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At AgilityFeat we are more than just designers and coders. We are also thought leaders. Our team has spoken at numerous conferences around the US, Europe, and Latin America. We are leading the way when it comes to applying agile methodologies to nearshore software development in Latin America. Our blog is where we share those lessons with you, as well as news about what our team is up to.

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A Minimal Viable Product to Make the World a Ni...

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Abraham Lincoln once wrote, “everybody likes a compliment”. We couldn’t agree any more with ol’ honest Abe so when our friend Steph Hay approached us with her app idea to make the world a little nicer, one tweet at a time, ...

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A Minimal Viable Product to Make the World a Nicer Place

Abraham Lincoln once wrote, “everybody likes a compliment”. We couldn’t agree any more with ol’ honest Abe so when our friend Steph Hay approached us with her app idea to make the world a little nicer, one tweet at a time, we jumped at the opportunity. The application is as simple as it is glorious. It […]

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Using Arduino to Control DC Motor Speed and Dir...

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This is the first in a series of posts I’m going to be writing in order to achieve the goal of having a WebRTC controlled webcam through an Arduino. The final build will consist of a webcam attached to a DC motor which will be controlled by ...

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Using Arduino to Control DC Motor Speed and Direction

This is the first in a series of posts I’m going to be writing in order to achieve the goal of having a WebRTC controlled webcam through an Arduino. The final build will consist of a webcam attached to a DC motor which will be controlled by an Arduino board. When complete we’ll be able […]

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beIn The Beat

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We’re passionate about building beautiful, valuable products at AgilityFeat. We’re also passionate about Futbol and Music so when we were approached working on a project that combines all three passions, we jumped at the opportunity. T...

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beIn The Beat

We’re passionate about building beautiful, valuable products at AgilityFeat. We’re also passionate about Futbol and Music so when we were approached working on a project that combines all three passions, we jumped at the opportunity. The project beIN the Beat, is a collaboration between beIN Sports and Berklee College of Music ICE. Born from a hackathon in […]

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Announcing: Web Application Overview for the No...

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In my role at AgilityFeat, I have the pleasure to work with entrepreneurs everyday. I love to spend time talking about project ideas and learning about what makes each entrepreneur passionate about their particular idea. Most importantly though, I...

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Announcing: Web Application Overview for the Non-Technical (it’s free)

In my role at AgilityFeat, I have the pleasure to work with entrepreneurs everyday. I love to spend time talking about project ideas and learning about what makes each entrepreneur passionate about their particular idea. Most importantly though, I love discussion and strategizing around how to make each idea a reality. Doing so requires the right balance between […]

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3 IoT Takeaways from SXSW for Entrepreneurs

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Last week, thousands of techies descended on Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive. As one might expect, the Internet of Things or IoT was a hotter topic than where to get the best barbeque (here’s my recommendation by the way). The interest in...

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3 IoT Takeaways from SXSW for Entrepreneurs

Last week, thousands of techies descended on Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive. As one might expect, the Internet of Things or IoT was a hotter topic than where to get the best barbeque (here’s my recommendation by the way). The interest in the space was palpable as many sessions required sweet-talking and position jockeying just to get into and there […]

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Pickasound turning heads

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A few months back we shared the inside scoop on building Pickasound, the social music collaboration platform founded by Toju Ometoruwa and Adam Koehler. Now, the world is taking notice. Recently, the application was featured in a piece titled R...

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Pickasound turning heads

A few months back we shared the inside scoop on building Pickasound, the social music collaboration platform founded by Toju Ometoruwa and Adam Koehler. Now, the world is taking notice. Recently, the application was featured in a piece titled “Pickasound Adorns the Rockstar in You” on the Technology and Startup Blog, Startup Dope. We’re proud to share the […]

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Hiring a Remote Team

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Last week Entrepreneur.com featured a great article on hiring remote teams. The article, written by David and Carrie McKeegan has a wonderful list of tips for remote hiring that are relevant for in-house hires as well. Since AgilityFeat is a compa...

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Hiring a Remote Team

Last week Entrepreneur.com featured a great article on hiring remote teams. The article, written by David and Carrie McKeegan has a wonderful list of tips for remote hiring that are relevant for in-house hires as well. Since AgilityFeat is a company made up of people working remotely, the article got me thinking about our learnings as […]

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MoDevUX Preview with Mariana Lopez

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We’re only a few short weeks away from MoDevUX and our UX Guru, Mariana Lopez sat down with the Jamie from MoDev to preview her session Design in the 4th Dimension: Interaction Design for Real Time Applications. This session is for designers...

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MoDevUX Preview with Mariana Lopez

We’re only a few short weeks away from MoDevUX and our UX Guru, Mariana Lopez sat down with the Jamie from MoDev to preview her session Design in the 4th Dimension: Interaction Design for Real Time Applications. This session is for designers, developers and project managers. Anyone who is designing or building real time applications […]

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Getting off on the Right Foot- Inside Sprint Zero

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“How do we get started?” This is a question we hear from clients all the time, often it’s the first question they ask after signing a contract. Most clients are familiar with the concepts of Agile at that point, including the processes and artifac...

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Getting off on the Right Foot- Inside Sprint Zero

“How do we get started?” This is a question we hear from clients all the time, often it’s the first question they ask after signing a contract. Most clients are familiar with the concepts of Agile at that point, including the processes and artifacts that will make a project a success but they are stuck […]

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The ideal agile team is…

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As a recovering agile coach*, I’m sometimes asked a question about the make up of an ideal agile team. The idea of having scrum teams around 7-9 people is well known. It’s also well known that they should be cross disciplinary, and tha...

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The ideal agile team is…

As a recovering agile coach*, I’m sometimes asked a question about the make up of an ideal agile team. The idea of having scrum teams around 7-9 people is well known. It’s also well known that they should be cross disciplinary, and that there are only 3 official team roles in Scrum: Scrummaster, Product Owner, […]

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AgilityFeat’s Mariana Lopez to Speak at MoDevUX...

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We’re very excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s resident UX rockstar, Mariana Lopez has been selected to speak at the upcoming MoDevUX 2014 Conference. The conference will be held on May 19th and 20th in McLean, Virginia. As you migh...

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AgilityFeat’s Mariana Lopez to Speak at MoDevUX 2014

We’re very excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s resident UX rockstar, Mariana Lopez has been selected to speak at the upcoming MoDevUX 2014 Conference. The conference will be held on May 19th and 20th in McLean, Virginia. As you might guess from the conference name, the conference will focus on user experience design for mobile applications. […]

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Why You Care About Responsive Design

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Responsive design has been around since 2012. Last year, it was a hot topic and most entrepreneurs and technology leaders have heard about responsive design.  However, there are still many new businesses that are building new products and applicat...

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Why You Care About Responsive Design

Responsive design has been around since 2012. Last year, it was a hot topic and most entrepreneurs and technology leaders have heard about responsive design.  However, there are still many new businesses that are building new products and applications customized to the PC or native application experience. If you are responsible for existing products or […]

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Why One Week Sprints Work Best in Distributed A...

