Escaping Planet Scrummerfall

Scrummerfall is the unholy union of Waterfall and Scrum project methodologies. Here are some ideas on how to escape the Scrummerfall trap.

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How To Remove the Code Review Blocker

On larger teams, code review can be a major blocker to getting a story to “done.” Sprint estimates and velocity suffer because stories get stuck. Here's one solution that's worked for me.

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Maybe It's Time to Stop Pointing Stories

I believe Scrum, and the practices that come with it, are being blindly adopted by software teams with little consideration as to the costs or benefits. In particular, I’d like to pick on the Scrum ceremony of story pointing and estimation. Maybe you should stop doing it.

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5 Steps to a Good Pair Programming Experience

Many teams at Stride pair program all day / every day. When it works, pair programming brings with it a multitude of benefits, including fewer bugs, more maintainable code, and an efficient transfer of technical and domain knowledge between team members. But it can also be exhausting (and stressful!). Here are some things we’ve found that can make a pairing session more productive.

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