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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