Agile Scrum, Part 6, Sprint Length


In the previous article, we discuss the Sprint and how to perform it on a day to day basis.

This this article, we’ll talk about Sprint length. Should it be one week or two weeks?

With short sprints, 1 or 2 weeks, teams are able to adapt to change easily, in the transitions between sprints. We keep the sprint sacred; we’re inflexible during Sprint time, and then very flexible in each transition. The shorter the Sprint, the more adaptable to change. Longer sprints means less time doing ceremonies, so theoretically can get more work done, but then less adaptable to change.

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Agile Scrum, Part 4, Story Sizing


In the previous article, you’ll find a definition of the Epics, Stories and Tasks, plus how the fit into the Backlog and Sprints.

This article will focus on story sizing. The main points are:

  • Use the Fibonacci sequence: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21
  • SM and Contributors vote to quickly size stories
  • Relative sizing in a fun social game is as effective as in depth analysis, in a fraction of the time.

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Pingdom Site Uptime and Performance Monitoring, now RUM is getting really good at their trade. For uptime and response time monitoring, Pingdom is a quick win for any size website. Does a great job, and Pingdom has racked up some big name customers, touted on their home page, like Microsoft, Dell, Disney, Google, Apple and many more. Everyone is using Pingdom, they have an easy to learn API so everything can be automated, the pricing is a great value, from 1 site to hundreds of sites. My only complaint is the lack of beacon out alerting. Email, SMS, Twitter, iOS, Android are adequate for a small shop with just a few folks on call, but what about the bigger shops? How about integration into Pager Duty? Pager Duty’s article explains how to do it, but it’s email based, which makes me cringe. That’s great that Page Duty has found a way to make it work, but I’d like to see Pingdom make a reverse API option, where they’ll call our API to relay the alert.

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