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Watch Out For These Common Problems

05 Jun, 2008

A client in Poland recently emailed me about his new branch office. They're applying agile development from day one. Here's my response:

Thanks for the update, P----. I'm glad things are working well.

Here's some things to keep an eye on as you go forward:

  • The team should be able to make and meet iteration/Sprint commitments almost every time. If they don't, it reflects planning problems or engineering problems.
  • Your QA/testing burden should not grow over time. If it does, it reflects engineering problems.
  • Bugs and incorrect features should be rare in iteration/Sprint demos. If you see them, it reflects communication problems or engineering problems.

These are the most common issues I see new teams struggle with.