Category: Agile development

How to estimate jellybeans in a jar

Estimating Story Points is like Guessing Jellybeans in a Jar

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Estimating time and story points are critical aspects of managing projects and planning sprints. How else are you going to determine how much work you can take on in a sprint if you don’t have any idea how much effort it might take to perform certain things and satisfy certain user stories? When it comes … Continued

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Acquia Certified Site Builder (Drupal 8)

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WASHINGTON, DC – July 11, 2018; Agileana is pleased to announce that Shefali Naik, our Chief Technology Officer (CFO), has successfully passed the Acquia Certified Site Builder for Drupal 8 exam. Shefali is a software engineer and computer scientist holding a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), SAFe … Continued

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Continuous Integration sucking up all your disc space?

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As Agilists, we strive to be always delivering, always shipping, always integrating, and always monitoring. We also want to automate at much as possible so we reduce probability of human error and not waste time. However, in our effort to automate the non-human part of the software development process, with continuous integration and facilitating technical … Continued


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Perhaps Congress should be more agile

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We have found Agile to be an effective framework for more than just developing software. We also use Agile to start new businesses, manage projects, and plan vacations. Indeed, Agile is a methodology, philosophy, and framework for almost anything in your life. So, the thought occurred to me that if Congress were just more agile, … Continued

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Configuration management tools for Drupal projects

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Configuration management is a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product’s performance, functional, and attributes with its requirements, design, and operational information throughout its life. The configuration management process is used to manage changes throughout the system lifecycle of complex systems, and it’s a requirement  for FISMA compliance. These are the … Continued

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How to migrate blogs between WordPress sites using WP-CLI

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For several reasons, the need to migrate blog posts from one site to another may arise. Maybe you changed your domain as part of your marketing strategy or you have several sites and want to centralize the blog for all of them. Whatever the reason may be, the procedure is simple. First of all, we … Continued

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Humility Increases the Value of Agile Retrospectives

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One of the most valuable rituals of agile develpment is the retrospective. The retrospective is an event that occurs after the release of completed work or between a set of work sprints where everybody stops, takes measure of what has been completed, celebrates what is working well with the team, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, identifies what … Continued

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User Stories: the importance of knowing the WHY

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In the last few days I’ve been reminded of the importance of writing user stories for requirements, and more importantly, on teaching our clients of their importance. In November of last year, the client started creating a list of requirements on a spreadsheet.  Since they are not completely trained in Agile, the list of requirements … Continued

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The Importance of Setting Client Expectations (in Agile)

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You start your work day as usual. Pour yourself some freshly-brewed coffee, sit down at your computer, and check your emails. You see a new one from your most recent client, about the last sprint you just completed for them. You open it and your eyes are greeted by the following: “Great job on the … Continued

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Should a client pay for refactoring?

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And what does plumbing have to do with agile development? In my spare time, I started this bathroom renovation project. Long story short, we are at the stage of life where we are taking care of children and grandparents.  The sandwich generation, I think is what it’s called. Anyway, we are converting an office, powder … Continued