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November 15, 2017

The Four Reasons to Have a Consistent Sprint Length

An agile team should maintain a consistent sprint length. Unfortunately, when I first began doing iterative and incremental development (even a bit before doing what today we’d call agile development), I made the mistake of not having all of our sprints be the same length.

We would meet at the start of a sprint to plan the work of that sprint. One item on the agenda of those early sprint planning meetings was to decide how long that sprint would be. We would bounce around in a seemingly random manner between lengths of two to six weeks.

We would make the decision about how long each sprint should be based on how big we felt the work was, how much of it we needed [...]

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November 1, 2017

Five Scary Things About Adopting Agile

I’ve never been a huge fan of horror movies. But I have always liked Halloween, especially as a kid. I loved dressing in a scary costume and trying to frighten my friends or other trick-or-treaters. And I admit to getting a bit of a thrill from walking through a well executed haunted house.

But, there are aspects to every agile transformation that can send a shiver down a spine--and those moments are not quite so thrilling. So let’s take the fear factor away from five things that might make you want to run for cover along your agile journey--first by naming them and then by talking about why they aren’t so scary once you understand how they work.

Eeek! [...]
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October 11, 2017

Better User Stories: 24 Hours Until Doors Close

Just a quick post this week to let you know that we will be closing registration to Better User Stories tomorrow at 9 P.M. Pacific, midnight Eastern.

We still have spaces for the Expert and Professional Levels, but Work With Mike is now completely sold out.

Click here to register before the deadline

Just a quick reminder of what people are saying about the course:

I could squeeze videos in between meeting packed days

“I loved the acronyms used to test story quality and that the modules were broken up into small enough segments that I could squeeze videos in between meeting packed days… I really enjoyed the worksheets that forced me to [...]

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October 4, 2017

Doors Now Open to Better User Stories Video Course: Four Current Students Share Their Experience with Video Training

Today, the advanced Better User Stories course is open for registration again, but only until midnight 11th October, Eastern time (US).

I’m excited to welcome new members into the course. We’ve had fantastic feedback about the materials, and I know from the emails I’ve received that those who missed out last time are keen to take the course and start writing better user stories.

Read more and reserve your seat before we close

Want to know what it’s like to be a member? Read on

If you’ve been thinking about joining, and want to know what it’s like, today’s blog post is for you.

We asked four members to share [...]

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