Kanban is a Gateway Drug

Kanban is a Gateway Drug

For years I have preferred Scrum as a starting place rather than XP since it is easier to adopt. One of the patterns of Fearless Change is to take small steps. Scrum is a much smaller step than XP. That's old news. Lot's of folks like to start with XP, that's OK by me. Probably a [...]
My Pomodoro goes to 11

My Pomodoro goes to 11

Alternate Title: Organize and prioritize your personal projects. I keep my life sane use David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) together with the Pomodoro Technique. GTD is great for managing the little stuff (like email) and Pomodoro is great for managing and prioritizing projects. I use Index Cards for managing the Pomodoro Technique For each [...]
I am presenting at Agile 2010

I am presenting at Agile 2010

I am really excited to have two sessions accepted at Agile 2010 in Orlando. As I am a big fan of pairing to get high quality, I am happy to say these are both pair-designed and will be be pair-led with other great coaches. The biggest bang for the buck! Strategies to organize & prioritize [...]
Rapid reliable releases

Rapid reliable releases

I recently attended a ThoughtWorks QTB - Rapid, Reliable Releases (AKA It's not making money until its in production) by Rolf Russell and Andy Duncan. It was a solid presentation around the importance of managing environments effectively. I will walk through the diagram below starting with ... a reliable continuous integration system creates a foundation [...]
How to create your own game

How to create your own game

Michael McCollough and Don McGreal ran a valuable workshop on how to create your own game. Mike and Don have been creating simple, fun games for years and have noticed an approach they follow. See TastyCupcakes for lots of great games. As a caveat, they outline one particular style of game development - simple games. [...]
Get more out of your retrospectives

Get more out of your retrospectives

At DeepAgile2010 this past weekend Mike McCollough led a session on Retrospective Games. We played a brand new game called Balloon Madness as an excuse to use several different retrospective formats. The game is in the conference booklet but is not yet posted on TastyCupcakes (check site for lot's of fun Agile learning games). What [...]