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Stop Prefetching Stories

I am advising my clients to stop prefetching stores that they know they can’t complete in the current
sprint. They argue that they are idle anyway. I argue that they should find something else to do like read,
innovate, speed up the build, add new tests, or play ping pong. Part of the problem is their stories are too
big and we are addressing that. But I’d like some eloquence around as many supporting arguments as I can
develop. Suggestions? 

Michael

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Scrumstudy spams in Quora



Friends,

Recently we got a bunch of scrumstudy spammers banned from Quora!!! 

Check out the post below. 



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Re: Yahoo Groups: Welcome to SCRUMDEVELOPMENT. Visit today!



Hello Everyone,

Thank you for including me in this group. I greatly appreciate it. 

My name is Saravana Bharathi, I work with Capitalone as enterprise agile coach. I facilitate AgileNOLA, New Orleans agile community. I work in New Orleans, LA. I have been using scrum for the past 6 years!

What excites me? People. I love connecting with people. I blog, tweet, find me under agilekarma!

Love to learn, grow and contribute in this community.  

Thanks
Saravana Bharathi. 

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private gmail account hacked, delete any recent mails you may have received from me



All,

Just discovered my gmail account was hacked, please delete any mails you may have received from me in the last day or so.

Will contain a short message and a link, the message may be gibberish.

Regards,
Michael.


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Guten Tag!

Besten Dank für Ihre E-Mail. Ich bin ab dem 07.07.2014 wieder erreichbar.
Ihre E-Mail wird nicht weitergeleitet. In dringenden Fällen senden Sie
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Thank you for your e-mail. I return to the office on 07-07-2014. Your
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TDD for new team



Hi, I have one question about TDD for new team.


I know TDD is a great tool to have deliveries with high quality, but what should we do until everybody learns it. In your experience, how long does it takes in average for someone produce unit tests with quality?



I've got a new project with a new team, and none of them knows TDD. Basically, all of them have no experiences with any similar to unit testing. They are trying to learn it, for real, but so far unit testing they are doing is quite poor. 


There are some points they test to much, other points they forget. To make it harder, contract demands a test coverage percentage and it's been quite hard for them to focus on quality, not just quantity.


thanks, Daniel



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TDD effectiveness



HI,

In one of the recent projects, it was found that many of the defects were related to inadequate unit testing though the code coverage goal was getting met. As an improvement initiative the team is thinking of using TDD. But before making that decision, would like to know if there are any case studies that suggests TDD indeed helps in reducing UT defects. 


Thanks,

Pooja



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Activity Based Workplaces (ABW) and Scrum



Hi All,

I'm interested in hearing if anyone here has any experience with Activity Based Workplaces (ABW) in general and in combination with agile software development and Scrum in particular? I know of teams that work well distributed but my snap response to not having a common work area for a Scrum-team is that we're making it harder for them to succeed, even if they're still on the same floor. So what could the possible gains form working in an ABW environment be and what are the drawbacks? What would be absolutely necessary to make it work for an organization doing Scrum or should they refrain from it completely?

Cheers!

/Morgan

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[ANN] Join the Agile Fluency™ Project community



Hi All, 


Jim Shore and I have presented our Agile Fluency™ model at user group meetings, west coast Agile Opens and other conferences. You may have had a chance to see and comment on it. We appreciate all the feedback and suggestions our colleagues like you offered over the years we were developing it and, since we published it in August 2012, many of you have also told us how it’s helped organizations.


We’re taking a next step and want to invite you to come along with us. On May 20, we launched the Agile Fluency Project. http://project.agilefluency.com 


What is the Agile Fluency Project? We’ve begun with a workshop event and will continue based on more feedback, suggestions, and other input from people like you. We expect part of it will include developing further supporting materials, part of it will be online events and other opportunities to learn to apply the model in your organizations. 


If you’d like to stay up to date with the model, the project, the game, and all the other associated ideas, events and materials, please support us at http://project.agilefluency.com  


We will not spam this list with additional information about all that entails because it may not be pertinent for everyone. 


We hope you’ll want to join us on the path that leads to the right package of Agile Fluency skills for you!


Diana



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author: *Agile Retrospectives*  *Liftoff* *Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Learning* 


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Re: DoD to a Sprint?



Hello all

I am a newer scrum master and maybe this is too simplistic a reply, so pre-apologies if yes.  

We use red impediment cards each sprint that we tape to our board and then track the amount of time associated with each.  Then, I both share that with prod owner as a reason to reduce velocity and also we have solved for the impediments we could in our retrospectives.  We found if we didn't track them physically, we would forget what thy were.  

Thanks!
Nancy

On May 13, 2014, at 9:59 PM, "Adam Sroka adam.sroka <at> gmail.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT]" <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

When there are hidden handoffs - something that the team is doing that requires an external resource, possibly infrastructure or QA or some governance group, but that the management is not fully aware of for some reason. 

If the average delay of these handoffs is high relative to the amount of time it takes to actually do the work, and if the total time to complete a story including that delay is close to the length of a sprint, then estimates will always seem volatile and velocity will be frustratingly low. 

The natural reaction at that point is usually to slow down, and if the product owner doesn't insist on it the team will start inflating their estimates and do it by fiat. However, because the hidden delays represent a large proportion of time relative to the actual work this will have less effect than expected. 

If this continues for more than a few sprints it is likely middle management will go into damage control mode and you will have a disaster on your hands. The couple of times I've seen it Scrum went out the window quick. 

Sitting together and/or having an experienced coach would probably prevent this, but those are both things that a lot of late adopters of Scrum are fairly resistant to. 


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Adam,


On May 13, 2014, at 5:02 PM, Adam Sroka adam.sroka <at> gmail.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:

I was reacting to the statement that we should assume the problem is we forecast too much and then forecast less. It seems intuitively correct to me, but I think there are exceptional situations I have encountered where it is inappropriate. 

Describe one, please.

Ron Jeffries
www.XProgramming.com
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Scrum makes it onto TV! ("Silicon Valley" show on HBO)




WARNING:  If you watch the real show, there is a fair amount vulgarity and sexual innuendo portrayed, so I recommend you watch it first before showing to others.

Scrum mentioned fairly heavily on "Silicon Valley" HBO tv show in USA. Episode 5 is where Scrum is mentioned, about halfway through 30 minute episode:
http://www.hbogo.com/?camp=GoG829#series/video&assetID=GOROSTGP42732?videoMode=infopagePreview/
(You have to be an HBO subscriber or some such to watch it, but you can see the Release Burndown in the thumbnail)

The scene is funny, and they don't totally murder Scrum(in terms portraying it) in the scene, and there is also talk about User Stories.  The scene pitches it as the two main programmers are now in competition to get things done faster now that their progress is so highly visible on the Scrum board.  Clearly the DoD is not spoken about, but the timebox/transparency pressure is on!

This is a "commentary show" to the real show(available on YouTube):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUjcXxzejKc
Scrum is discussed at 18:45 for about 3 minutes.

Anyone know who is advising the show?  I was surprised that they didn't totally screw it up.
 
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Scrum Coach-in-Chief
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