Dangerous metrics

There are a lot of misconceptions about metrics inside and outside of the agile world. Metrics are tools providing feedback about one single aspect of an area under surveillance, and nothing more. They are not goals. It is dangerous to derive conclusions based on a…

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Agile & Lean

It’s a known fact, that agility is rooted in Lean. Unfortunately Lean principles are only present implicitly in the methodology, their original form is not apparent. This can be one of the main reasons why we often have the impression during an agile transformation that…

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Technical debt

“If you carry this way of working on for months or years, you get a lot of technical debt …” states the blogpost we have been covering recently. Unfortunately, it is only a declaration, lacking any kind of explanation. Therefore it is impossible to argue…

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Bad client behavior?

There is a blogpost on quora.com dealing with the topic of why some developers in prominent companies think of agile methodology as nonsense. The post concludes that the agile model is only usable for time-critical, short term projects lasting a maximum of six weeks. It…

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Agile Product Development

In today’s post we take a deeper look at a statement from the essay we have already been covering in a series of Hungarian blogposts. The passage we would like to analyse states: “Product development and architecture aren’t the programmer’s job, because they take longer…

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Team or Group

The terms “team” and “group” are quite often mixed up. It is not uncommon for a bunch of individuals to be huddled together (they might even be moved to sit next to each other in the same area) and be told that now they are…

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Feature selection made easy

Have you heard the phrase “Everything is important!” or “Everything is top priority”? Such statements can result in effects that ripple through product development. No matter what, delivery teams will have the same work capacity and they won’t be able to deliver more. Forcing the…

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