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  • How Scrum Reduces Rework

    I was talking to a group of project managers today in one of our inspiration meetings. One of the inspiring questions that came up was related to why we should use Scrum or agile methods. One short answer is this: if we routinely plan to spend 1/3 of our project on testing and fixing defects there is...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 03-25-2010
  • Scrum Gathering, Fall 2007 – Open space

    The Open space on the last day (Friday) of the Scrum Gathering 2007 offered many interesting sessions and discussions. Two of these sessions were: “Product Owner practices – prioritizing backlog items isn’t enough!” and “Integration Teams (from Scrum in the Enterprise) – I just don’t get it!” The product...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Kim Horn on 11-20-2007
  • JAOO 2007 - Uncle Bob, Agile on the Mainframe, Jazz and Intentional Software

    Robert C. Martin did the opening keynote with the title “Clean Code II – Craftsmanship and Ethics” . As always Uncle Bob is an inspiring speaker and the keynote was a good kick start of the conference – why we are here. Some of his well-known issues to focus on and improve: Discipline Short iterations...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Kim Horn on 09-30-2007
  • Jaoo 2007

    We're off to Jaoo 2007 next week. We are bringing some poker planning cards and some "I O Scrum" t-shirts, please give us a hint if you are interested. Every day we will post a summery from the sessions of the day.
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Kim Horn on 09-24-2007
  • Planning Poker

    Estimation and planning is an essential part of development, even for agile projects. We have all seen lots of worthless plans, that many in fact that we are tempted to throw planning out altogether. Estimation does not need to be boring, it does not need to be that inaccurate. It can actually be kind...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Jan Elbæk on 08-02-2007
  • “Implementing Lean Software Development: Practitioners Course”, by Mary and Tom Poppendieck

    Having attended the two day “Implementing Lean Software Development: Practitioners Course” , I encourage you to join Mary and Toms classes or speeches if you get the chance, they are very inspiring and their knowledge about lean and agile are amazing. Mary and Tom have done a great job in transforming...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Kim Horn on 05-10-2007
  • Impressions From Our Lean/Agile Dinner with Mary and Tom Poppendieck

    This Tuesday we hosted a dinner for the Danish Agile User Group with Mary and Tom Poppendieck in the great Restaurant Grønnegade . The charming old house from 1689 with its modern European slow-food set the stage for an evening of great conversation about the state and future of lean and agile...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 04-26-2007
  • Iterative Development Gone Wrong - The Mini-Waterfall Anti-Pattern

    One of the frequent mistakes in transitioning to agile development is to implement iterative development by doing consecutive "mini-waterfalls". No matter how iterative it might be, if you are relying on the "W"-word, you are still doing something wrong. When we postpone testing and...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 03-18-2007
  • Lean Principle Number 1 - Eliminate Waste

    The key principle in lean manufacturing is to eliminate waste. The Toyota Production System names seven major sources of waste. Mary and Tom Poppendieck list these in their book Lean Software Development - an Agile Toolkit (Addison-Wesley, 2003) with the translation to software development: The Seven...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 01-18-2007
  • Lean Software Development

    Today the lean meme is in every business newspaper. It has been a long time coming. Some companies like Toyota have lived these principles since the 1950s when their lack of capital forced them to improve their production processes radically. In the West it appeared on the radar with the books by Womack...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 01-08-2007
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