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Sprint length is a topic of debate for companies employing Scrum. In my opinion, there is no one “right” length for sprints because of the myriad of factors that influence how effective a specific sprint length can be for a company. Av...

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Why One Week Sprints Work Best in Distributed Agile

Sprint length is a topic of debate for companies employing Scrum. In my opinion, there is no one “right” length for sprints because of the myriad of factors that influence how effective a specific sprint length can be for a company. Availability of stakeholders, the stage of the company and experience with scrum are all […]

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Tips for Successful Distributed Teams

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Last week I was working with an entrepreneur friend, who is building his product with a distributed team. His group includes people on both coasts of the United States as well as a two person team in western Europe. Throughout the course of our di...

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Tips for Successful Distributed Teams

Last week I was working with an entrepreneur friend, who is building his product with a distributed team. His group includes people on both coasts of the United States as well as a two person team in western Europe. Throughout the course of our discussion it became clear that many of the challenges he is […]

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Getting Started Integrating Facebook into your ...

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Most people are aware of the benefits of integrating Facebook into their web site. Integrating Facebook Connect makes it easier for users to login and stay connected to your site. Further, the information that Facebook will provide back for someon...

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Getting Started Integrating Facebook into your Website

Most people are aware of the benefits of integrating Facebook into their web site. Integrating Facebook Connect makes it easier for users to login and stay connected to your site. Further, the information that Facebook will provide back for someone who is authenticated through Facebook connect is a powerful way to learn about your customers […]

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AgilityFeat at Lean Startup Conference

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We’re excited to announce that our resident rockstar, Arin will be make a repeat appearance at the Lean Startup Conference. He’s been asked to return to the conference, this time as mentor following his electrifying “Just Deploy ...

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AgilityFeat at Lean Startup Conference

We’re excited to announce that our resident rockstar, Arin will be make a repeat appearance at the Lean Startup Conference. He’s been asked to return to the conference, this time as mentor following his electrifying “Just Deploy It!” speech at the 2012 Lean Startup Conference. Tickets for the event are still available here.    

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Agile Innovation: The Art of Ideas

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Last night I had the pleasure of attending Boston’s Lean Startup Circle, titled “Sprinting Towards Innovation”. Lead by C. Todd Lombardo the Principal Innovation Catalyst at Constant Contact, the evening was a very hands-on event...

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Agile Innovation: The Art of Ideas

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Boston’s Lean Startup Circle, titled “Sprinting Towards Innovation”. Lead by C. Todd Lombardo the Principal Innovation Catalyst at Constant Contact, the evening was a very hands-on event that focused on a process for innovation. This particular process, typically held over a 5-7 period was condensed into just […]

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Agile Thinking Outside of Development Organizat...

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Agile methodologies in software development have been around for a long time.  The Agile Manifesto was written almost 13 years ago in fact. Initially a hit with developers who were struggling to find a better way to build software, Agile thinking ...

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Agile Thinking Outside of Development Organizations

Agile methodologies in software development have been around for a long time.  The Agile Manifesto was written almost 13 years ago in fact. Initially a hit with developers who were struggling to find a better way to build software, Agile thinking has been adopted across organizations in a variety of ways as technology managers shared […]

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5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development

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If agile development were easy, everyone would be doing it. Or at least doing it better. On October 18th AgilityFeat CEO/Founder Arin Sime (that’s me) is presenting at InnovateVirginia on “5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile deve...

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5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development

If agile development were easy, everyone would be doing it. Or at least doing it better. On October 18th AgilityFeat CEO/Founder Arin Sime (that’s me) is presenting at InnovateVirginia on “5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development.” In this talk I go beyond the hype about faster and more efficient software development teams and […]

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Six Things Entrepreneurs Should Do Before Openi...

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If you are an entrepreneur, you are likely one of the lucky people on this planet who jumps out of bed, passionately inspired to greet the day. After all, you’ve got to love what you do to generate the energy to run a business! However, if y...

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Six Things Entrepreneurs Should Do Before Opening Their E-mail in the Morning

If you are an entrepreneur, you are likely one of the lucky people on this planet who jumps out of bed, passionately inspired to greet the day. After all, you’ve got to love what you do to generate the energy to run a business! However, if you are opening your e-mail first thing in the […]

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AgilityFeat speaks on Real Time Messaging at Mo...

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I’m excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s own David Alfaro and Arin Sime will be speaking at MoDevEast in December in McLean, Virginia. MoDevEast is the premier East Coast mobile event spanning consumer and enterprise markets across a...

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AgilityFeat speaks on Real Time Messaging at Mo-Dev East

I’m excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s own David Alfaro and Arin Sime will be speaking at MoDevEast in December in McLean, Virginia. MoDevEast is the premier East Coast mobile event spanning consumer and enterprise markets across all platforms and disciplines. David and Arin will present “Pushing Real Time Info to Your Users” on Friday, December […]

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4 Outsourcing Tips I Learned from the Lean Star...

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Last weekend I attended Lean Startup Machine in Boston. It was a learning-packed 72 hours and I think all entrepreneurs should attend one. In addition to the hands-on exercises applying Lean Startup Methodologies, it was a great way to meet other ...

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4 Outsourcing Tips I Learned from the Lean Start-up Machine

Last weekend I attended Lean Startup Machine in Boston. It was a learning-packed 72 hours and I think all entrepreneurs should attend one. In addition to the hands-on exercises applying Lean Startup Methodologies, it was a great way to meet other entrepreneurs and be energized by their passion for solving problems. The experience put my […]

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Software as Art

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“So how do you ever tell your customers how much something costs?” My cousin asked me that question as I tried to explain to him what we do at AgilityFeat. My cousin is the CFO of a major division of a large multinational European comp...

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Software as Art

“So how do you ever tell your customers how much something costs?” My cousin asked me that question as I tried to explain to him what we do at AgilityFeat. My cousin is the CFO of a major division of a large multinational European company. He knows numbers really well, so it was no surprise […]

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Learn UX to lead better

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Last week I read an excellent article by Robert Fabricant on “The Rise of UX Leadership”. The article heralds the rise of UX in business and suggests that UX-Centric organization has supplanted the Marketing/Sales driven organization in terms of b...

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Learn UX to lead better

Last week I read an excellent article by Robert Fabricant on “The Rise of UX Leadership”. The article heralds the rise of UX in business and suggests that UX-Centric organization has supplanted the Marketing/Sales driven organization in terms of being the best driver of long-term growth. What is it? UX means user experience. This broad […]

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Interview with David Blutenthal – Founder & CEO...

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As a friend of mine likes to say, music and technology are the two coolest industries on the planet. Last month, I went to my first Music/Tech meetup in Boston where I met the organizer, David Blutenthal. David and I got to talking and I learned a...

