Technical Debt – Good or Evil?

Bring up the topic of “technical debt” to a software engineer, a product owner, a stakeholder, or heavens above, the gold owner. What happens? Do you get frowns? Smiles? Nervous fidgeting? Technical Debt is such a loaded, misused and misunderstood term. I imagine in most conversations when the topic comes up we probably aren’t even …

A Scrum Master Checklist

While there is no single set of prescriptions or a silver bullet that will ensure repeatable success for every feature, every team, and every organization, the following Scrum Master Checklists might just help you get started thinking about the things that will ultimately move the ball in the right direction. The Really Short …

Agile Backlog Estimation / Sizing

An estimate by definition is: “an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something.” It is fundamentally a guess,  a probability distribution. When estimating an Agile backlog, no promise is made. No warranty should be expressed or implied. (If you want a guarantee, buy a …