AGILE IN ACTION

Friday, October 29, 2010

Groovier testing with Spock

Posted by Simon Baker

Stopping the line to run with zero known defects

Posted by Simon Baker
At the Agile Evangelists Meetup last night, I said something like “we run with no known defects”. Thank you to Rick Vugteveen for asking me to clarify this. When we discover a defect we take steps to fix it as quickly as possible. It's a take on the Lean manufacturing concept of stop the line. We do this in two ways.
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Old norms from Training Within Industry get a dust-off

Posted by Simon Baker
When we created our training materials we included a time line stretching back to the 1700s, which identified significant events, revolutionary breakthroughs and key people that have influenced how we work today. This required quite a lot of research, which proved to be both interesting and enlightening. One of the small gems we got from this effort was a lovely set of norms from Training Within Industry, which was created by the United States Department of War during the World War II to provide consulting services to war-related industries.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Acceptance tests ain't noise pollution

Posted by Simon Baker
I had an idea for a splash screen for a future Energized Work session about acceptance test-driven development but then a friend suggested a t-shirt.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Boards for a more user-focused discovery-oriented approach

Posted by Simon Baker
Backlog out. Mind-map in showing user activities and high-level tasks
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sketchnotes made during one of our training sessions

Posted by Simon Baker
Tags: training
You might've already seen these sketch notes but I wanted to publish them on this blog because, well, I think they're just wicked. They were drawn by the inimitable Tim Malbon at Made By Many during an Energized Work training session.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

PDCA-powered learning

Posted by Simon Baker
Deming's Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle is a scientific method for problem resolution. But it isn't just about resolving problems in a timely fashion. Used properly it raises awareness of context in order to solve a problem by identifying and removing its root cause so the problem won't recur and thus improve the long-term performance of the system.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

If you're estimating, know why you're estimating

Posted by Simon Baker
Estimates are lies and estimating is waste. That doesn't necessarily mean it can't sometimes be useful. It's still waste but used at appropriate times, in appropriate ways, and understanding the flaws in the results it can help things along with business and finance people and clients. People just have to realize that it's just not possible to be any good at estimation. The best you can hope for, and certainly what you should aim for if you have to do it, is consistency rather than accuracy. If you're always consistently over or consistently under that's enough for reasonable planning.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Driving continuous improvement with PDCA and measurements

Continuous improvement has always been an implicit part of being agile and with the growing awareness of work by Deming, amongst others, plus the increasing popularity of Lean thinking, it is rightly becoming the center of attention. And yet, I suspect much of the continuous improvement that happens may or may not be actual improvement. I wonder if most of it proves to be negligible in the grand scheme of things.
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

You should probably watch this, if you haven't already

Posted by Simon Baker
Watch live video from Startup Lessons Learned on Justin.tv
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