Ah, the sprint retrospective. When I first joined Made and found out about retrospectives (I’d never had one before), I couldn’t conceive of the idea that there would be any value in such a thing! So you’re telling me, I said, that we get together and do group exercises? Not about the work that we’re about to do, but work we’ve already done? I assumed that it must be a whine-fest about tasks we found tricky, or rationalising out loud about why something took so long to do. I was wrong.
I’ve worked with organisations at various stages of their Agile transition, during which I’ve seen Agile implemented well, but I’ve also seen it done terribly. In a break from my usual tradition of myth-busting, I wanted to share some hard won lessons from my years as a Scrum Master, and give you some tips to help your Agile transformation succeed where many fail.
As a business that exclusively delivers software using agile methodologies, one of the most common challenges we face is contracting projects.
We’re very excited and proud to announce that we have been named as a leading provider in Clutch.co’s list of Top Ruby on Rails Development Firms, and that we’re the only company in the UK to have been given that accolade!
In my last post I mentioned a common controversy linked with story points. Common wisdom asserts that they shouldn’t be used to represent time, but this is on over-simplification which inhibits good estimation.
A couple of weeks ago we had our first ever Made Hackathon day, where we built a product—based on an existing idea—from scratch, and had it launched by 5pm. It was great fun, and very rewarding for the whole team.
One of the areas we focus on is how to ensure user stories are ‘done done’.
Of all the tools in the Agile developer’s toolbox, the most often misunderstood is the Story Point. Some people will tell you a story point is a measure of time, others will emphatically argue that a Story Point measures complexity, difficulty or effort (anything except time!). I’ll tackle that particular can of worms in a future post, first I want to outline what Story Points are, and why they are useful.
At Made we’re very keen to have our deployments run as safely, quickly and as easily as possible. When you’ve worked on a new feature for a project you want to get it in the hands of the client and end-user at the earliest possibility.
We are very pleased to announce the launch of SHOWstudio’s new e-commerce store.