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Interview with David Blutenthal – Founder & CEO of Moodsnap.fm

As a friend of mine likes to say, music and technology are the two coolest industries on the planet. Last month, I went to my first Music/Tech meetup in Boston where I met the organizer, David Blutenthal. David and I got to talking and I learned about the kick-ass project he’s been working on, Moodsnap. […]

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Branching Strategies for Agile Teams

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Branching code is a bit of a pain. And agile teams need to do more of it typically. This is because we are balancing new features with production bug fixes, and working in short scrum sprints while also keeping an eye on longer term visions for ou...

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Branching Strategies for Agile Teams

Branching code is a bit of a pain. And agile teams need to do more of it typically. This is because we are balancing new features with production bug fixes, and working in short scrum sprints while also keeping an eye on longer term visions for our product. As an agile coach, I am often […]

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6 Tips for Effective Stand-up Meetings in Distr...

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  At AgilityFeat, we work by applying Agile methodologies in a distributed manner. Our clients are generally based in the US while our team members are located in Costa Rica, Nicaragua as well as the US (Charlottesville and Boston). Recently,...

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6 Tips for Effective Stand-up Meetings in Distributed Agile

  At AgilityFeat, we work by applying Agile methodologies in a distributed manner. Our clients are generally based in the US while our team members are located in Costa Rica, Nicaragua as well as the US (Charlottesville and Boston). Recently, I’ve had a few discussions with prospective clients who ask about how we manage daily […]

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6 ways your architecture can hurt agility

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When I do agile coaching for our clients, I hear a lot of Yesbuts. That’s when I say something that agile teams are supposed to do (like short iterations or frequent releases), and the client says “Yes, but…” There are alwa...

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6 ways your architecture can hurt agility

When I do agile coaching for our clients, I hear a lot of Yesbuts. That’s when I say something that agile teams are supposed to do (like short iterations or frequent releases), and the client says “Yes, but…” There are always lots of reasons (or excuses) why a client won’t buy into agile principles right […]

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Why Continuous Deployment is important for you

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Last week I went to the Lean Start-up Meetup in Boston where Florian Motlik of Codeship lead a discussion with Amos Benninga from GrabCad, Dan Rowe from ETSY and Ken Eimer from InsightSquared on Continuous Deployment. The presentation was excellen...

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Why Continuous Deployment is important for you

Last week I went to the Lean Start-up Meetup in Boston where Florian Motlik of Codeship lead a discussion with Amos Benninga from GrabCad, Dan Rowe from ETSY and Ken Eimer from InsightSquared on Continuous Deployment. The presentation was excellent, a great mix of best practices and practical application. Their comments rang true with our experiences [...]

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My Chores App

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As our tagline for AgilityFeat says, we are entrepreneurs, it’s in our dna. And for some of us, some of that DNA is shared. Andrea and Daniel Phillips are the sibling founders of the My Chores App. The are also AgilityFeat team members so we sat d...

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My Chores App

As our tagline for AgilityFeat says, we are entrepreneurs, it’s in our dna. And for some of us, some of that DNA is shared. Andrea and Daniel Phillips are the sibling founders of the My Chores App. The are also AgilityFeat team members so we sat down to talk with them to learn about their [...]

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Kenny Rogers and Customer Development

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You got to know when to hold em.. We’re believers in Lean Startup here at AgilityFeat. In addition to our boutique UX/ Design and Software Development Services, we’re working on a few business ideas to scratch our collective entrepreneurial itches...

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Kenny Rogers and Customer Development

You got to know when to hold em.. We’re believers in Lean Startup here at AgilityFeat. In addition to our boutique UX/ Design and Software Development Services, we’re working on a few business ideas to scratch our collective entrepreneurial itches. One of those business ideas was called 5th Caller (RIP) and last week, we decided [...]

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Is responsive web design for you?

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Yes, you need a responsive web design. Let me tell you why and what are considerations you have to keep in mind. A New Era Has Already Started In 2007 Steve Jobs talked about an upcoming “post-PC” era, an era of devices that “aren’t as general pur...

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Is responsive web design for you?

Yes, you need a responsive web design. Let me tell you why and what are considerations you have to keep in mind. A New Era Has Already Started In 2007 Steve Jobs talked about an upcoming “post-PC” era, an era of devices that “aren’t as general purpose, that are really more focused on specific functions”. [...]

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UX and Agile: How we do it

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UX Magazine had an article last month by Michael Lai entitled “UX and Agile: Tying the knot”, which used a great marriage analogy to discuss how UX and agile are and must be intertwined. At AgilityFeat we are very passionate about both UX and agil...

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UX and Agile: How we do it

UX Magazine had an article last month by Michael Lai entitled “UX and Agile: Tying the knot”, which used a great marriage analogy to discuss how UX and agile are and must be intertwined. At AgilityFeat we are very passionate about both UX and agile methods, so this article certainly spoke to me. Michael emphasizes [...]

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Red stickies as an expedite lane in Scrum

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When teams move to Scrum from a more chaotic development method, there is often a struggle with convincing the new Product Owner (or the business folks that they report to) that the team cannot be retargeted on a whim. A benefit of Scrum is that t...

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Red stickies as an expedite lane in Scrum

When teams move to Scrum from a more chaotic development method, there is often a struggle with convincing the new Product Owner (or the business folks that they report to) that the team cannot be retargeted on a whim. A benefit of Scrum is that teams get to focus heads down on a set of [...]

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How specialization has been good for us and our...

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When AgilityFeat first started doing software development in Costa Rica, I would tell people that we could build anything. Mobile apps? You got it. Web applications? Sure, why not! .NET outsourcing? Sure, I’ve managed .NET teams before, we can do ...

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How specialization has been good for us and our customers

When AgilityFeat first started doing software development in Costa Rica, I would tell people that we could build anything. Mobile apps? You got it. Web applications? Sure, why not! .NET outsourcing? Sure, I’ve managed .NET teams before, we can do that! Fixed price drupal development? Heck, we even considered doing that. I would rarely turn [...]

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Lean Start-up, now what?

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Back in November we sat down with Tony Cappeart, COO and Co-Founder at Contactually to talk about how they are applying Lean Startup methodologies to build their business. We talked about how Lean Startup had guided their product design, market se...

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Lean Start-up, now what?

Back in November we sat down with Tony Cappeart, COO and Co-Founder at Contactually to talk about how they are applying Lean Startup methodologies to build their business. We talked about how Lean Startup had guided their product design, market segmenting and customer development. Contactually just announced the launch of version 2.0 of the product [...]

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Setting up a cadence on your agile team

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I’d like to share with you a common cadence that we are using on agile teams that I coach, and also on many of AgilityFeat’s development teams with our clients. For an agile team to get into a solid rhythm of work, they need to have a set cadence ...

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Setting up a cadence on your agile team

I’d like to share with you a common cadence that we are using on agile teams that I coach, and also on many of AgilityFeat’s development teams with our clients. For an agile team to get into a solid rhythm of work, they need to have a set cadence of sprints. This means that demos [...]

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Three things I learned on a work-cation..

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Last weekend, I traveled to San José, Costa Rica to meet with the Agility Feat team. As usual, the trip to Costa Rica was absolutely amazing even though there were no beaches nor rain forests on the itinerary. This time, we used the weekend to sep...

