Agile Team Member Anti-Patterns

Joshua Robinson Agile, Dev Methodologies 2 Comments

In this blog post, I examine Agile team member roles and explain what I see as behaviors, or “anti-patterns,” that are detrimental to the Agile process. It is my goal to avoid a negative tone and, instead, emphasize that these are behaviors that can be changed for the better of the team. However, we can not change these behaviors unless …

Anatomy of a Retrospective, Part Three

Ben Haith Agile, Dev Methodologies, Tutorial 4 Comments

Part three in a three-part blog series. As previously mentioned, Retrospectives integrate well into the natural cadence of an Agile software development approach.  The three typical Retrospective rhythms are conducted at the iteration, release, and project points.  Additionally, a project team might consider conducting a “mini” or incident Retrospective; as an example, the result of a daily standup meeting could …

Setting the Stage for The Agile Retrospective, Part Two

Ben Haith Agile, Dev Methodologies, Tutorial 2 Comments

Organizational Culture of Collaboration and Feedback, the Facilitator, and Creating a “Safe” Environment Part two in a three-part blog series. Organizational Culture of Collaboration and Honest Feedback Among the tenets of the Agile software development approach, its notable emphasis on team collaboration might prove to be a difficult paradigm shift for a group without a history of successful high inter-team participation. …

The Agile Retrospective: The Art of Looking Back to Move Forward, Part One

Ben Haith Agile, Dev Methodologies, Tutorial 5 Comments

Part one of a three-part blog series. “The major problems of our work are not so much technological as sociological in nature.” [1] The above quote is a timeless summation that technology continues to hold a limiting influence on software productivity.  To be sure, innovations such as OOP, refactoring, test-driven development (TDD), architecture-driven software development, SOA and the like are …