Re: When to write in less-than-perfect Agile

Subject: Re: When to write in less-than-perfect Agile
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:34:24 -0700

Should a feature even need to be documented if it's not yet fit for
consumption? I'm just curious if maybe you're jumping the gun about writing
about new features as the product is still being formed.

I'm researching this for other purposes, but in my opinion, any feature
that is complete but not consumable (or requires a lot of excess work) is
still a beta.

The last point in this TDD cycle is "refactor the code to meet acceptable
standards"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test-driven_development

It's like saying instant coffee makes a decent espresso. Maybe it completes
the feature, but it's not consumable "by acceptable standards."

Personally I don't think company's set their release standards high enough.

As for the rules for good scrum masters, you don't need a scrum master to
be agile. Scrum is just one tool that has worked successfully in the past.
If your team is able to maintain work visibility, and know their action
items with follow up deadlines, then a decent PM or team lead should keep
the cycle moving.

Of course, I've never worked in a successful agile implementation, so I
can't speak from good experience. I just know that teams work effectively
when they:
a) know what's expected of them
b) know what everyone else is doing

That's just common sense.
-Tony
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