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Three things I learned on a work-cation..

Last weekend, I traveled to San José, Costa Rica to meet with the Agility Feat team. As usual, the trip to Costa Rica was absolutely amazing even though there were no beaches nor rain forests on the itinerary. This time, we used the weekend to separate from our day to day responsibilities, mixing planning with [...]

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Learning to accept simplicity

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Recently I was in a meeting with one of our clients at AgilityFeat. The project lead at the client made a simple, but very powerful statement as we presented an assessment and proposal. “One of our challenges is that we need to learn to accept sim...

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Learning to accept simplicity

Recently I was in a meeting with one of our clients at AgilityFeat. The project lead at the client made a simple, but very powerful statement as we presented an assessment and proposal. “One of our challenges is that we need to learn to accept simplicity.” I love simplicity, and breaking complex systems down into [...]

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7 tips for when the going gets tough

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Not every project is going to run smoothly, even in the best of teams. We have a great team here at AgilityFeat, and we’re very selective when choosing our customers, so our projects tend to be very successful. But every team is going to hit bumps...

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7 tips for when the going gets tough

Not every project is going to run smoothly, even in the best of teams. We have a great team here at AgilityFeat, and we’re very selective when choosing our customers, so our projects tend to be very successful. But every team is going to hit bumps in the road sometimes, and we’re not immune to [...]

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4 ways Perfection is killing you

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Whether you are a bleeding edge startup or a large corporation running agile teams, here are four ways that you may be abusing agile concepts and letting perfection kill your chances of success. Product Owner Perfection In an agile team, the Produ...

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4 ways Perfection is killing you

Whether you are a bleeding edge startup or a large corporation running agile teams, here are four ways that you may be abusing agile concepts and letting perfection kill your chances of success. Product Owner Perfection In an agile team, the Product Owner (PO) is the “voice of the customer” to the development team.  They [...]

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Improving our Sprint Zero process

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Project on-boarding is key to success Step two is always a question mark. It’s one of my favorite meme’s on the internet. Some joker on a message board will say they have a great idea, and their business plan usually goes something like the image ...

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Improving our Sprint Zero process

Project on-boarding is key to success Step two is always a question mark. It’s one of my favorite meme’s on the internet. Some joker on a message board will say they have a great idea, and their business plan usually goes something like the image on the left. It’s a light hearted way to poke [...]

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A #leanstartup and #agile tour of @Twilio

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Who’s ever heard of a telecom lean startup? That’s sort of what Twilio is, and it’s a pretty cool company and interesting case study. When I attended the LeanStartup.co conference in San Francisco recently, one of the parts I was most excited abou...

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A #leanstartup and #agile tour of @Twilio

Who’s ever heard of a telecom lean startup? That’s sort of what Twilio is, and it’s a pretty cool company and interesting case study. When I attended the LeanStartup.co conference in San Francisco recently, one of the parts I was most excited about was the tour of area companies. The first tour that I did [...]

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AgilityFeat is hiring an Agile Engineering Coach

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AgilityFeat is hiring an agile engineering coach! Well, sort of. You see … here’s the deal. AgilityFeat does two things: (1) custom software development in Costa Rica, and (2) agile process and engineering coaching and training for companies aroun...

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AgilityFeat is hiring an Agile Engineering Coach

AgilityFeat is hiring an agile engineering coach! Well, sort of. You see … here’s the deal. AgilityFeat does two things: (1) custom software development in Costa Rica, and (2) agile process and engineering coaching and training for companies around the US. Do you also do both of those? Well, maybe except the Costa Rica part? [...]

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Things I learned in the morning at The Lean Sta...

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Yesterday, I went to The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. It was a full day of incredible presentations, fireside chats (without the fires), sharing of lessons learned and of course networking. This was my first Lean Startup conference an...

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Things I learned in the morning at The Lean Startup Conference (part 1)

Yesterday, I went to The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. It was a full day of incredible presentations, fireside chats (without the fires), sharing of lessons learned and of course networking. This was my first Lean Startup conference and I was blown away by the diversity of ways Lean thinking is impacting the world [...]

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Ford Englander joins AgilityFeat as VP of Busin...

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Ford Englander is AgilityFeat’s new VP for Business Development, and a long time mentor and friend to me.  I’m thrilled to have him join the US ranks of AgilityFeat because Ford brings in a wealth of experience that is going to help us grow and se...

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Ford Englander joins AgilityFeat as VP of Business Development

Ford Englander is AgilityFeat’s new VP for Business Development, and a long time mentor and friend to me.  I’m thrilled to have him join the US ranks of AgilityFeat because Ford brings in a wealth of experience that is going to help us grow and serve our clients better. I’d like to tell you a [...]

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AgilityFeat Presenting “Just Deploy It” at Igni...

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I’m very pleased to say that I will be presenting an Ignite talk at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December.  I will talk about some anti-patterns that I see in software development for startups.  In short, my advice is to “Just D...

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AgilityFeat Presenting “Just Deploy It” at Ignite Lean Startup Conference

I’m very pleased to say that I will be presenting an Ignite talk at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December.  I will talk about some anti-patterns that I see in software development for startups.  In short, my advice is to “Just Deploy It!” and stop holding back so much.  Whether it’s a [...]

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4 more tips to Nearshore Agile Development

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CIO magazine posted an article this week entitled “7 Tips to Offshore Agile Development”, and they got it mostly right, but I would like to add 4 more tips that I think are critical to effective agile outsourcing. Stephanie Overby wrote these 7 ti...

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4 more tips to Nearshore Agile Development

CIO magazine posted an article this week entitled “7 Tips to Offshore Agile Development”, and they got it mostly right, but I would like to add 4 more tips that I think are critical to effective agile outsourcing. Stephanie Overby wrote these 7 tips: Be prepared (with standard tools and communication rules) Start small (use [...]

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Tour of Wishlisting.org and it’s Cucumber

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Time for a demo of wishlisting.org!  In this post I will give you a demo of the current features, and then we will step through a couple of the automated tests that we have in place for the site. Using wishlisting.org to teach agile… First let me ...

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Tour of Wishlisting.org and it’s Cucumber

Time for a demo of wishlisting.org!  In this post I will give you a demo of the current features, and then we will step through a couple of the automated tests that we have in place for the site. Using wishlisting.org to teach agile… First let me give you some background. Wishlisting.org is a service [...]

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Betas, Big Bang Theories, and #Startups

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My wife and I love the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” And given the name of the show, this clip is particularly funny to me because software betas are discussed in the context of a relationship. Leonard and Penny are flirting with the idea of dati...

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Betas, Big Bang Theories, and #Startups

My wife and I love the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” And given the name of the show, this clip is particularly funny to me because software betas are discussed in the context of a relationship. Leonard and Penny are flirting with the idea of dating again, and in his usual slightly awkward way, [...]

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A #Lean Scorecard for FreshBooks

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What can the story of FreshBooks teach us about lean startups and agile development?  Last week I received an email that got me thinking about that. I use Freshbooks at AgilityFeat for invoicing our customers, and it’s great.  It’s an easy way for...

