Michael Lant

Software Development, Agile Methods and the Intersection of People Process and Technology

Browsing Tag: Scrum

Agile, Kanban, Project Management, Scrum, Scrumban, Software Development, Teams

Has Agile Lost Its Way?

Does anyone actually think that a Burn Down Chart contributes one iota to creating Better Software Sooner? In my view, it is one of the most anti-agile things that we can do and it provides absolutely no value to anyone other than perhaps the executive suite so that they can have a nice, warm fuzzy feeling that we have a pretty chart that has a nice slope to it and it looks like the one from last sprint.

Agile, Software Development

Occam’s Razor and the Art of Software Design

Occam’s Razor is a principle of simplicity that eliminates assumptions in support of a conclusion. The principle is valuable in virtually every aspect of life, but it essential to the success of software projects – in particular large complex ones. One of the guiding principles of Agile Methods it that we focus most on the things that provided the greatest value and Occam’s Razor is a valuable tool that helps maintain that focus.