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What’s wrong with: “I don’t write any tests since I am not a tester”?

from on 13.10.2015

“Not a tester, so what are you then?” you might ask. Being that offending is generally not helpful. Unless you try to catch the attention as I do in this blog post 😉 Let’s digest the situation in detail.   A friend of mine attended my Scrum Developer class and caught fire during the “Testing” module where we talk about Code Quality, Testing, Test-First approaches, TDD and more. Boom! After that class he Continue reading

Learning Scrum with Lego

from on 07.07.2015
One house as a part of a complex city

This blog is about our Scrum Essential Training: When designing my first Scrum training back in 2006, I came to the conclusion that Scrum cannot be taught, but the students have to experience the advantages and power of Scrum and agile within a case study. At that time, I had created the DOSBox programming example which is still in use by me and fellow trainers around the globe for’s Professional Scrum Continue reading

Can you find the 3 smells in “The requirement #721 doesn’t meet the Definition of Ready”

from on 28.05.2015
Mad Developer

Let me quickly describe a potential situation how this came about. During the Sprint Planning the team had agreed to deliver the top 5 Backlog items. They had some conversations about what the items are and where the problems could lie within those. The Product Owner had the feeling that just the top 5 items were not enough and that the team was not 100% busy in the next Sprint. So Continue reading

Working software, iteratively

from on 27.04.2015
Working software, iteratively

How does scrum framework work in an embedded systems programming environment? My first post advocated adopting an agile approach to embedded software development. One agile principle is breaking up projects that are over a month or so in duration into a series of smaller deliveries. These deliveries might be suitable for a customer to assess or even actively use, or might be intended only for internal validation. They allow progress to be Continue reading

Can you find the 3 smells in “I added a Refactoring Story for the next Cleanup Sprint”?

from on 12.03.2015
Mad Developer

This is an interesting statement. Let’s see how often the alarm bell rang in your head. I mean how many smells you can find in that statement… Before you scroll down to read my answers, please count to 10 and try to find 3 issues. “I added a Refactoring Story for the next Cleanup Sprint”? Have you thought about it yourself? Really hard? Let’s see: 1. “I” Really? You added a Continue reading

5 things bad developers say and what to do about it

from on 17.02.2015
Mad Developer

I talk to a lot of people (if the day is long enough) and so I get them to ask interesting questions like: “What have you learned recently?” or “What is your top 1 goal for 2020?” These questions and more leads us to interesting conversations about personal development and personal goals that a person has. Being a Trainer, I like to ask people questions especially related to software development Continue reading

I have been at a SAFe training…

from on 28.10.2014

… and I liked it. We had a skilled trainer (Michael Stump) and also very good discussions among the participants who all had excellent knowledge about agility. I’m involved in an agile transition of a large health care insurance company. We have invented the processes on program- and portfolio-level on our own. I think this is still a good idea; the involved people developed a good understanding of agility while Continue reading