Motley says: “Agile doesn’t change testing – developers can just throw code ‘over the wall’ to the test team”

Summary     Motley: Developers should just throw the completed code “over the wall” to the test team when they are done. There is nothing different with testing in an agile world vs. a waterfall world.     Maven: Testing in an agile world is a completely different way of thinking about testing. “Testing” becomes…

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Motley says: “Just build the features, and they will come. Who needs a goal?”

  Summary     Motley: A successful development iteration does not need a goal. Just deliver some features and call it good.   Maven: A goal provides clarification on what the team is building during a development iteration. Goals provide rallying points for the team, as well as focus. Iteration goals aid in decision making…

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Motley says: “Planning Poker? I bet my estimates are better than yours!”

Summary     Motley: Wideband Delphi is overkill for smaller tasks. I would never invite a bunch of people to an estimation session to estimate a 20 hour task.   Maven: Planning Poker is a lighter variant of Wideband Delphi that provides similar benefits to Wideband Delphi but more efficiently. ______________________________   [Context:  Maven and…

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Motley says: “Story points? Is that the new name for sports highlights?”

Summary   Motley: Story points provide no value over using plain units of time for estimates. Who would want to use an abstract unitless measurement for estimates anyway? Makes no sense.   Maven: Story points are a unitless measure for the relative amount of work involved in completing a work item. Story points are an…

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Motley says: “Kinect is where he’s at”

Motley: Man, I have not seen that James guy around in months. I think he must have left us. Maven: No, don’t give up hope. It’s true he hasn’t been too active here, but he’s got a side gig. Motley: Side gig? Eavesdropping on us and reiterating our conversations to the world is not enough…

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Motley says: "What’s wrong with mixing Scrum and Waterfall? You get a nice ‘Scrummerfall’!"

Summary   Motley:  An effective modification to Scrum is to do a requirements sprint, followed by a design sprint, implementation sprint, test sprint, and stabilization sprint. It has the benefits of Scrum and has commonality with our older processes, which makes the developers happier.   Maven: Scrummerfall, or mixing traditional Waterfall with Scrum, is less…

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Motley says: "Where has James been hiding?"

Motley: Where has that lazy piece of work, James, been hiding?   Maven: I was just wondering that myself. I have not seen him in a few weeks. Let me check his Facebook page – that should clue us in.   Motley: It figures that he would update Facebook before talking to us. What is…

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Motley says: “Slow down to go fast? Do I look like a tortoise?”

Summary   Motley:  There is no harm shortcutting a few steps of development to meet a deadline. Some up-front check-in steps just take too much time.   Maven: Slow down to go fast. Obey check-in checklists or you will pay for it later in the development cycle. Pre-check-in tasks such as code reviews, unit testing,…

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Motley says: “"Vertical Slices"? Sounds like something you do to salami”

Summary Motley: Build an application according to architectural layers, from the bottom-up. Maven: Build an application using vertical slices. Build just enough UI coupled with underlying layers such as an object and data model, to satisfy a user scenario. Deliver customer and business value at the end of every sprint to ensure feedback early and…

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