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Collocated West Logo Your User Stories Are Too Big: Yes, They Are!
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When a user story is too big, it is harder to understand, estimate, and implement successfully. Some teams break the “business story” into “technical stories” but this generally doesn’t help because most or all of the technical stories need to be completed before there is anything...

Chris Sims
Collocated West Logo Experiments: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful
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Through the years, Linda Rising has given presentations about the use of stories instead of science in the industry, so in this session she has decided to be more helpful and talk about experiments. There's an increasing emphasis on experiments as a part of being more innovative but...

Linda Rising
Collocated West Logo Facilitation Techniques for Agile Meetings and Ceremonies
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Facilitation is the art of leading people through processes toward agreed-upon outcomes in a manner that encourages participation, ownership, and creativity from all involved. So how do you take this definition and turn it into facilitating powerful meetings? Most agile practitioners can...

Darrin London
Collocated West Logo From Unclear and Unrealistic Requirements to Achievable User Stories
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"What do you want the system to do?" can be a loaded question for agile teams. Ideally, the product owner gives you a product backlog with fully groomed user stories prioritized by business value, ready for team discussion and estimation. Instead, you may have the “big picture” product...

Jamie Lynn Cooke
Collocated West Logo Apply Phil Jackson’s Coaching Principles to Build Better Agile Teams
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Often referred to as the “Zen Master” for his unorthodox coaching style, professional basketball coach Phil Jackson won more professional sports championships than any other coach in history. Jackson led the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to a total of eleven NBA championships, but...

Dion Stewart
Collocated West Logo Managing a Software Engineering Team
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You’re a senior engineer who decides to switch to management for experience in leading a team. How is your work going to change? What challenges are you going to face? How are you going to keep up with new technologies? Are people reporting to you going to see you as a leader and follow you?

Sebastiano Armeli
Collocated West Logo How to Do Kick-Ass Software Development
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Software development is hard― keeping developers, testers, designers, product managers and other stakeholders in sync and working on the right things at the right time. Building the systems that customers care about and delivering high-quality code fast are challenges every development...

Sven Peters
Collocated West Logo Create Brainstorming Commandos for Creative Problem Solving
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Agile teams are solving real-world complex problems every day. These problems require creative problem solving by team members. In its truest sense, brainstorming is intended to be a practical approach to this task. Brainstorming entails “using the brain to storm a creative problem and...

Pradeepa Narayanaswamy
Collocated West Logo Improvisation for Agile Skill Development
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In today's economy, the Creative Economy, businesses face a disrupted, highly competitive, and constantly changing landscape. Robie and Jody Wood say that to thrive in the Creative Economy, team members, managers, and executives need to become and remain agile. Improvisational theater...

Robie Wood
Collocated West Logo Use Business Analysts for User Interface Design
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Have you experienced difficulties eliciting “what would you like the system to do” from customers and SMEs? Have you then delivered the system only to find that the users don’t like it, even though it meets their stated requirements exactly? Cathy Sargent shares a technique for using...

Cathy Sargent

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