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Software creators building great tools for local charities

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  • Metrics

    • When and Why We Use Them
  • Ceremonies

    • When and Why We Perform Them
  • Tools & Technologies

    • When and Why We Implement Them


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Velocity Metrics Are Not For You!

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Ways to Calculate Velocity

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  • User Value (Product Perspective)
  • Complexity (Engineering Perspective)

Story Points ≠ Time

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  • Later Stories Leverage Earlier Implementations

  • Different Implementer Experience

  • Different Unknown-Unknowns

  • Different Amounts of Tech Debt

What Are Story Points Good For?

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  • Guide to how many points might be completable next iteration

  • Warning to the team that something may need attention

Retrospective Red Flag

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"We need to get better at estimating our work"

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Test Coverage Metrics are not for You!

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Good Coverage ≠ Good Tests

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Good Unit Tests Give Us the Confidence to Refactor Ruthlessly

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Unit Testing only the Happy Path

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  • Velocity Metrics are not for you
  • Test Coverage Metrics are not for you

Technical Debt - You Own It!

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Technical Debt

  • Shortcuts now that have to be paid back later

    • Lack of Supportability
    • Lack of Maintainability
    • Lack of Extensibility
  • This is the work environment for your team

    • Pleasant or Frustrating
    • Fast or Slow
    • Safe or Dangerous

Failure to Manage Tech Debt


is managing for the short-term

  • Increases TCO
  • Creates a bad work environment for devs

Tech Debt is Real $

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  • Be Judicious about taking it on
    • Add debt knowingly
    • Track debt carefully
    • Have a plan for repayment
  • Pay it off regularly
    • Communicate payback schedules
    • Live up to those schedules
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Metrics Take-Aways

  • For the Dev Team to help themselves get better
    • Not for you to use to judge the team
  • Be Careful How You Use
    • Velocity
    • Test Coverage
  • Be Dilligent With
    • Technical Debt



When and Why we Perform Them

Stand-Up Meetings are Not For You

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Daily Stand-Ups

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Devs making commitments to each other

Daily Stand-Ups

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About Exposing Problems Quickly

Stand-Ups are Not

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About Gathering Intel for Your Status Report

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Iteration Planning Meetings are Not For You

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Planning Meetings

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About Understanding Stories

Planning Meetings


About Exploring Hidden Complexity

Planning Meetings are not

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About Stuffing in Work

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  • Stand-Up Meetings are not for you
  • Iteration Planning Meetings are not for you

Retrospectives - You Own the Failures

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Keep It Secret


Keep it Safe

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Ceremonies Take-Aways

  • For the Dev Team to help themselves get Better
    • Not for you to use to report up the chain
  • Be Careful How You Use
    • Stand-Up Meetings
    • Planning Meetings
  • Be Dilligent With
    • Overcoming Roadblocks

Tools & Technologies


When and why we use them

Task Boards are not for You

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Who Needs an E-Board?


Task Board Purpose

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  • What has been done?

  • What needs to be done?

  • What should be next?

  • Is Anything Stuck?

Friction for Developers

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  • Creating Value for Customers?

  • Creating Reports for Management?

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Prototypes & Research Spikes are Not for You

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A Story used to reduce or eliminate unknowns in other stories

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...the simplest thing we can program that will convince us we are on the right track... - Ward Cunningham

Prototypes & Spikes

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Tools & Technologies

  • Task Boards are not for you
  • Prototypes & Spikes are not for you

Trust is Yours to Build or Destroy

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Trust & Safety

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"When a leader makes the choice to put the safety and lives of the people inside the organization first...remarkable things happen." - Simon Sinek

TED: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe



Are Always Lies


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  • Real

  • Reasonable

  • Responsible

Self Directed Teams

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Make their own decisions

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Call To Action

Use Retrospectives to create an environment of Trust for our teams

Eliminate anything from our process that doesn't lead to:

  • Increasing value to our users
  • Decreasing Total Cost of Ownership of our systems

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