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: "Features sell a product. When in doubt, add more features!"

Summary   Motley:  Features sell a product. When in doubt, add more features!   Maven: These days, software is less about features and more about reliability, fit ‘n finish, performance, and usability. Use the Kano model to help you focus on the right scenarios for the user. ______________________________   [Context: Motley is struggling with a…

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Motley says: "Milestones are useless for agile development"

Summary   Motley: Milestones are useless for agile development. Our feature team can ship at the end of every iteration, so milestones have no value for us.   Maven: Milestones provide a synchronization point across a set of features, helping to ensure the overall product is of high quality. Every milestone has a set of…

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Motley says: "If computers can efficiently multi-task, so can I!"

Summary   Motley:  I ultimately finish my tasks sooner by doing multiple things at once. If Microsoft Windows can multitask, so can I!   Maven: Work on tasks serially, one at a time. Finish one task before moving on to the next. Context switching severely hurts overall efficiency. ______________________________   [Context: Motley and Maven are…

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Motley says: "What does Rugby have to do with software?" (Scrum Part I)

Summary   Motley:  Scrum? Does that mean team members have to carry a ball and tackle each other in the hallway?   Maven: Scrum is an agile project management methodology that follows agile principles. The process is build a product backlog, plan the sprint, execute and meet daily, demo the work, do a retrospective, and…

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