Estimation Techniques during sprint planning

July 6, 2011, 4 a.m.

Estimation Techniques

Over the years, I’ve been involved in a lot of discussions about how to estimate during sprint planning. If you’re new to Scrum – or even if you’re not – you might find value in these musings.

Arbitrage

July 5, 2011, 4 a.m.

Labor Arbitrage Isn’t

"Labor arbitrage" is one of those phrases that is used so much we stop thinking about what it means. By definition, arbitrage is "riskless profit as zero cost"; however, in outsourced software development, it is anything but.

Project estimation with distributed developers

July 1, 2011, 4 a.m.

Different Units of Estimation

A while ago the structure of our project team changed, making it distributed: several very senior developers in another country joined us in order to assist in the implementation of certain features crucial to the project.

Handling Architecture in Scrum

June 30, 2011, 4 a.m.

Handling Architecture in Scrum

To further explore the discussion about the role of architects on Agile projects that Sergey talked about earlier, I wanted to share a few ideas that I think are applicable to smaller and medium sized teams.

June 29, 2011, 4 a.m.

Architecture in Agile: Quick Thoughts

In response to a recent discussion thread I came across on LinkedIn (unfortunately it is no longer available), and to expound on the issues raised therein, here are a few thoughts on the subject of dealing with architecture on Agile projects:

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