Estimating Tasks with T-shirt Sizes

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The Fibonacci sequence and the Mountain Goat modified sequence for Planning Poker (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40) are great intervals for Story Point estimation. It’s a great interval for determining the relativity of one backlog item (or user story) to another backlog item. However, these two intervals are cumbersome when it comes to estimating the time it…

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Another Agile Retrospective Technique – Christmas Carol

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In scouring the web for new retrospective techniques, I stumbled upon two great resources. The first was a book by Ester Derby, Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, and the other was an Agile Wiki specifically for Retrospectives, RetrospectiveWiki.org. Just in time for the holiday, the Christmas Carol Retrospective focuses on a few year-end behaviors to be shared with the…

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Markdown Basics

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Markdown is simply a syntax that allows a writer to create a text file that can contain common textual elements (headers, lists, bold, italic, etc.) with a limited character set. Here is the basic syntax for the most common elements in a markdown (.md) file. Note that many development sites use a standard readme.md file to represent a repository or…

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Scrum Spikes – When to Spike

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During Sprint Planning or even while developing a large backlog of epics, there will eventually arise requirements that require some specialized skills, such as architecture, design, user experience (UX), etc. However, these items are not ambiguous of their true value or acceptance criteria. So how should these items be handled in a Sprint? A Spike is time-boxed technical investigation to…

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Coder to Developer

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So you know how to code in twenty different languages from Assembly 8088 to LINQ, but how much do you know about business processes, project management and business acumen. The following series is my personal take aways from Tek Pub’s Coder to Developer open community videos and Mike Gunderloy’s Coder to Developer book. This online streaming series breaks the book…

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Programming Languages Comment Syntaxes

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Almost every programming language has their own specific way of putting comments into the code, so let’s recap the various ways so that you can quickly reference your tool’s syntax when you need it. Visual Basic (VB) and VB.NET Comments ‘an apostrophe at the beginning of the line indicates a commented line C#, JAVA, and JavaScript Comments // specifies a…

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