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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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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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On Team Building, The Commando Way

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At AgilityFeat, we work in a distributed manner. Primarily due to the insight that interruptions kill productivity and partially due to the painful traffic situation that exists in San José Costa Rica (where most of our team lives), our team membe...

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On Team Building, The Commando Way

At AgilityFeat, we work in a distributed manner. Primarily due to the insight that interruptions kill productivity and partially due to the painful traffic situation that exists in San José Costa Rica (where most of our team lives), our team members all work from home. We utilize Skype, Jira and many other tools for collaboration. […]

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3 Things I hope you ask me at the Lean Startup ...

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I’m very excited next week to return to the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. Last year I was an Ignite speaker at the conference, and as I have said to many others since then, it was the best conference I’ve been to as both an...

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3 Things I hope you ask me at the Lean Startup Conference

I’m very excited next week to return to the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. Last year I was an Ignite speaker at the conference, and as I have said to many others since then, it was the best conference I’ve been to as both an attendee and a speaker. This year I have the […]

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3 Lean games for your next company retreat

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Has your company adopted lean or agile, but it still hasn’t quite sunk into your culture? You may want to incorporate some lean games into your next company retreat or all-hands meeting. Games can be a great way to have fun, do some team bui...

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3 Lean games for your next company retreat

Has your company adopted lean or agile, but it still hasn’t quite sunk into your culture? You may want to incorporate some lean games into your next company retreat or all-hands meeting. Games can be a great way to have fun, do some team building (without cheesy “trust falls”), and learn something along the way. […]

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Why Entreprenuers Should Learn to Code

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It may seem odd initially that someone who sells software development to businesses would encourage other entrepreneurs to learn one of the skills that AgilityFeat offers. Why would I want more people to learn to do what we can do for them for a f...

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Why Entreprenuers Should Learn to Code

It may seem odd initially that someone who sells software development to businesses would encourage other entrepreneurs to learn one of the skills that AgilityFeat offers. Why would I want more people to learn to do what we can do for them for a fee? For starters, we’re not really in the software development business, […]

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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...

Arin Sime

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 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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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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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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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...

Arin Sime

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 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 ...

Arin Sime

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...

Arin Sime

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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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...

Arin Sime

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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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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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...

Arin Sime

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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