Behaviours of an Agile Developer

After being a Developer and having worked with some great Scrum Teams, I thought it would be worth highlighting some of the characteristics an Agile Developer should have when working in an Agile team.   (In no particular order) Keep an Open Mind Keep an open mind for the solution to the Product Backlog Item that you're working on. What you may have thought was the solution may not be the...
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What will the board look like tomorrow?

One of the purposes of the Daily Scrum is for the Development team's opportunity to plan for the next 24 hours. Some teams naturally do this - working together to see where they can aim to be by the next Daily Scrum. When this doesn't happen one question I use to trigger these thoughts is "What will the board look like tomorrow?" I must admit, this isn't an original technique by me but one that I...
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Definition of Done

The Definition of Done (DoD) enables a team to understand what things must happen to a Product Backlog Item (PBI) for it to be considered complete (done). The DoD is a list of statements (quite possibly a check list) that defines the actions and states what must be successfully completed to each PBI in the sprint, e.g. all code must be code reviewed, relevant documentation has been...
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What Are Your Sprint Buttons?

Many years ago when I first attended a Scrum course, it was suggested that the burndown chart was similar to a boat moving from point a to point b and the burndown records its progress - sometimes it is on course, sometimes it is off and adjustments need to be made in order to correct the course.   The burndown plots the progress so far, i.e. it an indication of progress so made.   Try...
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The Power of Done

Gunther Verheyen says that Scrum starts with Done and a recent incident in a Scrum Team I'm working with helped me remember the power of the Definition of Done. What Happened? Whilst working with the team to use Scrum, they experienced for the first time in a long time they could achieve what they set out to do and that there was value in their deeds. A few days into the sprint, I was looking at...
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