Category Archives: Agile

Software Lessons from Property Brothers

Yes, I know the “software is like construction” metaphor has been overplayed, but hear me out here. One of my guilty pleasures is a home improvement show on HGTV, Property Brothers. The show covers a home buyer who wants the … Continue reading 

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Estimations in budgets and costs

It’s been many years since I’ve estimated feature effort in meaningless measurements, such as “story points” or “feature points”, and this makes me quite happy. Several years ago, on a long agile project, we estimated all effort in points. But … Continue reading 


Elaborating on “it depends”

On the discussion on “When should I test?”, I followed up with a conversation: When it provides value. When is that? It depends. And it truly does depend. But upon what? That’s trickier to answer – and there is no … Continue reading 

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Build Metrics with Distributed Teams & Large Organizations

With some recent changes at work and I am looking at the quality of software development teams across a very large software organization. I am currently looking at getting the teams back to the basics in terms of software quality. … Continue reading 

Also posted in BDD, LegacyCode, PabloTV, Refactoring, TDD | 13 Comments

Estimation scoping

Read any book about estimation and you’ll probably see a picture of this: This is the cone of uncertainty, a measure of the accuracy of our estimation of effort as we get closer to finishing work. Very close to finishing, … Continue reading 

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Don’t forget your users

Some time ago, we at Headspring were brought in to help replace an existing legacy system based on Excel with a new web application built using the latest and greatest architectural patterns and practices. During the initial discovery phase, we … Continue reading 


Feature branches and toggles

I’m a huge Martin Fowler fan, but one bit of advice I still can’t understand is the recommendation to eschew feature branches for feature toggles. The argument against feature branches are not just merge problems, but semantic merge problems, such … Continue reading 

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Why I’m done with Scrum

My first foray into Agile was with a product team back in 2004-2005. It was my first “real” job out of college, and my first experience with a death march. During the death march, I was struck on how bad … Continue reading 


Our Post-Agile World

It’s been a looooong time since I’ve posted anything about Agile, and today I sat down to try and figure out why. It’s not that I don’t care about the values in the Agile Manifesto, nor that I’ve gone completely … Continue reading 


Constraints, expectations and real estate

One of my favorite shows on TV these days is (don’t laugh) the show Property Virgins on HGTV. In it, an experienced Realtor walks first-time home buyers through the house selection and offer process. A lot of times the “let’s … Continue reading