Category Archives: Practices


What is the point of the retrospective? The retrospective is one of the most important ceremonies in all of agile.  This is the time the team spends together to assess how they are working together and define steps to improve Read more…


A few weeks ago one of my customers asked me for advice about daily standup meetings (also called Scrum meetings, morning meetings, or better yet coordination meetings).  Her feeling was that her teams could become more disciplined in their approach to Read more…


A few people have commented that Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) promotes a wide range of practices, which they like because it makes their options explicit but which they also potentially dislike because there’s so many practices to choose from.  This Read more…


Clearly mainstream agile practices such as Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP) require discipline.  For example, effective Agile teams have the discipline to: Hold short, focused, and to the point daily coordination meetings rather than infrequent and time consuming status meetings.  It Read more…


Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, speaking at a 2004 TED conference, offered a story of one of his favorite Americans. Howard Moskowitz is an American market researcher and Psychophysicist, which according to WikiPedia is “the Read more…


Last month I gave a presentation on DAD at the Innovate Comes to You conference in Long Beach.  During my review of the DAD practices, someone asked a question if non-solo development (aka pairing) was a cost-effective practice.  Which made Read more…

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