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Sprint 0 Playbook for Agile Product Owners: Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the 10-day playbook series for Product Owners in Sprint 0. Please read days 1 and 2 if you haven’t already (which focus on business problems, objectives, stakeholder identification and personas). Today, we will start drafting high-level future state models and eliciting the epics and features …

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Ratio of Developers to Analysts in Agile

Conventional wisdom generally holds that the ratio of developers to analysts in an Agile framework is about 4:1 or 3:1. In essence, it says that 1 analyst can support the work of 3 or 4 full time developers working on a project. For Waterfall projects, this ratio is higher and …

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User Stories and Technical Stories in Agile Development

A common problem that I have seen Agile teams grapple with is writing user stories and acceptance criteria for projects that are heavy on technical implementation and modifications with no substantive change in the user interfaces or workflows. This kind of scenario is very common in companies that are upgrading …

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IT Readiness for Agile

I’ve worked with a number of organizations lately who are either in the process of moving to an agile framework, or are thinking about doing so. These organizations face similar problems that they are attempting to solve, including late projects, large demand with limited capacity, lack of transparency to the …

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Happy people, happy code

I have a friend who, after years being that one guy who was fluent in Cobol and kept that ancient but really important legacy application running, got a new gig at a local Agile tech company. The last time we got together, I asked him how he liked the new …

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