Episode 63 - Managing Team Capacity

In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss various ways to plan, understand, and manage your team's capacity.  We cover a few real-world examples of how to get a brand new team off and running without any known capacity.  How does your team manage capacity?

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Capacity is one of those things that many agile organizations don't value or fail to understand. In this blog post, I discuss the importance of having a balanced view towards your capacity and NOT biting off more than you can chew...

http://rgalen.com/agile-training-news/2015/1/2/agile-is-focused-on-capacity-equalization

Stay agile my friends,
Bob.

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Episode 62 - Hardening Sprints, Good or Bad?

In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss the concept of hardening sprints and what, if any, value they add.  This has been a long standing debate for us, so it is good to finally get it out to our listeners.

What side of the debate do you land on?  Do you use hardening sprints?

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Perhaps a year or more ago I wrote quite a long piece surrounding the use of Hardening Sprints. While Josh will accuse me of being 100% for them, I do see them as something needing care and experience to use "properly".

I tried to make article balanced, while also doing some "research" to support the concept. The article appeared in Agile Record, a virtual e-zine from Germany. Here's a link to the PDF -

http://rgalen.com/s/AgileRecord_17_Galen.pdf 

I hope it helps provide you with some depth and breadth to Hardening Sprints other then "they're good" or "they suck" ;-)

Stay agile my friends,
Bob.