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A #Lean Scorecard for FreshBooks

What can the story of FreshBooks teach us about lean startups and agile development?  Last week I received an email that got me thinking about that. I use Freshbooks at AgilityFeat for invoicing our customers, and it’s great.  It’s an easy way for our team members to track their hours, and for me to convert [...]

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Last day at the #AgileDevLab #Agile2012!

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Get your green now before it’s too late!  Green Cucumber tests, that is. This is the last day of the Agile Dev Lab at the Agile 2012 conference, where we are working on the website wishlisting.org for charities to use for very specific fundraising...

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Last day at the #AgileDevLab #Agile2012!

Get your green now before it’s too late!  Green Cucumber tests, that is. This is the last day of the Agile Dev Lab at the Agile 2012 conference, where we are working on the website wishlisting.org for charities to use for very specific fundraising needs.  Our beta client is AHIP, and you can donate online [...]

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Partners not clients

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Looking for a Partner not a Client As developers we are constantly striving to create a valuable product for our customer, but if that development process is going to be successful then both the customer and our team have to be involved in the cre...

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Partners not clients

Looking for a Partner not a Client As developers we are constantly striving to create a valuable product for our customer, but if that development process is going to be successful then both the customer and our team have to be involved in the creation process. Agile developers have a process centered around feedback and [...]

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Announcing Dare To Be Lean!

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I hinted at it previously, but now the fancy landing page is ready and I am proud to invite you to join us in Costa Rica in early 2013 for an awesome 3 day hands on workshop for entrepreneurs! The workshop is called Dare To Be Lean, and you can le...

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Announcing Dare To Be Lean!

I hinted at it previously, but now the fancy landing page is ready and I am proud to invite you to join us in Costa Rica in early 2013 for an awesome 3 day hands on workshop for entrepreneurs! The workshop is called Dare To Be Lean, and you can learn more here: DareToBeLean.AgilityFeat.com We [...]

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The Potential Pitfalls of Outsourced Development

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The Potential Pitfalls of Outsourced Development If you are looking for a nearshore agile team for a project there are some common problems to look out for, or you risk losing time and money. The short and sweet summary of these problems is: peopl...

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The Potential Pitfalls of Outsourced Development

The Potential Pitfalls of Outsourced Development If you are looking for a nearshore agile team for a project there are some common problems to look out for, or you risk losing time and money. The short and sweet summary of these problems is: people aren’t always who they claim to be. Body shops An outsourcing [...]

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Lean Startup Vocab

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Words to know and live by for a lean Startup Here at Agility Feat we use Lean methods to keep our business responsive and effective. But what does it mean to be Lean? Listed below are some of the core concepts of being Lean that we follow, and how...

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Lean Startup Vocab

Words to know and live by for a lean Startup Here at Agility Feat we use Lean methods to keep our business responsive and effective. But what does it mean to be Lean? Listed below are some of the core concepts of being Lean that we follow, and how it has helped make us better [...]

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AgilityFeat Team Retrospective in Costa Rica

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Retrospectives are important at higher levels than just your individual projects. At AgilityFeat we also hold retrospectives within our company and across our projects regularly. This is so we can look for patterns across our most successful proje...

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AgilityFeat Team Retrospective in Costa Rica

Retrospectives are important at higher levels than just your individual projects. At AgilityFeat we also hold retrospectives within our company and across our projects regularly. This is so we can look for patterns across our most successful projects and also learn from projects that had more challenges. These retrospectives also keep our team members informed [...]

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A Successful Nearshore Agile Standup Session

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How to have a well run remote standup session with your team. Standups are a key part of the agile and scrum process. Each standup is a time for our team to sync up with each other and the customer. It is also an opportunity to let our customer kn...

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A Successful Nearshore Agile Standup Session

How to have a well run remote standup session with your team. Standups are a key part of the agile and scrum process. Each standup is a time for our team to sync up with each other and the customer. It is also an opportunity to let our customer know of any unexpected delays or [...]

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Dave Haeffner to speak on Selenium at #Agile2012

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Congratulations to Dave Haeffner for having his Agile 2012 submission “Selenium Users Anonymous” accepted!  Dave will be leading a “counseling” session for Selenium users at Agile 2012 in Dallas.  The conference is from August 13 – 17 2012 and you...

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Dave Haeffner to speak on Selenium at #Agile2012

Congratulations to Dave Haeffner for having his Agile 2012 submission “Selenium Users Anonymous” accepted!  Dave will be leading a “counseling” session for Selenium users at Agile 2012 in Dallas.  The conference is from August 13 – 17 2012 and you can get more information at agile2012.agilealliance.org. Dave Haeffner is the Chief Quality Officer at AgilityFeat, [...]

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AgilityCast: Introduction to Cucumber

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Today we held the first of many future “AgilityCasts”, where we record a short presentation by one of our team members on a topic related to agile software development, nearshore agile development in Costa Rica, or anything that suits our fancy. T...

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AgilityCast: Introduction to Cucumber

Today we held the first of many future “AgilityCasts”, where we record a short presentation by one of our team members on a topic related to agile software development, nearshore agile development in Costa Rica, or anything that suits our fancy. These sessions are meant to be pretty informal, and while we are using powerpoint, [...]

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Benefits to kicking off your Nearshore Agile pr...

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Last week we just finished up the kick off for a new project in the AgilityFeat Costa Rica offices.  This is a fast growing area of business at AgilityFeat and one I am very pleased about, so I would like to take a little time to describe to you h...

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Benefits to kicking off your Nearshore Agile project in Costa Rica

Last week we just finished up the kick off for a new project in the AgilityFeat Costa Rica offices.  This is a fast growing area of business at AgilityFeat and one I am very pleased about, so I would like to take a little time to describe to you how a kick off week might [...]

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Coaching a client to drop Estimation

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I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with estimation.  I find the topic fascinating.  Estimation is like a car wreck, it’s hard not to slow down some and take a look, even if you know it’s wrong and you are afraid of what you might see. As my ...

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Coaching a client to drop Estimation

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with estimation.  I find the topic fascinating.  Estimation is like a car wreck, it’s hard not to slow down some and take a look, even if you know it’s wrong and you are afraid of what you might see. As my views on software development have changed over the [...]

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Course Announcement: ATDD Kick-Start with Cucum...

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Dave Haeffner and I are proud to announce a new workshop on Acceptance Test Driven Development using Cucumber and Ruby that we are offering in 2012.  The workshop will initially be taught as private courses to companies, so if you are interested i...

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Course Announcement: ATDD Kick-Start with Cucumber and Ruby

Dave Haeffner and I are proud to announce a new workshop on Acceptance Test Driven Development using Cucumber and Ruby that we are offering in 2012.  The workshop will initially be taught as private courses to companies, so if you are interested in a quote, please contact me at Arin@AgilityFeat.com or 434.996.5226. ATDD Kick-Start with [...]

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Great agile event coming up on Feb 3rd at VGT i...

