Monthly Archives: June 2007

Juggling The Elements of An Iteration


You expect analysis to happen before design, and both to happen before implementation and testing. But how much should these activities be staggered? When a project is being run with monthly releases, it might seem logical to have each group working on a different release. For example, the test team working on the current release (3), the developers on the next release (4), and architects and analysts working on releases 5 and 6 respectively.

If your team is this staggered, you have a problem. It takes four months for a requirement to be released from the time the analyst has documented it.
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Benefits of Agile Story Decomposition

open book

When you plan a release, agile user stories, or classic use cases are the best sized pieces to use in the planning – from the perspective of your customers. Each user story can be further decomposed into a set of specifications, and those into development tasks. Development tasks are the right sized unit to manage your work breakdown structure – communicating the release schedule internally with your development team.

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Smart Enough Systems – Interview With James Taylor

James Taylor

Today we recorded an interview with James Taylor, co-author of Smart (Enough) Systems, How To Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions. This book, written by James Taylor with Neil Raden comes out on Jun 29th (2007), and is available for pre-order from Amazon today. Our interview covers many of the topics in their book, with a focus on the ideas inside and the benefits you can get from applying them, in just under an hour.

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Broken Requirements Ecosystem

throwing away

There’s an interesting thread on Seilevel’s requirements forum about why developers don’t read the specs and how to fix this problem. Sometimes the developers throw away the requirements. And that’s bad. But it is a symptom. Something is broken at a higher level.
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