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August 9, 2017  6:19 PM

When Test Management Works

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, agile management, Test management

I had a breakfast meeting today with a local tester / manager type person that has recently decided to venture out and build his own company. He was working as a test manager for a company in another state and over time the company decided that role was no longer necessary. Over his tenure, he...

April 19, 2017  5:49 PM

The Code Freeze Myth

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, Scrum, Sprint

A few years ago I was working with a development team at the end of a very long release cycle. About 15 of us were gathered in a meeting room giving our status update. Most of the developers said they were done with implementation and were either waiting for feedback from testers, or were going to...


December 28, 2016  1:07 PM

Do you Even Lift: Goals for 2017 and Beyond

Matt Heusser Matt Heusser Profile: Matt Heusser
Agile, budget, improvement, Metrics, PMP, Project management, schedule

A few years ago I visited a company in West Michigan that had graphs on all the walls. Graphs everywhere; very impressive.

Then I looked at one.

It was a percentage on on-time...


December 26, 2016  9:55 AM

Making Process Transformation Work

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, process, Training

How long does it take for process transformation to work? To a reach critical mass at a company for the amount of people that will not just abide by the new rules, but believe in them. For


November 7, 2016  11:39 AM

Agile Retrospective Ideas

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, Retro, Scrum

A few things happen at the end of every agile release cycle if you're dong agile 'by the book'-- a demo to show off what will be delivered to the customer, a meeting to start talking about what to develop for the next sprint, and a retrospective. The retrospective is an airing of grievances with...


October 10, 2016  2:02 PM

The Agile Scorecard

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, scorecards, Scrum

I came across a post on scrumalliance.org today describing an agile scorecard. The scorecard is a set of categories and criteria that a manager or lead might use to assess each person on a technical team...


October 3, 2016  7:49 AM

What’s Wrong With Kanban

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, Kanban, Scrum

Last month, I wrote a post about what I think is wrong with Agile. Or at least one aspect of what I think is wrong with agile, there are plenty to choose from. That post was very popular, so I want to do a...


September 20, 2016  10:35 AM

What’s Wrong With Agile?

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, Kanban, Scrum, XP

It looks like agile can not stand on its own anymore. There are scaling frameworks -- SaFE, LeSS, DaD, SCARE -- that are all designed to organize small teams in a way that people detached from the...


September 19, 2016  12:32 PM

What is the Scrum Master role?

Matt Heusser Matt Heusser Profile: Matt Heusser
Agile, Conferences, Scrum

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September 14, 2016  4:22 PM

What is Definition of Done?

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, Kanban, Scrum

I saw a retweet last week trying to make a statement about the definition of done. Jim made a good point, software is never really 'done'. After new software has shipped to production, there might be bug fixes, or new additions to a feature or refactoring to hopefully improve that future somehow....


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