In this post, I’ll show you how to use the new, web-based interface in Cloudflare to quickly configure a tunnel to your local resources for free. I’ll share some resources to improve the security and resiliency of the tunnel if you need it on a more permanent basis as well.
It can be rough to ask your development team to estimate work based on abstract story point values, especially when they are new to it or to each other. I know this and have experienced this in full.
So in this blog, I am going to share an exercise with you that will give every member of your team the same frame of reference for estimating the size of their work. I call this exercise Story Point Benchmarking.
In this blog, I share an example of a real-world, agile enterprise modernization project that benefited from a User Story Map.
I’m the team lead for a project to convert a business solution from COBOL to a .NET microservices architecture. Other than some interesting challenges with designing a robust microservices solution, the business logic is very straightforward – input files are processed, databases queried, output files are produced and dropped in a folder, and our goal is to match the output produced by the COBOL solution perfectly.
Yet, we lost our way fairly early on in the project because we had a typical prioritized backlog. Unfortunately, even on a straightforward, well-defined project with an engaged team, we still managed to veer off course.
Our project manager started asking questions about where we were in the project and where we were going. I struggled to answer those questions because I couldn’t make sense of all that was in our backlog. It was around this time that I took a spreadsheet and created our first User Story Map….
In this article you see how to create a database project that will let you quickly and consistently deploy a database to your local environment. This approach can help to solve some issues from team members interfering with each other’s work on a shared development database.
Then, in an upcoming article, we will show you how to take the next step to include this database project in your continuous integration process and deploy it to each environment up the chain to production so that you can eliminate the need for any direct interaction with database updates.