The current is just below the surface!

Where do user stories come from and where do they go?  Agile or not, the requirements, needs, and nuances of users and customers need to be collected, written down, prioritized, and groomed.  Even though this process sounds linear it usually happens over and over again during the cycle of value delivery.  The of techniques for gathering requirements and translating those requirements into products, features, epics and user stories are varied, and we will explore them. However, first, we need to define the typical path.   We will pick the journey up after strategic definition/vision (described in our article on hierarchy)  has been identified just as or before product definition.  Here is the basic flow: (more…)

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Differing definitions are a lot like swimming without a lifeguard!

A user story – a brief, simple requirement statement from the user’s perspective – tends to follow a loose life cycle.  That life often begins even before the word user story gets mentioned or even by people that understand (or care to understand) the concept of a user story.  

The basic life cycle of a user story includes the following states: (more…)

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 475 features the majority of the SPaMCAST Crew in a round robin discussion.  The recording session covered three topics; however, today we tackle the first topic: Whether agile can be used in other parts of the business.  We will return to the next two topics in February!  Six people with strong opinions. It is a pretty amazing discussion.

Voices you often hear on the SPaMCAST include this cast of incredible minds:

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This week we take a break from our re-read of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Remember to buy your copy today and read along, and we will be back next week! (more…)

 

With 2018 on the horizon I want to spend a few moments to showcase the most popular podcasts and blog entries published in 2017.

For those of you who read the blog and don’t listen to the podcast, a quick reminder — the Software Process and Measurement Podcast explores the varied world of software process improvement and measurement, providing solutions and advice on how to improve value delivery effectiveness. SPaMCAST combines essays, commentaries, interviews, question and answer sessions, and your feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, and advice that can be applied in the real world. In a nutshell, the cast provides advice for and from practitioners, methodologists, pundits, and consultants!

The podcast is published every Sunday, 52 times a year (except when we have equipment failure). We publish two types of podcasts. The first type features an interview, and the second is more of a magazine and includes an essay from the blog and two or three columns from a great group of contributors. The current cast of incredible minds include:

Are you interested in participating? Pitch me! The more voices the better! (more…)

Sunset at the beach is a moment of clarity!

Silence is a powerful tool to guide conversations and mine information from the stream of consciousness that flows around us. If silence was just a tool to improve our connections with people and to improve listening, it would be worth practicing. But, silence is also a tool to peer deeper into our minds. Silence improves relaxation and helps individuals to focuses. On the other hand, sound and input also have physiological impacts.  (more…)

Silence!

The longest days of winter are often a trigger for introspection. Introspection provides time for evaluating what has worked and what hasn’t, it provides time to consider the path you are on and to decide to change that path. As importantly introspection provides an opportunity to navigate feelings, issues, and words at a conversation level. Silence is an enabler for introspection at many levels. Silence is the space between sounds and other inputs. Silence can happen or be manufactured. Silence is powerful because it both allows thought in yourself and evokes action in others at exactly the same time. Silence at the level of a conversation can have multiple benefits.

Silence enables listening – simply put if you are talking you are not listening. Close your mouth and listen to what is being said. One of the hardest lessons of interviewing I have learned from the past 11’ish years of the Software Process and Measurement Cast is not listening just to know when it is your turn to talk or to listen just to generate the next question. Both are destructive to understanding. (more…)

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 474 features our interview with Tom Henricksen.  Tom recently organized and executed the Agile Online Summit that I participated in.  We get the behind the scene story about how the Summit came together and how it enhanced the Agile community!

Tom’s Bio

Tom Henricksen is a speaker and career coach who leads others to turn their dreams into plans. Throughout Tom’s career, he has learned firsthand how hard it can be to find a good career match. As a result of his trials, he’s created a simple process designed to help find a career that inspires passion, encourages optimal performance, and results in profit.

Website: http://myitcareercoach.com/

Online Agile Summit: https://www.agileonlinesummit.com/

Twitter: @TomHenricksen

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomhenricksen

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Chapter 9 of Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable  Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction (buy a copy today) is titled, “Flow Debt.”  In this chapter, we use the approximate average cycle time to guide teams and other stakeholders to asking good questions so that the flow of value can be improved!  Buy your copy today and read along! (more…)