Kanban and Retrospectives

Following a couple of threads recently on the kanbandev Yahoo! group, I thought I’d try and put down my experiences and thoughts on the subject. In a timebox-based agile process, such as Scrum or XP, the retrospective typically happens at … read more

Estimation and Waste

There’s been some discussion recently on InfoQ and in the XP Yahoo! Group, as to whether estimation could or should be considered as waste.  My recent view has been that estimation is waste, but I think I am refining that … read more

Traffic Jams

One of the metaphors I use when I talk why a kanban system has work-in-progress (WIP) limits, is traffic jams. The greater the WIP, the lower the throughput, and this effect can be seen when too many cars clog up … read more

Agile 2008 – Downloads

All presentations are now available on the Downloads page.  The KFC Development files are in Office 2007 format, so if you have an earlier version of Office you’ll need to download the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and … read more

Agile 2008 – Friday

Alan Cooper’s closing keynote turned out to be surprisingly good for me.  There were points when I wondered where he was going, and whether I agreed, but by the end I was won over.  His closing sentence was “Agile is … read more

Agile 2008 – Thursday

Thursday morning was take up with presenting “KFC Development”.  We were really pleased with how this went – around 20 people came along, and I think everyone stayed the course!  Unfortunately we ran a bit over and had to stop … read more

Agile 2008 – Wednesday

Wednesday kicked off for me with a talk by Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson on “Natural Laws of Software Development” where they began with some basic ideas about delivering features and value early, and from that, derived most of the … read more

Agile 2008 – Tuesday

This is a quick brain dump of the day for me – brief summaries and key highlights that stood out. The conference kicked off with an interesting keynote by James Suroweicki, author of Wisdom of the Crowds.  Essentiallly this is … read more

Agile 2008 Recommendations

Following on from some posts that have been shared in the Agile2008 FriendFeed Room, here are my recommendations for what to attend (excluding my sessions!) Tuesday Morning Behaviour Driven Development Using Plain Old JUnit, Elizabeth Keogh & Dan North – … read more

Agile 2008 Sessions

Agile 2008 is almost here and I’m looking forward to presenting 3 sessions this year. Managers Introduction to Test Driven Development (with Dave Nicolette) Wednesday 6th, 16:00 – 17:30, Civic Ballroom South, Customers & Business Value Stage The purpose of … read more