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Different Approaches to Create Story Wall

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 20, 2014

Ryan Mckergow explains various ways to set up story walls for agile team. This post includes setting up columns, rows, selecting colors and avatars for the story wall.

Heroku Dataclips 2.0 - The Gist of Data

by Michael Hunger on  Jan 28, 2013

Heroku Dataclips 2.0 are a new way of sharing data - much like GitHub Gists. Exposing results of running SQL statements agains Postgres databases, Dataclips render in HTML, IFrames, CSV, XLS and JSON. Supporting revisions and versioning as well as forking they work as self-updating stand-alone data views or as simple HTTP based data APIs.

Sprint Burndowns - Are We Measuring the Wrong Things?

by Mark Levison on  Sep 22, 2010 22

Does a the traditional Sprint Burndown chart help the team? A number of Scrum teams find that tracking task hours hides the true state of the sprint and prefer other tools.

Deciphering Burndown Charts

by Vikas Hazrati on  Feb 16, 2010 8

Burndown charts are considered to be one of the most useful information radiators on an Agile team. It is a graphical representation of amount of work left to do (y-axis) versus time (x-axis). The interesting part is that the analysis of the burndown chart can reveal multiple pointers on how the team is doing and what can they do to improve further.

Annotated Burn-Down Charts Help During Retrospectives

by Chris Sims on  Mar 16, 2009 1

A sprint burn-down chart tracks the size of the sprint backlog over the course of the sprint. During the sprint retrospective, the burn-down chart can provide valuable data about how the sprint went. Mike Sutton uses annotations to capture more data on the burn-down chart, making it even more useful during the retrospective.

Information Radiators: Is low tech really better?

by Chris Sims on  Feb 23, 2009 5

The Extreme Programming Yahoo Group has been discussing the pros and cons of low tech information radiators, such as task boards, compared to high tech tools. The original poster preferred a physical task board to a spreadsheet, but found himself unable to explain why to his boss. The ensuing discussion uncovered a variety of reasons to choose simple physical means of reporting information.

Using a "Snake On The Wall" To Quantify Impediments

by Mike Bria on  Dec 10, 2008 6

Kevin Schlabach discusses using a "Snake On The Wall", a lightweight approach targeted at helping your team get a better handle on the things that are slowing the development process.

Lego Is Not Just For Kids Anymore

by Vikas Hazrati on  Sep 12, 2008 7

Lego blocks have been used for playing and building interesting structures. Michael Hunger and Takeshi Kakeda show how Lego blocks can be used as effective information radiators.

Well Formed Teams: Helping Teams Thrive, not just Survive

by Mark Levison on  Mar 25, 2008

What does it take to create a high-performing team? According to Doug Shimp and Samall Hazziez, a "Well Formed Team" exhibits the following characteristics: follow Agile and Lean principles, use an adaptive system with a feedback loop, are focused on the business vision, are passionate and hyper-productive.

Agile Beyond the Workplace

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Jan 29, 2008 3

Many of us in this field have had our work habits affect our family life - many times for the better. Some of us use index cards in their daily life for scheduling, prioritizing, and discussing daily tasks with their families. Peter Abilla blogged about how he uses a Job Chart (a type of information radiator) to teach his children.

Agile Tools Usefulness Debated

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Apr 26, 2007 7

The Agile Journal's April issue examined how tools are being used in Agile projects. There are articles that are pro-tools, anti-tools, and a debate between Ron Jeffries and Ryan Martens.

ScrumWorks Pro Announced

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Jan 17, 2007

Danube Technologies this week announced the release of ScrumWorks Pro, an enhanced, commercially supported version of their free ScrumWorks product, created specifically to support the overwhelming customer requests for new features and professional support. The product provides support for business-value driven decision making.

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