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I’m excited to be part of a great upcoming agile event in the Charlottesville area! VGT (Video Gaming Technologies) in Ruckersville is hosting an evening of agile in a few weeks in coordination with AgileCville and Impact Makers.  There going to b...

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Great agile event coming up on Feb 3rd at VGT in Ruckersville

I’m excited to be part of a great upcoming agile event in the Charlottesville area! VGT (Video Gaming Technologies) in Ruckersville is hosting an evening of agile in a few weeks in coordination with AgileCville and Impact Makers.  There going to be multiple speakers, free food, and this event is being promoted in Richmond as [...]

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12 Lessons Learned as a Solo Agile Coach

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It’s been over a year now since I started AgilityFeat, and what a great year it’s been.  Being December, this is also a good time to get reflective as the year draws to a close.  With that in mind, I’ve come up with a list of twelve lessons I’ve l...

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12 Lessons Learned as a Solo Agile Coach

It’s been over a year now since I started AgilityFeat, and what a great year it’s been.  Being December, this is also a good time to get reflective as the year draws to a close.  With that in mind, I’ve come up with a list of twelve lessons I’ve learned over the last year.  I [...]

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Failure Pattern Poker at @AgileIowa

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Would competition in a game help create engagement and conversation, or stifle the conversation in favor of “one-ups man ship”? That was one of the questions that came up when I led a session of Agile Failure Pattern Poker last month at the Agile ...

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Failure Pattern Poker at @AgileIowa

Would competition in a game help create engagement and conversation, or stifle the conversation in favor of “one-ups man ship”? That was one of the questions that came up when I led a session of Agile Failure Pattern Poker last month at the Agile Iowa meeting. I’ve played this game in a few settings now, [...]

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Failure Bows and Brainstorming from #ACCUS

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If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off discussions of difficult topics, then failure bows may work for you. In September I was at the Agile Coach Camp US (#ACCUS) in Columbus Ohio.  Friday was “Games Day”, devoted to fun ways to engage agile ...

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Failure Bows and Brainstorming from #ACCUS

If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off discussions of difficult topics, then failure bows may work for you. In September I was at the Agile Coach Camp US (#ACCUS) in Columbus Ohio.  Friday was “Games Day”, devoted to fun ways to engage agile teams with games. Tobias Mayer led the “keynote game”, [...]

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Assorted 140 character thoughts from #ACCUS

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I tend to write blog posts that are too long.  Which is why sometimes I don’t blog as often as I should. But I really want to share everything with you that I learned at Agile Coach Camp US (#ACCUS) in Columbus Ohio last week. So instead of a long...

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Assorted 140 character thoughts from #ACCUS

I tend to write blog posts that are too long.  Which is why sometimes I don’t blog as often as I should. But I really want to share everything with you that I learned at Agile Coach Camp US (#ACCUS) in Columbus Ohio last week. So instead of a long blog post that I feel [...]

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Don’t discard TDD in the cloud

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Developing software for the cloud can make test-driven development more complicated, but not impossible. In this article that I wrote for TechWell.com and StickyMinds.com, I offer advice for continuing good development practices in the face of cha...

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Don’t discard TDD in the cloud

Developing software for the cloud can make test-driven development more complicated, but not impossible. In this article that I wrote for TechWell.com and StickyMinds.com, I offer advice for continuing good development practices in the face of challenges from cloud hosting and distributed computing. To see the article, visit either site: TechWell.com or StickyMinds.com Bookmark It [...]

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4 Tips For Automating Your Acceptance Tests

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This article was published in Sogeti’s QANews on September 30, 2011. See their article here Acceptance tests are a great way to improve collaboration between testers, developers, and customers. When all three parties agree ahead of time how ...

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4 Tips For Automating Your Acceptance Tests

This article was published in Sogeti’s QANews on September 30, 2011. See their article here Acceptance tests are a great way to improve collaboration between testers, developers, and customers. When all three parties agree ahead of time how to test the feature, it makes it more likely the developer will deliver working code. Automating those […]

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Agile contract models for sub-contractors

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What is the ideal contract model to use with sub-contractors, and is it any different than you would use with a lead contractor? I’m curious myself, and so I’ll just post a couple of quick thoughts and I encourage you to share your thoughts with m...

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Agile contract models for sub-contractors

What is the ideal contract model to use with sub-contractors, and is it any different than you would use with a lead contractor? I’m curious myself, and so I’ll just post a couple of quick thoughts and I encourage you to share your thoughts with me. In July my local agile user group, AgileCville, focused [...]

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Speaking on Agile Estimation at #AgileDC

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Are you looking for an inexpensive way to learn agile methods?  Improve your agile engineering practices?  Or learn about how agile methods are being employed in government?  AgileDC is the place for you! I’m very pleased to be speaking on Agile E...

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Speaking on Agile Estimation at #AgileDC

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to learn agile methods?  Improve your agile engineering practices?  Or learn about how agile methods are being employed in government?  AgileDC is the place for you! I’m very pleased to be speaking on Agile Estimation techniques at AgileDC on Wednesday Oct 26 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel in [...]

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Stop fearing commitment!

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Why are some developers so afraid of commitment? I’m not talking about relationships, but something equally as important. Committing your code to a repository before it goes stale or you lose the changes. I’ve witnessed a couple of different scena...

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Stop fearing commitment!

Why are some developers so afraid of commitment? I’m not talking about relationships, but something equally as important. Committing your code to a repository before it goes stale or you lose the changes. I’ve witnessed a couple of different scenarios this year that drive me a little nuts: I’ll commit as soon as I’ve got [...]

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Are your projections realistic or optimistic?

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Are your projections realistic or optimistic?

This dilbert strip says it all… Bookmark It Hide Sites

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#ALNDC meeting on “The Essential Product Owner”

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How do Lean principles complement and reinforce the roles in a Scrum project?  That was one question on my mind as I drove up to the Agile Leadership Network DC meeting, held in Tysons Corner.  People sometimes discuss Scrum, XP, Kanban, and Lean ...

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#ALNDC meeting on “The Essential Product Owner”

How do Lean principles complement and reinforce the roles in a Scrum project?  That was one question on my mind as I drove up to the Agile Leadership Network DC meeting, held in Tysons Corner.  People sometimes discuss Scrum, XP, Kanban, and Lean as competing agile methodologies instead of focusing on all the common values [...]

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Estimates Q&A: Points, Man-hours, and “reality ...

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What’s the deal with story points and agile estimation techniques, and why can’t we just improve our estimates over time?  That’s part of the question that a friend of mine asked recently, and I’m going to respond to it in this blog post. My frien...

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Estimates Q&A: Points, Man-hours, and “reality factors”

What’s the deal with story points and agile estimation techniques, and why can’t we just improve our estimates over time?  That’s part of the question that a friend of mine asked recently, and I’m going to respond to it in this blog post. My friend is relatively new to agile and so he has been [...]

