• Issue 63 - May 26, 2016


    Conversations as Executable Specifications

    In the messy world of organisational politics, broken workflows, human errors and biases, technology experts must find a way to collaborate successfully. When we don’t put enough thought into our specifications, the cost is measured in months of work and hundreds of thousands get wasted. Specification by Example and Gherkin help in reducing rework. And their use go beyond reducing waste. Here’s how they help.


    Why Most Organisations Don’t Follow XP

    If you talk to people experienced in Agile, they’d tell you – Extreme Programming (XP) is necessary for Agile software development team success. So why is it that most organisations adopting Agile don’t adopt XP? Why does XP come in dead last with less than 1% of survey participants using it? Here’s a perspective on this. It’s hard to argue with first two points.


    Psychological Principles Behind Successful Products

    What are some psychological principles behind the successful conversion, adoption and monetisation of products? How you can use these techniques, as a Product Owner, in a nice vs naughty way? Have a look.


    Measuring What Matters

    As you scale agile and stand-up tens of agile teams, the visibility and transparency of how they’re doing is imperative to your future success. Often times, leaders of the organisations expect that measurement is no longer a nice-to-have, but a must-have. How about measuring how healthy your teams are? How’s collaboration working out? How do you measure these, and other things that really matter? Read on.


    Know Thy Customer

    How do you get to know customer requirements? Here’s what a Product Owner at Twitter learnt, “ as a product owner at Twitter it was essential that I had all team members and internal stakeholders aligned on what we were building and why.” How did they use story maps to paint the vision, get buy in, and keep everyone focused on the solution. Have a look.


    What Velocity is Not

    Velocity is for a team. Velocity helps a team see its context over some time period. They get to decide how to show it and what to do about it. Usually, there’s a lot of confusion around velocity in new-to-agile teams. Is it ok to treat velocity as an acceleration measurement? Here’s what velocity is not.


    Top 10 Books on Lean

    There’s been no shortage of literature on Lean over the last several decades. A good book can be a great place for some to learn about Lean and how to implement the concepts in their company. The following is a list of books on learning Lean.