Sizing and Cycle Time

Mike Cohn is quite explicit when he says story points reflect the effort required to get a Story to “Done”: In a class a few years back, I was given a wonderful example of this. Suppose a team consists of a little kid and a brain surgeon. Their product backlog includes two items: lick 1,000…

Patterns for breaking down usability and UX User Stories

So you’ve just finished usabilty testing in your Sprint and have a pile of changes for the Scrum Team to implement. Some are changes to Definition of Done for existing User Stories, some though, are wholy new User Stories. For the most part, the Business Owner and Product Owner agree that the application does require work now…

Becoming Agile: Is training enough?

I’ve noticed a lot of people doing some sort of agile training. I’m very heartened by this move. Even designers seem to be starting to understand that working in close collaboration with a small, multi-disciplinary team can both produce and release great products each and every Sprint. But is training enough? Some suggest that you’ve…