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Agile Techniques for the Multitaskers in All of Us

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Multitasking can sabotage your productivity, but with all our different responsibilities, it's often a necessary evil. However, your work quality and quantity don’t have to suffer. These agile techniques can help you avoid interruptions, organize your to-do list, and regain focus after switching tasks.

Multitasking can sabotage your productivity, but with all our different responsibilities, it's often a necessary evil. However, your work quality and quantity don’t have to suffer. These agile techniques can help you avoid interruptions, organize your to-do list, and regain focus after switching tasks.

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Making the Agile Extra Lean by Adopting New Practices

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Prakash Pujar writes about his team's experience adopting some of the best agile practices to make their process extra lean and increase efficiency by increasing throughput—all without any change to the agile framework his team was following before and after. Here, he talks about some of the lean practices that worked for them.

Prakash Pujar writes about his team's experience adopting some of the best agile practices to make their process extra lean and increase efficiency by increasing throughput—all without any change to the agile framework his team was following before and after. Here, he talks about some of the lean practices that worked for them.

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Need to Learn More about the Work You’re Doing? Spike It!

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How do you estimate work you've never done before? One proven method is to spike it: Timebox a little work, do some research—just enough to know how long it will take to finish the rest of the work—and then you can estimate the rest of the work. You don’t waste time, you can explore different avenues of how best to complete the task, and your team learns together.

How do you estimate work you've never done before? One proven method is to spike it: Timebox a little work, do some research—just enough to know how long it will take to finish the rest of the work—and then you can estimate the rest of the work. You don’t waste time, you can explore different avenues of how best to complete the task, and your team learns together.

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Time Boxing Planning: Buffered Moscow Rules

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Time boxing is a management technique that prioritizes schedule over deliverables, but time boxes that are merely self- or outside-imposed targets, without agreed-upon partial outcomes and justified certainty, are at best an expression of good will on the part of the team. This essay proposes the use of a modified set of Moscow rules that accomplish the objectives of prioritizing deliverables and providing a degree of assurance as a function of the uncertainty of the underlying estimates.

Time boxing is a management technique that prioritizes schedule over deliverables, but time boxes that are merely self- or outside-imposed targets, without agreed-upon partial outcomes and justified certainty, are at best an expression of good will on the part of the team. This essay proposes the use of a modified set of Moscow rules that accomplish the objectives of prioritizing deliverables and providing a degree of assurance as a function of the uncertainty of the underlying estimates.

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Tips and Advice - Time Boxes

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This podcast features another great Agile Toolkit discussion had by Bob and George as the two delve into the importance of time boxing when dealing with an agile development project. We invite you to join them learn more about this concept.

This podcast features another great Agile Toolkit discussion had by Bob and George as the two delve into the importance of time boxing when dealing with an agile development project. We invite you to join them learn more about this concept.

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