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October 18, 2017  4:37 PM

A Hard-Core Technical Agile Coach Looks at Froo-Froo Coaching

Matt Heusser Matt Heusser Profile: Matt Heusser
Agile, coaching, Scrum

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October 18, 2017  3:03 PM

Real Process Improvement

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, Kaizen

Process improvement in software teams seems harder to come by, and sometimes stops altogether, after the first few tries. We see the exact same phenomenon in exercise. Take a person that has never done anything athletic in their life and introduce them to a barbell and a squat rack. For the...


September 29, 2017  11:42 AM

Saving The World From Software

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, Software development

We seem to have gone from software is eating the world to being terrified of being eaten. As if software were a tiger in a pen at the zoo just waiting for someone to fall in and be devoured. The author of this article on The Atlantic thinks engineers need to start thinking about


September 20, 2017  3:32 PM

Arguing for Return on Investment

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, Management, return on investment, ROI

A colleague posted a question in a Skype thread about convincing people they work with about the value of a project. They have some co-workers that are very into 6 Sigma type process, where each aspect of a company is measured and accounted for (or so they think). My colleague was asking for some...


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...


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