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Increasing trend in the team velocity – a myth?

Increasing trend in the team velocity – a myth?

In my experience increasing trend in the team velocity is rarely achieved and/or is difficult to know. This blog was an outcome of my reading the following statement which related with my experience. “While teams will tend to increase their velocity over time—and...

INVESTing Right

INVESTing Right

Many of us agile coaches are familiar with the INVEST (Independent, Negotiable, Valuable, Estimable, Small and Testable) criteria that stories should meet after refining them. Almost a maxim if you will, supported by text book examples in the classroom. Participants...

CHOW #304: Travails of a young coach

CHOW #304: Travails of a young coach

As agile coaches, we have all had our initial travails, cutting our teeth in the first engagement and at times learning the hard way. One can walk down memory lane, maybe with a rueful smile! Here is a quiz of three questions which may make you reminisce! For those...

What does “Being Agile” mean?

What does “Being Agile” mean?

Many years back, when I was in the second year of M. Tech (Computer Sc.) program, my hostel mates who took Fortran Programming course, used to consult me when they had any difficulties in programming. On one such occasion, one hostelmate came to me. His teacher had...

Pandemic Positives!

Pandemic Positives!

When we were forced to move to WFH in 2020, with the onset of Covid, a lot of people did not enjoy the model. In addition to the established challenges of working from home, many of us missed coming to office and networking with colleagues. After being forced to...

Dog food for Agile coaches

Dog food for Agile coaches

Many of you would be familiar with the expression “eat your own dog food”. Eating your own dog food or “dogfooding” is the practice of using one's own products or services.  Dogfooding is not exactly new. Here are some examples: In February 1980, Mike...

Rebooting Agile – Key patterns to succeed

Rebooting Agile – Key patterns to succeed

(Pic Courtesy: ITPro Today) When Agile movement started roughly 15-16 years back, there were multiple reasons why Organizations latched on to it. One is the novelty factor. Agile was a new buzz word then and there was a sense of "Cool"ness associated in marketing...

CHOW #296: Backlog Blinkers

CHOW #296: Backlog Blinkers

Bill is a Product Manager in a large software product firm, which has decades of leadership in their target segment. He has over 20 years of experience at this company and has excellent relationship with the major customers of the product. John, the new CEO, had come...

Trend log, no backlog

Trend log, no backlog

In my opinion, one of the most overused words in the software industry is ‘innovation’. I understand there is a wide spectrum of enhancements that can be called ‘innovations’ – minor enhancement that improves a business process to a module that supports a new business...

Why only Rugby?

Why only Rugby?

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA Scrum as an Agile approach is now center-stage worldwide, a goliath occupying a staggering 66% of all agile adoptions. The distant second is Scrumban, a mere 9% and the third at 5% tied between Scrum/XP Hybrid...

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