Some ideas that seem perfectly sensible are really disasters waiting to happen, and agile teams are not immune. I’ve started to notice some frequent mistakes that inexperienced, and sometimes not so inexperienced, teams make when they’re trying to be agile. These things seem like perfectly good, common sense ideas, but they have undesirable consequences, and we’re going to see what those consequences are.

It’s surprising to me that making the sprint longer is such a temptation to a project, but it is. There are lots of reasons that people give for wanting longer sprints, usually it boils down to “we can’t get our work done in two weeks, but if we had three, we could get it finished.”  When questioned about why two weeks isn’t enough, testing seems to be a common sticking point. “We got all the development done, but couldn’t get it tested in time.” Read more


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