Archive for the ‘Agile Development’ Category

  • Software development and Basketball … more in common than you think.

    on Jul 24, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    I recently read a very good blog on the Triangle Offense and Scrum, and it inspired me to write a basketball related item as well.  I used to play a lot of basketball growing up. I played point guard, and was in charge of running the offence, calling out the appropriate play for each time down the court. In order to get the best possible opportunity to score, a lot of things have to go right…1) the proper play for the defence presented must be called; 2) the play has to be communicated properly (from

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  • Prioritizing your Backlog

    on Jul 16, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on cleaning up our product backlog, and the one thing that I always find to be the most challenging is the prioritization. I’ve worked on a number of different products over the years, with a number of different teams, and have used a number of different methods to prioritize a backlog, and I thought I would take a few minutes to share them with you now. 1)    Feature rating – This is the method where Excel really shines, because you get to create a cool matrix consisting

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  • Top Reasons To Not Go Scrum/Agile

    on Jun 25, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 4 Comments

    There was a recent blog on the top 10 good reasons for Scrum, so in the spirit of equality, I thought I would do one on the top 10 reasons not to go Scrum. Now, before I get started, let it be known that I am a huge fan of Scrum and agile (so much in fact that I am certified as a Product Owner), but there are definitely situations where it just might not make sense to go that route. 1. Your development team is geographically dispersed. In my opinion, this is the main

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  • Get the red out…

    on Jun 17, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    When I first started at Klocwork, I didn’t really know a lot about source code analysis. I understood the basic concept of how it finds bugs in software, but that is was essentially it. Sure I knew about Memory leaks, but I truly believed that they were only found a day or two before the GA date…at least, that was when our testing team always found them. In one of my teams prior to joining Klocwork, we used Scrum. We were hard core, with daily 15 minute scrums, retrospective meetings, sprint planning sessions, defining “done”,

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  • Agile compatible with safety-critical development?

    on Jun 15, 09 • by Brendan Harrison • with 1 Comment

    Agile compatible with safety-critical development?

    Interesting paper and presentation (pdf) from Emmanuel Chenu at Thales Avionics that describes how they’re using several Agile concepts as part of their safety-critical avionics software projects. With the exception of pair programming, my read is that much of this is mapping activities that have been done in a safety-critical environment (e.g. test driven development) to several Agile principles, rather than the introduction of concepts that are foreign to safety-critical development. The other one that probably hasn’t been done in most safety-critical shops is continuous integration, but I’d argue that CI (or at least a

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  • Agile…for non-software development

    on Jun 4, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 2 Comments

    Ever had to work on a “special” project and really didn’t know where to start? A team I worked with was faced with this not too long ago…we had to put together a complete business plan for our products. This complete business plan included understanding everything about your business, and I mean everything…average deal size, average discount per deal, regional breakdown of deals, deals with multiple products included, SWOT, positioning, and so on. There was a ton of information we needed to pull together in a relatively short time, and we really didn’t know the

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  • Stand-ups

    on May 27, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    I’m starting to get my feet wet with Twitter…I’ll admit I was (perhaps still am) a little sceptical, but it did inspire me to write this short blog on something that, for those who have been practising Agile for some time, tend to take for granted…the stand-ups. While this topic has probably been blogged to death, here is my perspective on what the stand-up (or scrum) should be. First and foremost, keep it short…if it goes longer than 15 minutes, then something is wrong. Have a clock in the room so that you start on

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  • Why This PM Likes Agile

    on May 15, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    As a Product Manager, I’m a huge fan of Agile. Sure there are the obvious issues to contend with such as trying to nail down an exact date to release the product, or the fact that it doesn’t work real well with larger development teams, or that it can suffer the classic, “that’s not how we used to do things” syndrome. In my opinion, these all pale in comparison to the benefits that I, as a PM, get from Agile. First, is there anything cooler than showing a totally awesome new feature to a customer

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  • Using Iteration Offsets in Agile Development

    on Mar 9, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    I thought for today’s topic I would delve into something that many organizations have to confront when moving to Agile that is, how to structure their iterations. Many organizations will find that iterations work better if development, testing, and documentation are all done within the same iteration period. Other organizations prefer to offset the testing and/or documentation ½ or a full iteration period after the development is complete. Having lived through both, I thought it might be useful to briefly list the good, and not so good of iteration offsetting. First the good: * Testing

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  • How Pervasive is Agile?

    on Dec 15, 08 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    I like statistics. I always have and always will. I remember manually keeping track of all the statistics for my favourite baseball team by going through the box scores everyday in the newspaper (obviously this was well before the internet came around).  I would manually calculate batting average, slugging percentage, strikeouts per 9  innings and so on. Yup, I lived a pretty exciting youth! Anyways, that love for statistics continued with me, but now I like to know things like how much snow has fallen overnight, and how much more we can expect over the

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