Scrum myths

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Fri, 27/02/2015 - 11:33

 

The following are some common Scrum myths.

 

Velocity is a measure of performance

Isn't a higher velocity a sign of a more productive team?

The Scrum guide is very clear that velocity is purely about establishing the likely capacity of a team for future sprints. The actual value is irrelevant, it is the predictability that is important.

 

Lessons in agile communication

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Mon, 08/09/2014 - 20:25

Agile emphasises the importance of communication. This is not just about the formal communication at stand-ups and meetings, it is also about everyday communication within the team.

Consider the following example.

A team member tries something new with some automated tests. They hope the change could be an improvement and that it could provide significant benefits.

Sustainable Pace

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Sat, 12/07/2014 - 10:29

It has long been a tradition in waterfall style projects to associate long hours with increased productivity. A recurring pattern is up-front planning, followed by realisation that a deadline is not going to be achieved and then finally a push to increase working hours.

Performance Benchmarking

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Mon, 30/06/2014 - 09:51

Performance testing is often difficult and expensive to do. When you need to get real-World performance figures you need to test on real-World hardware and this is not always possible. Even when it can be achieved it is difficult to do frequently without a dedciated (and hence expensive) performance environment.

Jenkins Plugins

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Tue, 17/06/2014 - 08:53

Jenkins is an excellent choice for continuous integration as it has numerous plugins available, is well supported and is open source.

The following is a list of some of the most useful plugins and how they can be used.

 

GIT Plugin

Java 8 early adopters

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Tue, 10/06/2014 - 10:58

A word of caution for anyone switching to Java 8 (which is now officially released by Sun).

Issues I have found so far:

Eclipse

The previous version of Kepler Eclipse runs with Java 8, but it only understands compliance levels up to Java 7.

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