Articles by: Larry Apke

Backlog Grooming…

Backlog Grooming…

Larry Apke, Agile Coach and Software Development Consultant (Currently at Apple Inc.) at Dr. Stork Software and author of the book: “Understanding The Agile Manifesto” What is Backlog Grooming? After my experience working with dozens of scrum teams in transitioning to Agile, I am thoroughly convinced that a great deal of Agile success is wrapped up in the two things that most lower[Read More…]

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Measuring Agile Process

Measuring Agile Process

Larry Apke, Agile Coach and Software Development Consultant (Currently at Apple Inc.) at Dr. Stork Software and author of the book: “Understanding The Agile Manifesto” Measuring Agile Process – Not loosing the sight of the Big-Picture!! Agile, while light on “metrics,” does have some artifacts that are used to help track progress. Burndown and Burnup charts are extremely helpful in measuring sprint[Read More…]

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Leadership Thoughts

Leadership Thoughts

Larry Apke, Agile Coach and Software Development Consultant (Currently at Apple Inc.) at Dr. Stork Software and author of the book: “Understanding The Agile Manifesto” When in doubt, google. I found the definition for leadership from about.com – “Leadership, a critical management skill, is the ability to motivate a group of people toward a common goal.” I would guess that this definition[Read More…]

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Agile & Trust [(Credibility + Reliability + Intimacy) / Self-Orientation]

Agile & Trust [(Credibility + Reliability + Intimacy) / Self-Orientation]

I had the wonderful opportunity to have a panel discussion recently regarding Agile. In my warped world, there is no greater pleasure than getting grilled on how Agile can be implemented in the real world. As such conversations are wont to do, a consistent theme emerged. In this particular conversation it was all about Trust. If someone asked me to[Read More…]

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Agile As a Religion…..

Agile As a Religion…..

For the sake of full disclosure I am not a big fan of organized religion. I truly believe that each and every individual has their own needs when it comes to “spiritual” matters and there are many ways to achieve the basic human need to feel connected to our fellow humans and the universe as a whole. Perhaps this is[Read More…]

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