity. Are we doing it right? If your answer is either ‘yes’ or...
Sizing

Sizing

What is sizing? “Sizing a project is about grouping its user stories based on agreed upon complexity factors” Let me explain. When you hear, T-shirt size M or L, what comes to your mind? “May be a right fit!” “30 or 40 inches of shoulder...