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Speaking at #InnovateVA2011 Sept 16th

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The Innovate Virginia conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday September 16th, and I am proud to be one of the speakers there.  It will be an excellent one-day conference bringing together many excellent speakers in a cost effectiv...

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Speaking at #InnovateVA2011 Sept 16th

The Innovate Virginia conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday September 16th, and I am proud to be one of the speakers there.  It will be an excellent one-day conference bringing together many excellent speakers in a cost effective and local setting perfect for the many teams around Virginia who are learning about [...]

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#AgileCville recap: Agile for Newbies

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This past Tuesday at AgileCville we had a series of lightning talks on “Agile for Newbies.”  The meeting went very well, and I’ll provide a brief recap of it here. Thanks go to RallySoftware, who sponsored the meeting this month and provided pizza...

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#AgileCville recap: Agile for Newbies

This past Tuesday at AgileCville we had a series of lightning talks on “Agile for Newbies.”  The meeting went very well, and I’ll provide a brief recap of it here. Thanks go to RallySoftware, who sponsored the meeting this month and provided pizza, and also provided their Iteration Planning guides as handouts.  Their guides were [...]

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5 Tips to prevent your estimates from becoming ...

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Have you ever been asked for a rough estimate, and then later regretted giving a “rough” estimate because the customer tried to hold you to it? A familiar story This week I spoke with an agile coaching colleague of mine, and he relayed a story tha...

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5 Tips to prevent your estimates from becoming a burden

Have you ever been asked for a rough estimate, and then later regretted giving a “rough” estimate because the customer tried to hold you to it? A familiar story This week I spoke with an agile coaching colleague of mine, and he relayed a story that rang all too true.   The team is working on [...]

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Using silent grouping for rapid story ranking #...

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Have you ever faced prioritizing a long list of stories or requirements and thought, “This is going to take forever!” I have, and so I was thrilled to learn a technique at XP2011 that helps with this dilemma. I had a chance last week to apply “Sil...

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Using silent grouping for rapid story ranking #XP2011

Have you ever faced prioritizing a long list of stories or requirements and thought, “This is going to take forever!” I have, and so I was thrilled to learn a technique at XP2011 that helps with this dilemma. I had a chance last week to apply “Silent Grouping” with a client, and since I found [...]

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XP2011 slides on Range Estimation

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Thanks to those attending my lightning talk today at XP2011 on range estimation! I’m enjoying Madrid Spain very much and the conference has been very good so far. Here are my slides from today’s talk in PDF and Powerpoint formats. In t...

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XP2011 slides on Range Estimation

Thanks to those attending my lightning talk today at XP2011 on range estimation! I’m enjoying Madrid Spain very much and the conference has been very good so far. Here are my slides from today’s talk in PDF and Powerpoint formats. In the coming weeks I will post more information on this blog, in particular I […]

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Speaking at Verify/ATI conference on Agile Testing

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On Wednesday September 28th, I’ll be speaking at the Verify/ATI Conference 2011 in Arlington Virginia at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. According to the recently published schedule at the VerifyATI website, I’m in the 2:15-3:15 time slot. I&#...

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Speaking at Verify/ATI conference on Agile Testing

On Wednesday September 28th, I’ll be speaking at the Verify/ATI Conference 2011 in Arlington Virginia at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. According to the recently published schedule at the VerifyATI website, I’m in the 2:15-3:15 time slot. I’ll be leading a session in the Automated Tools & Implementations section on “Continuous Automated Browser Testing With Selenium […]

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Agile Failure Pattern Poker Game

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As mentioned in a previous post, we played a game last night at AgileCville’s meeting last night that was fun and definitely kept the conversation going. We had some very good discussions around a number of agile topics, and so that itself is the ...

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Agile Failure Pattern Poker Game

As mentioned in a previous post, we played a game last night at AgileCville’s meeting last night that was fun and definitely kept the conversation going. We had some very good discussions around a number of agile topics, and so that itself is the strongest indication that the game had the desired effect. Prior to [...]

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AgileCville: Failure Pattern Poker on April 19th!

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Let’s play an agile game! Tomorrow will be the next Agile Cville meeting at OpenSpace in Charlottesville, from 6-8pm.  The topic this month is “Agile Failure Patterns”, and I agreed to kick off the discussion.  Rather than start off the meeting wi...

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AgileCville: Failure Pattern Poker on April 19th!

Let’s play an agile game! Tomorrow will be the next Agile Cville meeting at OpenSpace in Charlottesville, from 6-8pm.  The topic this month is “Agile Failure Patterns”, and I agreed to kick off the discussion.  Rather than start off the meeting with power point, I think we’ll try a game instead to get the discussion [...]

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Agile Database Testing

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Last month the QANews newsletter by Sogeti was released, and I was pleased to have an article I wrote on Agile Database Testing published in it.  I’ve reproduced the article below, and you can also see the original article here. Agile Databa...

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Agile Database Testing

Last month the QANews newsletter by Sogeti was released, and I was pleased to have an article I wrote on Agile Database Testing published in it.  I’ve reproduced the article below, and you can also see the original article here. Agile Database Testing Testing database changes Testing is rarely easy, and is more often thankless. […]

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Agile 101 for business students

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Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to two undergrad business classes at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.  The students are primarily accounting and finance majors, with a few engineering majors thrown in ...

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Agile 101 for business students

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to two undergrad business classes at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.  The students are primarily accounting and finance majors, with a few engineering majors thrown in for good measure.  I provided an overview of Agile methods to the class, and we did an exercise […]

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Scrum in Schools

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Tonight at the AgileCville user group meeting, we discussed Scrum in Schools.  This was a roundtable discussion of group members, and it was very interesting.  Paul Erb kicked off the discussion for us.  Paul is an Agile Cville regular, as well as...

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Scrum in Schools

Tonight at the AgileCville user group meeting, we discussed Scrum in Schools.  This was a roundtable discussion of group members, and it was very interesting.  Paul Erb kicked off the discussion for us.  Paul is an Agile Cville regular, as well as the business manager at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville.  Paul considers agile more [...]

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Burning hours and points together

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About a month ago I was working with a team planning another iteration for the project, when we had an interesting discussion about how to manage our burndown. On all of our previous sprints, our burndowns were based on hours.  That is, for each d...

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Burning hours and points together

About a month ago I was working with a team planning another iteration for the project, when we had an interesting discussion about how to manage our burndown. On all of our previous sprints, our burndowns were based on hours.  That is, for each day of the sprint, team members would revise their estimates of [...]

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The Iron Triangle revised to reflect people

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I had coffee with a fellow software consultant friend recently where we traded war stories about recent IT projects. Jay told a tale familiar to many of us (Jay is not his real name, but the story is all too real).  He and his team had just recent...

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The Iron Triangle revised to reflect people

I had coffee with a fellow software consultant friend recently where we traded war stories about recent IT projects. Jay told a tale familiar to many of us (Jay is not his real name, but the story is all too real).  He and his team had just recently finished a project where they had to […]

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Announcing an online course for Fixed Price Agi...

