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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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8 things I learned at RailsConf 2013

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Last week I was in Portland Oregon for RailsConf 2013.  Portland is a great city with beautiful views of mountains that us East Coasters dream of, unusually good weather (last week anyways), and a very entertaining soccer team.  But none of that i...

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8 things I learned at RailsConf 2013

Last week I was in Portland Oregon for RailsConf 2013.  Portland is a great city with beautiful views of mountains that us East Coasters dream of, unusually good weather (last week anyways), and a very entertaining soccer team.  But none of that is why I spent a week and some long flights going there.  Here [...]

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Lean Sales and Marketing tips from 6 DC Lean St...

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My background is technical, not in sales. But as a lean entrepreneur, I have to wear my sales and marketing hat more than I wear my programmer hat these days. So I was excited when I could make it to this month’s DC Lean Startup Circle. The topic ...

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Lean Sales and Marketing tips from 6 DC Lean Startups

My background is technical, not in sales. But as a lean entrepreneur, I have to wear my sales and marketing hat more than I wear my programmer hat these days. So I was excited when I could make it to this month’s DC Lean Startup Circle. The topic was Lean Sales and Marketing, and as [...]

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Video of “Just Deploy It!” from #LeanStartup Co...

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The Ignite talks at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December were a lot of fun, both as an attendee and as a speaker.  Below is the video of my talk on “Just Deploy It!”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEsk8Nfwfck In my talk, I foc...

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Video of “Just Deploy It!” from #LeanStartup Conference

The Ignite talks at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December were a lot of fun, both as an attendee and as a speaker.  Below is the video of my talk on “Just Deploy It!”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEsk8Nfwfck In my talk, I focused on 5 anti-patterns that I see regularly in companies who are not [...]

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6 Lessons from #LeanStartup Conference

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What’s the best conference that you’ve ever been to? For me, the 2012 Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco is definitely the best one that I’ve been to so far. It was my favorite as a speaker, where I did a short Ignite talk on deploying softw...

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6 Lessons from #LeanStartup Conference

What’s the best conference that you’ve ever been to? For me, the 2012 Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco is definitely the best one that I’ve been to so far. It was my favorite as a speaker, where I did a short Ignite talk on deploying software more frequently. But it was also my favorite [...]

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Slides for “Just Deploy It!” from Lean Startup ...

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Here are the slides that I used last night at the Lean Startup Conference‘s Ignite talks.  I am indebted to Eric Ries and Sarah Milstein of The Lean Startup Conference for giving me the opportunity to present.  I have spoken at a good number of co...

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Slides for “Just Deploy It!” from Lean Startup Conference

Here are the slides that I used last night at the Lean Startup Conference‘s Ignite talks.  I am indebted to Eric Ries and Sarah Milstein of The Lean Startup Conference for giving me the opportunity to present.  I have spoken at a good number of conferences before and given a lot of talks, most of [...]

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3 things I learned at #WarmGun about #UX

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“Good design is no longer something that sets you apart on the web, it’s the price of admission.” - That’s a paraphrase of a great quote I heard at the WarmGun UX conference in San Francisco. I attended WarmGun as part of my all inclusive pass to ...

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3 things I learned at #WarmGun about #UX

“Good design is no longer something that sets you apart on the web, it’s the price of admission.” - That’s a paraphrase of a great quote I heard at the WarmGun UX conference in San Francisco. I attended WarmGun as part of my all inclusive pass to the LeanStartupConf. At AgilityFeat we place a strong [...]

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3 Lessons from #MoDevTablet

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Does your startup have a mobile application component?  You’re certainly not alone, and that app should be more than just a mobile-aware website.  That’s one thing that I heard repeated at the #MoDevTablet conference last Friday just outside Washi...

Arin Sime

3 Lessons from #MoDevTablet

Does your startup have a mobile application component?  You’re certainly not alone, and that app should be more than just a mobile-aware website.  That’s one thing that I heard repeated at the #MoDevTablet conference last Friday just outside Washington DC. Here are 3 other lessons you should consider for your mobile project: 1. Measure and [...]

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My big takeaway from #leanDC with @ericries

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Last night I attended an impromptu meeting of the #LeanDC meetup.  I say impromptu because it’s my understanding they pulled the meeting together in just a few days because Eric Ries, author of the Lean Startup, was in DC this week and so it was a...

Arin Sime

My big takeaway from #leanDC with @ericries

Last night I attended an impromptu meeting of the #LeanDC meetup.  I say impromptu because it’s my understanding they pulled the meeting together in just a few days because Eric Ries, author of the Lean Startup, was in DC this week and so it was an opportunity to have a big name speak. They did [...]

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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 ...

Arin Sime

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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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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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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#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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#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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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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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 ...

Arin Sime

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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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...

Arin Sime

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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