On The Inside: Agile Retrospectives: Worth the Hassle?

Welcome back to On The Inside! This is part 7 of my Agile adventure at Allthings, a technology startup in sunny Dundee building a group project collaboration tool. If you haven’t read part 1 (which is all about diving into the deep-end!) then you can find it here (you can read last weeks here). I’m trying to give an honest, personal, warts-and-all account of our journey…

The retrospective can be an opportunity for the whole team to look back and reflect on what they’ve done and how they’ve reached a certain point together. It’s a meeting the whole team has at the end of a cycle in an Agile project to identify any improvements which could be made. It’s also an opportunity for everyone to come up with actions on how to implement those improvements.

Retrospectives

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On The Inside: “Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do!”

Welcome back to On The Inside! This is part 9 of my agile adventure at Allthings, a technology startup in sunny Dundee building a group project collaboration tool. If you’re new to this series and I’d suggest reading part 1 which is all about diving into the deep-end! If you’ve stumbled upon this post but have missed last week’s edition of On The Inside then you can find the last episode here. I’m trying to give an honest, personal, warts-and-all account of our journey…

There are many times during the agile sprint cycle that you might find yourself facing a story that just won’t fit. It might be an epic that you need to break down to find and explore the problem. It could be a whole topic that has too many points for the intended date of release. It might be the last story at the sprint planning that just won’t fit into the sprint. Or it could be a new unknown feature that you want some quick feedback on. Whatever it is, it needs to be broken down so you can move on.

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On The Inside: Agile Marketing Times “they are a changin…”

Welcome back to On The Inside! This is part 8 of my Agile adventure at Allthings, a technology startup in sunny Dundee building a group project collaboration tool. If you’re new to this series and I’d suggest reading part 1 which is all about diving into the deep-end! If you’ve stumbled upon this post but have missed last week’s edition of On The Inside then you can find last weeks here. I’m trying to give an honest, personal, warts-and-all account of our journey…

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On The Inside: Get up, Stand up…

Welcome back to On The Inside! This is part 6 of my Agile adventure at Allthings, a technology startup in sunny Dundee building a group project collaboration tool. If you haven’t read part 1 (which is all about diving into the deep-end!) then you can find it here (you can read last weeks here). I’m trying to give an honest, personal, warts-and-all account of our journey…

The daily stand up (A.K.A daily scrum or daily meeting) is an Agile ritual. It’s a daily coordination meeting where the sharing of knowledge and commitment between the team facilitates an organic communication flow. Perfect communication. Everything in harmony. Does this sound like your morning stand ups? Probably not.

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On The Inside: Fail to plan and you plan to fail

Welcome back to On The Inside! This is part 5 of my Agile adventure at Allthings, a technology startup in sunny Dundee building a group project collaboration tool. If you haven’t read part 1 (which is all about diving into the deep-end!) then you can find it here (you can read last weeks here). I’m trying to give an honest, personal, warts-and-all account of our journey…

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On The Inside: Finally Deciding What To Do

Welcome back to On The Inside! This is part 4 of my Agile adventure at Allthings, a technology startup in sunny Dundee building a group project collaboration tool. If you haven’t read part 1 (which is all about diving into the deep-end!) then you can find it here (you can read last weeks here). I’m trying to give an honest, personal, warts-and-all account of our journey…

On The Inside: I want it all, I want it all and I want it now!

Welcome back to On The Inside! This is part 3 of my Agile adventure at Allthings, a technology startup in sunny Dundee building a group project collaboration tool. If you haven’t read part 1 (which is all about diving into the deep-end!) then you can find it here (part 2 is here). I’m trying to give an honest, personal, warts-and-all account of our journey…

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On The Inside: Is Agile The Right Approach To Take?

Welcome back to On The Inside! This is part 2 of my Agile adventure at Allthings, a technology startup in sunny Dundee building a group project collaboration tool. If you haven’t read part 1 (which is all about diving into the deep-end!) then you can find it here. I’m trying to give an honest, personal, warts-and-all account of our journey. This time I want to to figure out if Allthings is ready for an Agile approach or not…

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On The Inside: Kickstarting Agile at Work

Welcome to the first episode of the Allthings Agile journey: On The Inside. Pete, our new CTO, will be telling the story of our transition to Agile, detailing the highs, the lows – and most importantly-  the results.

Dave: “Mate, we’d like to offer you a position at Allthings”.

Pete: “Erm…ok…what would I do?”

Dave: “We want you to run the development team, and be our product guy. You know a ton about that Agile stuff”

Pete: “Ok, I can do that. Sounds a lot like what I was doing”

Dave: “And we want you to develop our productivity tool to be an Agile tool”

Pete: “Eh…do you know what that would mean?”

Dave: “No, but you do. And we want you to be our Agile expert…for the site“

Pete: “Eh…what..write a blog? I don’t know. Ahh, what the hell, count me in.”

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