All posts by Alhad Akole

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AaaC (Agile as a Culture)

Agile: Is it a Process or a Culture? AaaC (Agile as a Culture) When people are introduced to Agile, either of their own volition or through custom frameworks, they see or hear different terms, such as: Agile technology Agile process Agile deployment...

/ August 10, 2016
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Signs of a Waterfalling ScrumMaster

Based on my Agile coaching experience and observations, below are some typical ScrumMaster behaviors that cause Agile projects to revert to the Waterfall model or go into Scrum-But mode. Release planning Assuming or formulating a story point (SP) and task effort equation...

/ June 17, 2016
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Agile Is Not Only About ALM Tools

In my recent assignment as an Agile coach, I worked with teams that were a good mix of experienced Agile members and those new to Agile or the domain. According to our transformation road map, all members had taken Agile training to...

/ June 17, 2016
Retrospective of Retrospectives

Retrospective of Retrospectives

The retrospective is an important Agile ceremony. It helps teams inspect the processes and work flows that are working for or against the team and identify any improvements that can be made. After coaching teams on these ceremonies and monitoring quite a...

/ June 17, 2016
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Relationship Between Story Points and Task Effort in Hours?

What Is the Relationship Between Story Points and Task Effort in Hours? A simple way to look at how story points are performing Story points and cycle time A Scrum planning meeting is usually held in two sessions: Session 1: The product...

/ June 17, 2016
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Avoiding Student Syndrome in Sprints

As per Scrum guidelines, sprints last anywhere between one and four weeks. The team needs to decide on sprint length based on its comfort level and the required feedback loop frequency, and the team needs to keep that same pace going until...

/ June 17, 2016
Understanding the Quality Assurance Approach to Agile

Understanding the Quality Assurance Approach to Agile

Testing roles in the Agile world are not new. Still, assuming cross-functional teams don’t exist, which is possible in given scenarios, test engineers have to do many tasks and play different roles at different times. This is my list of ideas and...

/ June 14, 2016
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