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  • Going Agile Part 5 – Going Retro

    on Feb 9, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 2 Comments

    Going Agile Part 5 – Going Retro

    The last entry in my Going Agile series will look at the retrospective meeting. The retrospective meeting is held at the end of every sprint/iteration, and it is the time to discuss what went well, and what could be improved in the next sprints. Some people will say the Product Owner should be in attendance, and some believe the PO should not. IMHO, the PO is a part of the team, and should be there…and in our case, I was. We weren’t sure how to solicit input from the team, so we decided that everyone

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  • Limping through agile

    on Jan 21, 10 • by Patti Murphy • with 2 Comments

    Limping through agile

    I’m a technical writer who’s a big picture kind of person and that means agile development is sheer torture for me. Going into my second agile project, I thought I would be able to go with the “flow” a bit more. I was wrong. But, it’s important to point out that our documentation team hit all of our deadlines for new features, while substantially rewriting our help set and moving it to a wiki. I’m pleased with the outcome, but the trip was not pleasant. This will be my first post in a series about

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  • Going Agile Part 4 – Iteration 1: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    on Jan 19, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    Going Agile Part 4 – Iteration 1: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    I just couldn’t resist using the classic spaghetti Western as the title for this installment of my Going Agile series because it a) it was an awesome movie, and b) it truly sums up that 1st iteration of ours. My last post was all about the 1st iteration planning meeting, and how it was such an exciting and productive time for our team. We came out of that meeting a little weary, but extremely motivated to get to work. We were also just a tad naive. The next 2 weeks were a roller coaster as

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  • Going Agile Part 3 – The 1st Iteration Planning Meeting

    on Jan 14, 10 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    Going Agile Part 3 – The 1st Iteration Planning Meeting

    Now that the New Year is upon us, I thought it would be a good time to add another chapter to my Going Agile series. My last entry left off at the point where we had prepared our backlog, created team rules and defined “Done”. Now we were ready for our first Iteration Planning meeting. In our “team room” we had all the essentials in place for this meeting: stacks of color-coded cards (for capturing the various to do’s, or tasks), pens and highlighters, our Scrum board (with pins) to stick our tasks onto, and

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  • IP ESC ’09 – Vive la France!

    on Dec 3, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    IP ESC ’09 – Vive la France!

    Thought I would take a moment to share with you my experience at this year’s IP ESC show in Grenoble, France. First off, Grenoble is beautiful sitting at the foot of the French Alps. If you get the chance, go! Back to the show. This is typically the IP Show, but this year is the first that ESC has been added to the agenda. I don’t think it helped attendance-wise. From what I can tell, there are maybe 200-250 attendees in total. I spent the last couple of days sharing booth duty with our friends

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  • Hounding your sources

    on Oct 22, 09 • by Patti Murphy • with No Comments

    Hounding your sources

    I remember that idyllic summer day when I saw my very agile dog Maggie jumping through the sprinkler. I laughed until I cried. And then I thought:  This reminds me of what I do for a living. I’m a technical writer and technical writing in an Agile environment is somewhat like chasing those water drops. You can run after those features, but early in the game there’s not really anything to hold onto. So, how does one document a feature that will probably change from one iteration (or day) to another without chasing one’s tail

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  • Going Agile Part 2: Preparing for Iteration 1

    on Oct 20, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    Going Agile Part 2: Preparing for Iteration 1

    In part one of Going Agile,I talked about how we introduced Agile to our development team. This next post will look at the events that led to our first iteration planning meeting. During the weeks that led up to Iteration 1, there was much work that went on as a team, and much that each team member did individually. As the Product Owner, my biggest task was to create a backlog. Sure, I knew what the main new features were going to be, but I still needed to capture this, and add other oft-requested features

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  • Going Agile – Part 1: Introducing Agile

    on Sep 30, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    Going Agile – Part 1: Introducing Agile

    The first installment in my ‘Going Agile’ series will reflect on the earliest days that led up to our development team becoming an Agile development team. Before I get into this too deep, I should first set the stage a little. This organization is a medium sized ($500M in revenue) software company, with no other teams using Agile techniques. We were going to be the first. The product was well established, having been on the market for about 5 years, and traditional development methods were fairly effective from a delivery and quality perspective. The team

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  • Forging a path through the frenzy

    on Sep 17, 09 • by Helen Abbott • with 1 Comment

    Agile technical writing is a popular topic in the blogosphere (see Edwin Dawson’s recent three-part blog series). The user communication team at Klocwork is becoming more agile in fits and starts. In the last release, we joined our development team in using Xplanner, and found that it both reduced that horrible did-we-miss-something feeling and increased the visibility of our status. In this release, we’ve resisted the urge to create a matching help story for every dev story. Instead, we create stories that allow us to focus on the highest-priority types of information: what’s new in

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  • Going Agile – Series Introduction

    on Sep 10, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    After attending Agile 2009 in Chicago, and speaking with so many people about their experiences with Agile, I thought it might be an interesting opportunity for me to do the same. So with that as my inspiration, I’ll be putting together a blog series that will cover a number of topics ranging from introducing Agile to your team, through to the release, with a number of other interesting subjects in between. The series is in no way an attempt to tell you how to do things, but rather is intended to share experiences that

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