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Agile Requirements

Software updates and maintenance

Non Functional Requirements: Maintainability

Maintainability is how easy it is for a system to be supported, changed, enhanced, and restructured over time. Understanding up front how maintainable software needs to be for a certain project is important, due to its impact on your architecture. This impact makes maintainability an important non-functional requirement to consider …

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Tagging Software Defects for Root Cause Analysis

I really, REALLY like using tags, indiscriminately of the tool we are using on a project (Rally, TFS, Jira, etc.) or the work product type (user stories, features, epics, etc.). But for today, I’ll focus on tags for bugs. Recently, I was working with a great team and gently pushing …

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Scrumism: “Go! Fight! Win!”

This Scrumism didn’t originate with me, but I’ve found myself using it on pretty much on every agile engagement I do. One of my favorite Scrum Masters was a gentleman named Jared.  Jared was one of those folks that every team hopes to get. He wasn’t just a talented Scrum Master …

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Boosting Team Confidence and Morale

Building a great product is not just about having complete requirements or talented resources. Sometimes you can have both of these things, but the team still fails due to low confidence and morale. Boosting confidence can be challenging for teams. Especially teams that are going through transitions. Here are three …

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The Agile Enterprise Architect

On your projects, are you working directly with an enterprise architect? Do you receive documentation from an enterprise architect (EA)? Is the enterprise architect a bottleneck for your project design and estimating activities? Are you, like me, more than a little confused about the role of the enterprise architect? A …

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I’m sure they have that DOCUMENTED…right?

In the world of software development, especially the Agile part of it, it is easy to live in the now and the current development effort.  The Agile Manifesto values “Working software over comprehensive documentation.”  Some people interpret this to mean that they do not need to worry about documentation as …

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