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I’m pleased to announce an online course that I have put together for how to lead and plan fixed price Agile projects and still be profitable.  I first announced this in a webinar I held recently, and I’m excited to open it up to a wider audience ...

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Announcing an online course for Fixed Price Agile planning

I’m pleased to announce an online course that I have put together for how to lead and plan fixed price Agile projects and still be profitable.  I first announced this in a webinar I held recently, and I’m excited to open it up to a wider audience now.  You can learn more about it here: [...]

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Improve your business relationships in 2011

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I’ve heard other Agile Coaches say that leading a team through any change is as much about coaching them on their personal interactions as it is training them on the mechanics of Agile methodologies.  I was reminded of that insight when I recently...

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Improve your business relationships in 2011

I’ve heard other Agile Coaches say that leading a team through any change is as much about coaching them on their personal interactions as it is training them on the mechanics of Agile methodologies.  I was reminded of that insight when I recently read a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Make 2011 the Year of [...]

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How Agile prevents the Chopping Block Paradox

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That Sinking Feeling When a project starts to go wrong, you know it well before you admit it to yourself or your customer.  You know that feeling when you start to realize you don’t have enough budget, time, or the scope is unachievable? Long afte...

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How Agile prevents the Chopping Block Paradox

That Sinking Feeling When a project starts to go wrong, you know it well before you admit it to yourself or your customer.  You know that feeling when you start to realize you don’t have enough budget, time, or the scope is unachievable? Long after we first get that sinking feeling, we may delay the [...]

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Fixed Price Agile – Oil and Water?

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Have you ever heard that oil and water don’t mix?  It’s pretty common knowledge that oil will float on top of water and the substances will not mix together.  This simple chemistry is easy to demonstrate, and most of us learned it in elementary sc...

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Fixed Price Agile – Oil and Water?

Have you ever heard that oil and water don’t mix?  It’s pretty common knowledge that oil will float on top of water and the substances will not mix together.  This simple chemistry is easy to demonstrate, and most of us learned it in elementary school science. In the software development world, we also tend to [...]

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Do’s and Don’ts of tracking hours on an Agile p...

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If you are a consultant, even on an Agile team, you probably have to track your hours.  I used to hate tracking my hours – and I’ve seen first hand how it can demoralize people.  I once worked at a company where they decided to build an internal t...

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Do’s and Don’ts of tracking hours on an Agile project

If you are a consultant, even on an Agile team, you probably have to track your hours.  I used to hate tracking my hours – and I’ve seen first hand how it can demoralize people.  I once worked at a company where they decided to build an internal tracking system for us to put our [...]

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Webinar: Don’t Lose Your Shirt in 2011!

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Over the last year or so, I’ve been considering all the various lessons that I’ve learned throughout my IT career, and in particular during the last few years as I’ve really embraced Agile methodologies.  I realized that there is a definite inters...

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Webinar: Don’t Lose Your Shirt in 2011!

Over the last year or so, I’ve been considering all the various lessons that I’ve learned throughout my IT career, and in particular during the last few years as I’ve really embraced Agile methodologies.  I realized that there is a definite intersection between many of my lessons learned, the types of experiences I’ve had, and [...]

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4 tips to ensure cross training on Agile teams

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You may have heard it said that the best Agile teams are cross-functional in nature. That means that each person on the team is capable of working in multiple functional silos (database, service layer, presentation layer, testing, etc). A cross fu...

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4 tips to ensure cross training on Agile teams

You may have heard it said that the best Agile teams are cross-functional in nature. That means that each person on the team is capable of working in multiple functional silos (database, service layer, presentation layer, testing, etc). A cross functional team is well suited to agile projects because you can easily trade tasks among [...]

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The Value of Coaching

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If I could promise you returns of 6:1 on a project in a single year, would you take it? That is a pretty impressive return for a project, and most businesses would be happy to run a project that will yield that sort of return. Essentially, this is...

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The Value of Coaching

If I could promise you returns of 6:1 on a project in a single year, would you take it? That is a pretty impressive return for a project, and most businesses would be happy to run a project that will yield that sort of return. Essentially, this is the type of benefit that hiring an […]

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Welcome to AgilityFeat!

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I’m pleased to announce the official launch of AgilityFeat Inc. I’ve started this business so that I can apply my years of experience as an IT leader, entrepreneur, developer to coach your team to deliver more value to your customers. ...

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Welcome to AgilityFeat!

I’m pleased to announce the official launch of AgilityFeat Inc. I’ve started this business so that I can apply my years of experience as an IT leader, entrepreneur, developer to coach your team to deliver more value to your customers. I believe that Agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban (and more importantly the principles […]

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Agile2010: From Change to Planning to just bei...

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Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. A couple weeks ago I went to the Agile2010 conference in Orlando, and it was a really great experience. I really enjoyed giving my talk on range estima...

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Agile2010: From Change to Planning to just being truly Present

Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. A couple weeks ago I went to the Agile2010 conference in Orlando, and it was a really great experience. I really enjoyed giving my talk on range estimation in Scrum, and I greatly appreciated the large turnout for the session […]

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Software Estimation: Using Range Estimates in S...

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Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. Recently I wrote a blog post on why software developers are typically so bad at estimation. I also gave a preview of the presentation that I am giving ...

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Software Estimation: Using Range Estimates in Scrum

Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. Recently I wrote a blog post on why software developers are typically so bad at estimation. I also gave a preview of the presentation that I am giving today to the Agile2010 conference on how to combat some of these [...]

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Software Estimation: You are not as good as yo...

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Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. I know it’s a bit harsh to insult you in the title of this post, but the odds are, you really stink at estimation. Even if you know you’re bad at it, y...

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Software Estimation: You are not as good as you think

Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. I know it’s a bit harsh to insult you in the title of this post, but the odds are, you really stink at estimation. Even if you know you’re bad at it, you’re probably even worse than you think. Don’t [...]

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Failing Fast and Bad Stand ups

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Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. Recently I had a chance to speak about Agile with experienced IT professionals from the 2011 class of the UVa McIntire School of Commerce’s MS in Manag...

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Failing Fast and Bad Stand ups

Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. Recently I had a chance to speak about Agile with experienced IT professionals from the 2011 class of the UVa McIntire School of Commerce’s MS in Management of Information Technology. This was a particular pleasure for me since I graduated [...]

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Virtualizing Development Environments

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Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. Agile teams should be based on talented development staff with multi disclipinary skill sets. This allows team members to easily trade tasks and keep t...

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Virtualizing Development Environments

Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. Agile teams should be based on talented development staff with multi disclipinary skill sets. This allows team members to easily trade tasks and keep the iteration moving forward. As a consultant, I have seen and worked in many environments where [...]

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Avoiding heroes

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Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. Everybody loves employees and consultants who can get stuff done. Especially if you’ve made a commitment to a client or your boss, it can be very...

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Avoiding heroes

Note: This blog post was originally written when I was a consultant for OpenSource Connections. Everybody loves employees and consultants who can get stuff done. Especially if you’ve made a commitment to a client or your boss, it can be very difficult to ask for an extension to that timeline. It’s much easier to ask […]

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