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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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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 ...

Arin Sime

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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How Change.org fit Agile Engineering in with Le...

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How do you convince engineers that it’s okay to build quick experiments, and deploy code that you will probably throw away? How do you convince rigorous engineers that it’s actually more efficient to work in a lean startup style? That is a topic t...

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How Change.org fit Agile Engineering in with Lean Startups

How do you convince engineers that it’s okay to build quick experiments, and deploy code that you will probably throw away? How do you convince rigorous engineers that it’s actually more efficient to work in a lean startup style? That is a topic that Sam McAfee from Change.org addressed during a panel at the LeanStartupConference [...]

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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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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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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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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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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...

Arin Sime

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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Speaking at XP2011

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I’m getting very excited for the XP2011 conference coming up in Madrid in May.  I was also very excited to have my lightning talk on range estimation accepted to the conference.  If you’ll be at the conference, I hope you’ll stop by! My lightning ...

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Speaking at XP2011

I’m getting very excited for the XP2011 conference coming up in Madrid in May.  I was also very excited to have my lightning talk on range estimation accepted to the conference.  If you’ll be at the conference, I hope you’ll stop by! My lightning talk is in the Decision Making section, room S242, on Wednesday [...]

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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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